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Mixed Media Pie Party

Mixed Media pies, Karelian pies by Peony and Parakeet

Karelian pies – tears come to my eyes when I remember a childhood memory of my past mother making them. And her story of my grandmother who made a pile of those for her six daughters every Saturday. Just some water, flour, rice and butter was needed. Or well, that’s what I thought before I made some by myself after moving away from home. Patience too, I recognized!

Mixed Media pies. Karelian Pies by Peony and Parakeet

I wanted to experiment with creating something not so serious. So I recreated Karelian pies. These mixed media pies are made of fabric, wool, lace, beads, buttons etc. And they look like baked after I added some fabric dye in the edges.

Mixed Media pie. Karelian Pies by Peony and Parakeet

When making these I remembered the emotional connection I have for the Karelian pies. They represent caring and love for me. In the area where I grew there where no celebration nor funeral where Karelian pies would not be served. The finer the occasion, the smaller the pies – and there were a hundred of them!

Mixed Media Karelian Pies by Peony and Parakeet

I thought I would create a fantasy world with my pies, linens and fancy tea but my thoughts became more real than I had ever suspected. I became to think how important people from the past quietly fade away when the time goes by. And how we can bring them back to our minds. Like inviting them for a cup of tea, even only in our thoughts.

Mixed Media Karelian Pies by Peony and Parakeet

While taking the photos I remembered a small table linen that I had embroidered as a teenager. Back then I dreamt about the future and wanted to make something very traditional Karelian for myself to treasure. I was inspired by the stories of how young women made their linen before they stepped into the marriage. That embroidered piece combined with the Karelian pies really speaks to me.

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8 thoughts on “Mixed Media Pie Party

  1. Pie and green tea – how lovely. These are sooo cool, and the yellow patterns below – mmm! You make such pretty things!

  2. The pies are beautiful, rich and old-fashioned and I can see how they would evoke memories of the past. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. This blog leaves me reflective, sad and happy,inspired and motivated, Life is so short and it is good to remember those who went before and part of that remembering is creating, edible or non-edible. I have made many pies but do not know what a Karelian pie is. Are they sweet or savory? Your pictures make me think they have a variety of fruit involved. Thank you for this blog.

  4. I had to google Karelian pies just to see what it was all about – very cool post

  5. Thanks so much for the great comments, all! Mary, special thanks for your input. Real Karelian pies are savoury but my pies look sweet!

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