Saturday, August 14, 2010

What's cooking?

I was indirectly reminded that I have not updated my blog in ages. Well not ages, but in internet time 4 months in close to a couple years, right?

Anyway, I am about to head back to school in a week and have been trying to figure out what I want to work on for the upcoming year. I started some sketches earlier this summer, but none of these ideas seem to be related at this point.

Therefore, I started thinking about my last year of undergrad when I was working on my BFA and how that all came together. Luckily I had a lot of work that was related through a similar theme, but still was not really sure why I was making what I was making. I had the privilege of having and interesting professor who encouraged people to make meaningful work: work that did something for others and was not a bunch of self-indulgent, self-centered work. I have been trying to work on kitchenware for the last year with most of the emphasis being placed on the design of the piece, while still maintaining an interesting concept. How to merge these ideas?

For the last year, I have been really interested in cooking and even moreso, healthy cooking. (For those of you who do not know, I keep a small photo album/recipe book on Facebook of the recipes that I have tried.) This interest has caused me to come across a lot of articles about childhood obesity and on a broader basis, the general eating habits of people in the United States. Being someone who likes to make fun pieces with a toy like aesthetic, I think this affords me the opportunity to explore some of these ideas on a broader basis.

Some questions I have been thinking about include:
How do you get children interested in food?
How do you get children to choose a healthy option over an unhealthy alternative?
How do you make kids understand the benefits of choosing healthier options?
What kind of products would help kids make better choices?
How do you make these products kid friendly, but fun?

Although I have some ideas about this, I would love to get opinions form other people as well. Thanks for you continued interest and I look forward to hearing some of your ideas.