Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Repurposed Art from Pacific NW Brewers

Black Raven Brewing Lanyard

I am VERY fortunate that I live in the Pacific NW for many reasons, but high on the list is the HUGE amount of brewers that brew FABULOUS beers!!

Deschutes Brewery Wallet

Not only do I have the endless opportunities to sample great beer, but also to create repurposed art from the colorful labels on those beer bottles!!

Bridgeport Brewing Hop Czar Wallet

Ninkasi Brewery luggage tags & wallet

For you Ninkasi lovers, I spoke with Jamie(one of the fabulous brewers) & I have GREAT hopes of acquiring some Maiden the Shade labels :)

Rogue Dead Guy wallets & lanyard

I have been fortunate in working with some brewers in obtaining beer labels, others (mainly) are from bottles of beer that I've either purchased or have received from wonderful friends!!

Widmer Drifter Pale Ale wallet & luggage tag

Elysian, The Immortal IPA wallet

And yes, I have been known to buy beers just because the labels looked cool & I have to say, I haven't been disappointed yet :)

You can find my work in my Etsy shop & if you live locally in the Seattle area, Reconstructed Clothing Co now carries my repurposed "beer label" art. If you want something that you don't see in either place, feel free to convo with me. One person from Nashville, Tennessee who's favorite brewery in Nashville, Yazoo Brewing, sent me labels from their beers to make luggage tags for her & her husband. (LOVE the colors!)

The only sad thing is that some brewers either haven't started bottling yet because their in-house sales are so fabulous (Black Raven Brewing) that they can hardly keep up with demand OR they package into aluminum cans, which I have used before in luggage tags. The main two problems I run into with creating my repurposed art from aluminum cans.................they don't lay as flat as I would like & I can really only use them in my luggage tags. With my wallets & journals, there is constant bending of the materials & I'm afraid, the aluminum would eventually crack.

Have I gotten tired of any of this? NO!! I LOVE creating this art. Check back either later this week or early next week, I'll be posting about my HUGE order that I received from Deschutes Brewery!!

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