Bliss: Salt Sugar and Fat at GoldenBelt

Last year the Bliss: Salt Sugar and Fat series was shown at the Durham Art Guild Gallery in GoldenBelt Studios from March 12 – April 5, 2020.

I was super excited to show the work in my hometown of Durham. Due to COVID health concerns and the start of the pandemic, the gallery was closed and the reception was canceled.

Five people saw the show which included me, the director, the gallery assistant, and my 5 year old daughter.

At that time, no one knew that we would still be dealing with the pandemic a year later.

Bliss: Bliss: Salt, Sugar and Fat in SWEET Show May 3 – July 14

My works from Bliss: Salt, Sugar and Fat will be on display for the first time in the SWEET show at GreenHill gallery in Greensboro, NC.  I am so excited to be part of the show, and to see the works on display.

In the show is 11 pieces from the Bliss: Salt, Sugar and Fat series as well as a set of the I See You, You See me, You Taste me Series.

Show details:
May 3 – July 14, 2019

Friday May 3, 6:30 – 9:30

For more information, check out the event page of GreenHill gallery.

Bliss: Salt, Sugar and Fat



Bliss: Salt, Sugar and Fat

Coke meets Mountain Dew


Bliss: Salt, Sugar and Fat



Bliss: Salt, Sugar and Fat


I see you, you feel me, you taste me : Hostess Cupcakes


I see you, you feel me, you taste me: MoonPies



New Work – Bliss (Salt, Sugar and Fat)

Bliss: Salt, Sugar and Fat


Bliss (Salt, Sugar and Fat) is a series of photographic images that are intended to be visual portals into the foods that make our brains feel bliss.

Our brains love salt, sugar and fat.  Food manufacturers use salt, sugar and fat in order to make us eat and buy more. These images are meant to be meditative portals to honor these foods that like it or not make our brain explode into happiness.

The images feature the most popular eaten and engineered foods on the planet that are created in the perfect combination of ingredients to create “moreishness,” the condition that once we take a bite or sip, our brain wants more.  Doritos, salt, donuts, French fries, cheeze wiz, donuts, cookies, tomato soup, tang, Coke and Mountain Dew, Pop tarts, Hot Pockets are featured in this series of images.

The images are tondos, or in the round, and are presented for viewers to see these foods in a new way and to ask questions about our relationship to food and salt, sugar and fat.


More images and information coming soon!


Get Social! Know Your Peeps


My TinySplash BigView blog and newsletter focused on finding interesting articles and posts to share that focused on food, sustainability, creativity, and social justice.  Over the two years I did the blog, these topics were discussed and featured increasingly in the media and online, and at a faster pace.  It made sense to move to social media, and I still spend quite a lot of time posting and sharing on Twitter.My account is @kbaumlier, and I currently have 1511 followers.

Many people I talk to do not like Twitter (If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone tell me they hate twitter…) but I  enjoy the sharing and engagement with others over topics that we are mutually interested in.  I have learned about some great artists, non-profits, and social justice groups through social media.  Twitter for me is different than Facebook, which focuses more on friends and people I knew/know.

Food Font and Social

For my project Food Font, I started using social media regularly for the first time five years ago using Twitter, Google +, Facebook, and a local food board.  I learned how to tweet, started to use Buffer for scheduling, and tried to some focused social campaigns around the project, especially in Twitter.

I learned a lot, but found that the audience I wanted to reach (teachers, educators) were hard to connect with.

Last Fall I took a class to earn a certificate in Social Media at NC State University.  The class was great and I highly recommend it.

Part of what I learned is that I did not research my audience enough.  For my class project, I focused on how to get teachers to learn about and engage with the project.  We did a 360 review, where you do research on your audience, competitors, alliances, and others like you.  I interviewed my neighbors who are/were elementary teachers, and learned where they get creative ideas for the classroom and for home.One thing I learned is that teachers do not use Twitter for ideas, they use Pinterest!  I also learned that I had to create pages that had more directions, learning objectives, and were a ready to go (not figure it out) format.

As an artist, I had originally thought that if I put it out there – and suggested how to use it, that others would figure out how to creatively use  the alphabets.  What I learned is that most teachers, parents, event planners and others like to have a info sheet or packet.

For the class I developed a strategy and plan, and also expanded my Pinterest presence  for Food Font and myself.

A Last Hurrah

Though I have been developing a new project over this year (Working name is Bliss: Salt, Sugar and Fat), I decided that I wanted to “honor” Food Font and all the work I did over the last 5 years, and work to implement my plan to get the project out and reach the audience of teachers and families.

In the past two months, I created a new Teacher page with actual activity pages.  I did photo shoots of the activities in process.  I developed some bulletin board examples and ideas, set them up and photographed them.  I took pictures of my nieces and nephews using the Food Font alphabets and flashcards.

I created templates of the alphabets with grid lines, making them easier to cut by hand or with a cutting board.  I refer to these as “printables”  sometimes on the site, a term that teachers and parents use for things that you can print.  (I remember Jon once asking me, “What the heck is a printable?” haha)

I’m going to be hiring someone to create new pins with all the images and pictures, and to promote the new  pages.   I’m pretty proud of the Teacher Resources, Parent Resources and Event Resources areas that are on the site. This year 5 new alphabets were created, and they are up on the site.

Though this is not my main project at this time, I don’t consider the project over. I wish I would have built this earlier in the heyday of the project – but you only know what you know when you know it.









Kbaumlier on Twitter —  With Tiny Splashes

Kbaumlier on Twitter — With Tiny Splashes

Eating on mars?  The microbiology of miso?  Food as a sense of wonder?  In the last few months I have gotten engaged with using Twitter both as a content producer and also to “network” with others engaged in food, sustainability, and art.

I tweet both as @kbaumlier as well as @foodfont.  I started to get back into using social media when I decided I would work to promote the final alphabets from Food Font.   What I found is that tweeting from my @kbaumlier account is really engaging, and I have enjoyed sharing news and websources about food, sustainability, creativity, and art.  I often am tweeting about things that I would have written about on my blog – but putting these sources into Twitter.

If you do not follow me or are not on Twitter, you can check on my @kbaumlier feed on the web to check out my tweets and all the cool things I have found to tweet about.

I also am posting for Food Font on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest and am working to get the Food Font resources out to teachers and schools.