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Food presentation has long been considered a form of art, but what about the utensils? Now the spoons, forks, knives and plates usually lost behind the scenes are getting all of the attention. Art inspired by dining instruments is popping up around the country, and it seems that America still can’t get enough of anything related to food.

In 2004, designer Karin Collins began fashioning pendants out of spoons as a means of therapy for an eating disorder. She hand paints whimsical, abstract designs along the curve of the spoon, turning it into a feast for the eyes instead of the mouth. Her gallery of over one hundred spoon necklaces can be viewed online at SpoonFedArt.com.

If you prefer to see utensil art in person, there is the Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005 exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City from May 5 – 29, 2006. A collection of dining instruments including soup tureens, ice-cream scoops and flatware will be on display.

Finally, if abstract art and museums are too sophisticated for your palette, there’s always my favorite spork t-shirt that Andrew owns. Museum worthy someday I’m sure.


Kristin says on May 4th, 2006 at 2:52 pm:

Sporks are on of the greatest inventions yet! When will lovescool and amai be coming out with their own set of decorative silverware?

lori says on May 5th, 2006 at 4:59 am:

I’ve been using sporks since I was in high school! They’re nothing new here in the Philippines. :)

The Girl Who Ate Everything says on May 7th, 2006 at 1:02 pm:

Otto, Tavalon, Sandwich Shoppe, Once Upon a Tart, Bo Ky, and ice cream…

Olive oil gelato olive oil gelato oliveoilgelato. Otto Sarah, along with a million other people, just couldn’t stop talking about Otto’s olive oil gelato. Although I’ve been interested in trying it for a long time (hey, I love olive oil……

Kathy says on May 8th, 2006 at 4:00 pm:

Hi Kelli!
I’ve been poking around your blog for the longest time and each post makes me love it more and more:) I did a post on Jin a few months ago, and though I didn’t have the sandwiches or tea, I bought macarons and various cakes that were fantastic. Keep up the good work!
PS. Sudden hankering for the chai cookie Robyn had last week! Mmmmm…

Kathy says on May 8th, 2006 at 4:08 pm:

Sorry! Didn’t type in the correct link to my blog :)

Nahal says on May 9th, 2006 at 1:57 am:

wow, this is really interesting ;)

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