To mark Drygate Brewing Company's first birthday, Glasgow's creative agency D8 decided to celebrate it with style. Known for their innovative projects and memorable designs, D8 proposed the idea of a birthday brew. They decided to partner up with six graduates from the Glasgow School of Art to create a series of illustrations for the anniversary labels. The bottles - produced in 350 editions of six hand-signed artworks - were each hand-wrapped in Fenner Offenback Bible paper, tagged and secured with black and white butcher's string.
We spoke to one of the artists, Rae-Yen Song, whose illustration 'Paper Towel Holder' was chosen as one of the six featured designs for Drygate:
“The Drygate Project was set out to be a collaboration with GSA Fine Art graduates - to produce artworks for the company's one year anniversary bottle. These artworks would act as a wrapper for each bottle, then once the beer is purchased, the punter would be able to take off the wrapper and have a full print to take home and have as an artwork. A number of us were invited to send images of our works or ideas that we thought would work well for this project. This gave me the opportunity to consider my drawings in a totally different context."
“My drawing, ‘Paper Towel Holder' was done in 2013, which inspired my installation for Degree Show at GSA. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to show the work due to the Mackintosh fire in 2014, but it luckily survived and the installation was later translated into a piece for YAKA Collective [part of the So It Is show, held in the Briggait in November 2014]. Within my practice, new ideas constantly evolve and develop from my drawings, and in that sense, the more developed works get abstracted and distant from it’s drawing origins. In a way it was nice for the drawing to come back for this Drygate project, to become something in itself - for things to go full circle.”
"Drawing plays an integral part to my practice, but more regarded within my process and lead up towards three-dimensional works. This year I've been a lot more focused on drawing for drawing sake - experimenting with colour, medium, and seeing what the images can do. I make notes and tend to write down my ideas too, but drawing has always seemed to come instinctively to me, to record things, like a diary, varying from banal thoughts to absurdities that come to mind.”
“When starting a drawing, I don’t tend to have any preconceived idea on subject matter, context or how the drawing might develop - it’s quite a fluid process for me, as I get carried away with the progression - continually adding ideas, forms, imagery that springs to mind. I find this way of working very enjoyable, as I sort of become the audience to my own creation. The drawing, ‘Paper Towel Holder’ evolved from a range of different things, some tangible and some following more abstracted thoughts - a toilet roll that sat on the table; the duckbill from a David Attenborough documentary playing in the background; the distorted and grotesque bodily aspects that often reoccur in many of my other drawings too. I don’t know why I was so attracted to these things at the time, or why I had the impulse to draw them, but I guess this drawing was way of acting on experience, memory, and playing on all the little things which come together quite randomly in life.”
To find out more about Rae Yen's work visit: www.rae-yen-song.com
Or to find out more about the project visit: d8.uk