FICTIONAL murderer Buffalo Bill from ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ has inspired a Dysart woman to bake an array of alternative cakes.
Gillian Bell (33) has been creating unusual ‘Slice’ cakes in the shape of body parts and skin and is currently displaying them as part of the ‘New Perspectives’ exhibition in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes.
Gillian originally made them as part of a project for her BA degree course in Visual Communication through Abertay University.
The talented designer previously part-owned the Cake and Chocolate Shop in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh until it closed in 2007 and she moved to Fife.
She then decided to go back to studying and achieved an HND in Visual Communication from Adam Smith College before going on to study and complete her degree.
Gillian, who also bakes ‘normal’ cakes for weddings and birthdays said: “I have always had an interest in prop making and creating characters,” she said.
“This route seemed obvious to me as my personal project - it brought all the elements together that I enjoy the most; packaging, branding, alternative cakes and crazy looking characters.
“The inspiration behind the skin cake was a slight fascination with Buffalo Bill from ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ who murdered women so he could remove their skin to make a ‘women suit’ for himself.
‘‘Baking the skin cake from start to finish probably takes about a day.
“Baking was also just a chance to do something fun as in reality I would probably never get the chance to do it for a real client unless it was for a Halloween party or corporate event.”
To find out more about Gillian’s work visit her website: www.deadbright.com