Prosciutto Dinosaur
[1] Get some prosciutto and basil or spinach, and start working (photo courtesy Red Hong-Yi).

Jackie Chan In Chopsticks
[2] Jackie Chan commissioned this portrait, made from 64,000 chopsticks (photo courtesy Red Hong-Yi).

 

Looking for a rainy day project, or to jump-start a new hobby? A fun get-together with friends?

Take inspiration from the edible collages by Malaysian artist Red Hong-Yi, created on dinner plates [photo #1].

She calls them “painting without a brush.”

In 2012, Red Hong-Yi, was an architect designing residential towers on a computer screen. Then she decided to take a right turn, and transitioned to handmade art.

She created massive portraits:

  • Ai Weiwei’s face from 20,000 sunflower seeds, a tribute to his porcelain Sunflower Seeds installation.
  • Jackie Chan commissioned a portrait, made from 64,000 chopsticks (photo #2).
  • Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou’s portrait was made with 2000 socks.
  • Aung Saan Su Kyi’s portrait was created with 2000 dyed carnations, evoking the way she ties flowers in her hair.
  • Singer Adele was created with thousands of melted tea light candles as a tribute to her song, “Set Fire to the Rain.”
     
    The artist then scaled down, creating art on dinner plates, the images made entirely from food.

    She has peeled cucumbers into landscapes, turned ice cream bars into ice floes topped by polar bears, created chickens from egg shells.

  • See more of her dazzling work here.
  • Check out her portfolio, here.
  • See her working on YouTube.
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    Thanks to AtlasObscura.com. Its Gastro Obscura “covers the world’s most wondrous food and drink.”

      


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