18 May 2009

dried fruit rings

fruitrings14Pear.

The dehydrator is my new favorite toy. With it, I began to dry fruits and incorporate them with my work in metal.  And what better way than to combine two things I love: jewelry and food. No more cheerio necklaces, I wanted something better! These rings are completely edible, except for the silver part of course. So if one is ever desperate for a munch… and not just any munch, a very delicious and healthy munch!

The perishable fruit contrasted against the permanent silver ring became my main motif as I experimented with different ways of manipulating such a delicate material. More art talk at the end.

fruitrings01 Plum.

fruitrings02 Granny smith apple.

fruitrings03 Granny smith apple.

fruitrings04 Beet.

fruitrings05 Pear.

fruitrings06 Orange.

fruitrings07 Orange.

fruitrings08 Kiwi.

fruitrings09 Plum.

fruitrings10  Plum.

fruitrings12  Burnt granny smith apple.

fruitrings11Burnt granny smith apple.

What will be fun is to see how these rings hold up over the next few months – I plan on making another set of photos later on to see how they decay. Already the Texas humidity is making them a bit soft, which I don’t mind – the only thing I really fear are maggots. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen!

(And on a related note, you can check out the fresh and dried photo series here. I’m not done with it yet, but it’s my growing collection of photographs of food freshly sliced and freshly dried. it was a way to document the changes fruit go through before all the water is removed.)

 

ART TALK (for those who care, feel free to skip)

-Redefining Jewelry: Does all jewelry need to comprise of precious metal and gems? What is it about silver, gold, diamonds, rubies, etc. that have made them the ultimate representation of jewelry?

-Preservation: I realize drying the fruits are a form of preservation, but I did want the rings to last beyond two days. Often I’m annoyed on the archival process in art – acid-free paper, archival pigments, fiber paper in photo which lasts 50 yrs versus the RC paper which only lasts 10 yrs… I really don’t like the emphasis on saving something forever when you haven’t even made it yet. Also it’s a bit haughty to me when someone considers their work important enough to save forever. For me, it’s just about creating. If it lasts, it lasts. If not, then oh well.

-Memory: How we attach meaning to items and how those meanings fade once the person passes away. Most objects we treasure have sentimental meanings attached, but once we pass, so does all knowledge of why that object is important fades as well.

39 comments:

meg.kat.art said...

insanely creative idea. love the orange and granny smith especially. awesome :)

Tricia said...

These rings and your photography are amazing! I really like them.

Hillary said...

I like the whole concept of redefining jewelry - bravo! I think you would also like these bowls: http://www.vivaterra.com/pls/enetrixp/!stmenu_template.main?complex_id_in=482007.488301.493428.3259374.page&mybuyscid=1996201053

chocolatecup said...

these are sooooooooo gorgeous:)

maex said...

these are amazingly beautiful! =)

cathy said...

thank you everybody! all your comments make me so happy, and I am inspired to continue making lovely edible things!

Leigh said...

Really beautiful! Am mentioning on my blog tomorrow morning. Also, found you via notcot.org.

Anonymous said...

That is absolutely INCREDIBLE.
Where this idea could come from is astounding...
Love the photography too... really sets off the pieces.
-Fan from Cairo

The 17 Year Old Intern said...

i love them so much.
so different.
it's weird but it works.
therefore i wrote a post about in on my own blog.
lol.

x

wheredidmysaucego said...

Weird and wonderful at the same time!!

gregtastic28 said...

These are amazing! I work for a radio show called Good Food on KCRW in LA. We would love to interview you about your jewelry! Do you have an email address or some way we could contact you to discuss this?

Thanks,
Greg

cathy said...

every comment makes me so happy!

@greg: I'd love to do an interview! and yes, i do have an email, it is cathywu@gmail.com .

baobabs said...

These are brilliant!!! You've taken food, jewellery design and creativity to a new level! They're so classy I love it!!

Hope you don't mind me cross posting to share with my friends!

JuliaA said...

the pics are fascinating to look at. and beautiful.

i like your thoughts on preservation.

very cool post.

(apols for braindead response to such a thoughtful and interesting post)

GrandmaMarilyns said...

Different....very different. LOL

Leah said...

I definitely want to see the photos in two months :) These are great as art jewelry, and I could see the photographs as an exhibit somewhere.

Graciela said...

I love it. Are you selling it? please, i really want onde!!

cathy said...

@baobabs: of course not, it would only make me happier!

@julia: thank you :) and no worries, that wasn't braindead at all.

@grandmamarilyns: glad you got a giggle out of them!

@leah: eventually... i'm itching as well to see what they'll look like in the end (if it ever will end)

@graciela: you can email me if you really would like to buy one :)

Carmencita y sus cosas said...

Its very nice and original!

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Valo said...

GENIAL!!!!

L'orto di Michelle said...

Hi,
I write this dried fruit rings in my blog:
http://lortodimichelle.blogspot.com/

Tamara said...

Really wonderful! I am amazed...

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Carmen said...

Son maravillosos!!!!!!
Creo que son lo más original y estético que he visto últimamente.

¿Has pensado en venderlos?. Si consigues que duren mucho tiempo, yo quiero comprar uno.

De verdad que son geniales..
Gracias desde España..
Lo siento por el idioma..

arrosoir said...

magnifiques objets: je craque pour la betterave ! bravo !

Hazel Terry said...

Love this Cathy and I am blogging it at http://theartroomplant.blogspot.com
beautiful work.

brusha said...

Dear Cathy, you blog is totally amazing, all sections of it and pictures! Never lose your inspiration. I hope there will be more admirers of your work here in Russia after i tell them about you in my blog. Anyway, you've got one big fan of what you do in my person for sure!

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this ring is really cool, for my wedding rings I would like these with small meals are really delicious and they are very original

silver rings said...

Wow, this is a really creative idea. If you had not shared that the rings were made out of dried fruit, I am not so sure I would have realized it. You are very talented.

bewitched by art said...

This is creative! hOW'D you come up with this idea?

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Vintage Rings said...

exceptional! these rings are super unusual but very nice looking. I may eat them! :)

Les Délices de Baïa said...

I talk about your work on the deshydrated fruits on my blog www.lesdelicesdebaia.com

It's art food and i love it !

http://www.lesdelicesdebaia.com/2010/02/des-bijouxqui-se-mangent.html#links

laser keyboard said...

I love this post about dried fruit rings and I would like to have any update about it thanks for share this useful information

ikcha by ely garza said...

AAAAWWESSOOOMMEE!!! i just found your blog, and since now it's on my favs.

The work is amazing! is so inspiring the fact that you create and make jewelry from unusual materials.

I'm a college teacher in Mexico, and definitively I will talk about your work and your creativity!

Trina said...

I absolutely gasped at the concept! It's amazing and a great art form. How goes it? The post is old, but I'd love to see any updates on this unique jewelry art. I'd love to talk about it in my blog.

Jasmin said...

Hi Cathy, I'm writing from Ecouterre, a website about sustainable fashion. Would you mind getting in touch with me at jasmin -at- ecouterre -dot- com? Thanks!

Xx said...

I LOVE IT! Do you have a shop somewhere? It's very original.

jane silverman said...

wow!! these are SO cute!! I would love to do this for my bridal party!! Love them!!! Your so creative!! :)