LOQI Designer Dryden & Pietri

Photographer from Brooklyn Emily Dryden and prop stylist and actress from Puerto Rico, Zahydé Pietri have created a fun series of portraits made from fruits and vegetables which is known as Fresh Face. From just artfully arranged fruit and vegetables such as grapes, raspberries, flowers, beets, potatoes, and mushrooms, they have created a creative series of portraits made from various forms of produce. Fresh Faces are reminiscent of the 16th century works of Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Each portrait featured below has a unique persona and carefully select appropriate colors.

LOQI Fresh Faces Collection

String beans and snap peas. Purple potatoes and red-hot tomatoes. Make the supermarket smile with our Fresh Faces collection.

Fresh Faces Collection

Shop the LOQI Fresh Faces collection.

LOQI Interviews Emily Dryden and Zahydé Pietri

“Inspired by the diversity of color and shape in nature, we created a cast of vibrant characters to reflect our observations. We sought to create unique personas for each piece by using fresh fruit, vegetables and botanicals. The series combines sculpture and photography to highlight and preserve their charm while still in their prime. Fresh Faces hopes to promote both cultural and agricultural diversity.”

Q. A museum nobody should miss?
A. Emily: The MoMA in NYC.
Zahydé: The Louvre in Paris.

Q. Craziest place in New York?
A. Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal. An unmarked archway that possesses the mystifying acoustic property where two people who are standing at diagonal arches and whisper can hear each other's voices "telegraphed" from across the way.

Q. An exceptional place around the world?
A. Emily: The Hacienda San Pedro coffee farm in Puerto Rico.
Zahydé: La Parguera Bioluminescent Bay in Puerto Rico. One of the three bio bays in the Island (there are only five in the world!) where the water glows when the microorganisms in it are agitated.

Q. What's the secret of creativity?
A. Emily: Nurturing creativity, giving yourself time to explore.
Zahydé: An open mind.

Q. What's your favourite quote?
A. “Emily: "Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.” - Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
Zahydé: "Eat this: it'll help. It's alright - it's chocolate." - J. K. Rowling via Remus Lupin

Q. What song best describes you work ethic?
A. Emily: Go Your Own Way
Zahydé: Who let the dogs out

Q. What kitchen utensil would you be?
A. Emily: Fork
Zahydé: Spoon (for ice cream!)

Q. Pick two celebrities to be your parents.
A. Emily: Angelica Huston & Will Smith
Zahydé: Emma Thompson & Tim Gunn

Artworks by Emily Dryden and Zahydé Pietri

Vegetable Art