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Food art: Oreo cookie portraits and bread embroidery

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An "Oreo Cameo" portrait made on a sandwich cookie by artist Judith Klausner. (Photo by Steve Pomeroy)

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Intricate Victorian-style cameo portraits carved out of Oreo cream, old-fashioned hand-cross-stitched Chex cereal, and elaborate bread embroidery are just some of the pieces that make up artist Judith Klausner’s new series “From Scratch.”

Klausner carves the cameos directly on the filling of open-face Oreo cookies -- using toothpicks for the outlines and sewing pins for the finer details of the hairstyles and eyes.

Cereal art KlausnerFor her Chex cross-stitch pieces, Judith had to experiment with the various types of Chex cereal to see which piece would work the best. The rice chex are too fragile and the wheat chex were too small, but the corn chex had the correct structural integrity to allow her to weave written messages onto the cereal.

In using these food products, Judith Klausner hopes to challenge the mindset that things were “better back when,” for instance, before corn syrup and 15-letter preservatives.

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