At the end of last year I read about a new drink called Spice 94 by Seedlip. I was drawn to the product because it was such an innovative concept branded as the first distilled non-alcoholic drink. It was also very intriguing, as it was created using a recipe from the Art of Distillation published in London in 1651. I was also inspired by the beautiful label which featured an illustration of a fox's head made from the ingredients. I love making things from natural materials, so my initial thought was how much I would love to bring the illustration to life, by turning it into a sculpture or a headpiece. It reminded me of pieces I've made in the past, such as the pictured bark skull and dried flower crowns.
I got in touch with Ben Branson the founder of Seedlip to say I'd love to meet up to discuss ideas, which we did. I immediately took a liking to him, as he's a really warm and interesting man. We both have an interest in art and nature and where the two cross over. I love this quote from the Seedlip website:
"Mother Earth is gracious, precious and ingenious. In honour of this wild and natural world, the finest ingredients are harvested and individually distilled to capture nature's true spirt"
Fast forward a few months and when Seedlip were ready to launch their second drink, Garden 108, they asked me to bring the new label to life in the form of a sculpture. The label depicts the illustrated head of a hare made from the ingredients of the drink which are hops, hay, mint, thyme, rosemary and peas, so in turn this is what I made the sculpture out of, surrounded by a copper wire frame to echo the copper foiling on the label. Ben liked the idea of it appearing to be growing, so the whole sculpture sat on a trunk and moss covered plinth.
Having tried both of the Seedlip drinks I can certainly say they are delicious. I look forward to seeing what they create next, and hope to be able to create more pieces for them in the future.