One of the main reasons that Apocalypse Bakery exists is through the support and inspiration of Cameo Curio, and its brains/founders/all round lovely people Hannah and Tammy. They are keen to explore, encourage, and expand creativity in the Edinburgh community, and so have invited lots of different talented to share their work and their knowledge with us at Cameo Curio’s first event at the Sonic Lodge on Sunday the 15th August. Hannah (who just so happens to be one of my bestest pals – lucky lady that I am) explains what Cameo Curio is all about.
How did it start?
Tammy & I met at work a few months ago, and over dozens of coffee breaks we discovered a shared excitement about the creative communities in Edinburgh and a shared dream of getting more actively involved in supporting these communities. At the same time, Tammy was talking to her friend, Phil, who was keen to put on some sort of party or event at Sonic Lodge, the music studio he owns. So we decided to take over his studio for the weekend to put on a pop-up event which would bring different parts of the arts community in Edinburgh into one space, for one day only, to launch our new project, which we’ve called Cameo Curio.
Who is going to be there?
There is so much variety in this event that I truly believe everyone will find something to get curious about – whether it is the gallery art, the dance demonstrations, the workshop with Ferg Handley, the fashion, the music, or whether they just come along to drink coffee and eat cake.
What is the vibe/feel of the day going to be like?
I think it will change throughout the day as different things happen. I personally would like to see people having fun, exploring, sticking around for a while to have a coffee and relax, having a natter, getting involved. I hope people will feel inspired by something they see, and inspired people always buzz!
What are you excited about seeing on the day?
Oh! It’s so hard to chose because everything sounds ace. I’m really looking forward to see the installation piece that Nicola Brooks is putting together with her partner especially for the day - I think it will be a real treat. And Andy Rutherford and Olivia Errey have been filming a video piece about cyclists in Edinburgh which I’m dying to get a look at.
It will also be my first exposure to capoeira, which is a Brazilian martial art, which I’m excited about.
Why should people come along?
People should come along to Cameo Curio if they are curious about art, music, film, dance, comics, life drawing, ‘zines, fashion or cake… And surely everyone likes at least one of those?
Apocalypse Bakery has been invited to provide cake for the event, and I am really excited and honoured to be part of the fun! I love the welcoming, participative approach that Hannah and Tammy take to creativity and art, their enjoyment of creative process, and frankly, their ability to plan such an awesome event. Because of them, I have been encouraged to venture from kitchen to blog to art event, and to explore my love for baking and apocalypse more.
Whilst I am overjoyed at participating, I am also pretty scared about the whole event, and I am madly trying to come up with a baking plan for the day. This is where you lovely people come in. I have put below a selection of ideas about what I will produce for the day – I am trying to stick with fairly straightforward stuff as this is baking on a scale I have never encountered before. If you are showing at or coming to Cameo Curio, then I would love to hear what on the list sounds good to you. If you aren’t, well your opinion is still welcome, but less valid because you aren’t attending what is clearly going to be the best thing ever, and that makes you a fool. Who knows, if you are really helpful in commenting, I might make a cake just for you!
3 layer cakes
-Pink lady cake -strawberry cake with creamy icing
-Vanilla buttermilk cake with mango curd and swiss-meringue buttercream icing
2 layer cakes
-Victoria sponge with jam and cream
-Chocolate cake with chocolate cream and strawberries
My personal favourites!
Raspberry buttermilk cake (to be made at the event)
Brownie marshmallow melts. (Fudge brownies with homemade marshmallow melted on top)
-Boston cream pie cupcake
-Vanilla cupcake with raspberry icing
-Vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream icing
-Red velvet cupcakes
-Lemon meringue cupcakes
-Gluten free cupcakes
-Carrot cake muffins with cream cheese icing
-Spicy pumpkin muffins
-Cranberry and Orange
-Baked vanilla and raspberry cheesecake