First the seeds collected over the weekend, for potting up tomorrow night… Clockwise from the left hand side: various cane begonias, different sorts of native figs, rose satinwood and a sub-tropical spiky thing that grows in the local rainforests, strelitzia regina (with the orange fluff) and something that looked like a giant arum lily.
And a different sort of fruit entirely! Remember when I did those wine labels for my friend Anna? Not only are Anna and her family our friends, they also designed our house… Actually, looking back over older posts I realise I may not have told you what I was doing even though I used some of the imagery in this post. Well, what happened was that Anna had a design job and asked me to provide original art work, which I did. Her client was Aldi and the job was to design wine labels for their “SecondLeft” label, comprising a Sauvignon Blanc and a Cabernet Merlot, sourced from a very good vineyard in the Adelaide Hills whose name shall remain top secret (even I don’t know who it is!). The name of the wine, SecondLeft, apparently comes from the directions given to the Aldi wine buyer on the phone when s/he was tracking down the vineyard.
I looked through a variety of existing prints, sketches and drawings I did when I flew over the Adelaide Hills a few years ago. I combined them with papers stained by ochres I collected there, early-Victorian South Australian postage stamps from my husband’s boyhood stamp album, parrot feathers from the trip, new sketches based on my old photos and pages torn from a 1950s atlas of the area. Anna was the genius who combined the ingredients into the finished labels, since I know nothing about preparing images for printing, and she also used a dip-pen letter I wrote based on a hypothetical cellar door tasting session to create a lovely carton for the wine. As you can tell, I am stupidly proud of myself, and quite looking forward to tasting the wine! Apparently, the cab merlot can be laid down for a few years… we’ve bought a case of each from Aldi’s on-line liquor store and I’m keeping the cartons 🙂