Anyone watching channel 8 or KATU news tonight (at least those of you in Oregon) probably saw me on television!
For all of you non-Portlanders: Every year Portland has a three-week event known as the Rose Festival, complete with Rose Parade, Rose Queen, a new rose variety bred in honor of the festival, a carnival and other special events, and a commemorative poster and limited edition wine label every year. It's a big Portland holiday of sorts.
This year, I was the artist chosen to design said wine label.
With the Rose Festival coming up next month, the official media unveiling of the wine label design was tonight in Southeast Portland. It involved the Rose Festival President and I literally pulling a curtain off a blown-up version of the design for news crews, followed by a networking party and wine tasting of the limited edition Rose Festival wine from the Festival's winery sponsor, Oak Knoll. My label design, based off a painting I did in the fall (chosen in a December contest open to students and alum of OCAC), will appear on three limited-edition varietals of wine from Oak Knoll: a Pinot Noir, a Pinot Gris, and a Rosé of Pinot Noir.
After the unveiling of the design, the president of Oak Knoll Winery presented me with one each of the varietals bearing my label (that was a nice surprise!), and I signed a few dozen other bottles to be auctioned off.
A couple hundred cases will be available over the summer to collectors and a few select stores around Oregon (I believe Fred Meyer and the Made in Oregon chains).
It was an exciting night, the first of a few events surrounding the wine label, and I am happy to finally share my news with you! This is my first product design, and it was such a joy to see bottles of wine with my artwork on them.
Snag a bottle if you see them, Oregonians! ;)
Now preparing for what is supposed to be a beautiful Earth Day tomorrow; I will be running a recycled craft booth at the Earth Day Fair on Mississippi Ave! Drop by and say hello (and make one of five projects out of a cereal box, haha).