After years of making cakes, learning techniques and interpreting my own style, I was set free when I discovered the Japanese concept of 'Wabi-Sabi' - a viewpoint centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.
Don't worrry, I don't take this too literally! I use it as a lesson to be bold in each cake design, always pay attention to the emotion being prompted and attend to the small details that compose the whole story behind a cake.
Every cake tells a story and is individual in it's inspiration - what inspires your event?
When I think of the principals behind some of my favourite artists: Mark Rothko, Berthe Morisot, Hilma af Klint, Anselm Kiefer, Claude Monet (the list could on and on!) - emotion is conciously discussed in their work and 'perfection' is infrequently part of the conversation.
Flecks of waylaid paint, seen but left to tell a story.
I emulate this in buttercream to create natural looking cakes that are still elaborately beautiful.
I collect inspiration as I walk through nature and I love taking photos; these pictures help me puzzle over light, colour, form and movement - through them I extract the tone of my design. I always encourage my clients to provide pictures that personally inspire them, as well as inspiration for their event - this is an easy and direct way to see the world through their eyes. From there, I can learn the story that will inspire the cake.
I’m passionate about the intersection between sustainable food and art & design and
my cakes are always created in conversation with this.
Food has the power to relay a deeper message - love, admiration, nurturing, passion, simple comfort - the list is infinite!
Every cake speaks a different message.
That's why baking feels special to me and why I love to bake cakes that taste, look - and feel - special for you.