A Long Journey

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Finally the weekend is over. Though it has been very interesting and full - I'm glad it's done.

On Saturday I was at the Mulberry School Community Day and had the chance to showcase some of my work to a lot of curious people. I have to say that the pet hate of what I do is that people touch my work. Sorry not touch - poke it! Hello!! It's fruit! It's also as delicate as it looks! No matter how much you tell some people they just don't listen. Very frustrating.

Anyway. Firstly I thought I'd post an image of one of the ispirations for my work. It's a jewellery box of a peacock on a red platform, but I can't remember which site I got it from. So if anyone knows please tell me - I don't want to be stepping on any toes.

I was quite pleased with the outcome of what I did.

These next images are of how I started and finished a cantaloupe melon. The process shots are not great though.

These are of one of the watermelons I did. I recycled this one - I'll tell you in my next blog how.

For this I traced around a heart I cut out - I'm no good at drawing hearts - they become lop-sided, removed the skin from the inside then started a flower.

I then outlined the rose bases around the heart, removed the skin and carved the roses. I was very pleased with my end result!

I added some split pineapple leaves to give it height and character.

I next worked on my inspiration piece. I started with the leaves, then removed the skin of the melon so that I could start a tipped petal flower. I later added a bird made of courgette, beetroot and turnip.

I'm still not sure how they manage to get a melon to sit on top of three or four pineapples - though I have a slight idea. I tried it but it kept toppling over - so I settled for the next best thing - by now it was about 3am - I put beetroot roses and peaches all over the top pineapple.

This is my courgette bird - I can't really call it a peacock because the head and wings are all off. Later on the birds head started to wilt, which made it a bit pathetic.

These were all my completed pieces in old fruit boxes ready for transport the folloing morning.

My niece took some really nice pictures of all the pieces on the day. I decided to add the flowers to add to the tropical feel.

This is me providing a demonstration to the public on a small cantaloupe. I have with me two of my ex students who were also participating in this demo. These were two of my more experienced students - a mother and a daughter.

My "15 Lines of Fame"!

Monday, 14 June 2010

East End Life is a local newspaper published by the Tower Hamlets Borough Council of London. During the last week of April they arrived at one of the places of my work and by some strange luck interviewed me!

On the 17th May (just the other day I know!) the article was published. I made front page! So as you can all imagine I was pretty impressed with myself. Now I'm a local celebrity and my anonymity has all but disappeared - I'm not sure how much of a benefit that is though... But newspapers and reporters, being what they are, misprinted my name!! Oh well at least the article was interesting - thanks East End Life!

Fruitalicious shares healthy eating tips
- by Cecilia Clarke.

"Student Sabiha Khanam from Bow has shown that learning can be fun - no matter what your age.

Earlier in the year, while on a placement from university at John Scurr Community Centre in Limehouse, she successfully applied for a Healthy Borough Can Do Grant.

Sabiha then set up the Fruitalicious Project, with the help of a professional fruitcarver Shamsun Uddin, and a nutritionist, to work with Bangladeshi and Somali women to encourage them to eat more healthy.

Sabiha explained: "By getting the women to work with fruit in a different way, we've got them learning about vitamins and minerals and how, as part of a healthy diet, fresh fruit and vegetables can help prevent illnesses.

The popularity of the six-week project meant that people had to be turned away - 40 or so women wanted to join, but we only had space for 15.

At the start of the class, the women worked with small fruit such as apples, cutting flower designs into them before progressing on to larger fruit, such as melons.

The women also learnt about fruit they would not normally eat, such as dragon fruit."

Three tiered cake

Sunday, 6 June 2010

This was my first attempt at a 3 tiered cake. This was a 7, 9 and 11 inch cake. I was asked to create a blank canvas which they would decorate themselves, but i couldn't help putting some decoration on it it for a quick picture. I loosely wrapped some ribbon and put a few flowers on top, which i took off when it was time for delivery. This cake weighed a ton!!

Here is one of the tiers crumb coated with buttercream. I think it was two chocolate tiers and one sponge with jam and buttercream.

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