Ok, ready for your ten dollar word of the day? Anthropomorphism. (Thanks to JrSoc member Melissa for this one!) It's "the attribution of uniquely human characteristics to non-human creatures and beings, natural and supernatural phenomena, material states and objects or abstract concepts." (Wikipedia) Yesterday we identified faces in inanimate objects - an exercise in anthropomorphism.
Today, we're looking at zoomorphism - the attribution of animal qualities to non animal things. One of the most recognizable examples of zoomorphism (and a healthy dose of anthropomorphism) in current pop culture is the work of creative duo Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers who having been morphing veggies and fruits into animals for more than a decade.
It's hard not to be completely charmed by their clever and humorous food sculptures of eggplant penguins and cauliflower sheep. I've listed a few of their many books below - most of which are in print and available online or at your local library.
Books by Saxton Freymann and/or Joost Elffers:
Play With Your Food, 1997
Food Play, 2006
How Are you Peeling?, 2004
Fast Food, 2006
Ready to start rooting around in the vegetable drawer for a little zoomorphic craft session of your own? Junior's bound to be all over a chance to play with his food! And it's even more fun when you can snack on your completed creation. Find great inspiration in the finalists of the Crafty Crow's Funny Food Contest held last summer. More magic by Freymann and/or Elffers below.