I don't know about anyone else but i got absolutely hooked on that TV show big fat gypsy weddings, I was desperate to do make for a big fat gypsy wedding to the point where i was considering trying to find a way to contact that woman who makes all the mad dresses for them. So imagine my surprise when i was doing a little trawl through gumtree and came across this advert.................'On the 29th of July I am looking for a makeup artist to help with a photo shot for a community arts project in Willesden Green.
Its a jewellery project run with an irish centre, myself, the artist and a group of young irish traveller girls.
We have a fantastic photographer on board to take some professional photos and would love to find some one to do their make up'.....................Perfect!!! I lost no time in contacting organizer Laura Bradshaw heap (who for the record is an exceptionally talented artist and jewellery maker, have a look at some her work here http://www.stitchandsilver.com/index.html isn't it beautiful?) and was delighted when she got back telling me that she would love to have me on board. So today I made my merry way across to Willesden green, where i was met first of all by photographer Jennika Argent Who coincidentally i discovered i had worked with once before last year - small world eh? and we made our way to the local community centre to meet the event organizers and the girls who had participated.
The organizers included a reporter from the Irish world http://www.theirishworld.com/ ( A London based newspaper for the Irish community in England) The lovely Sharon O'Regan of the Brent Irish advisory service www.biasbrent.co.uk and Gillian Christie, education director of the tricycle theater in Kilburn www.tricycle.co.uk and of course the aforementioned Laura Bradshaw-heap.
The girls themselves were very nice, very ordinary down to earth sort of people, 2 of them were sisters from Northern ireland who had come over to london after getting married and the 3rd was london born and bred.They had all enjoyed the jewellery making project and had created some interesting pieces, they were all keen to promote awareness of the London traveler community in order to secure funding for further projects aimed at befitting young women from Irish traveler backgrounds, and helping them to integrate more within the community (they were also all very scathing about the big fat gypsy weddings program - I kept very quiet!)
So overall I don't think I've excactly cracked the gypsy wedding market but I had a great time, met some very nice people, learnt a lot about the problems and discrimination that faces the Irish traveler community and hope to be involved in further projects, pictures to follow............
I've decided I need to keep up more with whole blog writing business so...........On monday I did a shoot with Photographer Scott Rylander http://www.scottrylander.com/ stylist extraordinaire Claire Wacey http://www.clairewacey.com/
Nothing particularly unusual about that you might think, except that the model did'nt show up so after a bit of convinicng I took one for the team and modeled eeek! If I didn't already respect you ladies for what you do, I certainly do now, it is BLOODY difficult!! fortunately for me I was with nice people who were also professional enough to be able to direct me every step of the way but it does make you think about all those times when people get shitty with models and treat them like peices of meat, so there we are folks next shoot your on take a moment and appreciate your model that little bit more.......................
I was going to show you some pictures from my attempt but I can't get the document loader thing to work so i guess you'll just have to wait, what a shame!
I spent the weekend working at Lovebox festival for sleek make up giving people mini make overs and facepainting, it was good fun but bloody hard work, I will put up some more pictures as and when i can steal them off peoples facebooks etc..
This is me and Tracy my partner in crime, with whom I shared a table and kit for the weekend
Putting make-up on people since 2010