Workshop: Food for Thought
Please join us for a workshop at the Craft in America Center on April 6, 2013 taught by Cameron and Julia Taylor-Brown. Concept: Food as inspiration for craft — observe. think. interact. make. eat.
The teaching artists bring in a variety of colorful, textural food items that will be carefully examined (and ultimately consumed) by the workshop participants – for example – a pomegranate, a kiwi, an apple tart, an exquisite piece of artisan chocolate…even a can of cranberry jelly pushed intact onto a plate, ridges a-wiggle…We look, discuss, slice, look again and nibble…
Baskets for gathering and containing food are among the most ancient examples of craft, and our careful observations will inspire the design of a contemporary version of this most ancient vessel. Participants will layer yarn, paper and cloth scraps onto a balloon template, creating a striking object that interprets their food inspiration through color, pattern and form. Once the project is dry, the balloon is popped, leaving the fiber intact. The process itself is simple but results in a unique crafted basket that could be sculptural or functional, depending on the intent of the maker.
Good Enough to Eat – Food for Thought
Saturday, April 6, 2013
12pm – 6pm
$20 material fee
Good Enough to Eat: the Fusion of Food and Craft Exhibition series
In this age of food-centrism in popular culture, food is providing artists with endless inspiration thematically, physically, and symbolically. With palpable avant-garde spirit, each artist boldly looks beyond the confines of the establishment. They each find new inspiration in alternative materials that offer multi-sensory potential.
From biting wit to sensuality, identity politics and a deep respect for tradition, these selected works represent a range of perspectives and treatments. The ephemeral, fragile nature of edible substances gives these works added intrigue. In some cases, edible materials subtly infuse the artworks with an innovative twist. In others, food is the focus and heart of the piece. The meaning of nourishment and gluttony are currents that resurface throughout the show.