A&W labels

A friend of mine, who worked for the Coca Cola Corporation, gave me an entire roll of A&W root beer labels in the early 2000s. These are samples of some of the work that I completed using the labels to create a new type of line drawing. Some works were destroyed by cats, but others have survived an are in my personal collection. I did a few small pieces, 12″ x 12″ and a couple of large ones, 6 feet x 6 feet. I only exhibited these once, in the Art City exhibition in Calgary at the turn of the century.

The works are flat wall pieces and were created by folding then layering down the strips of the labels. The layers are stapled together with the staples naturally buried. The works are cropped neatly and mount to the wall unframed.

With this series, I was playing with the possible outcome of line movement and colour. If I made the fold in a consistent part of the label, I was able to control the line colour, break and movement. Every piece yielded a unique result, even crossing the lines became a possibility.