Writer, artist and self-taught baker Lauren Ko accidentally stumbled upon an artistic calling: making pies. Her canvas? Pie crusts. And her paint tubes: the natural palette of blueberries, kumquats, purple sweet potatoes, dragon fruit, kiwis or cherries. It made such an impact on Instagram and gained astounding media attention that it left Ko no regrets over her decision to leave her 9-to-5 job full-time to pursue the craft.
Her geometric designs are simple and clean, mathematical to a point. Pastry dough are cut into strips and swirled around the pie with precision. Fruit pieces are carefully sliced into geometric shapes and arranged in orderly patterns on beds of panna cotta, cream or cheese fillings.
We know what you’re thinking: How can I get my hand on a pie (or at least a slice)? You can’t: Ko doesn’t sell her creations, and doesn’t really want to. And even more ironic is the fact that neither Ko nor her husband have a thing for sweets. Taking pure pleasure in the simple act of designing and baking her pies, they’re offered instead to friends and family. She does, however, occasionally hold baking classes or workshops, and shares tips on prep and design via her website. And of course, she continually inspires us to bake our own pies via @lokokitchen.
Images © Lauren Ko / with permission