Turning Leaf Handmade

Oakland, CA artist Margaret Dorfman uses fruits and vegetables to create her art. As she says, “ I enjoy searching for unconventional materials in unexpected places – Chinatown for lotus root and bok choy, small Mexican mercados for chili peppers and papaya, Japanese markets and Korean groceries for green-necked daikon.”

She cuts all the fruit by hand with a mandolin slicer, a few exotic Japanese tools, and a wickedly sharp assortment of knives. It is important to Margaret to follow sustainable practices: using reclaimed water and recyclable packaging and no toxic products. She even composts the leftovers donates unused produce to the local zoo.

Margaret “cannot imagine doing anything else…There must be some mysterious alchemy involved as these ordinary fruit and vegetables transform from commonplace, everyday items into objects of unexpected beauty. But I know it is not magic and I am not actually creating something new. I am only uncovering what was always there, waiting to be seen.”


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