"Using Middle America as her muse, Kowch draws the history of a particular place -- invariably rural -- to the surface as it collides with a new reality in layers of metaphor and moodiness. The faces of her women may remind you of characters in a Tim Burton film."
--Steve Parks, Newsday

Monday, May 12, 2008

A Taste of Wine & Travel

"Travel Italy: Florence, Tuscany, Venice" Poster Series

Packaging Design

Some travel posters and packaging mock-ups I created for Italy and Anakota and Leelanau Cellars wines. The great idea to do these was brought about by my friend and mentor Dave Chow, and it was a really great experience to think and apply what I do on a whole new level. Besides books, this is another avenue I'm definitely considering for my illustration work. The posters are done in acrylic on board, with typography later designed into them. Tuscany was recently used as the illustration for the Detroit International Wine Auction's promotional postcard, a major annual fundraising event which benefits the College for Creative Studies' student scholarships. I'm also beyond thrilled to be currently working with CCS in creating all the support materials for the Detroit International Wine Auction, which kicks off in October.

As for the mock wine campaign shown above, the imagery on the labels are taken from my original paintings created specifically for the wines, and then I experimented with a few different papers, designed the labels, and added some hand-painted touches to the bottles themselves - voila! This is the result.