Monday, August 10, 2009

A Little Tour of My Brain, Part 4 - Candy

My goodness, it has been a week since I last posted anything on my blog. It has been a little crazy around here. I am tidying my studio. That always takes a little while because I work on quite a few things at once, so in place of a small mess I end up with a rather larger one. Cleaning is coming along quite well.

I am going to start making a giant lunch box for a mall in town. Last year I built the two sides of a school bus for them out of coreplast plastic. They were attached to an 8' x 8' section of fence. The public was asked to donate school supplies for needy families. The mall has done this for years and last year was the best response that they had for this event. This year the lunch box that I am going to make will be used to collect non-perishable food for lunch boxes. The giant yellow lunch box will measure 6' x 3' x 5', all made from coreplast plastic.

That is the update from around here and now on to the brain tour. I love candy, not so much to eat, but to look at. The shapes, the colours and the smells are so wonderful.

This illustration is from "The Unsophisticated Arts", drawn and described by Barbara Jones, and published in 1951.

The "Holiday Candy Book" by Virginia Pasley was published in 1952. These delightful endpapers are the only colour in the book.

This is a sample of the black and white illustrations inside the book.
I picked this candy tin up about 5 months ago. I love the brilliant colour against the black background.

When we were in Thun, Switzerland, I picked up three postcards with images of candy. This postcard shows many of the different varieties of licorice available in Europe.
This postcard captures the iridescence of hard candies.
The last postcard is a photograph of nougat and chocolates, is your mouth watering yet, mine is.
I bought this tin advertisement for chocolates about ten years ago. They are so delicious that even a bee desires them.

I picked this tin two months ago on my birthday. The colours are very interesting and compared to the English tin are very elegant and understated.
Back in the 1980's there was a company in Vancouver, BC called "Edibaubles". The woman that originated the line was German. She made food for dollhouses out of a new product from Germany. This plastic modeling clay was baked in the oven. Fimo and Sculpey are so common place now. She was invited to a party and decided to make some toe rings. That as they say is history. She ended up selling all over the world. This necklace is one of her larger pieces. I found it in a second hand store about ten or more years ago.


This is a candy wrapper from a 1960's Israeli hard candy. Yes, I did keep it. I loved the colours and the overall design then and I still do.