Restoring the lost appreciation of Filipino Literature
Recovery is a project by us, Catrina and Carina*, two friends who love art and the written word. It is an attempt to restore the lost appreciation of Filipino literature (among other cultural things). Recovery aims to generate fresh excitement not only for literature and writing in the Philippines but also for art and design.
In essence, Recovery is an exploration of local literature by way of written reviews and a visual “recovering” of Filipino books.
This project is not meant to heartlessly criticize any specific book cover artist in the Philippines. This is, like many stories and projects, is one of love. We love books but admittedly, are not as exposed to Filipino literature as we would like to be. We feel that reading and reviewing local books, and then redesigning covers f0r it is an effective way to get others excited in the existent and growing expanse of Filipino Literature.
Albeit there are ugly book covers everywhere but the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” is no longer fitting to our world where it is not only easy to illustrate, design and print book covers but it is easy to find a generous collection of reviews about it that give insight to the contents of a book so we don’t really need to judge a book by its cover at all. This was not a luxury before and now what visuals do along with reviews, is contribute to the selection of a book amidst many others.
In this time of information overload, it helps that publishers put great care to designing the cover of a book they believe in, especially in printed matter, so it isn’t just a PDF file or an illegally scanned book, but one worthy of its place in a library.
* Catrina and Carina are girls who like books and making things. They graduated from university and are (pretty? marginally?) smart. To simplify: they are dorks. Recovery is their baby, but they would like everyone interested to help parent it.