Illustrated Tapes 097: Sparks Of Orange

Curated by Rosa Hirzer
13.02.21

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Rosa is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Vienna, Austria.

Hi Rosa. Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

It’s a collection of songs that either remind me of places I’ve lived in, special people I’ve met and memories I’ve shared – or they spark my imagination to travel further to places yet unexplored; especially in these challenging last couple of months.

With music like this it was nice being able to find myself somewhere else, back in time or nowhere at all. I wanted to share that journey with others and inspire them, even though they might not end up at the same places I do – for me, that’s the magic of music, I guess.

What direction did you take with your cover art, and what was your process?

I started with collecting different symbols resembling the concept of traveling, memories, nostalgia – but I was soon stuck with a certain picture in my head. While living in Portugal and Spain for some time, the tangerine and orange trees made a big visual impression on me. Those prominent orange circles decorating the city and landscapes always invoked a certain feeling of ease. For me they resemble warmth, the feeling of sunny days, accompanied with a pinch of longing and “saudade” – which pretty much sums up the mood of my mixtape.


What are your fave album covers, records with a great music and artwork combo, or musical projects with a visual component?

My favourite music/artwork combos are by far the ones by Bon Iver. My all time favourite will be For Emma, Forever Ago but I also love the latest album designed by Eric Timothy Carlson – including its music videos. There’s a nice interview about it here.


For Emma, Forever Ago – Bon Iver
2007, Self-released with original cover art



22, A Million – Bon Iver
2016, Jagjaguwar
Artwork: Eric Timothy Carlson


Another favourite are the artworks by John Gurley for Portugal. The man – especially for The Satanic Satanist, they were my first ever concert, and I’ve been a fan ever since. His style really influenced me and my works early on and did shape my path as an illustrator for sure.


The Satanic Satanist – Portugal. The Man
2009, Equal Vision
Artwork: John Gurley


What did you listen to growing up?

Growing up as a kid, I actually never really had the urge to listen to music. I’ve only started to develop a real interest as a late teenager – and I can remember being overwhelmed by all the music in the world and my fear that I could never catch up on what I’ve missed!

Having two older siblings, their taste in music shaped me for sure – thinking back, I was mostly surrounded by the sound of Nirvana, The Beatles, Damien Rice, Portugal. The Man, Bon Iver, Belle and Sebastian, The Notwist...

And what’s on heavy rotation for you at the moment?

Last year I discovered Skinshape when I was living in Spain. My flatmate had Filoxiny on vinyl and I fell in love with it when it played its first tune. It feels like this album soaked up all the memories I’ve made back in this place and it still gives me so much comfort up to this day.

What’s happening in your creative world at the moment?

Currently I am working on my master’s project. I am in the ways of creating an animated music video and exploring the possibilities of music combined with visual components. I am lucky to get the chance of using a song by Antonio Prosper, an Ibiza-based musician. Anyone interested in my process and final result can follow my instagram :-)

Where can we find you?

︎ rosahirzer.com
︎ @rosalinings

Thanks Rosa!
Mark