ivandzyuba/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Smoothie art on Instagram is giving a whole new meaning to “playing with your food.”
Hazel Zakariya, 30, has amassed a wide following on the social media platform for her expansive works of smoothie art, ranging from Wonder Woman to the White Walkers from “Game of Thrones.”
The New Zealand-based research specialist stumbled on the unusual art form last year when she was practicing her food photography.
“I was into food photography at the time and I was trying to garnish my soup. It was a pumpkin soup, I think, with coconut cream swirls, but for some reason, I couldn’t get the perfect swirls,” Zakariya said.
“But then I saw the opportunity to turn it into a tree, so I used pesto as the leaves, and then it started from there, really, and it got me to have more ideas.”
Zakariya made the switch from soup to smoothies because it gave her more options for her art, she said.
“Obviously with smoothies, I can incorporate more colors and more fruits. There are more ideas on that side, so from then on, I just experimented with that.”
From kooky illustrations of koalas to artistic renditions of Hogwarts’ house crests, Zakariya’s posts consistently get thousands of likes on Instagram.
Her pieces can take weeks to plan and sometimes hours to make, but she doesn’t mind the long hours.
“I put a lot of love and joy and all of my feelings into these creations and I love to share that with people. With so many things going on in the world today, I think it’s nice to spread that positivity. … If it makes even one person smile, it means a lot to me.”
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