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vegetable parchment tealight blooms

by Margaret Dorfman
Handmade
Community Voted
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Lit From Within

Margaret Dorfman transforms fruits and vegetables into decorative accessories that are works of art. Thinly sliced and specially treated fruits and veggies are arranged to form striking ornaments that are perfect for meditation, decoration or ambiance. The natural beauty of cabbage parchment pairs beautifully with the earthy zucchini, while vibrant papaya slices coupled with inky beets are reminiscent of a ripe harvest. Includes LED candles that create a truly unique home decor accent. (3) CR-2332-3V batteries included. Handmade in California.

Each is one-of-a-kind and will vary slightly.

Zucchini/Purple Cabbage (on left) and Beet/Mexican Papaya (on right) sold separately.

  • details
Handmade
Community Voted
Item ID
20738
Made from
dried food
Measurements
Approx. 4" H x 5.5" dia.
Notes
Keep out of direct sunlight and away from moisture. LED candle has an accessible switch and battery slot.
  • the maker
Margaret Dorfman

Margaret Dorfman

Margaret's work is made by hand from over 40 different varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables that are cured, dried, pressed and aged in a 10-14 day process. The translucent parchments that result capture and preserve the jewel-like colors and intricate structures that are characteristic of each fruit or vegetable. She calls this Vegetable Parchment, because the texture and translucency calls to mind the vellum parchments of medieval Europe.

Margaret realized at an early age that the best materials like acorns, bark, moss and feathers weren't found in stores. She still believes that the best materials are found in unexpected places, such as Chinatown for lotus root and bok choy, small Mexican mercados for chili peppers and papaya, Japanese markets and Korean groceries for green necked daikon. Though she now uses a produce supplier, she still visits these places with an eye out for the novel.

Everything is cut by hand with an old-fashioned mandolin slicer and a wickedly sharp assortment of knives. Her studio follows sustainable practices, using reclaimed water and recyclable packaging, and no toxic products are used. Leftovers are composted, recycled or donated to the local zoo.

Margaret earned degrees in Linguistics and Anthropology from U.C. Davis. She then went on to gain fluency in American Sign Language, and worked for many years as a sign language interpreter. For the last 13 years she has done this work full-time at her studio in Northern California, where she lives with her husband and son.

"It is deeply satisfying to work with these fruit and vegetables," says Margaret. "There seems to be alchemy involved as they transform from the familiar and commonplace and become objects of unexpected beauty. But I know it is not magic--and I am not really creating something new. I am only uncovering what was always there to see."

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VEGETABLE PARCHMENT TEALIGHT BLOOMS
 
4.3

(based on 3 reviews)

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4.0

Beautiful!

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from Blacksburg, VA

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Pros

  • Attractive Design

Cons

  • Candle off-center

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  • Decoration
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Comments about VEGETABLE PARCHMENT TEALIGHT BLOOMS:

Made a great Christmas gift. Very beautiful. Candle sits a little off-center which annoys me (a little O.C.D.) but my mom seems to love it.

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4.0

Perfect Gift

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from Rockland, MA

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Pros

  • Earth-friendly
  • Unique

Cons

  • Too Small

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  • Decoration

Comments about VEGETABLE PARCHMENT TEALIGHT BLOOMS:

I bought one of each color for a couple that was getting married. They are environmentally conscious in an old-fashioned/economic kind of way. They also are total foodies and romantics so the combo of all three interests was a slam dunk. They absolutely loved these.

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5.0

Absolutely gorgeous!

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from Minneapolis, Mn

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    Comments about VEGETABLE PARCHMENT TEALIGHT BLOOMS:

    Even more beautiful in person. A unique and lovely piece!

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    59votes, 7 comments

    jacqueline
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    nice design and colors, but I wouldn't use them.

    Aura
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    I like the other veggie parchment products, but this tealight bloom looks sloppy

    Jaime
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    I like that this is a unique product and handmade.

    amy
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    it's pretty but it looks like it would be really fragile

    Pamela
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Seem like they would fall apart fairly easily.

    jennifer
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    wouldn't that be a fire hazard?

    Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

    Thanks for the question, Jennifer! These don't hold actual tealights. Instead, they hold safer flickering LED candles. Each Vegetable Parchment Bloom comes with the LED candle and the required batteries.

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