Location: Hampshire UK
My name is Fiona Evans. I was raised in Africa and moved to England aged 21 with my (then) husband and two of my children (now there are three and five grandchildren). In my mid 50s I took up cake decorating in my home in the South of England. I mainly make cakes for family and friends. I have no training or experience in art and simply love creating celebration cakes for people to enjoy. No airbrushing, moulds, texture mats or gadgets (apart from an extruder gun !). All my work is hand crafted and hand finished. I have no certificates, awards or medals and I don't enter competitions. I have gained a lot of knowledge through trial (and much error) which I love to share with others.
I use to attend a weekly class at The Cake Lady in Southampton where I learned how to make flowers and am self taught with the character modelling, 3D, carved and reality cakes. I made my first reality cake in 2011 (the mountaineering boots) and have loved making realism cakes ever since!
I use Alan Dunn's books for flower creations and templates but mostly I follow a real flower for guidance. I make my own veiners.
If you think you're not an artist, think again. We are all artists in our own way. I love looking at other people's creations and particularly love teaching and encouraging others to design and make their own creations. I am lucky to have a studio now which has made all the difference in the world! I often give one-to-one demonstrations in the studio and have been invited to give demonstrations to organised groups which I am looking forward to.
'It Always Seems Impossible Until It is Done' Nelson Mandela http://www.facebook.com/CakesByFifi