By Ruth Rowland
Before The Dawn was recorded during the extraordinary run of 22 shows performed by Kate at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, 2014 and released November 2016.
Earlier in the year, I was asked by renowned music industry designers, Stuart Crouch Creative, to develop a range of hand lettering to work with the CD cover photography and inner booklet pages. I immediately immersed myself in Kate Bush’s music, from the early albums that influenced my teenage years to the latest magical performances from the 2014 shows.
I decided to develop some loose brush work, not too formal but still legible with a striated, textural ebb and flow that complemented the richly-coloured photography taken from the show. Nothing on the album was re-recorded or overdubbed and I wanted this rawness to be reflected in the immediacy of the brush strokes.
Developing an album design is a long process that goes through much revision, not all artwork gets used - so it was certainly a dream come true when I heard my lettering was approved for the CD and vinyl boxset booklet!