Admiring decorators & artists is simply not enough for me, when I find something truly unique, I have a need to know more. Not just about the work, but the person behind the concept, the design element, the thought process, what makes them tick and where have they come from to land themselves here today…with impressive talent!
I first discovered ‘hidden surprise’ cakes virtually when I started the Fifty Shades of Cake page. Initial discovery led me to this fabulous facebook page with incredibly detailed and meticulously crafted hidden surprises inside! The wonderful lady behind the concept & I have conversed via email, talking about what we both do, what we’ve done and why we are doing what we are doing. I think I re-read the email on her background at least half a dozen times!
CakeAndCookieCupcakeWrappers – you’ve seen the work, you’ve liked the design, you’ve asked ‘how can I do that?’… Well here’s your chance to learn more about Terry, the creator! Her background is something to read… and after you have,
There’s a chance to WIN one of her fabulous tutorials which she sells worldwide!
In the words of Terry…
“My story is a long one, and hardly enough time to go into all that now, but I have led an incredibly interesting life. Trained as a graphic designer qualifying in 1976, way before computers, cell phones, and the year that TV made it’s debut in South Africa.
So I certainly grew up with no technology to speak of, and only in recent years got to grips with what I need to, in order for my world to go around. I had started at art school doing industrial design before changing to graphics, but spent many years as a press photographer, being the first female in the profession covering more than “girly” stuff. Interesting years working for an English, and then Afrikaans, and then back to an English morning newspaper.
The best years of my life, and years whilst South Africa was still finding it’s feet so to speak. The year I finished art school – 1976 – was the start of the Soweto riots which was the beginning of the changes in our country. Well, skipping out a huge chunk, I married, went sailing for 5 years – 3 of which were spent in Mauritius doing yacht charters. 1988 my daughter – now 24 was born, and we returned to South Africa.
In 1996 we lost our home which was situated besides a river in a dreadful flood, and basically emerged with the clothing we were wearing. I lost amongst everything else, my successful decoupage business, and three weeks after that happened, my husband took off too!!….so, yes, an eventful period in my life. I then moved to where I currently live on the Garden Route, namely Knysna. I had been asked just after the flood to work for a company making carved wooden birds etc. in the town, and although I started in a menial capacity, eventually became it’s marketing director. Stayed there for nine years, and then decided to go it alone. Baking!…of all things.
For the last couple of years I have been doing cakes with edible photographs, and then in 2010 started my cupcake wrapper business, being the first in SA to manufacture them. Like everything else, others soon followed, but I am still the leader of the pack!!….I design and cut the “printed” range, and had dies made for my printer to cut the imported papers I get. Recently also designed and introduced my single cupcake box. I can’t quite say why I got a bee in my bonnet recently, and went for the “inside job” cakes. They are original ideas, and I decided to combine all of my talents and give it a go. I seem to have unleashed a sort of beast!!…..I hardly expected the reaction I have had, and have sent my notes to every corner of the planet.
2012 has been an interesting year from a creative perspective. In September 2012. I was one of the 25 top finalists in a popular magazines “Creativity 2012” competition. I did royal iced cookies as my entry. I still have difficulty getting my head around FACEBOOK, and it certainly seems to have a life of it’s own. I often read in comments that “I wonder how they did that”.?
I am actually a one man band!!….without staff to help me. I have a dear friend with whom I live, and we dream my cakes up together…He is the engineer, and I am the bottle and pan washer!…but we have tons of good laughs.
So that’s Terry, in an abridged version, a snapshot of the person behind the page, the driver of this concept which can only be described as sheer brilliance.
One Fifty Shades of Cake fan will receive a design tutorial direct from CakeAndCookieCupcakeWrappers, all you have to do is let us know what special occasion would you LOVE to make this design for in the comment box below by Friday 23rd November 2012!!
CakesAndCookieCupcakeWrappers – show this wonderful lady some love and see her page!!
Giveaway open to residents worldwide. The tutorial will be posted directly to the winner by the author, CakesAndCookieCupcakeWrapper.
Entries close 23rd November, 2012.
Winner will be selected on the strength of their answer (game of skill) and no correspondence will be entered into.
Winners will be notified by email & and announced on Fifty Shades of Cake with written consent by the winner.
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