Intertwined is the first installment of Rough Love, a new conceptual series I am developing in collaboration with photographer Donatella Parisini. The series is an exploration into the application of textures onto the human canvas and simultaneously a journey to capture the unique chemistry of couples through photography and video.
For Intertwined we had the vast pleasure of working with our dear friend Mollie and her lovely boyfriend Jasper. These two exceptional human beings absolutely adore one another and their chemistry was truly beautiful to behold. The aim was to create a piece that spoke visually of this inter-connectivity - that feeling where for better or worse every fiber of your being is interlaced with anothers, it nourishes you, warms you, completes you, consumes you - and there is no escaping it. Love is not simple, love is not tidy, it is messy and complicated yet it is beautiful - these were the attributes I aimed to echo through the makeup and hair.
The makeup for this shoot was inspired by a technique I picked up from Powdah FX - an incredible SFX artist from Melbourne - who I've seen used strands of wool to create veins and blood vessels in his wound simulations. Working on a sheer base of airbrushed white makeup from Bluebird FX I carefully layered strands of coloured alpaca wool sources from a local charity shop onto a non tacky medical adhesive to create the looks on Mollie and Jasper. Once all of the wool was laid down (a mere 7 hours later!) I added a little depth and fill to select areas with light layers of makeup inks.
My deepest thanks go out to all involved in this project and to Christine at Voiliton Magazine in LA for being so kind as to publish our work in her May issue available here for download and purchase.
n. the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that’s usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet"
John Koenig's Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
Model: Marcus Kym Louend
Photography (3-6) / Direction: Clare Nica
Makeup / Photography (1-2) / Edits: Elvis Schmoulianoff
To celebrate our amazing planet - an infinite and phenomenal source of inspiration - here is some yet unseen work from a while back featuring the beautiful Jessie James.
This look was inspired by the stark bare branches of winter and the magical intricacy of leaf skeletons under direction from photographer Donatella Parisini. The photos were taken in her photography studio in Suffolk Park, NSW.
Donatella kindly allowed me to play with doing some artwork on the final images - I mimicked the design I created for the leaf details in the makeup and drew them on an overlay in Photoshop
Headpiece: Louise Lassay Jewellery
Photography & Art Direction: Donatella Parisini Photography
Makeup & Digital: Art Elvis Schmoulianoff
Once more tis that saccharine day of the year
That sets singletons glugging down gin, wine and beer.
A consumer frenzy for teddies and chocs,
And velveteen roses and novelty socks.
Whilst some of you slip on your best neglige,
You'll hear others cry "screw this crap holiday!"
They'll view cosy couples with sneers of distain,
Rolling their eyes while love sips its champagne.
If your once sweet lover morphed into a swine
Drop in and visit Ms. Voodoo Valentine.
Tell her your troubles of love that you lost,
She'll settle your scores at a reasonable cost.
For lies she'll prescribe a pin straight to the tongue -
This induces swelling and lisping is fun!
Escapades with the maids call for pins to the... well
Let's just say they'll be stuck with a horrible smell.
Whatever your gripe she'll get straight to the point,
But once she is done you'd best scarper the joint.
For if your eyes meet and her heart's set ablaze,
Twill be pins in your heart till the end of your days...
Model: Lilu Stella
Photography: Donatella Parisini
Makeup/Voodoo Dolls/Border Graphics: Elvis Schmoulianoff
Now and again I find myself in a complete flurry where every passing second seems to add to a gradual build up of flustered madness. The 23rd December 2014 was one of those days. Frantically trying to organise what felt like several thousand things at once I came across a link a friend had send me calling out for submissions for a local film festival. The deadline was hours away, the modest and undeniably fair entry fee was all I had in the bank, I have only ever made one very silly piece of film and the simple undemanding entry process seemed equivocal to asking a man with no hands to build a castle out of feathers in the midst of a typhoon.
However a sneaky little voice of determination kept finding its way to my ear through the clouds of chaos so, after spending whatever amount of time discovering the joys of reformatting, capturing stills, filling out forms and chatting to a lovely man called Shane with a beautiful sounding paddock following a series of bouncing emails - all was done and subsequently quite soon forgotten in the whirlwind of December festivities.
