Fifi's Cakes is not a commercial enterprise. What goes on here is quite simply Cake Love and Teaching. Everything hand-modelled, hand-carved and hand-painted and 3D cakes are all cake. I am basically a simple soul and keep a firm balance between cakes, home and family. I don't enter competitions and although I will never stop striving to improve and learn new skills, I am content with where I am at.
I started cake decorating in 2009 aged 53. That was my introduction to any form of art!
If you think you are not an artist, please read this ..
I am new to painting and all my life have not considered myself to be an artist.
Then, one morning that all changed thanks to my highly talented sister Valerie phoning me up from South Africa out of the blue after seeing my cakes online and URGING me very animatedly to paint. Her words quite simply were "Fifi, you ARE an artist. Don't say you can't paint or draw when you haven't tried it." Those words ring in my ears to this day. I am eternally grateful also to Nina Evans Williams, Siri Sherlock and Sally Milligan for their active encouragement and belief in me.
Alan Dunn's flower books introduced me to the idea of painting with cocoa butter and years ago when I used to attend flower lessons with the Cake Lady in Southampton, I learned how to mix powdered colours with vodka or gin to make a paste. I have stuck with these two methods always.
For colour guidance, I refer to a book my son gave me 'Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green". The rest is down to trial and error. This is the only book I have ever opened on the subject of art of any description. I say this because if, like me, you have always felt art was for other people and you have never studied it, then I hope you take encouragement from this missive and pick up your paintbrushes and give it a go!
As an aside from cake, I have been making cold porcelain gifts, decorations, bouquets and clothing accessories since I began this journey in 2009.
We are ALL artists in our own way. Don't let anyone make you think otherwise. Follow your heart and BELIEVE in yourself.
I have attended three one-off painting workshops. On all three occasions I came away surprised at what I could do. In the same way, I love showing others what they can do and that is why I love teaching and holding cake decorating demonstrations and workshops in Hampshire, United Kingdom.
Above everything ....
Be yourself. Be happy with your work. Be different. Don't follow the pack...
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A very whizzy cheerio to you all. I will be internet-free as of now so won’t be able to follow your lovely creations. Will catch up when I get back. Thank you all of you for your wonderful friendship and support. Cars are loaded up …...
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