We catch up with Carlos Lischetti for a sneak preview of his second book, Animation in Sugar: Take 2, and find out about the process of making it.
Carlos Lischetti’s passion for cake decorating, baking and pastry started over 20 years ago in the kitchen of his family home in Rosario, Argentina, where he enjoyed baking cakes for his family and experimenting with sugarpaste decorations. After taking local cake decorating courses, he went on to study in Paris and London and now Carlos’ trademark style, developed alongside the animated sketches by his twin brother, Elio, has become recognised all over the world. His first book, Animation in Sugar, was launched in 2012 and has since been reprinted several times and published in four languages, with more translations to come. The follow-up title, Animation in Sugar: Take 2, is out in March.
How has life changed for you since we last interviewed you in the Winter 2012–13 issue of Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine?
Since my first book, Animation in Sugar, was launched in 2012 I have had more opportunities to teach in many different cities and schools. Most importantly, the book has given me the chance to bring my work closer to people around the globe.
Has your modelling style changed in any way?
The style hasn’t changed much since. It is always the same process where I follow Elio’s sketches on paper and make them 3D. I always try to follow my own style when making a figurine.
Tell us about working on Animation in Sugar: Take 2.
While we were working on the first book we found our own way of presenting each project with an easy step-by-step process for anyone interested in sugarcraft regardless of their skill level. We try to include as many pictures as possible to show in detail how to accomplish the whole figurine.
What has inspired your sugarcraft creations over the last couple of years?
My inspirations are based mainly on people that I have met in my travels, people that I admire, characters from films. My students also give me ideas, whether it’s things they are expecting to see in a future book or just something they have in mind which they would like to see done in my style.
What are your predictions for cake decorating and sugarcraft in 2015?
I think that people will tend to look for ideas that are fairly easy to follow, from baking to cake decorating, to maximise their time.
Images from Animation in Sugar: Take 2 by Carlos Lischetti (£19.99, B. Dutton Publishing), available from all good bookshops and direct from the publisher at www.squires-shop.com.
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