Chocolate is my Muse

#ChocolateIsMyMuse

Chocolate inspires me.  Eating it, gazing at it, cooking with it and enjoying it all inspire me to create choco-centric art.

Why?  Well, because I love chocolate and I love creating things with my hands.

My hands create with so many different materials.

I have always been a maker.  Someone who makes and creates things.  Over the years I have done this in many ways, but really making art is what I love to do.  It excites me.  I get up wanting to work and create beauty for others to enjoy.

Ironically I didn’t really take much art in school.  Going into grade 7 we had to choose art or band, as they were offered at the same time, so it was one or the other.  I took band (and can play many instruments), but it meant that I did not take art all through junior high and high school. 

Me with the door I painted as a teenager. It has moved with me, again and again.

I did do artsy things though.  I always had some craft project on the go, and by the time I was in high school I had a collection of over 100 necklaces, so many that I had made with wire, beads, gems, string, paper, clay and a few that had been purchased, gifted to me or handed down.  I had always played with wire and string and making bracelets, but necklaces became one of my loves in high school.  Perhaps that is why I ended up in a Goldsmithing program?

A glimpse into my June sketchbook, where I did a tiny art journal entry each evening.

Now I create art regularly and most of it is centered around chocolate.  I love getting inspiration from chocolate.  Some days the cacao tree inspires me, while other days a bar of chocolate and its interesting texture or pattern inspire me.  I have created sterling silver and gold pieces with chocolate themes.  Designing some custom fabrics in 2020 was so much fun, and I use them to create other items like pouches to put chocolate bars in, face masks (because 2020/21), tote bags, and a few other items here and there.  Screen printing chocolate designs is also something I offer and have screen printed anything from ornaments made with recycled chocolate bar wrappers, notebooks, tote bags and t-shirts, the possibilities are endless. I also collaborated and illustrated The Chocolate Notebook second edition and am currently working on the next edition.

Using a jeweller’s saw to cut out the cacao beans in a cacao pod necklace.

Earlier this year I launched Happy Mail for Chocolate Lovers and am loving every minute of creating this monthly subscription and am learning so much along the way, plus I am having a lot of fun with it, putting a lot of joy and chocolate love into it.

Happy Mail for Chocolate Lovers Envelopes waiting to be filled with all sorts of fun items and then shipped worldwide.

Last year I also wrote a series of blog posts about Do It Yourself holiday decorations that I hope to add to this year. I also have been working on 12 one-of-a-kind advent calendars since January of 2021.

Clearly #ChocolateIsMyMuse

I do all these things because I love making things for other people to use and enjoy.  I love using my skills, hands, and creativity to make a physical product. 

I’d love to know what you’d like to see me create in the future or hear if you have any favourite items that I am already creating.

Canadian Chocoholic
Canadian Chocoholic

Cyndi combines her two passions together as Canadian Chocoholic.  #ChocolateIsMyMuse is what inspires her to create unique products.  Using her expertise, education and knowledge of tasting, judging, enjoying, and curating chocolate to make art pieces with her creative background as a goldsmith to create a wide variety of chocolate themed accessories, jewellery, paper products, notebooks and fabric items.  Her current passion project is Happy Mail for Chocolate Lovers.  She loves talking about all things art and chocolate!  Reach out to her on Instagram or her blog anytime.

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I’m exploring the world of chocolate one bite at a time. I live in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, though I have lived in many area of this wonderful country. Besides chocolate I love water (possibly I’m a mermaid) and trees. I’m creative and love making things with my hands.

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