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Sweet Geometry – Lauren Ko’s Mesmerizing Pies

Seattle-based Lauren Ko is a self-taught baker who rose to fame thanks to the mathematical precision of her pie designs, most of which are inspired by complex geometric patterns.

A former executive assistant in higher education, Lauren Ko got into baking completely by accident. She saw a picture of a really beautiful pie while surfing the internet and asked herself if she could do something like that. Little did she know that the seemingly unimportant self-challenge would change her life forever. After baking her first pie in 2016, Lauren never looked back, and soon after starting her Instagram in 2017, her mesmerizing pies were already a big hit on the popular social network. It wasn’t long before juggling her job and pie making got too difficult and she decided to focus her efforts exclusively on her passion.

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“Pies are a very warm, traditional, nostalgic kind of food, but to see it done in a modern and unique way is what makes them so appealing,” Lauren Ko told INSIDER magazine in an attempt to explain the massive success of her geometric pies.

 

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Flour power. 🌻I It’s petal to the metal through this audough zone. 🚙 Blueberry apple pie in full vroom with edible flowers from @pacificcoastharvest and the cool blue hue from homebrewed butterfly pea flower tea. 🦋 Filling, dough, and design all in my book; remixed here!⁣ 📘 ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #lokokitchen #apple #blueberry #pie #pieart #flowers #edibleflowers #flowerpower #tiles ⁣ #f52grams #f52community #buzzfeast #gloobyfood #cupcakeproject #marthabakes #imsomartha #flatlaytoday #theartofplating #foodandwine #bhgbaking #eeeeeats #thebakefeed #foodwinewomen #oprahmagazine #beautifulcuisines #pedaltothemetal #vroomvroom #hellofrom #seattle #yeahbutwhatdoesitlooklikebaked

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Ko’s pies drew people’s attention right after she started her Instagram account in August of 2017. She only had 200 followers of her own, but her very first post got over 600 likes. A couple of weeks later, she already had around 4,000 followers, and things kind of snowballed from there.

 

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Rose and cons. 🌹I A few weeks ago, I dishonored my family when I made a tart that was accidentally Sounders/Seahawks-colored. 😬 The mortal enemies of my people! 😱 So Ben’s annual birthday lemon tart this year was also my @timbersfc penance. 🌲⚒ #RCTID, Ben, I swear! 😅 I Blue spirulina lemon curd with mango. | Things are crazy out there. Be well and take care. ⁣😞💛 ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #lokokitchen #spirulina #lemon #mango #tart #tartart #rosecity #portland #mls #soccer #PTFC #timbers #greenandgold #sounders #seahawks #mortalenemies #rivals #sandiego #padres #baseball #penance #f52grams #buzzfeast #eatingwell #foodandwine #marthabakes #seattle #stayhome

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The self-taught baker now boast an impressive following of nearly 330,000 on Instagram, has caught the attention of celebrities the likes of Oprah and Martha Stewart, and has been involved in various promotional campaigns. It’s been quite the journey, and one that Lauren never saw coming.

 

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A red above the rest. 🍎 #sponsored ⁣ ⁣ Some of my pie designs take hourssss to construct, and others come together in less time than it takes to countdown a rocket launch. This gingerbread caramel tart took a mere 10 minutes to assemble because @thecosmiccrisp is naturally slow to brown(!) so I skipped the preventative step of treating the apples with honey water and everything still stayed fresh!⁣ ✨ ⁣ This shiny new apple just debuted on the market after 20 years of research at Washington State University. It’s tart and sweet and juicy and crunchy, and honestly, if something frees up any space in my life, it’s definitely w-earth a spot in my regular rotation. You can take my word for it, orbit-er yet, travel at the speed of light to your local market to find some for yourself. You’ll be over the moon. ⁣💫 ⁣ By the way, @thecosmiccrisp is hosting a giveaway today, so click over to check it out and enter to win! ⁣🙌🏽 #lokokitchen #gingerbread #caramel #handsliced #apple #tart #tartart #appleofbigdreams #imaginethepossibilities #cosmiccrisp #outofthisworld #f52grams #marthabakes #imsomartha #sweetmagazine #makeitdelicious #cupcakeproject #buzzfeast #abmlifeissweet #beautifulcuisines #bhgbaking #dailyhiveseattle #dishedseattle #forkyeah #yahoofood #hellofrom #washington

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“It’s still been really wild, the best part has been meeting creators, artists, and designers and developing relationships with people that I don’t think I’d otherwise have had the opportunity to meet,” the pie master said.

Ko admits that while the fact that her creations are edible is crucial to her success, to her the creative process is less about the ingredients and baking, and more about coming up with new and interesting designs. That has been getting difficult of late, as she has already gone through hundreds of designs.

 

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In full bluem. 🌻| Ah, end-of-year chaos. If you’re feeling a bit crazy, just know that it’s all going be bouquet. 💐 Things may feel bleak, bud be leaf me, you are blossom and you’re going to get through it. Floral the daisiness, remember that the flower is in your hands. I’m pollen for ya! 💪🏽| Blueberry spirulina pie. Baked shots always get posted to my stories later in the week, so with all blue respect, please hold the #yeahbutwhatdoesitlooklikebaked questions. You’ll be able to blue and ahhh over it soon enough. 💙 . . . . . . . . . . #lokokitchen #blueberry #spirulina #pie #pieart #signaturespoke #flowertothepeople #flowerpuns #happyholidays #holidaymadness #awesomeblossom #f52grams #buzzfeast #onmytable #bakeandshare #heresmyfood #gloobyfood #bareaders #bhgfood #foodandwine #surlatable #mywilliamssonoma #marthabakes #imsomartha #fromwherewedesign #designforall @design #whpcolorplay #seattle

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Lauren Ko is just one of the super-talented pie artist we’ve featured on Oddity Central. Only a few months ago we brought you the beautiful pies of German artist Karin Pfeiff-Boschek , and who could forget the detailed pie portraits of Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin?

 

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Slicebreakers.🔪| Icebreakers are the worst. Like, knowing that my preferred toothpaste brand is Sensodyne and that my favorite ice cream is Chocolate Malted Krunch (remember those 5-cent scoops from Thrifty?!) and that I’ve pooped my pants twice in my adult life is not going to make anyone more comfortable. But now that I’ve voluntold myself to go first, what’s your fourteenth most embarrassing moment? 🐢| It’s been a minute since I’ve done one of these hand-sliced layer tarts. Spiced honey-soaked apples with dulce de leche creme. Yes, I cut them all individually. No, I don’t have a recipe. Yes, I threw all those pants away. 👖🔥 . . . . . . . . . . #lokokitchen #tart #apple #dulcedeleche #handsliced #icebreaker #poop #thriftyicecream #f52grams #huffposttaste #buzzfeast #foodandwine #foodwinewomen #thebakefeed #feedfeed #abmlifeissweet #tastespotting #imsomartha #bakeandshare #saveurmag #seattle

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