Delightful forest creatures are carved out of avocado seeds

Jan Campbell
© Jan Campbell

Many of us love avocados, those tree-borne berries (yes -- they are technically berries) that can taste luscious on their own, or scrambled up in eggs or puréed for a scrumptious smoky pasta sauce. There are a multitude of ways to enjoy avocados -- but what to do with all those avocado pits? You could compost them, grind them up for a facial mask, or even blend them into a smoothie for their calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Irish artist Jan Campbell has another approach to avocado seeds -- she carves them into magical little sculptures that inspire the imagination. It all started in 2014 when she was making a sandwich for lunch, using a ripe avocado, leaving her with a perfectly shaped pit:

I felt reluctant to throw the avocado stone into the bin. I thought that it was too nice an object to throw away. I decided to hold onto the stone so I could take my time thinking about what to do with it.

Campbell ended up carrying that piece of the avocado in her coat pocket for a few days. Then:

When I accidentally scraped the surface of the stone with my nail, a beautiful deep orange pigment surfaced. It occurred to me then to try carving it.

Jan Campbell© Jan Campbell

Jan Campbell© Jan Campbell

Jan Campbell© Jan Campbell

Jan Campbell© Jan Campbell

Campbell experiments with different kinds of avocados -- some of them having larger seeds than others. She carves the seeds when they are still fresh and soft, and allows them to dry and harden into something that looks almost wooden.

Jan Campbell© Jan Campbell

Campbell's motifs recall woodland characters in meditative states, surrounded by layered leaves or curling spirals, or powerful feminine symbols.

Jan Campbell© Jan Campbell

Jan Campbell© Jan Campbell

Jan Campbell© Jan Campbell

Jan Campbell© Jan Campbell

Jan Campbell© Jan Campbell

Yes, food can be art, and art can help us look at ordinary, everyday things in a different way. These whimsical carvings not only reuse something that most people would compost or discard, but transforms them into something quite delightful to hold. To see more, visit Jan Campbell's website and Etsy shop.

[Via: My Modern Met]

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