Geraldine Dahlke began her career as an artist, having studied at Coventry College of Education and Warwick University. It was here that she found a passion for weaving, from small, richly coloured freestanding tapestries to huge, hanging structures. Geraldine went on to receive her master’s degree in education from Sheffield University and became a Deputy Head in London’s East End.
Geraldine started creating cakes for her two children, which quickly grew into a business carving novelty cakes, special occasion cakes and wedding cakes. As demand spiralled, Geraldine took a break from running her business to focus on home life, and signed up for sugarcraft classes at Brooklands College. With Chris Jeffcoate as her tutor, Geraldine found the freedom and encouragement to experiment with her own style: cakes with sculptural and fabric qualities.
On leaving college Geraldine started the Taste of Art group and together they exhibited sugarcraft creations in art galleries, long before sugar became accepted by the general art world and cake-making became commercialised. With members from as far as New Zealand and Canada, many of the artists are now well-recognised names around the world, including Lindy Smith, Gary Chapman and Paddi Clark.
Specialising in creating woven-pattern effects in sugarpaste, Geraldine is the author of The Book of Patterned Pastes (B. Dutton Publishing) and has had her sugar art exhibited in the fountain near Hampton Court as well as at the Eat Art exhibition. She has received much industry recognition including winning gold at Salon Culinaire and being awarded the City and Guilds silver medal for excellence, among others. Geraldine also demonstrates, teaches and judges at international exhibitions in the UK.
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