April 16, 2012

SPUN HONEY BY THOUGHT FOR FOOD


Thanks to those who came out on Saturday! It was interesting to see all sorts of reactions and interactions with our project. Is it food? Is it art? Some people were hesitant about eating it. Others picked up a tart and followed the spinning honey, in attempt to get a little more drizzled on. Also, at one point, a couple kids were running around, trying to catch the honey with their mouths!


This is our second Loop concept (to see the first one, check out 24 Frames per Second). 

Spun Honey 
  Loop #2   



Ingredients: Local Wildflower Honey, Cream Cheese, Shortbread, Wildflowers

Materials: Beeswax, Wood, Rope, Wildflower Seeds, Vellum, Hardware



Seeds, flowers, nectar, bees, pollen, honey, wax, extraction, consumption, pollination, fruit, seeds, flowers—it's a miraculous loop fundamental to our entire ecosystem.  But beyond our appreciation of this natural cycle, we love that honey reflects the environment through the essence of the flowers the nectar was collected.  We are drawn to the formal properties of honey as a material—it's fluctuating viscosity as well as it's ability to both absorb and refract light.  Spun Honey concentrates on the process of how honey is made and consumed, inviting the participant to take part in a kinetic loop where a simple mechanical effort—a method inspired by traditional honey extraction—withdraws the honey and drizzles it on a tart. To perpetuate the cycle, participants are encouraged to take away a seed packet to plant the seeds for future honey.








April 11, 2012

THIS SATURDAY


Come check out my latest project with Thought For Food at Taste 2012! We've built an edible art installation for one night only. It'll be filled with ooey gooey honey action, so don't miss out!  Hope to see you there. :)

April 8, 2012

EASTER EGG SURPRISE

Growing up, my grandmother's friend hosted Easter egg hunts every year in her yard. She had her own method and rules, where she took real eggs, hollowed them out, dyed them, and filled them with confetti. The hole was sealed with a piece of tissue paper. This was quite laborious; I imagine she did this year round. Ten or so children ran about hunting for these eggs. After we've all counted how many we gathered (nevermind what the winner got), all hell broke loose and we smashed our eggs on each others heads. We chased, got chased, whacked, and got whacked. In the end, every kid had confetti and eggshell in their hair, and the entire yard was a mess. How this woman managed this year after year, I have no idea. It also didn't occur to me until recently, that most people probably don't spend Easter smashing eggs on each others heads.

When I think of Easter, I think Spring. Oh, and candy.  Here, I've coated the inside with dark chocolate, and prepared two types of filling: marshmallow and peanut butter crunch.



I was inspired by the confetti eggs by my grandmother's friend. An egg and a seed are similar, in the sense that they are both at the beginning of life. I like the idea of an egg cracked to disperse confetti, and the seeds eventually finding a place on the ground to grow.



This was a coincidence really, but I was making applesauce awhile back and was using an apple peeler. Normally I would throw away the peel, but I was curious and tossed it in the dehydrator. It didn't taste much like anything, but had a nice aroma of apple. Perfect for garnish!



These are sort of like Kinder Surprise,which are sadly banned in the U.S. I love mystery and anticipation! It could be chocolate, candy, confetti, a fortune...anything really. :)




Happy Easter and happy spring everyone!

April 2, 2012

BUSINESS CARDS

Hey, I now have business cards! Or maybe I should say promotional cards... They are matchbox style containers made from kraft paper, stamped with the logotype. When you pull the red tab to read the contact info, you'll also find a surprise treat. :)