Food can help you boost both physical and spiritual strength. When art and food are combined, longing for food can be a great stress reliever too.
Thanks to illustrator Chi Chi and designer Goyen, “Flight Mode” design studio has recently created the “365 days Taiwanese Foods Calendar” with the help of a crowdfunding platform. The calendar features an authentic Taiwanese delight to tempt your tastebuds every day.
A total of 365 dishes from across Taiwan — pearl milk tea, big sausage wrap small sausage, stinky tofu, Xiaolongbao, rice dumpling, and Fish Head Casserole — are included in the list, all beautifully illustrated.
In addition to the culinary illustrations, each calendar features dates according to the Gregorian and Lunar calendars, the Chinese zodiac, the 24 solar terms, twelve constellations, and the main ingredients for each recipe.
Each date demonstrates the importance of solar terms that guide people’s lives through eating special foods, performing cultural ceremonies to promote Taiwanese food culture.
The design of the outer frame is based on the edge of the paper-cut for window decorations.
With a few round elements on the calendar, the design echos the Taiwanese saying of “round on the outside and square on the inside,” which literally means someone living with integrity and dealing things smoothly.
Speaking of the colors, the designer said that twelve colors are used to distinguish months for easy identification.
It’s also worth mentioning that the calendar is packaged in a hand-made “lunch box”, which greatly upgrades the overall sophistication of the calendar.
Since the launch of the 365days Taiwan Food Calendar on Oct. 27 of this year, the fundraising platform has raised NT$350,000 (US$12,301), far exceeding the target fundraising amount of NT$200,000.(US$7,016)
Depending on the combination, each set of calendars ranges from NT$819 (US$28.73) to NT$39,950 (US$1,401).
In response to the design, many took to Facebook, saying that “This is super cute.”
Some wrote: “Bought it! 2021 Every day I’m hungry!” while another said that with this, you don’t have to worry about what to eat anymore.”
A foreign social media user also asked: “Who is responsible for getting fat?”