The final product of another fun project! I had the pleasure of working with the wonderfully talented master sommelier Melanie Wagner on her incredibly thorough book Hello, Wine published with Chronicle Books. Here’s a bit about the book, courtesy of Chronicle:
This breezy-to-read but super-informative guidebook is a stylish primer for any newcomer to the endlessly fascinating world of wine. Certified Sommelier Melanie Wagner’s down-to-earth tone and comprehensive knowledge make learning about wine fun and approachable. Twelve chapters explore every aspect of wine—from how it is made to how to drink it—and provide helpful descriptions of grape varietals and recommendations that can be taken to the wine store. Featured alongside these many encouraging lessons and suggestions are 60 whimsical and informative color illustrations. With insights ranging from what makes a wine exceptional, palate-building, and enjoying wine with others, this is the perfect self-purchase or gift for anyone who wants a great wine resource.
Features: Eat this, drink that—pairing suggestions A list of necessary equipment—and a list of what you don’t need A winemaking 101 overview, from crush to aging A glossary of wines and terms, from “aglianico” to “vintage” A buying guide, including inexpensive bottles and great wine gifts How tos: how to taste, how to throw a wine party, how to start a tasting group
Melanie Wagner is a Certified Sommelier, teacher, and wine consultant living in Chicago, Illinois.
Thanks to my great friend Andrew Ranville I can bring you evidence of the show this last weekend! Here is my work, as curated by Melissa of the Devos Museum in Marquette Michigan. I love what she did with these—I never would have thought to display them like this. I’m not going to share any more details—you’ll have to wait til the book is finished!! Shooting for mid-November. I’ll keep you posed. Heres a bit about them:
The following are several pages from a work in progress blending of interpretations from the perspectives of science and art through experience and shared observations between two long distance cousins who came together on the island. Conservation biologist Eva Dwyer of Los Angeles, CA and illustrator Lucy Engelman of Grand Rapids, MI spent a collective 3.5 weeks on the island this past July and August carefully wandering the rocky shores and densely mossed interiors to absorb as much scientific and experiential data as possible. Along with collecting a copios amount of analytical content, Eva and Lucy exchanged personal observations of the island ultimately coming to shared appreciations of place and inhabitants, breaching the often polar opinions of left and right brain favored thinking. The end product will result in a book chronicling the illustrated, field-guided exploration of Rabbit Island to be published in the winter of this year. For more information and updates, please contact the artist.