This week’s Craft Crush is the always amusing work of Cakespy. Head Spy Jessie sat down to answer our burning questions about what makes her pastry-loving mind tick, and the connection between Diet Coke, bacon and cupcakes. Read on!
When did you first start crafting?
Though I have always been artistic, I actually didn’t start crafting until 2007, when I started my website, CakeSpy.com — which started out as a food blog supported by my art, but the artwork soon became its own thing and the basis of my income!
What is the story behind your business name?
I wanted to start a new project that combined my three greatest loves: writing, illustration, and baked goods. At the same time that I was pondering what this project would be, I was also about to get married, and was running around town sampling all of the wedding cake possibilities, feeling like an undercover spy trying to sleuth out the best. It was then that it hit me: this idea could guide my project–a dessert detective agency! And CakeSpy was born. Though I write and illustrate more than just cakes, “Cake” seemed like a good catch all phrase for all things sweet.
What is your creative process?
Generally everything starts with an illustration for me–so I will do a pencil sketch, then ink it in with Micron, and then watercolor it in to color–and from there, I decide what I am going to do with the finished illustration–either sell it framed, or adapt the design to work on other products (notecards, card holders, mugs, etc). I also work on several paintings at the same time most of the time!
Do you have a best seller?
Two designs stand out in my mind, and the humor of their extremes does not escape me: Cupcake drinking Diet Coke, and Cupcake having Cocktails with bacon. Those are probably my two most popular ones.
Are you working on anything new that youre particularly excited about?
I’ve started doing murals at bakeries (my first one was at Cake Eater bakery–I actually met the owners at Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago last year!) and would love to do more of those.
Who are your favorite artists and designers?
As for favorite artists, I love the ones who I think have wonderful line quality: Saul Steinberg, William Steig, Luis Bemelmans; and I also love certain artists for their big ideas and fearlessness, including Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. As for people who are more on my peer level, I love Bored, Inc, Loyal Army, Julie West, and I simply cannot get enough of AbbeyChristine‘s felt work.
Whats a typical working day for you?
I usually bake at home in the morning and take pictures of my finished sweets; then I will walk with my pugs and sweet treats over to my retail store/my studio, CakeSpy Shop, where I will work on writing/blogging and artwork all day (between customers!). I put the sweets I’ve made outside as a lure for passers-by, and, as I call it, to keep Capitol Hill (the neighborhood my store is in) “fat and cute”.
Can you tell us something silly about yourself?
I’ve seen Weird Al four times in concert. Yup. And I played the accordion in my high school marching band.
Thanks, Jessie! See more of cupcake-inspired goodness from Cakespy here and here!