Wednesday 17 January 2018

Sweet inspiration leads to ice work

Art student Beth Cust with a pair of boots she decorated with icing
Art student Beth Cust with a pair of boots she decorated with icing
The student covered a set of stairs with icing designs

Artist Beth Cust is putting a new twist on ice sculptures - which takes some topping.

The 22-year-old student has shown her piping's hot by creating elaborate patterns using royal icing to cover everyday items.

Her final year degree show includes a pair of boots decorated with delicate lace-like designs, and a set of steps.

Cust, who studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, took sweet inspiration from the foodstuff - and has used 68 500g boxes in her work so far.

But she is now sick of the taste, as the easiest way to clean the piping nozzles is to suck out the remnants.

The BA interactive arts student has iced other items including a teddy bear which has been in her family for 57 years, plus a laptop and iPod.

Her work represents "the fragility of time" - seemingly keeping things in suspended animation but easily crumbled.

Cust's work goes on display on Friday until June 23 at the university's Art and Design Degree Show at the city's All Saints Campus in Oxford Road.

She now has a pipe-dream - she says she wants to ice an entire bridge.

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