12 posts tagged Sugar
12 posts tagged Sugar
Art + Candy = Awesome
If you travel to China’s Sichuan Province you might have the good fortune to encounter a street artisan practicing a form of Chinese folk art that has been around since the Ming Dynasty: painting with caramelized sugar. As this video shows, these masters make their delicate craft look completely effortless. And the best part is, once a piece has been completed, some lucky person gets to eat it!
“Painting” artistic pieces from melted sugar is very different than regular painting. Because the hot sugar cools down very quickly, the painter has to work swiftly, making sure he follows the correct order of strokes to get every shape just right. In order to get familiar with the process and the technique, it’s recommended that artists practice normal painting first.
Practitioners of this centuries-old craft use brown or white sugar as the main material, a bronze spoon and a small shovel as tools, and a slab of marble as the canvas. The sugar is melted over a fiery pot and spread over the canvas with the spoon. Once the shape is completed, the shovel is used to glue a wooden stick to the artwork and to separate it from the marble slab. For around to Chinese yuan (30 cents) you can have your very own caramelized sugar dragon or phoenix and a unique souvenir.
Visit Oddity Central to learn more about this tasty and astonishing craft.
Here’s some awesome, if misguided, candy-related wisdom from Life magazine, February 25, 1946: The makers of Dextrose purport to answer the question, “Why do children crave candy?” Why indeed.
Here’s our favourite part: “Pure, wholesome candy in reasonable amounts and at the right time is a valuable factor in balanced nutrition at all ages.”
So don’t make the mistake of only feeding your kids fruit, vegetables, and dairy products. Their higher energy requirements mean they NEED to be fed candy each and every day because “Candy is an energy food.”
And don’t you forget it.
It’s Candy Day on Geyser of Awesome!
Could this be the cutting edge of edible fashion?
For a beautiful and playful new series entitled Barbapapa, photographer Isabelle Chapuis photographed models wearing cotton candy as hair, jackets, belts, and coats.
Perfect for fashionistas with a sweet tooth.
This nightmarish, yet still quite enticing, bit of dessert is a Dexter cupcake.
Redditor Pommedauphine works for a bakery that was commissioned by Showtime to make cupcakes for the recent premiere of season 7 of Dexter. They’re red velvet cupcakes with shards of sugar glass embedded in the whipped vanilla icing, splattered with red simply syrup for blood. Yum!
[via Neatorama Halloween]
Australian art duo Pip & Pop, also known as Nicole Andrijevic and Tanya Schultz, create intricately patterned floor installations made of colourful sweets mixed with glitter, beads, toys, sand, and other equally vibrant found objects. It’s an edible neon wonderland! (Just don’t try to eat the glitter, beads, toys, sand, etc.)
These bright little worlds appear to have magically grown up out of the floor and feel like a fanciful blend of fairytales, Japanese pop art, and mandalas. We wish there was a level in one of the Katamari Damacy games that looked like this.
If you could recreate one of your unique fingerprints in any medium, what would you choose?
The aptly titled series Fingerprints by artist Kevin Van Aelst showcases the Connecticut-based artist’s intricate fingerprint patterns created in different mediums. Aelst literally and figuratively leaves his mark on typical settings using unconventional mediums that also happen to be common materials used in everyday life. A giant maze of tape pulled out of a cassette outlines the patterns of the artist’s right index finger while a series of meticulously aligned strands of thread unspooled from its ball of yarn recreates an impression left by the artist’s left index finger on the ground.
Selected prints from this series can be purchased on Eye Buy Art.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Just like any cake decorator would, Montreal-based artist Shelley Miller uses sugar icing to create delicate patterns of lines, shapes, and flowers. The one main difference with Miller, though, is that she’s not baking cakes. Miller is an installation artist who creates many of her intricate artworks outside. She uses edible blue paint on white sugar tiles, and then affixes the tiles on to the walls with icing. Yum!
In much of her art, Miller explores the unpredictable impermanence of objects in relation to time, weather, and historical authenticity. By sculpting in public, outdoor spaces, her installations could last for hours, days, or weeks. Some may last for months while others could just as easily wash away in the rain the very same day they are made.
As each outdoor sculpture decays over time and the pieces begin to fade away, her work directly investigates memory and history. Miller’s project is described as a “retelling of history, and an exploration into how juxtaposed and/or omitted images can greatly modify interpretation, not unlike the construction and destruction of memory and history itself.”
If we ever encounter one of Shelley’s pieces in person we cannot promise that we won’t at least attempt to lick it. Could you resist the temptation?
Here’s a peek inside an awesome and, as far as we’re concerned, magical place that we’ve always wanted to visit, the marshmallow Peep factory! Whether you prefer them fresh or stale, Easter just wouldn’t be the same without them. Actually, these days, pretty much any holiday would be lackluster without a few sugary peeps to hand.
The New York Times recently went inside the Pennsylvania-based, family-owned Just Born factory and shot some great images of how their Peeps marshmallow candies are made. The full set of images can be found at The New York Times.
It takes six minutes to make a Peep. Ingredients are mixed, air is injected and the emerging Peep is blasted with a sugar shower and decorated with two tiny eyes made of edible wax.
Photos by Nikolas Koenig
[via Laughing Squid]