Monday, December 16, 2013

Gingerbread House of Cards Collaboration

For years now my sisters and I have gathered at my Mothers house around this time of year to decorate gingerbread houses. For a while it was me with my nieces and nephew, as my sisters both had their kids a bit earlier than me. But for the past few years I have been fortunate enough to be able to continue this tradition on with my own kids.

Truth be told they just like shoveling candy unabashed into their mouths and the actual decorating of the houses last as only as long as the sugar rush. So the decorating part is not as artistic and creative as it is just a reason to just eat candy :)

So when I was approached by Rebecca /The Cookie Architect to collaborate in a group project in creating a Gingerbread House of Cards out of decorated cookies, I was super excited, becaeu now I would be able to get all sorts of creative. In the words of The Cookie Architect the genius behind all of this, here is a quick synopsis of the project....

Twenty-eight amazing cookie artists joined me in constructing a House of Cards out of decorated gingerbread cookies. The card deck was inspired by one designed by modernist architects Charles and Ray Eames

I was sent a cookie and instructed to decorated each side and then share the inspiration behind my design.
I had decided that I wanted to recreate a window scene. I have always had a strange obsession with the stories behind window displays, especially bakeries, toy stores and candy/ice cream shoppes.

In my early twenties when I was attending art school in NYC, I used to love the over the top decorating that would occur in the windows throughout the city ans Macy's window display always has held a special place in my heart.

I wanted to recreate that.

I started out great with time to spare and then I dropped the cookie and all but destroyed it. Of course I didn't take any pictures. But Rebecca (The Cookie Architect) was kind enough to resend me another one. (I buttered her up her with fresh cookies I had made) I had to rush through it in order to get it done and back to her so I wasn't able to give it as much care as I would have liked. But I love the end result!

I wanted to get in as much detail as possible without over-killing it....and I think I may have stopped one second before overkill :)

Now the other side of the card was more of an experiment of sorts as I tried some new piping techniques using only a piping bag and no tips A good first attempt and a method that I could possibly do well with. When I actually have time to sit and decorate cookies in a few years when  my kids go to school :)

You can see all the details of this amazing collaboration in the Facebook Album {{HERE}} This is where you can see all the different cards and all the amazing artists responsible for them! And you can also read Rebecca's blog post {{HERE}}

Hope you enjoy!!

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