Brenda’s Bellini

Brendas Bellini Label

Spring of 2011, I was approached by the Waldensian winemaker, Dolce Vita, to design a label for their new product, called Brenda’s Bellini. A Bellini cocktail is a mixture of Prosecco sparkling wine and peach purée, originating in Venice, Italy. I never tasted the drink myself, but my son used the mix to make a peach flavored Shirley Temple, and loved it!

Dolce Vita winery is tucked back in the hills of beautiful Hickory, North Carolina. The owners wanted a label that communicated their down home southern values. After a few conversations, I thought that we could treat this label like the classic fruit crate labels from the turn of the century. Back in the old days, fruit were shipped in wooden crates. Lithographed labels were needed to identify its contents. These graphics were usually very colorful and included beautiful illustrations. I am a huge fan of these labels and always looking to work on a project in this genre.

Inspiration often strikes when you aren’t specifically thinking of a solution to a problem. If often sneaks up on you when you are doing something totally uninvolved. While out running an errand, I came across this wonderful farm truck. I immediately thought of the southern rock album cover by the Allman Brothers, “Eat a peach”. The album cover features an old freight truck with a giant peach in the back. I always loved the music from the Allman Brothers and that cover is as classic as that album.

While the song “Blue Sky” played in the background, I designed this label. It pays homage to vintage fruit crates, old trucks and even some of my favorite classic southern rock.

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Home for the Holidays

Visiting my mother is like going to a museum. She collects antiques, mostly early American artifacts from the turn of the century. Collections of rolling pins, wash boards, and tobacco tins cover the walls and decorate every spare inch of her comfortable colonial home.

As an artist, bent towards design and illustration, I am mostly attracted to the ephemera of bygone packaging, advertisements, boxes, and tins. Here is a small collection of her items that I find so influential to my work.

New Business Card

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I love designs from the 19th century. Ephemera from the dawn of the industrial age brought us concepts such as branding and packaging for mass produced items. These images have stood the test of time. Though I design in many different styles, I wanted to create a new logo that communicated my passion for this kind of work. Here is my new business card.