I always love it when I have a theme or a brief that allows me to do something a little different! I made this cake for a Day of the Dead ( Dia de los Muertos) themed 40th Birthday Party! Colour, Pattern and flowers! So much fun to make.
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When did your business begin?
I started my business about 2 years ago. In the past, I had done a variety of design commissions, from designing some jewellery packaging to painting seascapes for an exhibition. I was then asked to design the stationery for a wedding and started to think how it could be a great idea for a business. In my work life, I was working as a freelance cook. I worked with a great friend, a talented chef who hated to bake! He designated me as the cake baker! After lots of trial and error I began to love to bake! I loved getting creative with the decorating. I was working in Switzerland in luxury ski chalets and was making lots of gingerbread houses and afternoon tea cakes. I then created my first painted cake and realised it could be just like painting on paper - you just can't rub it out if you go wrong!
When I came back to England, my business just seemed like a natural progression. I started building up work and people seemed to respond to it. I haven't looked back since.
What was the inspiration behind your business? Why did you decide to match cakes with stationery?
I love coming up with a design story for each couple. I realised that designing cakes and stationery go hand in hand. A save the date is opening chapter of wedding and the story runs through all the invitations, the stationery on the day of the wedding - order of services, seating plans and place names - and finally with the cake!
Is each design custom made to the bride/wedding?
Most of my designs are uniquely designed for each bride. I like to tell a story in the design that is completely personal to the couple! I could be inspired by the flowers and colours of a wedding, their pets, their passions and hobbies, travel. I have even included a couples custom made Christian Laboutin Shoes into the design! I really like it when I can include some playful humour into a design. I have started a collection of ready made designs for those brides on a tighter budget!
How long does it take to design and bring your visions to life?
Sometimes, thinking about the design and getting inspired can take longer than actually creating the work. Once I am inspired and I start creating, it all flows quite quickly. When it comes to cakes, I usually allow two days for a big cake. With cakes, you have a time pressure and you can't do it in advance. Luckily I like working under pressure!
What’s been your favourite design you’ve created?
I painted a cake for a friends wedding and I left the design as a surprise for the bride and groom. It was six tiers and around each tier was the story of their festival style wedding. When she came to see it for the first time, she burst into tears! Tears of happiness, I hope!
However, my favourite design is probably a botanical cake that I painted for Brides Magazine. I also have stationery to match this design.
The painted technique used for the masterclass is really lovely, what’s the inspiration behind drawing designs onto cakes?
I love baking and illustrating in equal measures and I realised that I could combine the two! I am really inspired by florals and botanics and that tends to be recurrent in my designs. I am also really inspired by children's book illustrations.
Do you have any tips for at-home bakers who want to create their own painted cake?
My main tip would be to plan out your design first on paper! Once you start drawing and painting on the cake there is no going back! Also, make sure you leave the cake to firm before you start your design. When the fondant is too soft - your food pen will pierce straight through it!
A small peak at my stand at A Most Curious Wedding Fair on Brick Lane this year. It was great to meet some lovely brides and other exhibitors too!
I am so pleased to be exhibiting at A Most Curious Wedding Fair in London! The fair will take place at The Old Truman Brewery, 81 Brick Lane Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 March 2016. So put it in your diaries! The fair is a creative mix of suppliers and, having been there before as a visitor, it is a real experience! I will be exhibiting as a bridalNEXT! supplier which was set up by Most Curious 'to support and promote fresh, fashion-led, new and innovative talent in the bridal industry'. I am really honoured to be a part of this category and also in the running for the Rock'n'Roll bride award! Get your tickets for the fair here.
After a lovely feature in Perfect wedding magazine as one of their 'Fave Trends for 2016', I have got together a few ways to bring some botanics to your wedding day. Inspire your day with flora and fauna!
Yesterday Mimolo was featured on the lovely wedding blog Burnetts Boards. I created all the stationery for the stunning botanical shoot, styled by Penny from The Little Lending Company and photographed by Amy Lewin Photography. The inspiration was the leafy setting of the orangery at Stradsett Hall in Norfolk.
I have just designed the logo for wedding and events planner Katie Victoria! The brief was for a floral wreath design for the main logo and then a simplified version using elements from the main logo. You can see the lovely things Katie Victoria does at www.katievictoria.co.uk
An earlier proposal for the logo design before we came to the final design...
Yurts, campervans, garden flowers, bunting and a cinema in a barn!
It was a pleasure working with Louise and Oliver for their beautiful wedding. The inspirations were the flowers.. Peonies, Alliums and sweat peas, Louise and Oli's beloved dogs, Fig and tag, and the Farm where the reception was held!
I had a lovely day yesterday at A Most Curious Wedding Fair in Norwich. Lots of other lovely exhibitors including The Little Lending Company, Electric Eccentricity Jewellery, Lena Gunnarsson Millinery and Jo Flowers. The lovely girls at Electric Eccentricity, who had the stall behind me, kindly featured me on their blog prior to the event, which can be seen by clicking here....
A few pictures of the day.....
Soon to be opening an etsy shop with my hand painted mugs and bowls. Get in touch if you would like to get some personalised! firstname.lastname@example.org
I am very excited to say that I will be exhibiting at a Most Curious Wedding Fair in Norwich on the 19th April. There is a lovely line up of creative and original wedding suppliers to browse through. Come and see me!