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Stunning figures make a big day complete

PUBLISHED: 07:47 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:26 12 July 2010

Kathy Scott whose cake-top sculptures are custom made.

Kathy Scott whose cake-top sculptures are custom made.

Kathy Scott is a very special person. For tucked away in her studio in the heart of rural Norfolk she spends hour after hour painstakingly crafting stunning figurines to make a happy couple's big day complete.

Kathy Scott is a very special person. For tucked away in her studio in the heart of rural Norfolk she spends hour after hour painstakingly crafting stunning figurines to make a happy couple's big day complete.

Kathy's beautiful wedding cake-top sculptures are made from raw silk and, using photos supplied by the bride and groom, are carefully moulded and shaped to provide a miniature version of the joyful pair.

Everything from the bride's tumbling locks and intricate dress to the groom's tufted hairstyle or even sticking-out ears can be added to personalise each decoration, and requests for beloved pets to be included in the celebrations means that Kathy often crafts tiny cats and dogs alongside their owners.

Once complete, the figures are mounted and displayed in a glass case, enabling the couple to keep them forever as a lovely reminder of their big day.

It was when Kathy and her husband Steve - who is based at Thetford as regional director for the Forestry Commission - lived in Hereford that she developed her craft skills, achieving a BA hons degree in 3D craft design from Hereford School of Art and Design.

Kathy, who lives near Diss, said: “I am really interested in historic costume design and accentuated forms, particularly in the clothes women used to wear to accentuate their bodies such as bodices and bustles.

“I wanted to bring all these aspects into 3D form and, after working with different materials including papier mâché, I found silk was the best to manipulate.”

Kathy started putting examples of her work in galleries around Hereford and received her first wedding piece commission in 2000.

“A woman saw my work in a gallery and asked whether I could make a piece for her daughter who was getting married,” she said.

“Then it struck me that I could actually make the piece so it would look like her daughter and son-in-law in their wedding attire.”

Further commissions followed through word of mouth and before long requests were pouring in.

Kathy asks couples to submit a digital photograph of themselves and requests they fill in a commission form detailing exactly what they want in their design.

It takes Kathy around 19 hours to make a basic couple, but extras such as bridesmaids and pageboys can be added along with pets, which take more time to complete. Prices start at around £100 with the most expensive piece so far being about £800.

“The couple can add any characteristics they would like which makes the piece totally personalised and means they have something to keep after the wedding,” Kathy said.

Kathy also likes to use beads from old garments to add a special twist. “I like to use antique glass beads from dresses that have fallen apart,” she said.

Kathy recently took part in the Designer Wedding Show in London for a second time. “It was a really enjoyable experience,” she said. “I was up there with the Vera Wangs of the design world and there was little old me from Norfolk.”

Kathy is a member of Produced in Norfolk and said that artists from the organisation are holding an exhibition at the old Bally shoe factory in Norwich over Easter.

For more information about Kathy's designs visit www.kathyscott.co.uk

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