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Samurai Fruit Tower

>> 5/18/2014

I have a customer Tatiana. Her children love japanese anime very much. Last year I did Totoro fruit display for her daughter. This year she asked for something cool for her son.

When we discussed what the fruit display could be, Tatiana showed me a photo of a Samurai cake. That cake was created by Buddy Valastro,  a star of Cake Boss TV show on TLC. Tania's son got crazy about the Samurai when he saw it on tv. So we thought that he would be happy to get a Samurai fruit tower for his birthday. 

My Samurai has a watermelon head and a pumpkin helmet.
The tower size is 45x45x70 cm.

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Samurai fruit tower

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Samurai watermelon carving and a helmet carved of pumpkin

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Samurai cake by Buddy, Cake Boss TV show on TLC


Fruit Carving Show

>> 5/13/2014

When Tom Cruise and Olga Kurilenko broke an ice sculpture at a Taiwanese premiere of Oblivion, and the Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs did a Watermelophant Contest, I got that carving art could be turned into an entertaining show. I've had a dream to do a fruit carving perfomance one day. I took down a plan of my possible show including jokes, funny stories and sketchs of garnishes which could be intersting to visitors. I was prepared to meet my chance :)

The opportunity came to me in the begining of May, when I did a Fruit Carving Show at a movie preview "Kitchen In Paris", a comedial story about a russian cafe in Paris. 

It was a 30 minutes fruit carving perfomance in the cinema theater before the movie. After a short presentation I involved people in to the art of drink garnishing. 

I had some cretaria for my show:
  • beign kids friendly with family content
  • using easy techniques with a simple knife
  • show fruit garnishes that people do not expect to see
  • connection with the movie theme

Instead of 30 minutes I had 1 hour show. When the movie started I still had people at my desk. 

See the following pictures of the show.
Photos by Sergey Shalin

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More photographs of the show are published here


Fruit Tray For Kids

>> 4/25/2014

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Fruit tray for a baby shower
This fruit tray was made for a child boy's birthday. It is garnished with my favorite fruit decorations for kids, which are sculptures made of oranges and apples, Teddy Bear and Auntie Owl.

You can learn how to make these nice fruit sculptures from my tutorial "Cute Fruit Sculptures For Children". The PDF tutorial will be usefull for beginners and advanced artists, it teaches how to do fruit decorations which look professionally made. You will learn how to use the cute fruit sculptures in fruit bouquets, fruit baskets, fruti trays and cakes. All these displays are perfect decorations for baby showers and children's birthday party.

PDF tutorial with step-by-step instructions "Cute Fruit Sculptures For Children"

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Table decoraton for baby shower


Watermelon Easter Cake

>> 4/19/2014

Happy Easter!

Today we have a watermelon Easter cake :)

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watermelon Easter cake

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Cakes are the main garnishes of Easter table


Wedding Fruit Display With Heart Candle Light

weding fruit carving display

This is my new wedding design. The top of the display is a pumpkin heart with a candle behind the sculpture. When it gets dark the candle witl lighten the decorative centerpiece.

Last year I did 3D pumpkin heart sculpture. That heart consisted of two halves. 
Today I modified the idea and added a candle to the display. 

wedding watermelon carving


Easter Basket With A Bunny Of Fruits

>> 4/12/2014

Would you love to have a pair of the long pink ears pop up at your Easter table? I have ones made from fruits. It's an Easter Bunny sitting in the Easter basket with eggs.

The Bunny is made from the yellow apples and a pear.  It's a very easy fruit craft so you can invite your children to help with it.

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Easter basket with the eggs and fruit Bunny

The basket is decorated with fabric ribbons. The eggs are tied with the ribbons too. 

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The Easter basket and eggs are decorated with the ribbons

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Cute decoration for the Easter table


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60th Anniversary Fruit Display With Gold Carp Sculptures

>> 4/06/2014

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Gold Carp sculptures of pumpkin and lotus flowers of daikon

Gold Carps, Lotus and Water Symbols

This fruit display was designed for a 60th anniversary of a Korean man. I decorated the display with lotus and gold carp sculptures which are the powerful symbols in asian culture. The wavy pattern in the watermelon is the water element. It unites all decorations in one display with a deep meaning.

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Watermelon carving and fruit tray for Korean 60th birthday


There are lot of apple carvings and apple sculptures in my blog. Click here for more apple ideas.

Before carving apples read my tips "How To Carve Apples And Save Them From Getting Dark".

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Apple carving
Lotus flowers are carved out of daikon (japanese radish) and colored with a food coloring. There is a carrot flower in the center.

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Lotus flower carved in daikon
Carps are sculptured out of pumpkin. They are decorated in both face and back sides. These fish require a good thai knife, U-knife and a steady hand in carving.

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Gold carps pumpkin sculpture

Korean Traditions in Sakhalin Island

In my previous post I wrote a little about birthday traditions.
60 year old birthday is a very important date for asian people. It's a big event with lot of guests.

I am sharing few photos of a head table. Traditionally it should be decorated in rich and bright ways, with pyramids of food and sweets.
In the begining of the event a big korean family take photographs at the table. Later the treats will be given away to the guests.

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My fruit display on the head table.

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A veiw of the head table.
At the event I met Anna, a balloon designer and body painting artist. In the photo below she is arranging a spiral pillar of the balloons. In 2011 Anna helped me with painting my model at Eco-Fashion Show

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Balloon decoration


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