We had the good fortune of connecting with Ana Gutierrez Padilla and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ana, you love what you do. It’s clear to anyone who knows you. Why and what about your work do you love so much?
I’m an artist and I love being able to express myself creatively through edible art. My passion has always been art so being able to create daily has been a blessing. Growing up I used to love to draw and paint but I rarely had the time. I started baking when I had my daughter so I love the flexibility of a home business. I have my own schedule, taking care of my daughter while doing something that I love. It’s not always easy because edible art can be very time consuming with long hours through the night, but the creative process is so rewarding! I get bored easily too so I love that I can create different products and challenge myself to try new things. I love creating and editing video tutorials and connecting with other artists who share the same passion, but most of all I love the response from my clients when they see their cakes or cookies. Art feeds my soul and I love that I can share it with others.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m the owner of Unforgedible Art, a home-based business offering cakes, cookies, cake pops and cupcakes. The majority of my work is hand painted and/or hand sculpted and I take pride in everything that I create. I established my business a few years ago after researching cottage food laws for my county. It wasn’t easy at first because there’s a lot of information that can make it confusing, but after filing the initial paperwork the renewal process has been easy. I have learned a lot over the years and continue to grow as an artist, offering art that’s unforgedible.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would plan to visit The Getty center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the beautiful Descanso Gardens. I would also take them to Hollywood for the stars of fame and do a celebrity homes tour (pretty cool history and fun to see where celebrities live) . I would plan to visit Bottega Louie (they have the best macarons), The Grove for shopping and to eat some delicious crepes. I like to hike so I would definitely plan for two of the best hikes in LA, Malibu Creek State Park and Wisdom Tree hike (it has great views of LA and Hollywood sign). There’s so many authentic and unique restaurants but for an interesting experience I would take them to the Stinking Rose restaurant in Beverly Hills (a culinary euphoria of garlic!).
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to Jeanette Facey from My Little Cakepop for being an amazing friend and mentor!