Monday, April 18, 2011
A trip to the seaside and cake jewellery
Going on the Road into Cleethorpes itself, I joined the steady stream of families off to enjoy the beach, Pleasure Island and the other attractions. I was almost sad to turn before the sea came into view. My trusty Sat Nav took me straight to my desination and there a car parking space awaited me.
I wasn't going to the beach or to Pleasure Island, I was going to a church hall to demonstrate cake jewellery to the ladies of the Cleethorpes and Grimsby British Sugrcraft Guild.
I laid out all my samples, materials and some jewellery creations and then I set up my fake cake. By Fake cake, I mean two polystyrene round cake shapes. I had meant to ice them, but a busy week meant it didn't happen and I could have been severely embarrassed if I'd tried and not got it perfect.
One by one the ladies and a gent trouped in. there was an amazing turn out and the ladies were of a very wide age range which was lovely to see.
After an introduction, I explained how I'd developed from an interior designer ino a jewellery maker and how a chance "meeting" on the Crafts Forum had introduced me to the art of cake jewellery.
It would have been extremely boring for the ladies to sit and watch me make a whole piece. The monotony of watching me twiddle wire would have sent them to sleep! Instead I showed them how basic techniques could be used to create different ideas. It's amazing how once you are in the flow, the time flies by. An hour and a half later I was gasping for a cuppa and drew the demonstration to a close.
I had some really interesting chats with the ladies and had a lovely cake and a cup of tea before packing up for the return journey. I was privaledged to see some of the ladies hard and intricate work for a forthcoming show they are attending. I think the content is probably top secret, so I won't divulge it here, sufice to say it's an impreesive exhibit!
Photo's of examples of my work (sugar craft people by Lorraine Mackay)