In our other lives, Jim and I (Josie) perform as the band, Milton Hide. We were very excited in the spring of 2018 to release the first recordings of our own songs. Recording the tracks (with the help of our son, Charlie Tipler, a recording genius) took a long time, but we were finally ready to duplicate the CDs (via www.duplicationcentre.co.uk) so our design skills came to the fore. One of the tracks is called Little Fish, the title of the album, so it seemed appropriate to use one of my paintings of fish as the cover artwork. We liked the idea of packaging the CDs in recycled / recyclable materials so decide to make just 100 with limited edition hand finished packaging. Our logo features a lino cut style image of a nightingale (Milton Hide is an area of Wilmington Forest, well know for nightingales) so I created a new lino cut of a nightingale and fish which we hand printed onto the inside of the plain cardboard CD cases. The painting of the fish was repeat printed onto sheets which we cut out and stuck on as labels and we printed lyric sheets to go inside the package. To protect the unfinished card, we wrapped to whole thing in corn starch pouches (sourced from eco-craft.co.uk)
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that helped us get this first recording out and to the wonderful Elizabeth Doak for the brilliant band photo shoot in nearby sunflowers. We’re planning to record our full album very soon. You can buy the EP (not the limited edition, they are all sold out) from the Milton Hide online shop.