Romeo & Juliet – Papercut Bookcover

Inspired by classical leather & cloth bound English novels, I paper-cut a book cover design for Romeo & Juliet by hand, referencing the styles of old.  The concept was to create a decorative and desirable object that people would want to have on their bookshelf as a luxury item.

The project was originally designed as part of a commission for a Dutch publishing-house, and was supposed to be used as a proposal of a book-cover design for their new Young-Adult ‘Classics’ range.


Romeo & Juliet - William Shakespeare-001


The cover suggests to elements within the story and gives reference to symbolic objects hidden amongst the decorative branches.
When you look closely, you can see the 2 family crests, the sun & moon, a pair of wine glasses, a venetian mask, grapes, the shape of a love-heart, a religious cross, a dagger, a bottle of poison… and of course the famous balcony.
The intricate design is drawn and cut entirely by hand, and all elements are connected as one single sheet of paper.

See pictures below for the “Making-of” :


Insta copy


De originele knipkunst copy






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