So what happened?
In 2006, eight sixteen year-old creatives met at Long Road Sixth Form in Cambridge, England. They exchanged ideas and worked on various projects together until one of them (Mina Lavender) suggested legitimising their troupe and operating under one name; CakeBomb. The name came from a disused url (cakebomb.com) her mother owned. However, she was reluctant to relinquish the rights to the web-address and cakebomb.co.uk was purchased instead.
For the next year and a half the group grew together artistically; writing comics, drawing portraits, designing websites, sculpting figures and shooting films. During this time, a few members took different directions and separated from the group (Rosie Smith, Thom Kerr, Ruth Noakes).
Come 2008 most of the remaining members had to decide upon which universities they wanted to attend. Rosie Ball took Games Design at Norwich and Abi Hunt, Tom Ridgewell and Chris Bingham chose Lincoln to study Media Production.
After a few months at university, Abi decided to embark on another path and left Lincoln University. Shortly after, she, Rosie and Mina informally made their exit from the group which had before more focused on the filmic element, giving less attention to their work. At this point Tom Bown, a writer attending Lincoln University and Edd Gould, an animator known by Tom Ridgewell for many years were added to the collective. John Paine and Michael Sandford were also brought on as official resident comic artists.
Over the next year the group, the branding, grew in popularity. Office space was rented and Amy Guy was brought on as the official web developer to build the next, community driven, version of the site. However, it became clear that the core element of CakeBomb, the friendships that bound a group of young creatives together, had all but come to an end. After one final attempt to obtain the dot com address Tom Ridgewell decided to make his leave from the group and subsequently he and Chris Bingham agreed to call it a day.
The site has come to an end and the circle of friends is unrecognisable but there's no denying that everyone involved learned a lot from it all. Not one member of CakeBomb has stopped being creative, they're all still going strong and doing what they always did.. Just not here.
Thanks for the memories,
- CakeBomb out