Απόψε θα ήθελα να σας παρουσιάσω την κ. Elizabeth Adams, γνωστή και ως Arty McGoo! Εκτός από το ότι ξεχειλίζει από εσωτερική κι εξωτερική ομορφιά είναι και απίστευτα δημιουργική! Μία αυτοδίδακτη καλλιτέχνις, μητέρα τριών γλυκύτατων παιδιών, σύζυγος ενός, υπέροχου, όπως η ίδια μας είπε, συζύγου και πρόσφατα διδάσκουσα της τέχνης της διακόσμησης μπισκότων στο Arty McGoo U!
Katia: How would you characterize yourself? Artist? Cookie decorator? Crafty? All of these?
Liz: Hmm.. I am a do-it-yourselfer. I get an idea in my head and I want to try it. I think of every cookie set as a fun experiment. I love to use my hands and create whether it is drawing, paper crafting, or cookie-ying, I love to get my hands dirty.
Katia: I love that too…sewing, knitting, paper crafting…How the cookie journey begun for you?How did you learn cookie decorating?
Katia: So you mean that no one showed you, you actually learnt from the book and your own practicing, is that right?
Liz: She is! Thank you. The technique that comes most naturally to me is painting. It is hard to let a cookie go without putting a paintbrush to it. But I love piping, adding dimension, airbrushing… I think the more techniques you can learn, the more feelings your cookies can communicate. For me it’s all about the emotions you can convey through cookies.
Katia: So, you are deeply artistic person (I hope I am expressing myself correctly…)
Have you got a favorite color pallete that you use in cookie decorating?
Liz: I am completely untrained, so artist is a word I sometimes shy away from, but yes, I’d say I’m artistic. I love colors and how they work together and how each color makes us feel something and that is why I love painting. I can use a lot of different colors without mixing and bagging a lot of frosting. (I may just be lazy and that is why I paint!).
I probably use a turquoise, red and white palette more than others, but I love trying new combinations.
Katia: How do you find the time to express all this creativity being a mom of two kids?Do you involve your kids into that process?
Liz: I have 3 kids! My kids are 8, 10, and 12 so they are at a stage where they are a little more independent and they have school for part of the day. I tend to decorate and bake during school hours or after bedtime. And they looooove to help by eating any mishaps and they always ask to decorate with any extra cookies and frosting. They are very creative!
Katia: It seems like I missed one! You are very lucky!!!Mine are far younger and I only can decorate when they are sleeping… Which are your sources of inspiration?
Liz: I am inspired by everything. I have a long list of things I would love to cookie once I get the time and my phone is full of pictures of things I see that would make a great design. Most things start from the thought: “I wonder if that could be cookie’d.
Liz: Mr. John is a huge help as well. He is a super dad and is very supportive of me getting creative time.
Katia: Take care of him!He is endangered species!
Liz: ha ha! I will definitely keep him!
Katia: I hope the list is long and you keep cookie decorating for years as I have read that you usualy don’t like to do the same thing for long…
Liz:That is true. I usually get very involved in a creative pursuit, and after a bit, I will move on to another. Cookies have been different and I think it is because it combines several of my passions: baking, painting, designing. I think cookies encompass so much that I may never tire of it. And since new techniques are being thought of every day, there is always something new to try.
Katia: Thank God our eyes will keep enjoying the beauty of your creations!What is Arty McGoo U and how you came up to it?
Liz: I have wanted to teach cookie decorating for a long time and I decided to make a date and see who would be interested to come over and play! I just had my first 3 classes and it was AMAZING! To meet these talented women and to teach them some of my techniques was so fun.
Katia: Would you be interested in visiting Greece to teach cookie decorating if you are invited?
Liz: Let me think for a minute… YES!
Katia: I am serious! I have noticed that you use royal icing as well as fondant for decorations…I love that combination, you know here in Greece a lot of women deal with cookie decorating but they mainly use fondant. Most of them are afraid of piping, what would you say to encourage them?
Liz: Never be afraid to try something new because that is how you grow. I think a great way to start is to practice piping on wax paper. You can trace designs underneath it like monograms and beautiful filigree, and once they are dry, you can peel them off and put them on anything, cookies, cupcakes, cakes…
Katia: Transfers are a great idea!Do you use them in your designs?
Liz: Sometimes. It is also a great time saver because you can get a whole step done while a base flood is drying.
Katia: What are you coming up next? More cookies? Something else?
Liz: Next is scheduling more McGoo U classes. I’m more of a spontaneous person, so planning things out is a little hard for me. Then, there is CookieCon and Cookie’sCool… big things next year!
Katia: Sorry for my abscence…I was searching for a photo to send you…I would like you to see where I live, Chania is a city of Crete (island)…you would love it and I am sure that you would find a lot of inspiration here!
Liz: Ever since the 2004 Olympics I’ve dreamt of going to Greece! Incredibly gorgeous!
Katia: Here is the city and I want to show you the old harbour with the light house…
Liz: It is gorgeous! wow! inspiration all around you <3.
Katia: Liz I would like to thank you very much for your time!You are such a sweet and kind person!I was really anxious at the begining cause I am not a native speaker but you made me feel really comfortable with you…!I love your work and I would like to tell you that you are gorgeous!
Liz: Thank YOU. Your english is amazing and you are very easy to “talk” with