Fast forward to yesterday morning: while enjoying a cup of coffee in my favourite seat of my favourite cafe in Mullmumbimby my phone started shimmying across the table, buzzing merrily. It was the lovely and aforementioned Shane calling to tell me that animation had made it into the finalists for the film festival! What a joyous surprise!! It seems that on occasion, even when you have a 'To Do' list as long as your left leg (which I am am convinced is slightly longer than the right one) - adding one more item to the mix can turn out to be rather a jolly good idea :)
Flickerfest 2016 runs from 22nd - 24th this month and all screenings will be taking place at Mullumbimby's Civic hall with the All Shorts competition screening on the Saturday. Should you be in the area and like myself are rather partial to the magic of short films click here to buy tickets.
Last year I was lucky enough to be part of an amazing team on the production of 'Lay Down Your Guns' - a music video directed by Juliet Carrington for local artist Dan Hannaford. Despite managing to fall over quite spectacularly in the dark that morning trying to find the bathroom - which resulted in the most bizarrely awkward spasming my arm has ever been victim to - the day went quite beautifully :)
Shot in 12 hours over a plethora of locations in Byron Shire, NSW - this wonderfully produced music video echoes the feeling of old Spaghetti Westerns with a touch of Wes Anderson and follows an outlaw cowboy on the run from a Native American girl, with a charming twist at the video's conclusion. I loved the story concept as soon as Juliet told me and was further hooked when I heard Dan's song. was very grateful to be allowed creative input into the ideas and designs for the makeups - conceiving a very simple idea that tied the beginning to the end so to speak - trying not to give away any spoilers here ;) . The girls costume and makeup were checked rigorously with a great family friend of the Hannafords who himself is Native American, to ensure no inadvertent disrespect would be caused through their usage/application :)
Cowboy: Dan Hannaford
Warrior Woman: Kiani Newman
Mother: Emma Cloherty
Cowboy Child: Sonny Cloherty
Warrior Child: Summer Renolds
Director | Producer | Editor: Juliet Carrington (Set Apart Productions)
Cinematography: Jared Bazley
Camera Assistant: Kyrin Bazley
Make Up Artist: Elvis Schmoulianoff
Colourist: Jared Bazley
Casting: Nicole Hannaford and Juliet Carrington
Costumer: Nicole Hannaford and Juliet Carrington
Costume Design: Nicole Hannaford and Juliet Carrington
Office Production Assistant: Nicole Hannaford
Story written by: Juliet Carrington
Publicity / Management
Dragging Canoe Records, Byron Bay
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Thanks to you all for a beautiful day!
*** I am very excited to announce a new editorial in this months DeVour Magazine!!!! ***
This series all started with a incredible hat I stumbled across in a charity shop one fateful afternoon in 2014. I immediately knew I had to feature it in a shoot and became engrossed in designing an accompanying makeup to do the piece justice. In my research I rediscovered my intrinsic love for the plethora of tribal and traditional artwork humankind has produced over the centuries - our capacity for creation is truly incredible!! Inspired by elements of cultural dress, architecture, jewellery and tribal bodyart from across the globe I gradually pieced together each look as a celebration of colour and tribute to the handiwork of the unknown artists who set my artistic flame alight. The series also gave me a fantastic opportunity to start experimenting with graphics as a way to pull all the images together as a set and add a little more fun and colour in the process.
A huge thank you to The Silver Lining Mullumbimby, Anita Caffyn and Louise Lassay for helping me source the pieces, to my amazingly patient model Jessie James and her chameleon eyes, to Donatella Parisini for her beautiful photography and invaluable advice and of course to Christine at DeVour Magazine for publishing the final photos.
On February 14th while many were drowning in kitch love cards, heart shaped chocolates and poems cheesy enough to make your eyes bleed, people gathered in over 200 countries to stand together and speak out against domestic violence.
V-Day has been gathering momentum over the last decade - encouraging the use of creativity to speak out against violence towards women. Photographer Donatella Parisini instigated this project with the aim to create a series of three strong visual art pieces communicating that violence effects women from all walks of life and causes a lasting imprint of both physical and emotional pain on its victims. A huge thank you to our beautiful model Jessie James for her skill, time and patience in helping us bring this project to life.
The final photos were donated to V-Day in the hope the message they communicate might help raise further awareness about this important issue.
For more information on V-day and how you can help and join the 1 Million Rising visit www.V-Day.org