Back in December (’14), I did two short interviews with cake artists Rich Brooks and Mark Swain as something to add to the website. We are in the process of doing interviews (on and off-camera) with several cake artists for the upcoming book and documentary. The following is one with Mr. Brooks:
Jason Voigt: How long have you been involved with art:
Rich Brooks: Since I was four, so about 61 years ago (laughs)! Someone handed me three crayons, and I complained I didn’t have enough colors when being told to draw a mountain.
JV: Did you grow up in St. Louis?
RB: No, I’m from Keokuk, Iowa. Lived there until I was 19. I still call it my hometown, though STL is. I moved to STL at 21, becoming a teacher for the Francis-Howell school district.
JV: How did you get involved with the stl250/cake project?
RB: (stl250) called me and Andy Cross (multi-cake artist), and they asked me to do prototypes. Then I hit up all of my artist friends on Facebook and encouraged them to join in.
JV: What do you do like to besides art?
RB: I love to eat! And read, too. I like Facebook. I love Soulard Arts Market; it’ll be 14 months since I’ve had a room. I’ve sold art everywhere.