Seen and Heard: Things my kid would love

Food Art

So there is this woman who lives in Paris (where else?). Her name is Julie Rothhahn and she's a culinary designer. Now there is a profession I'd like in on but I'm sure that I lack the imagination to look at food the way Ms. Rothhahn does. Her stuff is meant to be eaten sure, but it is also to be played with, delight in and be amused by. In Julie's hands at least, that is how edible things shape up. Look below and tell me it ain't so. I can see you perking up already.

These little stackable cookies are called Cartes à Manger.

and these beauties are jellied fruits. They're so pretty, I'm sure that all I'd do is just stare. She calles them Neo Fruit.

The dip is the limit with these fruit and vegetable chips. Love 'em. And I'm sure my kid would too!

Pudding so Zen

I nearly went into a trance when I saw these. Use them for jello, mousses, ice cream or puddings the site says. I'm sure I will. Not that my kitchen has any more space for yet more molds but who can resist a jiggly Buddha?

You can get Il Buddino for yourself here.

Crayon Pointillism

When I first saw Christian Faur's art, it struck me as very Chuck Close in nature. You have to give a minute for your eyes to adjust and figure out what you are looking at. Isn't it great? They're made of crayons. Well who would have thunk? The problem with hanging his work on the walls will be in keeping people from pulling the crayons out. I know I'd want to.

"For this body of work I have assembled more than one hundred thousand hand cast crayons of varying colors and shades to produce a body of work that, to the best of my knowledge, is unlike anything done before in art. These individual “pixels” of wax are precisely stacked into specific locations inside of wooden frames to produce a new art form that uniquely balances the qualities of both photography and sculpture. Further, I have developed a mapping system that translates the English alphabet into twenty six discrete colors and I use these crayon “fonts” to add words and language to each of the pieces in the show."

Where the sidewalk ends, 2008

Blue Boy, 2008

"The product is a series of photorealistic landscapes and figurative images that are formed at the surface of the thousands of tightly packed crayon tips. The imagery that makes up this new body tends to focus on isolated elements represented as children, barns, water towers, etc. within determinate landscapes, which are intended to reference the individual crayon whose solitary existence, like that of the individual element, is rendered obsolete in the amalgamate. The direct representation of language in each piece further imbues the works with meaning and brings an aspect of color into each composition reminiscent of DNA coding. The alphabetic key at the lower left of each panel allows the viewer to interpret the individual words written throughout the various panels."

The Dance I + detail, 2006

The Hours + detail, 2006

True Color Series Girl 1 (detail2), 2008

He ain't no baby bear

Ok, I'll admit this might scare some little ones. But not my bloodthirsty kid. Provided he manages not to trip in it, I can see him jumping out of corners in our house dressed in this very realistic sleeping bag. All I can say is I'm glad I'm not a camping kind of gal. I would not in a million years wish to encounter "the bear" while out in the wild.

Are you sure you want one? Then you'll have to wait until designer Eiko Ishizawa starts to produce them.

Via Swiss Miss

Dodge 'em

According to the website, it is supposed to "improve your aim, channel your frustration, and help heal your traumatized inner child." Well... sometimes I could use the help in the inner child department. You'll have to decide if you do too.

the desktop dodgeball game

Remember that schoolyard staple Dodge Ball, where one kid had the ball
and everybody else had to "dodge?" Yes memories like that really remind
Fred of why he hated recess. Well our Dodge 'Em is a kinder, gentler
version...and this time you've got the ball! Line up the target kids on
a flat surface - desk, table, or floor - and see how many you can topple
with each throw. We guarantee that this item will improve your aim, channel
your frustration, and help heal your traumatized inner child. Dodge 'Em
is a set of 8 screenprinted hardwood blocks measuring around 3" x .5"
and a lightweight spongeball to knock 'em over with. Like all things FRED,
this item is packaged in a beautiful pinted clear box with frosted highlights.

Design: Liz Goulet Dubois

Think you can't live without them now? If so, then you'd better mosey on over to World Wide Fred.

1 comment:

  1. One hundred thousand hand-cast crayons? That guy has a lot of money, and a lot of time on his hands!


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