I am an Artist and Cake Artist. My journey in cake decorating started aged 57, when I walked into my first cake class. Up until then I'd enjoyed baking for my boys growing up, but had never decorated a cake. I didn't even know what fondant was!! 😂
I used Alan Dunn’s books when I first started out, attended a few modelling and floral workshops to help hone my skills . I now use my own style and have limited cutters and veiners (my circle cutter gets used for most flowers and make a lot of free form petals and leaves as goes a lot quicker.) I often make my own templates and veiner my own for flower making. I enjoy working in cold porcelain and have often added flowers to my wrapped gifts. I've made earrings and added to table arrangements etc.
Cakes over the last seven years have taken me on an incredible journey. In 2015, I won the prestigious Cake Masters, "Cake Artist of The Year Award". I'm now a recognised international tutor (USA and Australia) and a Judge. I've been featured in several magazines in UK and other countries and so incredibly honoured by it all.
My background is pure graphics, which involved mainly textile design, CAD operator, museum restoration and graphic backdrops etc. I left art for entire decade and thoroughly enjoyed my career in Facilities Management, PA and Finance Management for two American software companies .
In 2008, my husband persuaded me to give up my demanding job and to go back to my creative roots. I decided to give oil painting a try as I'd never been taught this in my commercial career and nor was Fine Art taught at the Art College I attended in Zimbabwe, back in the 70’s. So here I am, much later in life, discovering a whole new world in art. I did two oil paintings and two years later discovered cakes and my canvas switched to icing. My first painted cake was in 2011 with World of Warcraft cake. I work in both cocoa butter as well as vodka mix and enjoy both immensely.
Through teaching painting (both on cakes as well as other mediums), I have shown people that they CAN paint, when they have insisted they are not artists, We are ALL artists, and in so many versatile varied ways…
I enjoy pushing my own boundaries, testing out new ideas and mediums and constantly challenge myself where I can. I embrace learning through books and workshops with a passion as I am a huge advocate that you never stop learning, it was artists do.... learn and strive for more and more... with PASSION and verve and the sheer joy of creating. I am self taught in acrylics and oil painting and have had a little dabble at watercolours, also self taught. I paint for commissions as well as gifts for my beautful family and close friends.
I am fortunate enough to have an equal balance between my wonderful supportive family, who made this venture possible, and my cakes and painting commissions. I have forged genuine, much valued friendships in this joyful community of confection, as well as like-minded artists. I firmly advocate knowledge-sharing and continue to teach locally, nationwide and internationally with various painting and sugar flower classes throughout the UK.
I love coming onto Cakes Decor as not only am I inspired by all that I see, but love watching people grow and becoming inspired by others. I find this cake community so warming, welcoming and positive.
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/CalliCreation or @CalliCreation
Deviant Art: http://callicreations.deviantart.com/
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