We have had a lot of support from some amazingly talented people in creating the branding and the whole ambience that we wanted around Dryad Gin.
This has all been done with love and we are most grateful to them.
This is a thank you, from us to them…
Gemma Trickey is a printmaker living and working in the Mendip Hills of Somerset.
I wanted to tell a story of the Somerset landscape in the making of the linocut for Dryad Gin, and to weave in the mythologies and characters that inhabit the land. A sense of place is a thread that is drawn throughout my work, and looking out from my studio across the Somerset levels out to the Quantock Hills, I wanted to tap into the relationship of the two; a sense of collaboration and cooperation between story and place.
Chris Loxley uses woodworking to escape from the stresses of life.
“I find beauty in working with living, breathing material. Wood still moves and breathes after it has been fashioned.
My passion is to reuse waste wood in my solar powered workshop. I create unique, handmade wooden objects, with environmentally friendly finishes to protect the wood and give each object a beautiful, durable finish.
I was delighted when Becky asked me to make gift boxes for Dryad Gin, as I had the perfect material; aged oak flooring. I picked an oak leaf from a Somerset tree as a template and let my saw guide me to create an individual leaf for each box”.
“When Becky asked me to design and make a Gin bar that would fold in and out of a van, Quantock Turning couldn’t wait to get started. I used a pallet wood veneer, cut down with a bandsaw for a rustic front facing. For the shelves we found a spalted beech log that we then resized and set about making the deckchair style shelves. Spalting is when a log is at the first stages of decay and clusters of fungi pattern the wood, creating a map effect, which is a great example of Fibonacci’s sequence.
“We had to make the unit easily collapsible so we used French cleats for all of the joinery and metal latches to secure them. During the build process we had many visitors on the industrial estate, perplexed as to why I was building a bar in the middle of it. Thank you again for letting us be a part of your journey into making Dryad. We can’t wait to see what you do next.”
Bee Higgins is a copywriter and content writer often found padding around the fields with her beloved dog or curled up on the sofa with her head in a book.
“This has been a passion project, from start to finish. I’ve relished the opportunity to showcase the beauty of this county we call home. From dreaming up the mythological world that sits within the soul of Somerset to spinning the perfect yarn for our cast of curious creatures, I’ve been reminded of the writerly power that sits at my fingertips. Dryad Gin truly is a celebration of love, levity and libations.”
Poet and Art Historian
“I have been looking at pictures most of my life, and hoping that others will see something extraordinary when we explore art history together.
Becky’s adventure in gin distilling, marketing and now distributing has been a sensational project. I like to think that our collaboration( aided always by a drop of the ‘product’) has been fruitful. Ideas have been shared, words exchanged, history and mythology plundered to inspire and enhance what is a unique and wonderful artisan beverage.
Dryad Gin is here. The adventure is just beginning.”
Barnaby Adams is an ideas-centred graphic designer, based in Somerset
“I loved developing the packaging concept and graphics for Dryad Gin. We wanted the bottle to become the tree, inside of which the tree spirits would reside. So the outer label was designed to look like oak bark and (somewhat unconventionally) we utilised the natural gap in the label as a focal point, a doorway through which to peer in and see the dryad and centaur that are printed on the inside. This wood-cut image is full of detail and interest, but it’s deliberately held just out of reach, largely hidden from sight and provides only occasional glances (just as one would expect from elementals). I love how the warp of the glass and fluid nature of the gin bends and distorts the image, adding to that sense of mythology and an ethereal quality we wanted to capture.”
“ It’s been a dream to work on a project as wonderful as Dryad Gin from its inception. Seeing all the component parts come together to make this wonderful and award-winning product right here in Somerset is something very special. I have loved taking the product photographs especially those out in the wilds where it feels most at home.”