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Artist recreates well-loved food into cute clay miniatures

By: - 10/30/2019

Which silog suits your appetite? Yum!

From being a food lover to a polymer clay artist.

Pagkain ang inspiration ni Scher Padilla para mahasa ang kanyang galing sa art at makagawa ng handmade miniature creations of different food items.

Pan de sal is life!

A taste of the world.

From well-loved Pinoy food gaya ng all-time breakfast favorite na tapsilog at pandesal, lumawak na ang kanyang “menu” to fast food faves to Chinese, Japanese and Mexican food.

Swak na swak sa meryenda food trip.

Hindi rin mawawala ang nakatatakam na street food gaya ng fishball, kwek kwek, isaw, “betamax,” “adidas,” at bananacue.

Meron ding desserts and drinks gaya ng doughnuts, candies, ice creams, milk tea, coffee, beer, softdrinks and frappe.

“I got my inspiration sa lahat ng kinakain ko, I actually choose which miniature to make next depende sa last meal ko,” sabi ni Padilla sa INQUIRER LIBRE. “I like breakfast food so much kaya favorite ko po is my mini silog plates and pandesal.”

Because why not, donut?

Ang collection niya mula sa Japan ang isa pang nag-motivate sa kanya para pagtuunan ang napiling craft.

“I got the idea from Japanese miniatures na I collect din, I thought na sana meron din Pinoy mini foods, so gumawa po ako for myself,” sabi ni Padilla na freelance graphic artist din.

Milk tea para sa pusong sawi.

Napili niya ang polymer clay as medium dahil hindi raw ito madaling masira “with the right tools and skills,” aniya.

Kumukuha rin siya ng idea sa Instagram para makopya nang eksakto ang bawat detalye ng pagkain for a more sumptuous feel.

“I try my best na magmuka totoo para mas nakakatakam tingnan kahit maliit sila,” aniya.

Tama na ‘yan inuman na!

Umabot na sa 60 ang mabibiling “pagkain” sa store ni Padilla. Almost hundreds na rin ang kanyang naibenta since doing the craft in 2018.

As a toy collector, nagsimula ang pagggawa  niya ng cute-sized miniature food nang mangailangan ng food props for her set of toy collections.

“Out of frustration kasi I don’t have the right props for my toys, I’m a toy collector kasi and I take photos of my toys, then gusto ko may food  props sila..but since wala ako makita Pinoy-themed miniatures, naisipan ko gumawa for myself,” kuwento pa ni Padilla.

Frappes and ice cream para sa nanlamig na damdamin.

Little did she know, ito pala ang magbibigay sa kanya ng opportunity para pagkakitaan ang minamahal na larangan.

“Then my toy collector friends saw my creations, they asked me if I’m selling, that gave me the idea to produce more and open up an online shop here on FB para lahat meron Pinoy themed minis like mine,” magiliw niyang pagpapatuloy.

Since her masterpieces gone viral online, lumago ang kanyang business named “Chibi Cravings” where one can “order” “food” from P50 to P500.

Order na mga suki, presyong Divisoria!

“Ever since that viral tweet went up, I noticed a huge increase of people going to my store, inquiring about my products and ordering mini Pinoy food for themselves; whether they will collect it, use it as a souvenir or accessory,” sabi ni Padilla.

“It’s fine with me as long as I’m able to share my love for this craft with everyone on each miniature I create.”

Matatagpuan ang kanyang humble store sa HL, 2nd level ng Shoppesville Plus sa Greenhills, San Juan. Pero pwede ring bumili online on Facebook and Instagram.

Pinoy kakaninnnn!

Masaya sa kanyang ginagawa si Padilla. Bata pa lamang ay hilig na niya ang art gaya ng pagdo-drawing kaya naman nadala niya ang passion na ito para magpasaya rin ng ibang tao tulad ng kanyang mga kaibigan.

Masarap din sa pakiramdam, aniya, na gawing toy collection ang paborito niyang mga pagkain lalo’t mahilig din siyang magluto para sa pamilya.

“It’s fulfilling for me as an artist and a toy photographer, because I get to create and use what I make. Anything I create, I use it for my toy photos and at the same time,”

“I treat all my creations as a  unique part of my collection because it’s not everyday that you see a tiny tapsilog plate collectible.”

Pangarap din ni Padilla na maibahagi ang kaalaman sa mga kids and kids at heart na nais matuto ng polymer clay art.

“That’s part of my goals as an artist, I’d love to share what I do, but as of this time, hindi pa..but if there’s any opportunity to have like, a workshop, I’d jump right in!”

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