Friday, February 08, 2008

Peruvian Inspired Tableware

Peruvian Inspired Tabletop Accessories

I am finishing up some studio work that has been hanging over my head for a while. I am in the process of designing tableware inspired by the cuisine and culture of Peru. I visited Lima, Peru last March during my spring break with a group of students from Pratt and volunteered in Villa El Salvador through a program called Cross Cultural Solutions.

The napkin ring below is inspired by a tapestry that I saw in the Museum of Natural history. It consisted of a repeat of intricate birds, I took the pattern and simplified it to come up with the shape below. The colors are inspired by the colorful tapestries that Peru is known for.

Peruvian Inspired Tabletop Accessories

Both the coaster and napkin ring are made out of recycled leather. I did not design the placemat, although I did pick up a set of four when I was visiting Lima and I think that they compliment them very nicely! I am currently working on the designs for a glass for the Pisco Sour, a plate, and a fork. I will be silk screening a design onto the napkin this weekend also. So stay tuned!