When a student first introduced me to Barbara’s work I was amazed. Her figurines were so cute and lifelike, and the decorator in me loved how tall they stood while looking totally stable.
So I just had to see if she would be willing to come and teach in my studio in Sydney, and she agreed! 🙂
Barbara will be teaching 3 one day figurine modelling classes in February next year (follow that link for details!) so to help you get her to know you we’ve asked a few quick interview questions.
[UPDATE] Barbara’s classes were such a success, so we listed a 4th one and all the classes sold out within a matter of weeks! So we have just listed a 5th and final class on Thursday the 16th of February. There are only a couple of spots left so don’t miss out.
Could you start by letting us know who you are and where you are based?
My name is Barbara Luraschi, AKA Sweet Janis, I was born and live in Como, Italy. I’ve been cake decorating for 5 years, I mainly teach modelling classes all around the world and make tutorials for magazines as well. Before having discovered the sugar paste I used to be director of welfare social services office and travel planner,
How long have you been cake decorating? How did you get started?
Everything started when my son turned 1, he’s now 6 years old. I wanted to make a special cake for him and I discovered fondant and I realized that I could use it for modelling.. Such a great discovery 🙂 It was love at first sight!!
What cake decorating technique or style are you best known for? Have you always done this or is it more recent?
I love every technique but modelling is what I love most, my cakes have pastel colors and I die for details! I think they make the difference! I’m best known for my dolls, I just love creating them with my unique style 🙂
Do you have a favourite project that you’ve made?
There isn’t just one cake favorite but a few, I love my Puerto Rican Parrot made of modelling chocolate, I love my dolls Grace and Marta and, of course, my pieces awarded Gold at Cake International.
Do you remember a favourite moment teaching?
The best moment is when you see your students happy to have modeled by they own and they can’t finish to thank you for having taught the skills. It also happened having famous cake artists in my classes and that made me so honoured and happy!
What do you do differently now that you wish you could go back and tell yourself to do one year ago?
I try to schedule better my travels to teach, and I feel now much more confident and relaxed.
How do you get inspiration for new ideas?
It depends, sometimes I surf internet, sometimes things that surround me are such an inspiration!
Which cake decorators inspire you the most?
There are many amazingly talented people that I really admire! They’re such an inspiration!!
Have you been to Australia before? What are you most looking forward to and what do you think you will miss most from home?
I’ve been in Australia once, in 2006, I stayed there for one month and I really loved it!! Apart from family and friends I think I won’t miss too much from home, I’m a traveller and every travel is a new experience that you’ll never forget!
We’re so excited to be having Barbara come to visit, and I hope you are too!