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1. What's your story? Where are you from?Just a lil' gal-next-door from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia who moved solo to Australia with a backpack full of dreams. Pastry is my game, and cake is my language. I host an online cake decorating education hub called 'Sugar Sugar Cakes' which serves the sugar lovin' community by providing tutorials, blogs, videos, inspiration & a myriad of other resources. I love colour, handmade trinkets, Christmas carols, green juices & anything with ultra rich dairy in it. Mmmm...
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.I love working with shameless splashes of colour, neons & metallics. One of my aims is to create works that aren't typically found in the general "cakesphere", drawing inspiration from fashion, wall art, illustrations, ceramics & textiles.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?My absolutely favourite decorating method is painting on cakes, which I now realise traces back to when I briefly studied painting after high school. Edible paint, dusts & gels are my go-to mediums.
4. What is your artistic process like?I'll frequently chance upon captivating graphics or images (usually on Instagram) and I'll snap this and store it in my ever-expanding compendium of "inspo pics". I also get a lot of ideas at night just before I fall asleep and so I'll jot it down quickly just before nodding off. So, when it's time to begin a new creative project I'll revisit these library of ideas and start creating a cake/dessert concept based on one of the ideas that resound with me in that particular season. Cake creation takes a couple of days and I usually do so with a cuppa tea, music & a gurgling bouncy baby in the background.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?I love being inspired by local artists. Anyone with a kinky & colourful art expression gets my creative juices flowing. Some of my favs include Tiff Manuel, Corinne Melanie & Leah Grant.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?Art is full-blown expression & therapy for me. It's an extremely calming & joyful process that I wish I had more hours in the day for.
7. Where did you study?I studied French pastry arts in Le Cordon Bleu Sydney & Business in UniSA.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?Fingers crossed, travelling around the globe serving the global cake art community in some shape & form.
9. What about in ten?Probably travelling around the globe still (I hope) but this time, serving communities in a larger, greater way. I'd love to be a part of a social enterprise which helps impoverished communities through a recognised brand.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?As cheesy baloney as this sounds, I honestly hope that I can inspire others to pursue their passions and art expression. I know there are so many people out there sitting behind their computer screens, or elbow deep in diapers who have so many incredible & creative ideas - people who maybe due to circumstance, fear or doubt haven't stepped out to explore their own hidden creative genius. I hope that I can somehow invite them on a journey with me so they can find joy in realising their own creative deposit.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?I looooove Malaysian & Italian food. Yum yum...and I have to have a cuppa tea & cake at least once a day.
12. Favourite book?The Bible, its solid.
13. Favourite genre of music?Jazz, acapella, African gospel .
14. What are your hobbies?Baking (but of course), making jewellery, belting out ballads in the shower, globe trekking.
15. If you weren't an artist, what would you be?A musical theatre performer. Honest to goodness, It was either pastry arts or theatre arts for me.