Heather, do you consider art to be your primary career?
I hope to, soon, consider my candy art as part of my primary career.
I created my first candy art piece in Spring 2008.
What is your training in the arts?
My BA is in Media/Communications and Art with a Digital Art minor. Although there isn't a class where I learned how to make artwork out of candy, I can definitely say that the classes I took allowed me to pursue it.
How did you get started in using candy as a material for your work?
The only difficulty when using chocolate in my pieces is the fact that it melts when not covered with a candy shell (like M&Ms).
Is chocolate better for some works of art than for others?
Chocolate is a perfect addition to edible pieces. It is delicious and due to the time sensitivity of the edible piece, melting is not a concern.
Do you consider your works to be edible or visual or both?
Absolutely both! I make pieces of all shapes and sizes, framed and unframed, edible and non-edible. I mostly make non-edible for show pieces but I am always happy to make an edible piece for a show or special event.
Where could our readers check out more of your work online?
My website (is the best place) but my work can also be found on deviantART (username: HeatherHilbrink) and on Facebook
Thank you, Heather, for talking with us today. Sisters and Brothers, go and check out Heather's work. Think about her the next time you want to do something more unique as an edible gift.