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Embracing Nature Competition Figurines

Embracing Nature Figurines

The Good Food and Wine Show in Johannesburg has come and gone and it was more than just a wining and dining experience for me.  I have my Embracing Nature Figurines as a daily reminder of the challenge of entering a competition piece for the show and having a fun weekend.  This sugar paste couple was my entry into the Cake Competition hosted by the South African Cake Decorators Guild (SACDG). I was so chuffed that the judges noted that they liked my “two enchanting figurines in a field of daisies”. Constructive criticism was that I needed to roll my paste thinner for my flowers.

Embracing Nature Figurines

The detailed painting Nature’s Embrace by Josephine Wallwas my inspiration for this piece as I could really choose any celebratory piece to enter in the competition. Josephine captures equally the power of nature and its gentleness and grace and her artwork resounded with me as Knysna had just been devastated by ferocious fires. Immediately following the heartbreak that came with images of families and animals left either homeless, or having lost their possessions in the fires, came the beautiful images of a caring and compassionate and generous country that came together to support those who had been affected. My two sugar characters only have eyes for each other in this piece and hopefully I managed to portray the gentleness of Josephine’s embracing trees.

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Josephine Wall's Nature's Embrace

Josephine Wall’s Nature’s Embrace

I hand moulded the faces using Saracino Modelling Paste and then used the Zeelandia for the bark covering, making sure to mark the paste to recreate the bark and then allow it to fold over their backs and waists to show their emerging torsos. Nature’s trail follows them in the ivy and daisies resting on the edible moss floor and gently chasing up the  roots and bark surrounding them.

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Lemon-Chello Class with Victoria Bean

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Lemon Chello Figurine Class with Victoria Bean

What a zingy way to start our 2017 sugar year with this delightful Lemon-Chello Figurine course with Vicci Clemitson-Martin of Victoria Bean Bakery.  When you gather 6 very different bakers, 1 superbly talented sugar art teacher, a peaceful environment, loads of chocolate paste, isomalt, Flexique, a generous helping of fun and a dash of heat (ok maybe more than just a dash!) you have the recipe for an amazing class.  Not only did we create this zesty figurine, but we learned to work with Flexique edible fabric, pulled sugar and blown sugar which was a first for me.

Lemon Chello Figurine Class with Victoria Bean

Lemon Chello Figurine Class with Victoria Bean

Lemon Chello Figurine Class with Victoria Bean

Lemon Chello Figurine Class with Victoria Bean

An extremely happy, slightly tired batch of bakers after our 3 day Lemon-Chello Figurine Class! We not only worked hard but played hard too! Thanks again Vicci for once again rocking our sugar world, and putting some heat into our sugar souls. Our year just got off to a perfectly sweet start.

Lemon Chello Figurine Class with Victoria Bean

Lemon Chello Figurine Class with Victoria Bean

Lemon Chello Figurine Class with Victoria Bean