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.