All coffee lovers would swear upon how a coffee stain can be such a mess to clean! It almost never fades at all! But what if such a mess was added onto deliberately and given the form of an art? How crazy would it seem? A Cyprus based fashion designer Maria Aristidou performs this exact same ‘craziness’ for a living! ”The first time, it was by accident. I knew that coffee would leave a stain on paper since whenever I would work I’d always have coffee around me. And that would leave a stain sometimes. But one day I looked at the stain and said… ‘Well that’s something interesting!!’ Good thing I always carry a brush with me. The rest is history..”
She uses nothing but coffee beans for the purpose. The amount of work that goes into one painting varies from two hours to two days depending upon the level of shading and detailing required. She creates different shades and blends from coffee by diluting the mixture accordingly. Where a lighter shade is required, she uses more of water on her brush and where a darker one is a necessity, she makes use of more pure coffee!
Such a painting using coffee is not something entirely new. Termed as ‘Arfe’, it is a form rather unknown in the domain of art. But Maria has made use of her efficient marketing skills to not only promote her work but to promote coffee painting in general. Apart from being a stylist, she also happens to love designing cakes which helps her achieve those intricate patterns in her coffee paintings. She graduated with a fine arts degree from the Manchester Metropolitan University and was artistically inclined since her toddler days. Infact she even won a painting competition at the 2004 Athens Olympics!
If you wish to enquire more about her artworks or buy some for yourself, you can visit her website right here. Imagine waking up in your room to a full sized painting of your favorite subject. The rather intoxicating coffee bean aroma stays for a really long period of time which doubles as bonus for them coffee addicts!
As is apparent from the above Instagram posts, she often uses characters from well-known movie franchises such as star wars and pirates of the Caribbean for themes. Recently she started recording time lapse videos of her paintings. We’ve included one where she sketches out Yoda from the Star wars (O c’mon! Does this guy even need an introduction?!)
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