Remembering the war poets

June 2017

The Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen Societies organised the 2017 ALS Literary Weekend, and the bookmark to support them was an interesting design challenge. The illustration provided showed Sassoon and Owen side by side and slightly overlapping. It would have been far too small to use at the top of a bookmark, so I decided to present them separately in the style of wartime ID passes, one above the other.

Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon for the ALS bookmark    Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon for the ALS bookmark

I scanned the surface of my father’s wartime ID pass, from 1944 but similar in look, to use as a textured background with an appropriate colour to it rather than artworking the background myself in Photoshop. You can see the whole collection of the ALS AGM weekend bookmarks n the print work on this website. I felt particularly honoured to have been given the opportunity of designing and producing this one.