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Interview: Daniele Barresi | Carving Designer

Today’s interviewee is a true ‘who’d have thought-er’! Italian-born-Sydney-based Daniele Barresi not only carves food for a living, he turns it into works of art.

The insides of a humble pumpkin becomes an intricately sculpted work. An avocado – no longer useful only to ‘smash’ on toast – is carved and cut into a delicate work of art. Broccoli, watermelon, zucchinis, pears. Even soap. From fisherman to chef, Daniele – at only 26-years-old – has literally carved a niche for himself and has formed a huge following for his in-demand works. Come and find out what happens when he ‘leaves his mind flying’ …


Tell us about yourself – who are you, what’s is your background?

Hello, I am Daniele Barresi. I am 26 years old, originating from Italy. I am a carving designer. At the age of 14, I started working as a fisherman for my family’s company. But this was not my passion and that was why I started studying at cooking school.

When and why did you begin exploring with carving?

I started to do it at 19 years old after I saw a carved pumpkin at a wedding party. From that day I started to improve myself in carving art, while I was studying at cooking school.


Where are you from in Italy and what brought you to Sydney?

I am from the south of Italy, Calabria, and I moved to Sydney, because I have always loved a city lifestyle and wanted more opportunities.

What challenges, if any, have you faced along the way? 

Many of them. The most important were the world championships ones: Basil 2014 – Gold Medal and Luxembourg 2015 – Gold Medal.


Does your job make you hungry?

Yes, sometimes. I never waste food.

What’s your favourite fruit or vegetable to carve?

Watermelon. Because it reminds me of the Italian flag.


What’s the most difficult carving you’ve ever done? 

Actually, all of them are at the same level of difficulty for me.

Can you share a bit about the creative process i.e

You can find my videos on YouTube or Instagram @danielebarresi_artist. Click here to watch him fruit carving – amazing! Or on his website @


What are some of your important tools of trade?

Just a knife I bought in Thailand.

Where do you get inspiration from?

I just start and leave my mind flying. I don’ t know how to explain it. I just start to carve and I enjoy it.


Describe your ideal working environment

White chopping board, white lights, white table, white background, white gloves, and a touch of music – this is my world.


It’s not very cool but I really like … 

To carve a clove of garlic!

Have you ever had a ‘who’d have thought’ moment? Explain.

No. Never.

Thanks so much Daniele! You can follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

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Art Love

French novelist Marcel Proust once said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes”. This is so true for art.

Artists interpret the world with new eyes thereby giving us new eyes with which to see the world. Check out these four artists who, using different mediums, create new worlds out of our world. From top left to right:

  • French artist Karine Jollet constructs body parts using pieces of old bed sheets and shirts, embroidered handkerchiefs and second-hand fabrics. Called ‘Soft Sculptures’ the works are all done in white and are perfectly anatomical, designed she says to “remind us of an invisible universe, far away from our own world, a dimension of unity and purity”. Found at Creative Boom.
  • Japanese artist Kota Yamaji turns the world into a heady mix of rainbow-coloured surrealism with his pop art series of 3D digital illustrations. It’s colourful, mad and a little bit creepy (the image shown here is rather tame, I might add!). Found at Creative Boom.
  • LA-based photographer and filmmaker Niaz Uddin likes to look at the world from above and record landscapes and scenes aerial-style (among other things). Sometimes it’s hard to believe you’re looking at the world in which we live. See more at Niaz Uddin and follow on Instagram @neohumanity.
  • Tel Aviv-based @weisstub has a unique way of seeing the human body. Focusing on one part of the body at a time, she hones her talent for illustration and wit by incorporating sketches into each. Like this hedgehog over an eye. Clever. Subtle (or not so subtle). See more at Inagblog.

How do you like to see the world?



Energy Saviours

Inspired by the ABC’s recent “War on Waste” series, here are 4 measures that are designed to preserve energy for the future.

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Food sharing at work: Bringing in leftovers, pooling them together to create a more interesting lunch courtesy of sharing with your colleagues is a clever concept. If you have access to a kitchen, a toastie-pie maker and a wok then many flavours are possible. image:

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Harness the sunlight: Tesla have released their solar roof tiles onto the US market, with the product due to be rolled out in Australia in 2018. The tiles come in all shapes and sizes and transfer the solar energy harnessed to a home-based Tesla battery.

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Reduced metal mining: Apple has announced its intention to make iPhones and iPads from 100% recycled materials to ensure a zero environmental impact. As well as acknowledging they need to reduce their greenhouse emissions, the company is committed to reducing eWaste.

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Staging a clothing swap: It may surprise you to know that your unloved and unwanted clothing may be coveted and cherished by friends and family. Reduce clothing to landfill by choosing more wisely by shopping second hand and vintage.

DIY Love

We haven’t featured DIY for a while so to tempt those DIY fingers, check out these ideas …


DIY Backyard Makeover: Fantastic inexpensive ideas to transform a concrete patio using a fake grass rug and chalk stencils on the wall. Read more about Sarah Khandjian, author of DIY blog Sarah Hearts, and her backyard makeover at Popsugar.


Handmade Clay Letters: Transform a party or a wall with your own handmade letters using Sculpey or FIMO clay. The Oh Happy Day blog is so colourful and fun, I defy any DIY sceptic not to fall in love with their ideas!


Pressing Flowers with Beci Orpin: If these gorgeous pictures don’t inspire flower and foliage pressing, then nothing will. Find out how to make your own pressed flower art at We Are Scout, which also talks about Beci Orpin’s new craft book, Sunshine Spaces.


Homemade Lunch/Snack: After all that making a scrumptious snack is needed! Goats cheese toast with walnuts, honey and thyme satisfy our taste buds and are easy-peasy. Bake multi-grain toasts in the oven for five minutes with goats cheese, walnuts and a drizzle of walnut oil. Take out and do more drizzling, this time with honey and thyme leaves. Yum! Image found on Pinterest.