If a pasty were a poem, what would it look like? What happens when you try and write with fudge? How can you draw the flavour of saffron buns?
These are some of the bizarre concepts that a group of writers and designers have explored to create a series of artworks that celebrate Cornish produce.
Twenty six writers – including well-known poets, novelists, and commercial copywriters – have put their heads together with 26 top designers to come up with a quirky collection of paper table-settings that are inspired by items of Cornish food.
You can see the beautiful results in the 26 Flavours of Cornwall exhibition that’s on display at the Eden Project, from today until the end of our Harvest Festival (9 October 2011).
To research their pieces, the teams visited food producers throughout Cornwall to get a sense of the places and people associated with their flavours.
For example, this series of typographic pasties (above), created by illustrator Darren Whittington and writer Peter Blackman, came out of a day spent at a pasty shop on the Lizard. There, the two observed the different types of people, from surfers to firemen, who came into the shop to buy the Cornish snack. The pieces are designed to show how the humble pasty is woven into the fabric of Cornish life.
The rich exhibition includes everything from thousands of tiny hand-drawn saffron stamens (reflecting the labour-intensive production process behind the famous Cornish saffron cake) to lettering carved from blocks of fudge.
Come and see the artworks under the canopy just outside the Eden Bakery! You can find out more about the exhibition on the 26 Flavours of Cornwall website.