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24 Jul

The Gummy Bear Artist 0

Let's Limbo by Crummy Gummy
From a recent Twitter post, I became acquainted with Crummy Gummy, a street artist from Florida who specializes in photographing “life through a gummy bear’s eyes.”

His work causes laughter. I had to find out more.

As luck would have it, Crummy Gummy (the artist goes by that name) graciously agreed to an interview. His behind-the-scenes commentary is just as clever and funny as his artwork. Read on …

 

Candy.com:  How in the world did you start photographing gummy bears?

Crummy Gummy: I had a creative block a few years back and became frustrated with what I was producing, so one day I just forced myself to become creative. I told myself that I would visit a convenience store, find some random items, and try to create something artistic out of it. Gummy bears were one of those items, and I photographed them in four different scenarios that day. I posted them online and within a few days they got almost 1,000 likes. That was the start of all this madness. Good thing I didn’t buy a plunger that day.

 

Candy.com: What’s the hardest gummy bear color to photograph? I’m guessing it’s the clear pineapple.

Crummy Gummy: You would be right. The ‘features’ do not show up so well on camera so I try to avoid that one. Plus, the lack of color bores me. That doesn’t mean I won’t eat a couple, though.

 

Candy.com: What’s your main source of inspiration?

Crummy Gummy: I think, as an artist, you should be open to all sorts of things and situations for inspiration. My photographs are very much based off human interactions, such as drama and suspense, to name a few. However, humor is one of my biggest sources of inspiration. Who doesn’t love to laugh?

 

Candy.com: What’s been your most fun shoot to date?

Crummy Gummy: Well, they [gummy bears] can all be divas at times, but The Prankster Part 1 and 2 would be my favorite, mostly because of the story behind them. On Part 2, the idea was to have the gummy bear hold a lit matchstick about to set off an M-98 that another bear was resting on. I took this photograph at my parents house, and when I went to light the match I accidentally lit the M-98. In a panic, I tossed it away from me, and it flew right behind the sofa where my mom was taking a nap. Let’s just say I learned some new Spanish curse words and almost gave my mom a heart attack.

Crummy Gummy Firecracker

Candy.com: Do you think you’ll ever photograph any other types of candies?

Crummy Gummy: I have used peeps and jellybeans in some past photos, but you can expect some gummy worms appearing in some photos at my Candyality show in Chicago. (See show info below.)

 

Candy.com: Where can the average Joe see your work?

Crummy Gummy: You can visit my website at CrummyGummy.com, but to be up to date with anything I’m doing, check out my Facebook page. I am also on Instagram @CrummyGummy. I’m a bit of a social media nut.

 

Candy.com: Gotta ask … What’s your favorite gummy bear color and/or flavor?

Crummy Gummy: Hands down, the green ones. Green’s my favorite color, and they are sooooo yummy. They also seem to be the ones always getting hurt in my photographs. I guess they are like “The Middle Child” in a family to me.

Back Stabber Crummy Gummy Art


Crummy Gummy is coming to Chicago with a show titled, “Fashion Imposters.” The show is running from August 24 to September 6 at the Candyality candy shop, Water Tower
Place, 875 N. Michigan Ave.

The Meat Dress by Crummy GummyCrummy Gummy’s show hits during Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Fashion Festival, so expect new gummy bear photographs with a fashion/ celebrity twist.

The artist will be at his Fashion Imposters Candyality show on Sat., August 25 at 2 p.m. with free giveaways, signings, new artwork/prints for sale, and, of course, candy.

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Have you ever known someone for a while, and later discovered one of their secret talents? Like, learning that a coworker sews amazing mens’ suits at night, or finding out that your retired neighbor happens to be a pool shark and travels to Vegas to compete. I love when this kind of stuff unfolds.

Last week at the Sweets & Snacks EXPO in Chicago, I came across a “Candy Never Goes Out of Style” exhibit. It was a display of couture dresses, jewelry, high-heeled pumps, and a Louis XVI chair all made out of candy wrappers and individual pieces of candy.

Exhibit A:


Turns out the dresses and accessories were created by Terese McDonald, owner of Candyality candy shops in Chicago, along with several of her staff members, siblings, and sister-in-law. The Louis XVI “sweet seat” was made by Beth Kimmerle, candy historian and author. Both Terese and Beth are friends of Candy.com, and neither came clean with their hidden talents until last week.

