Enough to Eat
ID magazine, January 2002
Art and craft enthusiast Clare Crespo was crocheting mittens when it dawned on her that Los Angeles didnt see much cold weather. In a fit of weirdness, I crocheted a sushi roll, she says. From here, a bold new medium for food design was born.
Sometimes I feel like some crazy old lady is channeling her weird crochet skills through me, says Crespo. I cant crochet a sweater, but I can crochet a freeform full-sized ham. Her explanation is logical. For me, art comes from everyday life, she says. I am obsessed with food, so to me, crocheted food is obvious. I like the craftiness of yarn coupled with the concept of a hamburger and fries.
Her crochet creations (which have enjoyed their own gallery exhibitions) include plates of sushi, grilled cheese, and good old apple pie. The food I choose to crochet tends to be simple, really recognizable, and symbolic, she says. I dont do any casseroles or foie gras.
Crespos creativity extends beyond the crochet needle. In her past life, she produced music videos and commercials and ran a couple of production companies, but left it all a year ago to start what she calls a cupcake nation. This notion includes the crocheted food, a cookbook of fun desserts, and yummyfun.com, a Flash-animated introduction to some of her recipes.
But theres always room for growth, I am seriously thinking about turning my house into one big kitchenthats what it is anyway, says Crespo. A nice kitchen with a nice chair to crochet in while the cakes are baking.