My name is Silviya Schimenti, and I am a proud born and raised Bulgarian, which is where Kurabiiki gets it's name from, as it means “cookie” in Bulgarian. After spending over ten years within the geospatial industry, I gave up my career in 2010 to become a stay at home mom. While the transition wasn't easy, it did help me to explore other avenues and it opened up doors to opportunities that I had never had the option of exploring before then.
I started decorating cookies in 2010 and became obsessed with it. It was my way to relax, unwind and recharge. A few months later, I turned this newfound hobby into a business. After offering custom cookies for approximately four years, I started teaching The Art Of Cookie Decorating in the beginning of 2014.
I do truly believe that there is an artist deep down in every one of us, we’ve just yet to discover it! That’s where Kurabiiki comes in, to give you the platform to explore your own talents and create masterpieces!
My goal is to help women forget their busy life and to enjoy and explore the world of art. I strive to make my classes unique and special. I have different themes every month/season and I try to create beautiful and relaxing atmospheres for everyone to enjoy.
My style and work is influenced by my worldwide travels. I’ve lived and worked across three different continents, Europe, North America, and Asia. Inside one of my classes you will find fun and all of my knowledge that I have found around the world and simplified it, bringing it to you, so you can create incredibly beautiful edible art. At the end of my three hour class, without any experience, you too can create amazing cookie creations! See the photos section for some of the amazing cookie art my students have created!
I love teaching, not only because I enjoy meeting new people, but because I love empowering women and moms, and helping them to believe in themselves! I also enjoy styling and organizing special events, and my work has been featured in publications such as Hostess With The Mostess, Pizzaree, Style Me Pretty, and more.
Typically, I teach classes and private parties in Yokosuka and Tokyo, Japan, however, in early 2017, I began to teach at the Tokyo American Club in Tokyo, Japan. The latest schedule of my Yokosuka classes can found on Kurabiiki’s Facebook page. If you are member of Tokyo-American Club, please check their website for the Fall term classes. If you would like to learn more about a cookie decorating class, plan a party of your own or have a general inquiry, please use the ‘Contact Me’ link to get in touch!