Pastario: A Catalogue of Italian Pastas
This project analyzes and catalogues the 310 pastas featured in Oretta Zanini De Vita’s Encyclopedia of Pasta. Each pasta is organized into one of seven categories of pasta (long, short, stretched, etc.), and then by composition, cooking method, and cultural context.
Role: Concept, Design, Illustration, Screen Printing, Book Binding, Fabrication
Infographic: Approx. 6 ft x 2 ft, digitally printed on canvas with a custom-built walnut wood frame. A wooden key slides up and down the infographic to allow the viewer to easily read each pasta's composition (dry ingredients, wet ingredients, stuffing), cooking method (baked, fried, boiled), and cultural context (influences, history). Each entry was laser-cut in both English and Italian to bridge the gap between each culture. Furthermore, each entry is color-coded into one of seven types of Italian pasta (long, short, stretched, etc.).
Screen Prints: Illustrated screen prints on walnut wood highlight some of the most culturally significant pastas in Italian tradition.
Anecdote Booklets: Acting as a key to the screen prints above, these booklets tell the stories of some of the most significant pastas in Italian culture. These items were bound by hand and designed to be taken away to encourage dialogue about food culture.
Accolades: Recipient of the Best in Show award at the MICA Commencement Exhibition, 2011.