Electric Picnic is Irelands’ version of Glastonbury, a huge outdoor festival held once a year in the grounds of Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois. It attracts about 50,000 people, headliners this year were Kendrick Lamar, Massive Attach and The Prodigy.
There is also a huge food and cultural element to the festival and I was chuffed to be invited by Sally and John Mc Kenna from The Theatre of Food to create a showpiece for their Sunday Brunch. When Sally contacted me she gave me the brief of Dia de los Muertos, right up my street! So of course I accepted the challenge and sent sally some ideas.
I really wanted to create a character, so I decided on the bust but I also really wanted to bring the element of food into the design and add a touch of Ireland in there somewhere. I started work on the bust about 2 weeks before the event, she really was an organic design process as I hadn’t really pinned down exactly what i wanted the finished piece to look like.
As I procrasticaked (that’s a thing) I made the berries out of florist paste and the fruit, seed heads, nuts and antlers out of modelling chocolate. I trawled through Pinterest looking at lots of Dia de los Muertos make up to get ideas, I couldn’t see anything that really spoke to me so I designed my own.
I added the back board with a rustic, mossy bark finish to compliment to venue, its in the Irish countryside so lots of mossiness around! So she was pretty much done within a week apart from some tinkering, ok lots of tinkering….
Delivery day came, only a 3.5 hour drive with a cake in the boot, not for the faint hearted! Luckily she arrived in one piece and she was presented to The Theatre of Food audience, who really loved her. I named her The Comida Queen, comida is Spanish for food and I thought it had a nice ring to it.