Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Below is a book cover redesign for the story Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. The main character, Snow Flower, grew up in 19th-Century China and is matched with a girl named Lily. This matching was known as "laotongs" (old-sames) in China, and is more important than marriage itself; these women are bound together spiritually for all eternity. The secret fan is used for Lily and Snow Flower to communicate to one another as they journey through their lives as women, wives, and eventually mothers. I created the imagery using tissue paper that was photographed and the main text is handlettered.