This Art Exhibit Is Made of Chocolate (and You Can Eat It)
Creativity comes in many forms — whether it’s trying out the best DIY kit for your zodiac sign, creating a happy place in your home, or learning the art of photo styling. But we were blown away when we discovered this new kind of art: an exhibit you can eat. (Yes, you read that right.) Kristiane Kegelmann, a trained pastry artist and innovative sculptor, wants people to fully enjoy her latest installation by eating it.
Her glorious exhibit called “Bittersweet” opened in Berlin last month. Kegelmann, who funded the project via Kickstarter, creates her edible art by mixing fine chocolate with veggies, fresh fruits, seeds, and nuts. Then, she uses the mixture to sculpt her beautiful designs.
She recently shared her creative process with Slow Words: “After I have found the perfect taste of the project I go into design. Each conception involves a new challenge. I work with statics and architectural constructions, simple design, matching color combinations, and structures of the surfaces. The smell of it usually is quite strong and tasty. So it’s a double surprise and pleasure either for the eyes and the senses.”
We love how Kegelmann talks about what compelled her to create, as if gorgeous work that’s a total treat for the eyes and mouth isn’t enough. She wants people to remember that artwork doesn’t always need to be admired or appreciated from a distance and that it’s important to get up close and personal with the art. Some visitors hesitate before eating pieces of the edible sculptures, but when they do, they “really experience it on a different level,” Kegelmann tells Time. So cool!
People are such an important part of Kegelmann’s creative process. She tells Slow Words, “I create installations that keep changing even when I have finished my work process on the sculpture or on the installation. And they change through the recipients. Do we have to consume edible pieces the same way? Do they always have to look the same? The installations take the guests in.”
Who doesn’t want to spend an afternoon staring at art that both looks and tastes incredible? Especially when we’re helping the artist fulfill her artistic vision. Kegelmann believes that visitors who eat her artwork are helping her finish “transient objects” by partaking in the destruction. Well, if destruction means taste testing something as beautiful as her handmade, jewel-shaped chocolates, count us in!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)