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Project Eat Me

Sung Yeonju, Wearable Food Series

"Born in Seoul, 1986 [age 29] lives and works in Seoul

[Education]
2010 . B.F.A. Dep. of Painting, College of Arts, HongIk University, Seoul, Korea" (http://www.yeonju.me/biography.php)

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“As time goes by, the food from my work do go through a progression of disappearance due to the nature of food and gets gradually changed into the hideous state fading its shape and color in the process.” - Sung Yeonju 

Yeonju poses together two somewhat contradicting notions (of eating and weaing) creating an interesting combination which in end she calls 'Wearable food', despite the garnments being neither made to eat or to wear. 

"These dresses completely contradict the purpose and notion of clothing. Not only are they destroyed in wearing, but also provide not protection for the body and wouldn’t last a week even if left alone. Why? Beautifully, they are constructed entirely out of edible items, from tomato, to mushroom and eggplant. In this sense, the clothing also completely contradict the notion of food. Who would eat a dress, however beautiful?" 

Source: (http://www.visualnews.com/2013/04/23/wearable-food-from-korean-artist-yeonju-sung/)

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Seen above: "Liverpool-based artist Carne Griffiths...series of artworks that are made with tea, brandy and vodka."

(http://doublemesh.com/abstract-portraits-made-tea-alcohol/)

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Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (1995)

Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (1995), directed by Ang Lee, Cinema Club

Trailer (shown below) entirely presented as a recipe, e.g. "one part laughter, one part passion, with a dash of intruige, honour and adventure mixed in". This highlights the major theme of food within the film. 

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Above shoes made from gum paste and fondant.

  • Great level of detail and realism can be achieved with such materials 

After reading the design brief I thought it could be very interesting to make a garnment of some sort with cake decoration materials such as fondant and sweets. This could create a colourful and eccentric costume.

Further research into the use of sweets within fashion and decor:

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Above: Music video by Katy Perry performing California Gurls. Capitol Records, LLC
Director: Mathew Cullen
Producers: Bernard Rahill, Patrick Nugent, Javier Jimenez, Danny Lockwood

Play on food relating to mood of piece and affect on viewers; provides sense of frivolity and fun. 

  • Food used as an accessory as opposed to fundamental human need; creates a sense opposing that of seriousness and mundane life 
  • Food being naturally colourful is reflected in decor and fashion 
  • Used to evoke a playful atmosphere (particularly when using sweets/fruits)
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Pip & Pop

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Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker

While working on my project in class, a couple of friends mentioned I should research Bourne's Nutcracker because a lot of the costumes revolved around sweets, and some in particular used marshmallows.

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From looking at all of the costumes in this performance there is a huge play on textures, colours and patterns to represent various sweets. This is really interesting to help me determine what kind of shape I would like to create the dress in.

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After having pitched my initial ideas to Kate she questioned why I wanted to have a dress in the shape of an hourglass; I liked this because a large skirt somewhat reflected the shape of many sweets (round) and created a bubbly feel however it was interesting to hear her idea of creating something like a flapper dress to reflect an era and fashion associated with decadence and indulgence in one's likes and wants. I therefore decided to create a simpler, straight dress. 

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I therefore decided to research some party dresses across different fashion periods and notably more into the iconic flapper dress of the 1920's. 

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After beginning to create my marshmallow dress a classmate showed me an artist who also made a dress of sweets and marshmallows (a CSM graduate) to look into: Anne Sophie Cochevelou. 

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This further secondary research allowed me to change my mind in regards to the shape of the dress I wanted to use because it is actually a truly good idea to be influence by fashion styles that were prevalent in an era of decadence (1920's, partying )or consumerism (really became large in the 1990's). Equally seeing how other artists used marshmallows in their costume pieces helped me comprehend to a greater extent the possibilities and/or limits of this as a medium/material across different performance types and views/cultures.

My primary research for this project consisted mainly of experimentation and trying various materials until I found a successful method (see in sketchbook and reflection pages).

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Huge variation in effects created through shape, texture and colour of each food. 

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Yeonju's clothes made of vegetables and other foods reminded me of something I had heard of previously involving fashion collections with dresses made almost entirely of chocolate. These collections are mainly showcased at the Salon du Chocolat originating in Paris and now spread to large major cities such as New York, Brussels, Tokyo, etc. 

Links to Salon du Chocolat:

http://www.lexpress.fr/styles/diapo-photo/styles/saveurs/salon-du-chocolat-2015-un-defile-de-robes-fleuries-et-graphiques_1730190.html

http://www.salonduchocolat.fr/evenement.aspx?event_id=108

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This reminded me of the flexibility of certain sugar-based materials such as fondant, used for cake decoration and can be used to create very elaborate shapes and structures/sculptures. 

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Project Eat Me Brief

Ryan Yoon

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Gretchen Röehrs

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To the left and above: "Artist Gretchen Röehrs completes her playful fashion illustrations by utilizing colorful food items, as a finishing touch. From a rustic slice of bread to leafy greens, Röehrs has the ability to transform these edibles into pieces that are reminiscent of structured, flowing, and shapely articles of clothing.

In each illustration, the foods are manipulated so that they mirror the human body's many curves and angles. The twisted banana, deep red cherries, layered artichoke, and other provisions add a naturalistic texture to the sketches. This allows them to come to life, especially when Röehrs's characters appear to be out and about in a chic metropolis. The creative drawings give a whole new perspective of food that is all at once playful and artistic.…"

(http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/list/tag/fashion)

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Pip & Pop

"Australian artist Tanya Schultz works as Pip & Pop to create immersive installations and artworks from an eclectic range of materials including sugar, glitter, candy, plastic flowers, everyday craft materials and all sorts of objects she finds on her travels.

Her practice embodies both independent and collaborative processes across varying disciplines including installation, painting, wall-works and sculpture.

Often ephemeral, her meticulously constructed and highly detailed works embrace notions of abundance, utopian dreams and fleeting pleasure. She is fascinated with ideas of paradise and wish-fulfillment described in folk tales, mythologies and cinema." 

(http://www.pipandpop.com.au/#!blank/ckwv)

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Above:

i love that you love what i love

(Tanya Schultz & Nicole Andrijevic)

Duetto, Queens Theatre, AEAF, Adelaide 2009

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Worksheet on "Nutcracker!"

Gianni Versace Vintage 1990s 90s Neon Polka Dots Body Con Dress

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After researching Cochevelou further I realised that she had some similar ideas to me, as well as some of the same research that I had previously done. She even asked the audience members to eat directly off of the dress which was what I was planning on doing. Her research included the M&M dress and Katy Perry's 'California girls' video. Because her costumes worm also associated with performance she focused on the aesthetic of the sweets in order to portray a character as well as to celebrate her 90th show.
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