Cig Harvey: Blue Violet

Photo of stack of copies of Blue Violet by Cig Harvey, designed by Professor Jeanette Abbink

About Blue Violet

A book of deeply personal and lush photographs, drawings, and writing, Blue Violet is Cig Harvey's celebration of the natural world and the senses. It was a labor of joy interweaving her lush, color-saturated photography with a motley of textual forms (prose, poetry, recipes, lists, diagrams) and it’s a sensual pleasure to turn the French-fold style pages bound within the moody printed cloth hardcover. We were tickled when the first printing sold out in five days, following accolades from the New York Times, Aesethetica, Photo-Eye, the Financial Times, and others.

Image of page spread from Blue Violet designed by Jeanette Abbink

Project Details


Designer: Jeanette Abbink

Publisher: Monacelli, a Phaidon Company

Photographer: Cig Harvey

Introduction: Cig Harvey

Foreword by Jacoba Urist

Editor: Alan Rapp

Production Director: Michael Vagnetti


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Photo of page spread for Hibiscus Tea recipe by Cig Harvey in Blue Violet. Designed by Jeanette Abbink
Close up image of type treatment for Blue Violet by Cig Harvey, designed by Jeanette Abbink
Full-color photo spread of taxi filled with roses by Cig Harvey for Blue Violet