Monday, April 25, 2011

Mama said don't play with your food!

IW 2011 grads and friends with their culinary creations!
When it's food art, it's perfectly okay to play, play, play! Michiko Olson came to IslandWood as an Artist in Residence and taught a handful of field groups throughout the week. Grads and interns (and a hubby too!) joined Michiko for a professional development session that was just too much fun!

True or false? You've got a 50/50 chance here!
The session began with a "true or false" game on some history about Japan. We held up plates adorning the Japanese character for "true" or "false" and proceeded to learn some fun facts. 

Michiko engages her learners with some visuals

Looks like the real thing!

We all chose a word that we were fond of, and Michiko drew the Japanese character for us to copy onto our papers using calligraphy. She even translated our names for us, and provided stamps to decorate our mini posters. 

The Japanese tea ceremony corner!
We even engaged in another aspect of Japanese culture with a traditional tea ceremony. We were given belts and swords for effect and fun!

Working on our masterpieces!
It wasn't long before we began working (quite obsessively) on our food art. Michiko had an incredible set-up with colorful edibles cut in various ways to help ease us into such an intricate process! We had so much fun arranging, wrapping, stamping, munching, and testing out a variety of creative processes before sitting down to eat!

Michiko's adorable chicks!

Ian surprises himself!
Kathie is all smiles as she works with such an amazing medium!
Food art, calligraphy combo!
Priya's work! Yum!
My springtime bouquet!
Bonnie went for the cutest display ever :)  (bunnies!)
Z takes food art to a whole new level! 

I want to hang out in JP's creation! So cool!
Kathie and her lovely design!
Although our food art was demolished in a couple of bites, we took home a whole new appreciation for the simple, yet extraordinary elegance of Japanese art. Stay tuned for Bonnie's recount of yet another amazing Artist in Residence who tapped into our songwriting talents and musical creativity! Thanks Michiko!

1 comment:

Chris and Amy said...

I currently live in Okinawa and love going to the 100 yen stores and seeing all the cool tools they have to make incredible bento boxes. The Japanese moms put a lot of love into those little lunches. You should see if Michiko can also teach you bingata - it's a beautiful art form.