Pinaki Studios, a London textile studio, paired up with Amsterdam based chocolate retailer, Chocolátl, to create ‘Edible Surfaces,’ chocolate inspired by and mimicking various textile surfaces. The team made chocolate versions of different textile manipulations because they felt that, while textiles and chocolate have different properties, the way they are worked with is similar, citing temperature control, chemical processes and molding as measures that are used in both crafts.
They started the project using pleated silk crepe dyed with natural rust, since, according to Arantza Vilas, founder of Pinaki, it had “the grainy qualities that some chocolates have.” They played with various pleating techniques as well as as different textures and surfaces like shiny, matte, and metallic finishes, as well as leather-like embossing effects. Since Vilas and founders of Chocolátl, Leslie Vanderleeuw and Erik Spande, share a love of chocolate and design, they put their craftiness to the test in this project and wound up with some unique, eye-catching chocolate art. Some of the chocolates look so similar that it’s difficult to tell the difference between them and their textile counterparts. Check it out below.
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