“For a long time I guarded my skills and secrets like a predator. But then I realized it was pointless being so greedy and possessive. Teaching others is also fun and worthwhile,” she admits. After the success of Marfa, Nastasia noticed that her drawings were being copied: "At first I was upset and angry when I saw copies of my trademark poppies and lighthouses everywhere," she says. "But then I calmed down. It's not really about the pictures anyway. It's better to help people learn how to draw than to be creative. Inspiring others is great. We need more of it. "marfa_torts
Nastasia and Vitaly’s first creations were decorated with flowers or fruit, and didn’t look like anything out of the ordinary. It soon dawned that they needed something with a bit more bite, so to speak. “Thanks to my art school training and passion for painting, I had the idea of drawing on the cakes,” says Nastasia.marfa_torts
Over its 18-month lifespan, the Marfa project has had a few eyebrow-raising orders. Nastasia relates one such incident: “Someone wanted an edible Putin, but I never draw living people on my cakes. It’s a bit tasteless, if you’ll pardon the pun. All the more so if it’s the president—they’ll be carving up his face! I flatly refused.”marfa_torts
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