Posts by Kelly Richman-Abdou

October 23, 2017

7 Bakers Whose Artistic Cakes Belong in a Contemporary Art Museum

Contemporary bakers have transformed the conventional practice of cake decorating into an art form, proving that cake is so much more than just a party staple. From buttercream bouquets to sugary stones, creative pastry chefs adorn their cakes with figurative elements inspired by real-life imagery. Sometimes, however, they take a more experimental approach to the craft and dabble in abstract designs. Some works, like the cakes created by famed chef Dinara Kasko, are mathematical in design.

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October 12, 2017

20+ Times Artists Were Inspired by the Dazzling Beauty of Geode Crystals

Inspired by the Earth's enchanting beauty, today's top designers often create pieces evocative of nature. This interest in the natural world is evident in everything from interior design and jewelry to cakes and coffee, culminating in an eclectic assortment of stunning goods and gifts. While artists tend to find inspiration in all of Mother Nature's creations, a geode-centric trend has recently emerged among these nature-loving creatives. Ranging from shimmering ceramics to sparkling street art to realistic rock candy, these mineral-inspired creations showcase the natural beauty of geodes and crystals.

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October 4, 2017

19+ Bakers Whose Awe-Inspiring Cakes Capture the Beauty of Nature

Thanks to a batch of particularly artistic bakers, today's cakes are so much more than delicious desserts. With designs based on everything from math to mermaids, these contemporary confections are as aesthetically interesting as they are tasty, as evident in this collection of nature-inspired cakes. While all cakes featured in this collection are inspired by the beauty of nature, each one presents the respective baker's unique interests and approach to cake decorating.

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September 11, 2017

Glistening Jewel-Covered Tights Transform Mortal Legs into Mermaid Tails

Thanks to a surge in ocean-inspired designers, there's never been a better time to take the plunge and embrace your inner mermaid. Spanning conch shell crowns, cozy, crochet tails, and, more recently, glistening tights by Lirika Matoshi, these crafty makers create accessories that can magically transform anyone into a mer-person—even if you decide to keep your legs. Inspired by life under the sea, Matoshi's exquisite stockings are beautifully bedazzled with glistening gems, sparkling flowers, and star-shaped sequins.

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