Eeeeep! This was exciting! I got to create a single cover for Kate Miller-Heidke’s new album NIGHTFLIGHT! 11 Illustrators worked on the project, and we got a song each to draw from. My song was Fire & Iron, which I eventually fell in love with.
Kate says: “The closing song is told from the perspective of a dead narrator, watching her childhood boyfriend walk his children through a park years later. Fire And Iron is the image of a car crash, but it also refers to her being a spirit and him being material. The two characters are linked throughout the song by smoking. We liked the idea of smoke because it is an ephemeral element.”
Sharni says: “Listening to this song on repeat during the creation of my design became so haunting, I sat at my laptop with iTunes going as I loosely sketched and just fell in love with the story that it tells. In Fire & Iron Kate talks about the sadness of transience, yet celebrates the beauty of memories to overcome this harsh process. I wanted to capture this juxtaposition of sorrow and remembrance in my own art form. I drew the two characters surrounded by short lived things – a delicate butterfly, wilting roses and a crow sitting on a road side grave – but they are very much still depicted alive and connected through the inhaling and exhaling of smoke.