With an eager attitude to gain some knowledge on the skills of fruit and vegetable carving, 89 enthusiastic students along with some parents; attended The Navhind Times Planet J workshop on Sunday, September 18 at the Dempo House in Panaji. The three-hour workshop aimed at giving youngsters tips on how to create edible art from simple vegetables and fruits. Conducted by carving artist Taeng Orn Silva, the workshop was an attractive mix of education and fun with student’s creativity shining through in the practical session.
Silva commenced the workshop with a brief history about herself and her journey in the field of carving. Stressing on how her hobby had turned into her livelihood, she encouraged participants to learn the art, which she said, “Will always come handy.” She then familiarised the participants with the different types of knives and the techniques of carving. Holding the knife correctly and controlling it, she reiterated was very important.
Starting with a cucumber, she showed participants how different vegetables and fruits like tomatoes, carrots, onions, potatoes, lady fingers, brinjals, ivy gourd (tendli), apples besides others could be turned into works of art. Keeping in mind that most participants were new to the art, she kept her creations simple yet absolutely beautiful.
Participants were mesmerised by her deft hand and were glued to the screen as they watched her creating amazing flowers and birds using a simple knife and toothpicks. In the concluding part of the session she explained the technique of deep carving and demonstrated the same on a watermelon and mash melon. She then assembled all her creations on a custom-made stand and the final outcome could only be described as amazing!
After the demonstration, participants were more than ready to try their hand at what they had learnt from Silva; who along with her two daughters and students went from table to table teaching the youngsters how to go about the carving. The buzz and excitement was very contagious and every single participant replicated at least one of Silva’s creations. Some were more ambitious and made several carvings. “Practice will help you get better. Be patient, don’t give up and you can do wonders,” she said to each table. Her encouraging words and invaluable tips gave a boost to all present.