Art Design Food
Thin Strips of Metal and Spaghetti Connect in Architectural Collars and Headdresses
Paris-based designer and artist Alice Pegna revolves her practice around structures. She’s concerned with both the relationship between individual components and how a larger framework responds to its environment, and her pieces tend to amplify the connection between adornment and the human body. “The structure is an integral part of the universe,” she tells Colossal. “It is not always visible, yet always present, material or immaterial, just like our body, our thoughts, and our life.”
This interest culminates in her architectural body of work that’s comprised of sculptural garments, headdresses, and accessories with sharp points and acute angles. Previously working primarily with uncooked spaghetti, Pegna’s new collection incorporates thin strips of metal that similarly hug the wearer’s form with geometric detail. The pieces were created in collaboration with the Phoenix Alternative Model association for Paris Fashion Week 2021 and worn by models with physical disabilities to highlight their figures. All of the works, which are photographed against stark black backdrops on minimal mannequins, rely on negative space to alter how the body is viewed without obscuring it entirely.
For more of Pegna’s intricate constructions, visit her site and Instagram.
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Stripes, Checkered Motifs, and Other Geometric Designs Turn Pasta into Colorfully Patterned Cuisine
Chef David Rivillo diverges from the standard box of spaghetti or penne stocked on most supermarket shelves by adding some flair to his handmade fare. The pasta enthusiast fashions bowties and tortellini with vibrant stripes and heaps of checkered fettuccine that are more evocative of textiles or stained glass than saucy dishes. Behind each printed dough is a study into the best ingredients for structure and color, in addition to an understanding of the chemical relationship between the two that ensures each design retains its pattern throughout the cooking process.
Having amassed significant followings on Instagram and TikTok, Rivillo first began the project in 2019 following the death of the late artist Carlos Cruz Diez. “I reproduced the ‘Cromointerferencia de color aditivo,’ an artwork he created for the Simón Bolívar International Airport, one of the most representative artworks for all Venezuelans,” he said in an interview. “Since then, my mind has never stopped thinking about it and how to get different designs and patterns.”
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Crocheted Penne, Ravioli, and Spaghetti Recreate Pasta as Fiber-Rich Renditions
Normalynn Ablao swaps starch for fiber in her crocheted pantry staples. The California-based crafter shapes penne, coils of spaghetti, and stuffed tortellini, creating piles of yellow pasta from tightly looped yarn. Whether crocheting individual macaroni or ricotta-and-sauce-filled lasagna, the textured designs have a compelling resemblance to their edible counterparts.
Ablao shares an extensive archive of patterns for baked goods, snacks, and other fare on her site and Etsy. You also might enjoy similar fiber-based food by Lucy Sparrow, Kate Jenkins, and Trevor Smith.
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