Last Thursday, Marije Vogelzang came to Penny Stamps. Having looked ahead at the schedule, I frantically emailed Christina (a few months ago) to ask if I could go out to eat with the group after the lecture. This meant a big Thursday night for me!
A young woman from the Netherlands, Marije began designing food experiences. She has traveled and done these events all over the world. Each event is extremely unique, and creates a very different interaction between guests and other guests as well as guests and the food. She also designs a number of products such as cloud marshmallows made with real rain, and a lollipop in the shape of a gun (it looks like one has a gun in his or her mouth).
She works with different situations that arise in her own life, like when her daughter doesn’t want to eat her veggies. In this example, she gathered her daughter’s friends, and veggies and had a jewelry making party. The materials: vegetables, the tools: the children’s teeth.
For the first time, I listened to a woman speak of the convergence of design and food. She realized that this did not exist in the way she needed it to, and created her own niche. Her fun, imaginative style was refreshing, and her sense of humor, uplifting.
She gave me a book in dutch about lunch for kids. The images are so fun, and I carry the book around with me all the time for it’s positivity and creativity. Check out her website!
A glimpse of some of her work:
She also has a book called Eat Love, I would highly recommend to anyone interested in related topics!