Cakes and ”royal” bras on show at the Craft and Quilt Fair

MARIAN Jones of Gymea Bay, has always had a fascination with making cakes, rather than eating them.When she was 11, her aunty taught her the basics of cake decorating and it led to her passion for the craft.

Now she makes wedding cakes for brides all over Sydney.

‘‘It isn’t just the decorator that receives joy from sugar art,’’ Mrs Jones said.

‘‘Some of that also goes to those lucky enough to eat the cake. It really is a craft that spreads a lot of happiness.’’

Mrs Jones will be demonstrate her sugary skills at this year’s Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair at Darling Harbour.

She will join members from the Cake & Sugar Artists of NSW to demonstrate a variety of decorating techniques include intricate flowers to flooding for a three-dimensional effect.

The event will also feature the work of Kirrawee resident Alison Bennett, who designed a bra as part of the Folk & Decorative Artists’ Association’s competition. It called for people to decorate a padded bra. Being the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, Ms Bennett wanted her bra to have a royal feel.

‘‘I often heavily embellish in my designs and thought the idea of a ‘royal harness’ was a bit cheeky,’’ she said.

It took her six hours to create.

Woronora Heights’ couple Joy and Tom White will exhibit a variety lace and ribbon they have collected from around the world.

‘‘We have hundreds of different ribbons and beautiful pure lace exclusively made for us which no one else in Australia can supply,’’ Mrs White said.

‘‘Tom and I love travelling around to the craft shows and sharing our beautiful materials with crafties from across Australia.’’

Sylvia McCann and her daughter Julia, of Ramsgate, will display their range of designer fabrics at the event. The pair purchase leftover designer fabric and sell them to their customers at Pitt Trading.

The Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair will run from June 13 to 17 at Sydney’s Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.