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Silicone Mould/PlatSil Appliances

12 Jun

These past few days I have been making big progress on the SFX front… I feel like I’m actually learning useable skills now! (Thanks to Natalia!!). Having created my moulds (actually I did use PlatSil for these and created a Modrock shell to keep the shape, but as I have now realised, using a stronger silicone; such as BlueSil, would have been more appropriate), I have now started creating my PlatSil pieces, encapsulated with cap plastic (2x 1:1 dilution layers, 2x 1:0 layers).

So, my first appliance… made a couple of mistakes. Definitely don’t need accelerator on a warm day!! So that didn’t work out. I also realised I only want the PlatSil in the deeper parts – as they’re flat backed pieces, it needs to be Cap Plastic backed to make sure they encapsulate properly, stick to the skin and can be blended out efficiently.

So, Version 2.0 worked out great. Now for the other 7 pieces to make!

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Reflection and Photography

3 May

I dream of travelling the world, meeting people from every corner and widening my reality.

I want to understand people’s faces, I want to learn about people not just from their words, but from what I see and experience. I feel through excessive use of media my senses have become dulled to the world around me. I have spent hours and hours in from of my laptop, often living what I see as an almost purely synthetic existence. Don’t get me wrong – the internet is a vast melting pot of useful information and inspiration to be seized, but what and I really gaining from the experience? Could I be spending my time on this earth better?

Being an individual who’s every action depends upon intensive gut feelings, I think perhaps the reason my life sometimes feels so empty, is because I am not listening to what my mind and soul are asking for. Vivid, interactive personal experience.

Day 01. PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Day 01.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

When considering my art, within the fashion industry I have found makeup can be quite passive – and is often dictated by someone else. I myself am a result of media contortion and am often incredibly self objective, as are many other women (and men). I do not want to be part of an industry in which women are made to feel uncomfortable with themselves and their lives. I watched a great Ted Talk my friend Steph posted up and it summarises these issues well. Take a look….

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Whilst working within the fashion industry, we feel are creating something beautiful, but in actual fact we are producing only destruction. We are crushing the self confidence of millions of women, debilitating their daily lives and increasing self hate and jealousy. Why are we doing this to ourselves? Is this really how we think we should be acting and feeling? Is there not something better for us out there?

I feel by doing any kind of fashion makeup, I am tearing myself away from the path towards my mountain (thanks for the advice Gaiman!) – both morally and artistically. I feel I have been easily led into fashion by the promise of instantaneous reward, particularly in monetary terms. However, despite the draw, I am to stop taking part in this game and follow what is true to myself, now focussing on my workshop practice (the SFX discipline I most enjoy), along with performance work.

Day 02. PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Day 02.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Back to the photography side of this post.

I want to really focus on life, I want to get out there, see it, do it, capture it. I have decided to get back into photography. My main interest is within documentary, journalistic and portraiture photography – but I’m not going to focus on that too much whilst I learn to use my camera again. I feel by doing this I will train myself to look closer into what is around me and re-connect with people – or even just learn to connect as I am a child of the social media technology era and have grown up plugged in.

From now on, you shall be getting more mini-updates, as I invite you to share in my life adventure, one photo at a time.

I cant promise they’ll all be wonderful, but everyone starts somewhere. It’s just where it takes you along the way that is what matters.

I implore you do do something that will take you to new places, and fill your heart with light and happiness.
Look beyond your computer screen and reach to the world outside.

Day 03. PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Day 03.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Shoot: Victorian England vs. Día de Muertos

25 Apr

Today I shot with Photographer Martin Beaumont and Lunar Rising (Aka Abi Wright).

The shoot was to be based on Victorian England and  Día de Muertos. Martin had wanted to add the  Día de Muertos element to his portfolio and I was keen on getting some body painting practice so was happy with this option. Martin had found a brilliant location, where we would be able to shoot it old Victoria Carriages… so we thought we would try add a little twist to the Day of the Dead theme.

Our original plans were big, however with such little time for body-painting and shooting, we found we were not able to fully carry out our ideas – so this is a project to be developed. I’m looking forward to the next step.

Special thanks to Sally Stone at West Yorkshire Playhouse Costumer Department for lending us the clothes! 🙂

MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: MArtin Beaumont, MODEL: Lunar Rising

MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: MArtin Beaumont, MODEL: Lunar Rising

MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: MArtin Beaumont, MODEL: Lunar Rising

MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: MArtin Beaumont, MODEL: Lunar Rising

Happy Slap Boutique @ Rumpus – Shiny!

10 Apr

This weekend I worked with the ever wonderful Happy Slap at Rumpus in London.

