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I don't actually know how many different cookie cutters there are in the world. If I had to guess though, I would say at least 37. Probably more. But even with all those different cutters, there just isn't a cutter for every design in your head. Unless of course you are Sarah Trefny.
Sarah Trefny is the creative genius behind Klickitat Street. Well, not the actual street. Just the amazing little cookie gems that go by that name.
Sarah started making cookies just under a year ago in November and within a few weeks was already creating these darling little angels using a snowman cutter.. Now, I know what you are thinking.... And you are right. Sarah DID study Biology and Chemistry in college. (You're so smart.) She also took some art classes and does some oil painting on actual canvas. (I bet you didn't see that one coming.)
Sarah grew up near Denver, Colorado and currently lives in Hillsboro, Oregon. She discovered the world of cookies while looking for inspiration for cake pops she was making for a family event. (As a side note, this proves my theory that cake pops are a polarizing force in our world today. Society is quickly being divided between those who CAN and those who CAN'T make cake pops. I was happy to find Sarah safely on my side of the line. And for the record...that would be the "cannot-make-pretty-cake-pops-if-my-life-depended-on-it side.")
Sarah has an incredible eye for design. Her colors are as deep and distinctive as her shapes are unexpected and perfect. For example... these cookies. The rocket is a Christmas tree. A Christmas tree that is a rocket. And I want to frame them and hang them on my child's bedroom wall. I asked Sarah about her creative process and this is what she said:
I think it’s a lot like starting at the clouds and seeing shapes, you know? I’m a bit of a day dreamer so things just
wander in and out. Since I don’t usually
take cookie orders and this is just a hobby for me I often plan whole sets of
cookies around some random thing I saw in a cookie cutter shape. I actually like playing with the shapes more
than just buying a given cutter. Solving
that little creative challenge is half the fun of cookies.
don’t have a set process at all. Sometimes
I sit and play with my cutters twisting them this and that way and tracing and doodling
in them and then just as often an idea will hit me out of the blue. I’ll be walking through a store and see
something and immediately think, “That bug would totally fit on an owl cutter!” When I actually get down to business though I
think of what I want in terms of large shapes.
Like I say, okay there’s a bump here and a point there, etc and then I
go find a cutter that has a bump and a point.
I don’t worry about what the cutters are “supposed” to be.