Posts Tagged ‘food’

I’ve recently discovered the work of Dan Jackson, and i have to say, I have a crush on his photographs.  Irreverent pictures of little people doing everyday things with food, what’s not to love?  He was kind enough to answer some questions for me, and I’m here to pass the answers along to you!

1.  What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Two slices of toast with butter on and a cup of tea.

2.  What do you find most inspiring about where you live? Erm. Not sure to be honest. I don’t think I am really inspired by where I live, most of the inspiration comes from things I see online, on TV and mainly just in my funny old head!

3.  What kind of music are you into lately?
The King Blues new album is great. www.kingblues.com
4.  Is etsy/creating your full time business?  If not, what do you do in real life?
No, not at all. I work in insurance claims full time Mon-Fri. I handle people’s claims after they have accidents in their cars. Been doing it for about 7 years now.
5. What on earth gave you the idea to photograph little people working on food?
I was inspired by the work of Slinkachu – www.slinkachu.comA London based street artist who makes his own “little people” and places them in little scenes on the streets. He photographs them and then leaves them there for people to find. The food ideas came from some other websites I had stumbled across showing that people other than me and Slinkachu were doing similar things with models of little people.
I generally buy the models first and THEN think of what situations I am going to put them in.
6.  Was there someone in your life who was a creative inspiration for you?
I suppose I got my love of photography from my mother. She’s always been into taking photos. The rest of it  comes from my strange little brain!!
7.  What else do you make other than art that you’re great at?
Other than my little people, I take all sorts of photos of scenery, animals etc. I also make a nice chicken salad!
8.  When did you first start creating things?
I first started taking photographs about 7 years ago when I got my first digital camera. Because it was so easy to take shots and discard them with digital I found this a great way to get into photography as you could take loads of shots and not worry about printing costs if 90% turned out to be awful.
The little people range of shots has been very recent. I only started taking them about 6 months ago and only started selling them online in December.
9.  What is your creative process like?
I don’t have one! Honestly. 99% of the time I don’t even think about new ideas. I just wait till they pop in my head. Sometimes I’ll see something on TV or in a shop that might give me a brainwave. But generally, I let the ideas come to me rather than go looking for them.
10.  What’s a cool thing that you think everyone should know about?
I have the same name as one of the main characters in “Stargate” but because I have had people telling me this for years I have made a point of never watching it. Therefore I am probably the only male in my demographic who has never seen Stargate!
11.  What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you?
12.  Where’s your dream vacation spot?
Probably a remote island, somewhere warm, with hardly any people, a nice hotel or villa. Peace and quiet and cloudless skies.
13.  What’s the last thing you bought online?
A pair of hiking shoes for our trip to Scotland (£15) a screen protector for my new iPod Touch (£2) and a USB card reader (£8)
14.  In a perfect world without the constraints of reality, what would you be doing?
Not have to work. Just laze about all day playing on my PC / Xbox / PS3 etc. Although I’d probably get bored, it’s 1000 times better than work isn’t it??
If we’re really stretching the bounds of reality, I’d love to be a racing driver!
15.  Do you make a signature dish?  What is it?
Not really. I experiment with stuff. As I said before I am making chicken salads a lot at the moment, with goats cheese. Very healthy! I have a go at cooking anything, usually with varying degrees of success.
16.  What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Whatever you do, DON’T stick THAT in THERE”
17.  What’s your most treasured possession?
My camera probably. Otherwise I wouldn’t be here answering these questions!
18.  Do you have any pets?
Yes, one dog. Casper. He’s a German Shepherd crossed with something (we don’t know what) He’s a lot smaller than a German Shepherd but mad as a bag of cats!
19.  What’s the best gift that anyone has ever given you?
My camera! Or perhaps my 30th birthday present last year which was a trip to New York where we stayed in the Ritz for 5 days then went on a cruise to the Bahamas.
20.  What are you most passionate about?
I am too laid back to be “passionate” about something! I do enjoy Formula One though and get quite excited if there’s good, close racing. So probably that.
I wouldn’t say I was “passionate” about my photography, I enjoy it a lot and enjoy the reactions and comments I get, but it’s a past time, not a passion.

Thanks to Dan for answering my questions!  You can find more about him here.

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At the flea market a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a great deal – 20lbs of freshly picked grape tomatoes for $5.  I love tomatoes, but I love a deal even more, so I dutifully lugged them home and was presented with an enormous problem – what on earth do you do with 20lbs of grape tomatoes?

I froze a lot of them (which really works well – you get little tiny tomato ice cubes) but still a ton remained.  I got some recipes from friends that I have yet to try out but that I’m really excited about.  My main focus was on preservation, and finding a way to store them that would work well in the freezer and be pretty versatile so I could use them on everything and thus use them up.

I’m going to experminent later with some of the recipes that I recieved but I’d like to share a few of the ones that I came up with.  They’re just sauces, but they provide a great burst of flavor for just about any meal.  You can find them here, in my recipe section.  I hope you like them – I really did!

If you’ve got a delicious recipe that you’d like to share, please let me know at thecraftbegins@gmail.com!

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It’s that time of the week again! I’m pretty sure that I waste WAY too much time every week looking at all of the fabulous things there are to find on Etsy, and I can at least make myself feel a little better about spending all of that time if I can share my favorites here!

First off is Stacey Winters. Her photography is fun, playful and colorful, and involves lots of cute kitschy little creatures, and tons of different little deer! She has a great aesthetic and tons of different cards so you’re sure to find something that will fit your stationary needs.

Then we have Carnival. I bought some of her stuff earlier this year, caramel nut crammers, or something like that. Let me tell you, that was some of the best sweet stuff I’ve ever had! I don’t like chocolate much so it’s hard for me to find sweets that I will eat, but these were great. She’s got stuff for just about every taste, fast shipping, and generous portions.

I can’t say enough good things about chewingthecud. The shop has a great aesthetic (and a gorgeous banner) and all sorts of paper goodies. Would be good for the hipster or the minimalist in your life!

Last we have Swallowfield. She has some outstanding artwork. It’s truly rare to find such a talent, let alone have the opportunity to own such amazing work for such a fair price. She’s had tons of sales so far, and I’m sure that she’ll keep it up with the quality of work she’s been presenting. One of her prints might have to be the next thing I buy.

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