Rebecca Bartoshesky

by Grace Bonney

Rebecca Bartoshesky at Design*Sponge
When I think of Jello, I think of wobbly little letters that would sometimes be a part of my school lunches or after-school parties. I only liked one color/flavor growing up — red — and would beg my mom to make me the tiny, cut-out letter versions almost every day. She would typically make a big bowl of Jello, but I always wanted to cut it up into smaller pieces to make things, like the advertisements would always suggest. My mom of course preferred that food stay in the bowl, so I never got to experiment with building anything, but when I saw these photos (taken by photographer Pippa Drummond) styled by prop and interior stylist Rebecca Bartoshesky, it took me right back to those days at the kitchen counter.

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Julia turned me on to Rebecca’s work and in particular, this incredible series of photos that use colorful Jello as the star. Using different colors and clean-cut shapes, Rebecca turns humble, flavored gelatin into minimalist works of art that feel like what Mondrian would do if someone told him to play with his food. I was so smitten with these pieces I couldn’t resist sharing them here this morning. I love any time design and food can intersect creatively and these pieces are a wonderful example of how something so simple can turn into something so stunning with the right eye to guide them. Click here to check out more of Rebecca’s work online. xo, grace

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  • These are so beautiful. I love the balanced color and the space all together. Just checked Rebecca’s website and I like the vegetable study as well. Beautiful job!

  • What a creative approach. (Also, I think Jello is delicious! Especially black cherry flavor.) I love the subtlety of the color schemes, in a substance better known for bright red, lime green, etc. Pretty and unexpected.

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