Margaret Dorfman’s Vegetable Parchment Art

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I think Margaret Dorfman may just be my new favorite foodie-friendly artist. She makes beautiful jewelry and decorative bowls out of fruits and vegetables.

You heard me right: fruits and vegetables.

These are the prettiest—and most creative—pieces of functional art I’ve seen in a while.

Dorfman slices her produce paper thin, cures it into parchment, then molds it into the gorgeous, luminous bowls you see below. The whole process takes ten days and doesn’t involve any chemicals. A clear coating helps keep the colors vivid.

If you ask me, stained glass couldn’t be more striking.

VivaTerra, an online shop with a lot of great and stylish eco-friendly goods, sells Dorfman’s work. Order a Veggie Parchment Bowl for $42. Choose from Papaya/Beet or Zucchini. Bowls measure 7.5″ x 4.5″.

With winter coming, VivaTerra has the summer fruit bowls on sale for $29.

There’s also the Star Fruit and Daikon Veggie bowl, for $42.

If you’d rather wear your veggies, Uncommon Goods sells Dorfman’s thick Fruit and Vegetable Parchment Cuff Bracelets�in Beet, Starfruit or Zucchini�for $38.

For these bold pieces, the fruit or veggie parchment is fused to a delicate copper band.

For more of Dorfman’s work, check out her section of the Lois Lambert Gallery of Functional Art.

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie serves as an Associate Creative Director at PARTNERS+simons, a boutique ad agency in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.

22 COMMENTS

  1. Wow. Those are amazing! It blows my mind that she could even figure out how to make that work! I really really want one. Now I’m off to figure out how to make my husband buy me one for Christmas.

  2. Oh my gosh, I love it! I’m looking at the first pic and having a hard time deciding which one I like best. The blue one in the middle is beautiful. Thanks for sharing Jessie!

  3. They are beautiful…I have purchased some, but am now more interested in the process… I would like to try to make one myself. I know it says cured (how), pressed and dried, aged…I wonder how to form it into a bowl? Any ideas, anyone?

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