Having a slow Saturday this holiday weekend at the Lunch Encounter. It is just too beautiful to be inside. So here I am, radio playing, counter spanking clean, orders placed, now what? Let’s clean the walk-in!
Rooting around in the basement, I came upon this post that sprung from a styling gig I had involving Oreo cookies. Wondering about the origin of the word Oreo, I had done a bit of research.
Oreo comes from the Greek root for appetizing as in orexin or orexigenic (appetite stimulating). And while I was at it, online and all, I wandered, uncovering Judith G Klausner, her amazing Oreo art and incredible embroidered toast. Toast!
I felt the need to blog (translate as “blurt), and to alert the Snitters of Knitwitz. Suits–Herself–Cindy, a snitter who does not knit, grabbed the thread and followed it to thisiscolossal.com where she encountered this open-faced sandwich.
Artist Judith G. Klauser of Somerville finds her inspiration in small, everyday objects that easily recede into the background. In the past, she’s worked with insects, baby teeth and fingernails. She also works with food. Specifically, processed food.
In a series called “From Scratch,” Klauser uses Oreo cookies to make finely detailed cameos (she sculpts the frosting with toothpicks, pins and a sculpture stick); cereal, for her elaborate cross-stitch samplers; toast, as a base for embroidery and condiments, such as ketchup and mustard; and paint, to create wallpaper.
I’ve done some experiments making silhouettes using American cheese and decided I wanted to do something more detailed…the cheese can take it. My experiments involved letting the cheese sit out, unrefrigerated, to see what happened to the slices. It turns out they actually behave like Shrinky Dinks. If you leave American cheese out for months, it shrinks and hardens. It’s a little alarming in a food substance, but it certainly works well for me.
Read more here.
Judith G Klausner is a genius, a brilliant food artist, and I want to be her.