After marriage, I had to leave my Job and left to London with my husband and my 3 months old baby. Managing a baby and the house in a new country with no friends and family and absolutely no domestic help was the toughest task I had faced. It was the most difficult year as the new country brings its own set of challenges when you are on your own. Doing the entire cooking, washing, drying, cleaning etc. drained all of my physical and mental energy at the end of the day. This continued for a year when I finally decided to manage my time to learn something new. I started to read more about miniature craft using polymer clay and few other craft ideas. This was going to be turning point for me as it was going to turn out something bigger and better in future.
A humble beginning...
I started making miniature human figurines using polymer clay for my friends and family. For a few years I kept working on different techniques for creating miniature figurines using the knowledge I had in painting, sculpting and even Fashion Designing. I moved to Ireland in 2009 and kept working on making miniatures using polymer clay. I made miniatures of humans, animals, monuments and differnt other objects to finetune my skills. After working on it for a couple of years I didn't know how and where to sell them. I went to a few cake shops to show my creations but to my surprise nobody showed any interest in them. I didn't expect such response as I thought I am creating something really unique and beautiful, something that doesn't come across to you more often. Such lackluster response to my creativity however didn't discourage me at all as I had complete trust in my creations. Having failed to convince any buyers for my miniatures I then decided to use internet and social media (Youtube, Facebook, etc) to showcase my talent and sell my figurines using e-Bay.
Awards & Achievements !!!
Becoming enterprenur and to make uniquely beautiful creations to bring smile and joy to thousands of people was a dream come true but there was still something missing. The commercial aspect of my work was secondary to me as I wanted to explore and challenge my skills more.
I came to know about Irish Sugarcraft show which is a national competition for cake decorating art where artist from all over Ireland compete. In 2016 I participated in five different categories in the show and won a prize in all of them. In doing so one of my entries was unanimously adjudged as the Best in Show among 300 entries. This was my first international win and that too in my first participation of the competition.
After six months I participated in the World's biggest cake competition show "Cake International" in Birmingham. My entry "Fantasy Flowers" won the competition beating more than 1400 entries among 30 categories from all over the world. It was an ecstatic feeling as at world stage this was my first competition and I had won the World's biggest competition. I became the first Indian origin to win the competition and my name was included in the hall of fame in Cake International website.
1st Indian origin woman to win Cake International.
Winner among 1400 entries
Won Best in Class
Won 1st Gold prize
Toys through Ages
Overall winner among 300 entries
Won Best in Class
Won 1st Gold Prize
Spring Wedding Cake
Wafer Paper Flowers
Presence in Media
Cake International win featured in Ireland’s national news website. Click here to read the article..
Winning entry at Cake International feature on Ireland’s National Television.
A recent interview with immigrants.ie website featuring my success journey.
Workshops, Demos & Classes...
Becoming Judge...the Last Lap!
Participating in these various competitions encouraged me to trade unknown waters and meet different but like minded creative people across the globe. Winning these prestigious awards created an international identity for me and for my craft. The craft that I learnt from my mother at childhood and from the teachers back in India now made me an international artist. The hard work without fear of losing is still is the best old method for success and as an Indian it is a value that is deeply instilled in us from the early life.
Life has come full circle as I am now an official Judge at Cake International, UK and guide the upcoming artists to achieve the perfection they are striving for. I will miss participating in these competitions as now I am a judge and not a competitor. But I am connected to this beautiful world of creativity where all are equal regardless of gender, religion, nationality etc. and only the creativity and perfection wins.