20 Oct Mama – Renay Zamora
Name of Piece: Mama from Guillermo del Toro’s movie, “Mama”
Guillermo del Toro’s movies are as deeply moving as they are frightening. His movie “Mama” is one of my favorites. Mama is the ghost of a young, disfigured woman who, in life, had been taken advantage of and ended up giving birth to a child that she loved and wanted, but was not allowed to keep. Her grief led her to kill both herself and her infant child.
Later, as the ghost Mama, she cared for and protected two very young human children that were left victims of the murder/suicide of their parents. She is fierce in her protective nature, even jealous.
This character was simultaneously sympathetic and frightening, which is why I love her so much.
Mama is sculpted in buttercream over a styrofoam, foil and aluminum armature structure. The dress is made using wafer paper and Flexique. The eyes are made with DecoGel and the hair is corn silk.
Bio: Renay Zamora is the owner/artist of Nashville, TN-based Sweetface Cakes.
Renay has designed and created custom cakes for such notable celebrities as Willie Nelson, Jack White, Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts and his wife Tiffani Fallon of Playboy fame, Emily Maynard of ABC’s The Bachelorette, Rock N’ Roll Icon Bebe Buell, Country Music artist Leeann Womack & her husband/producer Frank Liddell, and actress Lucy Hale of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, amongst others.
Renay was featured as the cake artist for Team Morbid Morticians on Food Network’s Halloween Wars, Season Five. She also worked alongside her teammate Becky Wortman to create the iconic “Angel and the Lion” buttercream sculpture for 2015 OSSAS and the Tulsa State Fair and has worked as an artist educator at cake shows.
Her cakes have been featured in national and international publications such as People Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, Smitten Magazine, Cake Central Magazine, Cake Design France International Magazine, Swooned Magazine and Southern Brides Magazine, as well as on most of the Top 100 Wedding Blogs, such as Style Me Pretty, Ruffled, Bridal Snob, Rock N’ Roll Bride, Wedding Chicks, OneWed, Love & Lavender, Fab You Bliss, Every Last Detail, Pizzazzerie and Colin Cowie Weddings.
Renay lives just outside of Nashville, TN with her husband Kyle, their two children Sam and Ruby and their cat, Trixie.