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Playing With Food

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Mothers keep telling their children not to play with their food. The reason is probably because mothers tend to eat a child's leftovers (been there, done that). Some children never grow out of this habit!

Joost Elffers and Saxton Freymann authored a series of children's books on food art beginning with Playing With Your Food. See a collection of Freymann's wonderful creations at Funny Stuff.

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In Asia, watermelon carvings are used for weddings and other special events the way ice sculture is used in the west. Japanese food artist Takashi Itoh is a master of watermelon carving. You can see a gallery his works at Watermelon Special Fruitcarving.

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Italian fruit sculptor Paolo Pachetti has a gallery with diagramsoutlining the fruits he used to create them, as well as instructional books and videos for sale.

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Famous faces were constructed from fries and pizza ingredients to celebrate British National Chip Week 2007. This is an image of soccer player Wayne Rooney. See more faces at Spluch.

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Comedian Amy Sedaris recently issued a chllenge for her viewers to make food cuter by adding googly eyes. The submissions are posted at Flickr.

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Renaissance man George Hart is an artist, teacher, and math geek. He decribes himself as "neither a professor of gastronomy nor paleontology, but I like cookies." His website features instructions for creating these Trilobite Cookies.

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Not that you'd want to encourage such a thing, but a German Burger King placemat has instructions for how to build a throne from your french friesand ketchup! I wonder how many "second orders" were sold because of this?

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The Museum of Food Anomalies has food that looks like other things naturally with no human intervention. This photo is labeled "the saddest pickled egg on record." What's even sadder is that it was eaten soon after the photo was taken.
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Artist Makes Colorful Prints From 1990s VHS Tapes

A collection of old VHS tapes offers endless crafting possibilities. You can use them to make bird houses, shelving units, or, if you’re London-based artist Dieter Ashton, screen prints from the physical tape itself.

As Co.Design reports, the recent London College of Communication graduate was originally intrigued by the art on the cover of old VHS and cassette tapes. He planned to digitally edit them as part of a new art project, but later realized that working with the ribbons of tape inside was much more interesting.

To make a print, Ashton unravels the film from cassettes and VHS tapes collected from his parents' home. He lets the strips fall randomly then presses them into tight, tangled arrangements with the screen. The piece is then brought to life with vibrant patterns and colors.

Ashton has started playing with ways to incorporate themes and motifs from the films he's repurposing into his artwork. If the movie behind one of his creations isn’t immediately obvious, you can always refer to its title. His pieces are named after movies like Backdraft, Under Siege, and that direct-to-video Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen classic Passport to Paris.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Dieter Ashton

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This Is What Flowers Look Like When Photographed With an X-Ray Machine
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Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Peruvian Daffodil” (1938)

Many plant photographers choose to showcase the vibrant colors and physical details of exotic flora. For his work with flowers, Dr. Dain L. Tasker took a more bare-bones approach. The radiologist’s ghostly floral images were recorded using only an X-ray machine, according to Hyperallergic.

Tasker snapped his pictures of botanical life while he was working at Los Angeles’s Wilshire Hospital in the 1930s. He had minimal experience photographing landscapes and portraits in his spare time, but it wasn’t until he saw an X-ray of an amaryllis, taken by a colleague, that he felt inspired to swap his camera for the medical tool. He took black-and-white radiographs of everything from roses and daffodils to eucalypti and holly berries. The otherworldly artwork was featured in magazines and art shows during Tasker’s lifetime.

Selections from Tasker's body of work have been seen around the world, including as part of the Floral Studies exhibition at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in San Diego in 2016. Prints of his work are also available for purchase from the Stinehour Wemyss Editions and Howard Greenberg Gallery.

Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Philodendron” (1938)
Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Philodendron” (1938)

X-ray image of a rose.
Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “A Rose” (1936)

All images courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.

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