Terese says the “Skittles Riddles” dress (above) took her employee, Ashley Reinsmith, about 15 hours to make. (Skittles Riddles got lots of buzz at the Sweets & Snacks EXPO, winning the NCA’s Most Innovative New Product Award in the non-chocolate category.)

The matching Skittles Riddles high heels scream “Katy Perry!” …


Exhibit B:

According to Terese, the Jelly Belly Wedding Dress took the most amount of time to design and bring to life … about 50 hours. (That may have topped the time it took Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen to create Kate Middleton’s wedding dress!) The bodice and boning accents were made with Vanilla Jelly Belly jelly beans.

Terese says two of her team members worked diligently on the Jelly Belly dress in the middle of her new Water Tower Chicago store location, while customers watched the progress.


Exhibit C:

The vibrant Wm. Wrigley Jr. 5 Gum Dress was made by Terese’s sister-in-law. Terese comes from a family of seven children and says all of her siblings and her sister-in-law have creative and artistic backgrounds. The talent pool runs deep! Terese says she and two of her sisters caught the fashion design bug two years ago when they collaborated on their first candy wrapper dress.

“We constantly study all of the current fashion trends and fashionable people, and make an inspiration board to get us going. Each dress is different as it expresses the vision of the artist,” says Terese.


Exhibit D:

Inspiration by J.Lo? This M&M’s Dress features a boho chic hat and rows and rows of wrappers cut like petals.


Exhibit E:


The summery tangerine dress made with Goetze’s Classic Vanilla Cow Tale wrappers took Terese and her crew about 36 hours to craft. The neckline features unwrapped Goetze’s Caramel Creams. (Yum!)

When asked about what happens with all the candy that gets unwrapped, Terese says, “Most companies donate the wrappers for our dresses, but from time to time, we do end up with vats of unwrapped candy. We recycle that candy because we do so many art projects in our stores. We don’t like to throw anything away.”


Exhibit F:

Beth Kimmerle’s antique Louis XVI chair was covered in retro candies like Tootsie Rolls, red licorice wheels, candy dots, Necco Wafers, and Pez. It was, by far, the sweetest seat in the house.

To learn more about the dresses and accessories that debuted on the Sweets & Snacks Expo runway, as well as Candyality’s upcoming candy fashion events, click here.

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Chicago was hopping yesterday. The Cubs, Blackhawks, and Just Born’s Peepster mobile were all in town.


Terese McDonald, the lovely and fun owner of Candyality, gave me a heads up that the Peepster and the Cub’s star pitcher, Ryan Dempster, would both be at her Wrigleyville candy shop. (Click here to track the Peepster’s next stops.)

Candyality shop owner Terese McDonald with her husband, Matt.

What a great day! As if on cue, the Peepster, with its big yellow Peep perched on its roof, pulled up to Candyality right after we parked the Gillerlain Mobile. The Peeps crew immediately started handing out Just Born’s new Peepster chocolates (thumbs up) and hats to a happy crowd.

My not-so-shy son walked up to “Peeps” the mascot, and asked the yellow fellow what he ate for dinner. I was curious to hear the response, but Peeps’ handler kindly told my son that Peeps didn’t make a peep. (If Peeps could talk, I bet he would have said blue Peeps.)

Shortly after, Ryan Dempster arrived in a cab straight from his game against the Pirates and signed mini bins filled with red, white, and blue “Cubbie Gummi Bears.” Sales of the candies benefited the Ryan and Jenny Dempster Family Foundation, which is dedicated to raising awareness and supporting families affected by 22q11.2—a chromosomal disorder that Ryan and his wife Jenny’s daughter Riley was born with. (Riley came to the shop, too, and is adorable.)

After we got a chance to meet Ryan (really nice guy), my not-so-shy son was back at it with the questions. He asked the Cubbie which team gives him the biggest pitching challenge. Without any hesitation, Ryan replied, “the Atlanta Braves.”

That's me on the left with my daughter, son, husband, and the Cubbies' Ryan Dempster in the middle.

With that, we wondered up the street to grab pizza at D’Agostino’s, the local restaurant that just landed the pizza contract at Wrigley Field (love that!), and popped back into the Gillerlain Mobile to head home.

Great day! Thank you Terese, Ryan, and Peeps road crew.

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