Poetry Leaving Certificate Anthology, WJ Steele, Fallons (1969). Cover design: Cor Klaasen

Introducing English, Augustine Martin, Gill & Macmillan (1970). Cover design: Cor Klaasen

Léamh Só, Proinsias MacSuibhne, Fallons (1972). Cover design: Cor Klaasen

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Culture Night exhibition in Mary’s Abbey. It was a very enjoyable night in a wonderful historic setting. I was delighted to be asked by Ruth Kelly to take part in the event and it was great to share the evening with Donny Keane, whose ‘Life thru my Mobile Phone’ proved to be a personal and witty view of Dublin and beyond, and my brother Barry McCormack who finished the proceedings perfectly with song.

Since then I have been working through Cor Klaasen’s amazing archive of work and selecting pieces for the upcoming exhibition. Above are two examples of his abstract geometric work and also a beautiful two colour overlay illustration for the cover of Léamh Só. The image on the poster for the exhibition is adapted from an illustration on the cover of another book from the same period – When the Saints…

The opening is on Wednesday 3 November from 6-8pm and all are welcome. Brian Lalor, printmaker and editor of The Encyclopedia of Ireland will open the exhibition.

The exhibition will run from Thurs 4 – Wed 10 November inclusive and will be open daily from 11–5.


Cor Klaasen: Jackets, Covers & Sleeves

Venue: Adifferentkettleoffishaltogether, 18 Ormond Quay Upper

Times: Daily 11 – 5pm. Thurs 4 – Wed 10 November inclusive

Opening: Wednesday 3 November, 2010, 6 – 8 pm. Guest Speaker: Brian Lalor

Sponsors: The Netherlands Embassy, Gill & Macmillan and Hudson Killeen.

Company 45 Sleeves

August 1, 2008



I recently completed a CD sleeve for a compilation of Laurie Records Girl & Girl Group recordings for Ace Records. I can hardly take credit for the final design as it leans heavily on the original Laurie record bag.

Below are some examples of company sleeves, mainly from some better known sixties labels. I’ll post some more esoteric examples when I’ve had a chance to dig around in my 45 collection.

If you’d like to see more of these, illustrator Kavel Rafferty keeps a nice collection of them at the Record Envelope.



Cover photograph by Sandy Harsch


Cover photograph by Jeffrey Craig. Layout by John S. Perrett


Cover photograph by Jeffrey Craig

Claddagh Records (Ceirníní Cladaigh in Irish) produced some very strong record sleeves for Irish Traditional recordings in the seventies and eighties. Unfortunately the design credits are limited and tend to only name the photographer or artist whose work is incorporated into the cover but not the designer, the Tommy Potts being an execption in these examples. And yes, the music is every bit as good as the artwork.

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