My friends at Dormilona recently asked me to help out with their latest project – Yokel. Which is sourcing grapes from the Swan Valley region north-east of Perth.
With a new line up of juicy grenache, verdohlo, rose and a pet nat, it’s also helping preserve the local flora and fauna – and it’s why I was commissioned to come up with their new dapper turtle mascot.
For every bottle on Yokel wine sold, $1 will go back to the preserving and rehabilitating the local environment and contributing to a breeding project for the Western Swamp Tortoise – a native to the region – which has come under threat from agricultural development over the years.
So, enjoy the wine, and know that you’re helping protect this endangered species, too!
Get more info at the Dormilona site
New Dormilona Website
Dormilona are marking 5 years with a new site, which I’ve been commissioned to illustrate, from top to bottom!
Check it out here
The new vintage is out, and with the new vintage I’ve been commissioned to do a new label. It was a toss up between a desert backdrop and a snowy onsen. But Seen as though it was winter when I was doing this one, I guess I preferred the hot bath, and so did Dormilona.
Diemen Awards 2018
The opportunity to put a couple of my illustrations into Tasmania’s creative industry event – The Diemen Awards came up and I’m really pleased to announce that I made the finalists this year. It was great to catch up with some people I hadn’t seen in ages and mingle a bit with the greater creative community here in Hobart. So much talent out there working on big projects. Getting the recognition at this level was really cool too, and it’s lit a fire under my ass/arse/bottom to work a lot harder in 2019. See you next year Diemen!
Australia’s number one craft beer bottle shop, Mane Liquor, asked whether I’d be keen to do a poster illustration for their upcoming party in the carpark, and having a soft spot – especially around the mid-section for craft beer (cue moan), I said yes.
The brief was really open and I had free reign to come up with something that suited the beer and wine ethos that the team are so passionate about. So a temple for beer popped in my head and out popped this illustration. Two versions – black and white and watercolour.
These will make their appearance on posters and fliers for the store’s annual party in the carpark this November. So get yourself to Mane Liquor and check out the beers and wines they’ll have on offer there – including something a little special from Dormilona. Stay tuned!
The newest Clayface labels for Dormilona wines are in the wild, and it’s been great to work with Jo on these again. The latest piece mixes fruity flavours with coastal Western Australia. Wine X Life Aquatic. The only thing missing – Portuguese versions of my favourite Bowie songs.
New Wine Label Commissions
In Margaret River, Western Australia, there is an independent batch winery called Dormilona, who I’ve been working with for a while aside my normal art practice, creating illustrations for their labels.
Dormilona means ‘sleepyhead’ in Spanish, and somewhere along the lines it was decided we create a lethargic skeleton mascot to head up the brand- so he has been the feature in this mini-series of illustrations for a few years now. We have been working on a narrative, a sort of horizontally panning diorama, with lots of lush moss covered stones and trickling streams since 2013, but this year I’ve been given free reign to do something special for their limited addition amphora pot red and white, coming out early next year. See above skeleton illustration. This is just one of the two labels for wine coming on to the market in the next few weeks. If you fancy learning more, head on over to the website (link above).
metabolism in the buildings…
Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hills is currently holding an exhibition of various architectural work based on the concepts of metabolism pioneered by leading 1960’s architect Tange Kenzo. Based on his idea to build the city of the future where the buildings themselves could take on some of the features of their inhabitants, growing and adapting to the environment around them, his legacy and the works of other architects he subsequently inspired will be on display until late January next year. With a bit of luck, I hope to get down there myself and check it out, but in the meantime have a look for yourself, here.Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hills is currently holding an exhibition of various architectural work based on the concepts of metabolism pioneered by leading 1960’s architect Tange Kenzo. Based on his idea to build the city of the future where the buildings themselves could take on some of the features of their inhabitants, growing and adapting to the environment around them, his legacy and the works of other architects he subsequently inspired will be on display until late January next year. With a bit of luck, I hope to get down there myself and check it out, but in the meantime have a look for yourself, here.
Kiyoshi Awazu is a multi-disciplined award winning designer and artist, whose work has spanned over 5 decades. He has a website with a great archive of illustrations, paintings, book and environmental design well worth a look too. The 70s, psychedelic inspired work above really got me for it’s ironically bright and cheerfully illustrated atomic bomb. Modern theme and wild palette aside, it still reminds of me of the typical Japanese woodcuts.
1955年日本宣伝美術会展・日宣美賞受賞、1958年世界フィルムポスターコンペランス最優秀賞などを経て、1969年粟津デザイン研究室 <現 (有)粟津デザイン室>設立。