Greystones cake artist Loraine Cox was awarded a silver medal at her first appearance at the The Irish Sugarcraft Show for her lifelike sculpture highlighting the plight of sea turtles.
Organised by the Dublin Sugarcraft Guild, competitors from all over the country presented their designs at the CityWest Hotel to be scrutinised by internationally renowned judges. Crowds thronged the venue throughout the weekend, with many drawn to the 'Endangered Species Section.'
'I entered this section to try to use my art to bring awareness about the plight of these beautiful creatures', said Loraine.
Loraine saw for herself the impact pollution is having on marine life when she lived in Indonesia.
'Seeing these creatures up close while diving was beautiful, but our pollution is killing them', she said.
To spread his environmental message, 'Freddie the turtle' is planning to visit the local primary schools in the area over the next few weeks. He will also be on display at the Kilruddery House Farmers Market every Saturday.
Loraine runs her own business, Devoted to Cakes, which prides itself on its high quality and handcrafted products. As an eco-friendly company, Loraine uses a single piece of card to produce each container, fulfilling one of her core maxims: 'more products, less packaging'. Additionally, the packaging doubles as a reusable art project to encourage her customers to explore their artistic capabilities and enjoy the experience.