We’re hiring! Artworker/Junior Designer needed

Role: Artworker/Junior Designer

6 month contract

Closing Date: 20 June 2014

RotoVision publishes highly illustrated co-edition books on art, photography, craft, fashion and beauty. We currently have a vacancy for an enthusiastic Artworker/Junior Designer. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to make a real contribution as a key member of our small, busy, in-house design team.

As Artworker/Junior Designer you will be working as part of the creative team, reporting to and assisting the Senior Designer in developing presentations as well as full book layouts. You will be involved in all stages of the design and production process. The role is varied and fast paced and is suited to a highly motivated and organised individual with the ability to learn quickly, multi-task and communicate effectively.

You will be a skilled artworker with some prior experience in book design, and be a highly competent user of the Adobe Creative Suite. Proficiency with InDesign and Photoshop is an essential skill for this role. You must be able to demonstrate a passion for design, creative flair, and a scrupulous eye for detail.

Please apply by email to Michelle. Rowlandson@quarto.com with a covering letter, your CV, salary expectations and a PDF (no larger than 2MB) of your portfolio showing no more than 10 examples of your work.

Job Vacancy: Commissioning Editor

We are looking for a talented Commissioning Editor to join our busy team in Brighton.

See here for a full job description and details for how to apply.

UPDATE: Note: Closing date 30 June 2014

Love is in the air …

That’s right, Valentine’s day is upon us! Whilst the idea of Valentine’s day is nice enough, needless to say it gets a little forgotten in the post-New Year madness and more often than not most of seem to find ourselves in a very anxious looking corner-shop queue clutching a sickeningly cutesy card and a box of Milk Tray.

Whilst it may be too late for some of you, we thought it might be nice to look at some of the more unusual Valentine’s Day cards and gifts out there (just in case you remember next year), as well as some decidedly anti-Valentines ones!

“Romance” by Strange Paul

“I Think You’re Grate” card by The Kneppraths

Glass heart by Lyana Glass Design

“Happy Singles Awareness Day” card by Julie Ann Art

“Sorry for my drunk text” tote bag by Mardy Mabel

David Bowie valentine’s card by Your Mum Rang

Hope everyone has a lovely Valentine’s day and manages to avoid the DREADFUL (and decidedly unromantic) weather.


Spinning & Dyeing Yarn corrections

We’ve recently been alerted by the author of Spinning & Dyeing Yarn that there are some practitioners that need to be credited for their hard work and valuable contributions. We are very sorry that these were omitted in the initial print run and please be assured these will be corrected for any future reprints of the book.

A full list of corrections is featured below:

page 24: text contributed by Tina Watson
page 36: captions should read “roving by Elizabeth Stottlemeyer”, “batt by Robyn Story”, and “dyed top by Rachel Kluesner”
page 50: text contributed by Beth Lower
page 70: text contributed by Sayra Adams
page 72: text contributed by Sayra Adams
page 74: text contributed by Esther Rodgers
page 87: captions should read “Allison Jai O’Dell” and “Handspun wool locks by Robyn Story”
page 88: caption should read “lightweight top whorl drop spindle for spinning laceweight yarns handpainted by Lizette Hopkins”
page 99: final large spindle photo credited to Heavenly Handspinning
page 116: caption should read “Allison Jai O’Dell”
page 135: caption should read “Handspun feather yarn by Shannon Herrick of Spun Monkey.”
page 136: text contributed by Melissa Nasby
page 150: text contributed by Melissa Yoder Ricks
page 152: text contributed by Heather Lightbody
page 169: caption should read “handspun yarn by Amy Higgins Stambaugh”

In the contributors directory:
Kimberly Narach O’Donovan should be “Kimberly Navach-O’Donovan”
Kelly Argue should be “Kelly Agrue”

Author, Ashley Martineau, has also featured a personal message to any contributors who were accidentally omitted on her website, which can be found here.


New books out in 2014

Today as the wind and rain lashes against our little seaside office, we’re all hunkered down, dodging leaks, frowning into our soups, and thinking wistfully of that gorgeous sunshine we had just a few short months ago. Oh, the glory days of Summer 2013; lunches in the park, ice cream every other day, barely noticing the reams of manuscripts, contact prints, proofs, photoshoots, galleys, revised proofs… What a difference the weather can make.

I guess it’s somewhat fitting that today’s post lists some of those books we were working on all through said glory days:

Hair Style Directory (UK title) /Braids, Buns, and Twists (US title)

Actually, I wish we’d blogged about this book a bit earlier as it’s been out in the US for a while now, causing a very reassuring stir! The beautiful Christina Butcher of Hair Romance put together this spectacular collection of over 80 hair styles, complete with step-by-step instructions, gorgeous inspirational photos, and styling advice. Published by Chronicle Books in North America and Apple Press in the UK.

Cover for Chronicle’s US edition


Cover for Apple’s UK edition



Crochet From Start to Finish (UK title)/Calamity Free Crochet (US title)/ Stress Free Crochet (ANZ title)

If you follow Crafty Expat on Twitter, you’ll know that Catherine Hirst gets up to all sorts of yarn related adventures and last year, we were thrilled that she could be part of one of ours. ThisĀ  crochet handbook is a great little troubleshooting guide helping you learn to set up all your projects to get them right the first time! Published by Harper Collins in North America, the lovely folk at Search Press here in the UK, and Sally Milner in Australia.

Cover for Harper Collins’ US edition

Cover for Search Press’ UK edition

Cover for Sally Milner’s edition for Australia and New Zealand

Mend and Make Fabulous

And finally, Denise Wild of The Sewing Studio and BurdaStyle teamed up with us to make this practical must-have for any fashionista! Not only does it show you how to mend rips and make essential alterations, it gives you a host of techniques for “glamming” up your clothes, whether that tired little item at the back of your wardrobe or that vintage find that might have lost its lustre! Full of easy-to-follow instructions as well as stunning examples from all the other sewing mavens out there who are turning drab into fab! Published by Interweave in the North America and Search Press in the UK.

Cover for Interweave’s US edition

Cover for Search Press’ UK edition

And that’s it from us on this grey and stormy day, I hope you like these new books. Though they might not bring you the same memories of a balmy summer, I’m sure they’ll do a little bit to brighten up your day!