Kim Burke's food miniatures, via Flickr.When I was a little girl, I adored Barbie, but unlike my little sister, I rarely spent time braiding her golden hair or outfitting her in countless puff-sleeved party dresses. I was far more focused on all of her fantastic miniature accessories, housewares and knickknacks. At one point, I valued the Barbie hot dog stand more than any other possession - more than Barbie herself! My favorite thing to do was stock and rearrange the concession stand's shelf with those little hot dogs, buns and sodas. Then I'd just lovingly stare at all of the tiny Barbie foods before rearranging them all over again. Hmm, now that I think about it, that sounds like terribly boring, obsessive compulsive behavior for a child. This explains a lot. :: twitch twitch:: The onset of my manic behavior began with a teeny hot dog?
Shorty after developing the Barbie hot dog stand obsession, I actually remember praying for the Barbie grocery store set. Instead, I received a sweatshirt adorned with puff painted kitties playing guitars, renounced Santa and set my sights on my brother's brand new Battleship game, specifically those exciting little boats waiting to be plucked from the packaging's plastic grid work.
Kim Burke's tiny food miniatures bring me way back to the days of the Barbie hot dog stand. I am loving it, big-time. Aren't they neat? Sculpted from polymer clay, everything looks so delicious and expertly detailed. Do I even see a faint layer of condensation on that tiny bunch of grapes? My favorite is the batter bowl, pre-egg beating. Who thinks of that?
Here is Kim's Flickr and Etsy Shop.