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What next? Cake Britain?

Posted in ART, exhibitions with tags , , on August 28, 2010 by echostains

Futureheads 'The Chaos' lyrics vs Miss Cakehead (chocolate cookies)

A new exhibition called ‘Art you can eat – Cake Britain’  in the Future Gallery, 5 Great Newport street London  WC2 gallery will run from 27th August 2010 until 29th.  All the work is made from sugar and flour, cake and other sweet things and made by the UK’s creative bakers.  The work will be devoured by the public and the proceeds shall be donated to charity.   Tate and Lyle Sugars are the sponsors.  Here’s a very early echostains blog post featuring some of my miniature efforts and a sugarcraft exhibition

'Cloud Cuckoo wedding cake' Stuart Semple vs Paul Baker

I’ve always been an admirer of cake art – its amazing what you can make from sugar. I’ve made decorative dough art in the past and even miniature food from fimo clay, but I can’t ever remember decorating a cake.  this is probably down to me not being very good with cakes (they always come out soggy or sink in the middle).  I’m much better with pastry though – must have cool hands:)

edible MacDonalds - a novel idea

Art you can eat – Cake Britain images from here and here: read about the Madartist teaparty who contributed here

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Crafty Old Sugar!

Posted in ART, SCULPTURE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2008 by echostains

An Icy Front

An Icy Front

 

 

 

 

I was watching a programme today which featured the Bowes Museum in County Durham.  The exhibition was about Sugarcraft as a sculptural medium.  I never realised that this craft was so old.  Apparently it was featured in the household of Princesse de Lamballe, Marie Therese Louise de Savoie-Carignan (1749-92) who was a favourite of the famous  Marie Antoinette.  The collection featured moulds and tools which the curator used to demonstrate.

Basket moulds

Basket moulds

 

 

 

 

The paste is pressed into the mould, then scraped round with a small brass tool and assembled.  These were used for table decorations and even deserts.

 

Cucumber basket

Cucumber basket

 

 

I love miniatures: my daughter and I used to have a lot of fun making miniature food with Fimo.

 

Butcher meat

Butcher meat

 

 

 

 

There has always been debate between Art and Craft and craft as an art form.  The Tate was founded by industrialist Henry Tate who made his fortune as a Sugar Refiner.

More information about the exhibition can be foound here;

http://www.historicfood.com/Royal-sugar-Sculpture.htm