I was recently commissioned by the Tate galleries in-house coffee roastery to produce bespoke hand-marbled prints for their packaging. Colour and pattern were used to illustrate not only the coffee's tasting notes, but also the story of each producer, each farm and each region.
I wanted to celebrate how special it is for an art institution to roast its own coffee, and created a collection of marbled papers that reflect each individual roast.
Marbling was the perfect medium because it shares many traits with coffee. Both the printmaker and the roaster enjoy the balance of control and chance in their craft. There are visual similarities in the way milk spreads in a cup of coffee, to ink in a marbled bath. Four designs were chosen for the four seasonal coffees currently being roasted by the Tate.
More photos soon.