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.