The theme was shiny, and oh boy – do Happy Slap Boutique know how to do shiny!!

Ross

Ross

We bought about 17kg of glitter, and by the end of the night, every happy person in the place was covered in the stuff. It’s still happily trailing its way around my clothing, house, housemates, my cat and generally anything I have come into contact within the past few days. It’s a good job I like glitter.

Photography: Michael Marks

Photography: Michael Marks

On the night we had our performers in bald caps (it never ceases to amaze me how good people look in bald caps – particularly glitter covered bald caps.), we also did some collaborative body paints which was a new experience and also lots of fun, it helped eradicate that feeling of getting too intimately obsessed with a piece when on a tight time schedule, moving onto the next person as and when needed.

As usual, I can’t wait for the next one! Find us at Beaverworks for Beaverfest and the Rumpus Mega Event in June!

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Hair & Makeup: Victoria Stansfield

Hair & Makeup: Victoria Stansfield

Glitter Bath

Glitter Bath

Eyebrow Blocking

29 Jan

Today as a class, in broken down groups we demonstrated to each other different ways of blocking out eyebrows; discussing the process, products and uses within the professional industry. The purpose of this task was not only to learn the obvious, but stretch our experimental abilities; questioning what was being asked of us and trying to formulate specific ways in which brow blocking worked for us personally.

I was in a group with Leanne and Emily, we split the task between us, sharing research, display and practical task. Prior to the presentation day, we did a trail run.

Despite our mistake in the size and cut of our eyebrow piece, we concluded that our process was the most successful in terms of visibility when done correctly. However, cap plastic application may not be required if dealing with a theatre production, as the detail will not be visible from far away. In reality, if dealing with a HD production, the actor would need to shave off or wax their eyebrows; as such small details would easily be recognised on the screen, rending coverup redundant.

Cap Plastic Application

Cap Plastic Application

Below you can see examples of the other groups’ work.

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Soap Application

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Wax Application

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Pritt Stick Application

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Pro-BOndo Application

Dok Haze’s Circus of Horrors

25 Nov

On Sunday, I ventured down to London to see some lovely friends of mine; actually playing out for a change rather than working – I even got to finally attend the reggae roast night and had a delicious nut roast.

Monday arrived and it was time for the main event! Tash and I made it over to Piccadilly Circus just in time to see the show (following a session of hair highlights, a skill I’ve not practiced in a while.). Here I am with the show’s lorry before the event!

Pre-Show

Pre-show

The initial section of the first half of the show had me slightly disappointed in the performance. Perhaps I’m just cynical but I didn’t really believe in the acts and it was a little brash for my taste. However, as the first half moved forward, the acts and attitudes progressed and my interest heightened.

I loved the second half. I absolutely loved the acrobats, they were amazing! I loved their skeleton act and didn’t want them to leave the stage. There was also a man who gave literally the most amazing balancing act I’ve ever seen, that man had SKILL! I won’t spoil any surprises, but its definitely worth hanging on in there with the expectations and there are certainly some skilled people in the show.

Acrobatics

Acrobatics

If you like your rock n’ roll and circus performance with a few cringey twists – I’d go see this for sure. I left the building happy; having had fun and singing their perfect ending tune. I even bought a hoodie. Back to Leeds at 8am.

Post-show

Post-show

Slava’s Snow Show & The German Market

21 Nov

Today I finally endeavoured to attend the German Market! After two years of deliberation, I bought a salt lamp (this may be the longest I’ve ever taken to make a decision, it must have been an important one.)

John & I enjoying the Market.

John & I enjoying the Market.

They had a lovely carousel, however there was not time to play on this occasion, as after a single mulled wine we headed off to Sheffield to see Slava’s Snow Show at the Lyceum!

This was a great chance to catch up with a few friends that I don’t get to see much outside of work related events! Plus the show was absolutely brilliant, it was beautiful and I really enjoyed all the acts. I liked the way there wasn’t particular story line, more the observation of the clowns happenings and emotions. At the end they had these huge plastic balls and balloons, I actually hit a women over the head in accidental childlike excitement trying to grab them (sorry!)

The costumes and makeup were simple but quaint, and certainly worked in promoting each clowns personality and sentiments.

My favourite act in this performance was actually my least favourite act in the Cirque Du Soleil Show! In the Allegria show I just did not have a clue what was going on, in the Slava show, during the same performance I was feeling so much for the main clown, I had total emotional involvement with the scene!

Bubble Snow!

Bubble Snow!

I won’t spoil it for you by saying anymore, it is definitely worth seeing, I would go see it again. I adored the balance of dark moments and laughs, based on visual rather than audio. There is much to be said about silence.