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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….


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


The Leeds Community Clothes Exchange

26 Oct

I love Leeds for many reasons, one being the masses of community spirit. It’s like living in a huge village, you always know someone who knows someone and there’s always someone there for you.

So, part of this lovely little world is the Leeds Community Clothes Exchange, run by volunteers and funded by a tiny £3 entry price per swopper; it’s the perfect solution to any wardrobe crisis, with loads of quality items being swopped at each event.


Find them on Facebook here:


The exchange has been going for over five years now, starting off in a small venue in Hyde Park, it has now moved down the road to the Woodhouse Community centre, which has oodles of room for all the items, plus space for stalls, tearooms, changing rooms and more!

This event is perfect for so many reasons, it’s an oppertunity to meet people in the community and have a chat, its a place to find other creative people looking for thrifty fashion picks, its a way to quench that shopoholic thirst without breaking the bank. It’s an avenue in which to show and collect artistic skills in the community. They even have a quickly growing men’s section. To be honest there is not much more you could ask for and it has considerable potential behind it too.

Opening Time!

Opening time!

I haven’t had chance to go these previous couple of years, however, since the venue change my friend Clare Edwards has been offering me a place doing makeup and I’ve only just had time to help out in this very busy year! I really appreciated being there and being a part of it, I like being able to give something back to a community that supports me. I painted a few halloween inspired faces but mainly chatted to people, I think after a couple more appearances people will be more open to interacting with the subject and look forward to it.

Quick Half Skeleton Face

Quick half skeleton face

I have new ideas for next time and hope to speak to many individuals; I love to find out what people really think about their own makeup, others makeup and the makeup industry as a whole. I would really like to use this opportunity to bring to light the issue of Facebook censorship of the human body in art – more on that in a later post.

The Clothes Exchange is very addictive, i found myself eyeing up peoples’ selections and itching to run out and check everything every ten minutes. With new arrivals being added to the rails constantly it’s hard not to feel the need to stay until you’ve checked everything out!

I found myself a nice new dress too which is awesome!

Please excuse the emulsion splatters mirror.

Please excuse the paint splattered mirror.

I’m really looking forward to the next exchange and hope to be an active part of it! Much love to everyone there!
Find out when the next event is by simply joining the Facebook group!


Leeds Uni Gala Face-Painting!

17 Jul

Once again I was able to work with the wonderfully talented Liz Buff.

This time it was for Leeds University Gala, where we face-painted each other and anyone that wanted to get into the spirit of the day!Iit

It was great to get chance to work and chat with Liz again, as she will be soon moving to the south of France; hopefully this will open up some work opportunities with her in France in the nearish future! As she was leaving, she also gave me a great goodie bag of items she no longer needed.  Love you Liz!


Uncommon Nonsense (Photo Shoot)

10 May


Things are starting to pick up again on my personal creative side and I have been striving to work with more creative people and find out more about my own styles and develop the way in which I work as professional.

Today I worked with Gemma, the founder of Uncommon Nonsense and the designer and creator of some lovely dresses, take a look at her website here:


I arrived at Leeds Art College for a studio shoot about 9 and got to the makeup. I ‘ve been busy with uni stuff so hadn’t had time to do a mood board but I think the outcome was absolutely beautiful, the model (Kate Newman) was stunning. I want to steal her for more work as she has the most beautiful face but sadly this was a one off for her! Even when she posed accidentally the shots came out beautifully.

We then shot the images with the photographer, Vicky Kortekaas who did a fantastic job, as I watched each image flash up on the MAC I smiled with glee! Its brilliant to actually get good shots of hard done work for a change! We should get the images within the next couple of weeks, so as soon as I do I shall post them in this blogpost.

Whilst I need to wait for the pictures to annotate, one thing I do know i need to work on is my speed as usual – it’s all part of the learning journey but i do need to actively work on this, perhaps time trailing myself at home. Allowing time for creating a specific design also means lees thinking time in between applications of products. I have however found in this shoot I was able to find confidence in using a variety of different skills I have learnt – such as matching up colour correction with period makeups.

It was lovely to work with all these girls, I hope to work with them again in the future 🙂