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Cover to cover: Marijke Friesen on designing The Umbrella Mender

Designer Marijke Friesen draws on medical images and landscape illustration to convey the sense of Christine Fischer Guy’s debut novel, The Umbrella Mender (Buckrider Books)

1. I was very excited to find this photograph. The woman could easily be Hazel, the main character in The Umbrella Mender. Hazel is a young nurse living in Northern Ontario in the 1950s, and working with tuberculosis patients from neighbouring aboriginal communities. Much of the novel takes place in Hazel’s memory, so I used the old-fashioned photo corners to elicit a feeling of looking into the past.