One of the other things that has kept me busy in the lead up to the Vintage Fair, is a range of cupcake and cake stands that I have developed with a local wire artist here in Cape Town.
I know it's slightly off topic from baking and all things yummy, but it is related!
I've been surfing the net for a while now - all things related to cake decorating, weddings, packaging, events, recipes, chefs, food bloggers and of course all the various suppliers, stockists and retailers all over the world - from the UK and US, to Denmark and Australia.
I could spend hours on these sites - it's so interesting to me how different the offerings are in different countries.
There are amazing images of cupcake stands, many by a retailer called Wilton, who we don't get in South Africa.
Here's an image to give you an idea:
My local baking shop has a number of imported products from Wilton, but this makes them sooooo expensive.
And then something dawned on me - we have incredible local crafters in SA, many of whom dedicate themselves to doing wire craft work. In this age of environmental consciousness - why import things from the US, when we have the materials and the skills right here on our doorstep. Never mind the carbon footprint, we have high unemployment here and to my mind we should be supporting our local crafters first and foremost and keep these kinds of opportunities home grown.
I got in touch with contacts at a local non-profit organisation called Wola Nani who do amazing work to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV & AIDS.
And they in turn put me in touch with Zola Hector Senteni, a wire artist they had worked with previously.
Doesn't he look happy?
We had a meeting about my ideas and I showed him a number of images - he was so excited to have a new project, and of course the prospect of an additional income stream to him, was too good to pass up. He got stuck in right away.
Zola is incredibly talented - he exhibited as one of 17 crafters at the Decorex exhibition in 2005.
He also travelled to Munich in 2006 to produce a wire art installation to showcase South Africa for the 2010 World Cup.
He's an amazing man, and I'm very happy to be working with him.
He has produced a fantastic cupcake stand for me - and the three tiers even come apart so that they can be flat packed, for easier storage.
Here it is with no stock.
And here it was on our stall at the Vintage Fair.
Don't you think it's beautiful?
This one I spray painted cream.
Here's a close up.
With the Vintage Fair in mind, I also asked him to produce a cake stand for me - with old style French trimmings, which I just adore.
Here it is in pink ...
I hope you like them as much as I do?
And if you do, let me know - we would be very happy to fill your order!
Have a great week - keep reading!