By Lauren Fruen
THESE amazing tiny dishes may look good enough to eat – but they are all actually made from clay.
Artist Shilpa Mitha started making the mini meals after creating tiny burger earrings for herself.
But for Shilpa, who lives in India, making the miniature food has now become a full time job after friends loved her tiny creations.
Now she whips up culinary fakes inspired by food from around the world – but her focus remains on the dishes from her home nation.
Her body of work includes a full English fry up, burger and chips, sushi and even a mini jar of Nutella.
Shilpa, 30, said: “I started off working with clay sometime back in 2011.
“I wanted to make myself a pair of burger earrings. I used to do miniature paper quilling but wanted to try the burger with clay since it’s a more versatile medium than clay.
“I didn’t think it was going to turn into a career at that point of time!
“I finished the piece and my friends loved it and wanted to get one for themselves.
“At the same time, I also figured out that there’s an entire world of miniature art.
“Since it was unheard of in India, I decided to try my hand it.
“I started working on Indian miniature food since I wanted it to be unique. The scale is 1:6 scale and it has been a huge success.
“My focus is mostly on Indian food. There’s a huge variety in my country. I don’t have any favourite as such.. I love them all. But the more realistic they look on photos, the happier I am.
“Now I sell my work and this is my full time job.
“Right from the beginning my family and friends have been extremely supportive of the work I do. Even when I was a novice.
“They still encouraged me, they were my first customers and I definitely got more customers because they went around telling all their friends about it.”
Shilpa sells her mini works of art here: www.instagram.com/suenosouvenir