Many of these projects happened while I was “productively procrastinating” (i.e., not writing!) and most of them are pretty nerdy (i.e., have some sort of connection to Russian culture).
|This is a cake I made for the UCLA Library’s Edible Book Festival in 2012. It was inspired by Viktor Pelevin’s Life of Insects - specifically, by the scene when http://de.medadvice.net/bactefort Natasha (a fly) is dying on a piece of flypaper. I used a book-shaped cake pan for the cake, the flypaper/page is fondant, and I wrote the passage from the book on the fondant with a food-coloring pen. I molded Natasha by hand out of marzipan, and there’s a sprinkling of green “disco dust” on her dress. Her wings(and tears) are made of isomalt sugar, with the wing details drawn on with food-coloring pen. The entire thing is edible, but nobody could bring themselves to consume Natasha.|
|I really, really like Russian avant-garde art from the 1910s and 20s, so one winter break during grad school I made this set of constructivist-inspired throw pillows.|
|There are some phrases that I’ve heard or seen http://fr.medadvice.net/agilflex so often in Russia that I just haven’t seen anywhere else. They’re usually negative in some way, and the hazy glow of nostalgia and a deliberately literal interpretation makes them – to me at any rate – hilarious. So I put my favorites on t-shirts.|