Wind Rose Cellars

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Wind Rose Cellars and North Olympic Land Trust

I’m very excited about collaborating with Wind Rose Cellars and North Olympic Land Trust, a long time client, on a wine label design for the Field Blend Red Table Wine. I used this project as an excuse to get inky, and ended up printing a 13-pass reduction cut on my Vandercook Universal 1.  Read on to get the full scoop on our process for this artwork, from inspiration to planning to production.  Proceeds from the sale of this wine will benefit North Olympic Land Trust.

The imagery needed to represent the pictures farmland of Clallam County, located on in the north Olympic Peninsula and surrounded by the Olympic Mountain range to the south and the Straight of Juan de Fuca to the north.  Photos from NOLT inspired initial sketches.

OlyP-Farm-text-mockupThe reduction lino-cut is a process that I’ve been wanting to play with for some time.  This landscape that is layered with mountains, forests and farms seemed to be the perfect opportunity.  In order to spec out the process and hone in on layers, I built the artwork in Photoshop and identified layers here.  The Photoshop mockup also allowed me to dial in the placement of the label text.


Over the course of a couple of months, I completed 13 print runs for this piece, layering my colors and building the imagery elements one by one.