RAW is an amazing organization which functions as a fantastic platform for new and emerging artists to showcase their work locally and around the globe. On the 31st of May RAW Melbourne presented Revolution - an evening of art, fashion, music, film and performance at the Melbourne Pavilion in Flemmington starring an eclectic mix of amazing talent in all disciplines.
I was kindly granted a fabulous space to exhibit where I showcased a selection of old & new work, my stop motion animation Painted and some new body art which I created live throughout the evening with the assistance of my amazing friend: makeup artist Shannon McKean on the divine Miss Jasmina Mili. Shannon's help was absolutely invaluble (the woman is beyond brilliant) and Jasmina absolutely rocked it - the girl was born to model!!
The marvelous creative team of Alysander De Djinn Photography & Olivia Duval were absolute life savers - a huge thank you to the both of them for their beautiful help and generosity. Not only did these superstars lend me all I needed to make my space presentable but they practically set up & decorated everything as well as organizing space to capture some GORGEOUS images of the finished body painting. I am sooooooo happy with the photos and can't wait until they're finished so I can share them with you!!
Huge thanks also go out to my irreplaceable friends Dave & Benito for getting me to and from the event, to Daniel Cumbo for his company and encouragement, to the fantastic organizers of RAW - especially Yolanda - for their help and amazing efforts in putting together the night and to everyone who came to show their love and support throughout the evening :)
Some new beauty makeups for the gorgeous Bella Gardner with photography by Donatella Parisini.
Bella is a wonderful model to work with - she has an incredibly versatile face and has been an absolute pleasure to work on on a number of recent creative projects that we will be sharing over the next few months. In addition to being a great model she also runs her own business providing highly professional Brow Sculpting, Lash Extensions and Organic Fake Tanning in Byron Bay, the Gold Coast & brisbane- so if you need any of the above you know where to go!!
Earlier this year I collaborated with Alysander De Djinn photography on this shoot inspired by the magical work of Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton. Alysander was wonderful to work with having a great knowledge of his equipment and different lighting styles and my beautiful friend Jordan absolutely rocked in bringing character and life to the piece.
Thank you both for an amazing day xxx
Last month I teamed up with Lyris Design to showcase a selection of her beautiful handmade garments at Fiend Fest Melbourne. I handled the makeup while the wonderful Gorjess Designs showcased her handiwork with some wonderful hair creations. Our models absolutely rocked the catwalk at the Carpe Noctum Fashion Show & the days events were beautifully captured by the one and only Alysander De Djinn Photography. Alysander and the wonderful Olivia Duval very kindly set us up a photography area backstage where they captured some beautiful images of our combined handiwork after the show which will be ready to share soon! Thank you to everyone involved for a spectacular day of alternative fashion xxx
I recently teamed up once again with Satya James and Donatella Parisini to shoot Satya's new collection inspired by the swashbuckling ladies of the high seas and infused with some beautiful gypsy elements. Once again the glorious Miss James has outdone herself in creating an absolutely divine collection of womens-wear that's both playful and absolutely delicious.
In prep for this shoot I spent a couple of days with Satya in her studio customizing hats that had been shaped by the lady herself and Amanda Dudley and making a gypsy pirate inspired headdress to use as props.
The shoot itself went beautifully - as things always do with Donatella! We commenced the day in her gorgeous studio in Suffolk Park and I started applying makeup that integrated the colours from the collection while the lovely Jarrah Hustler set to work styling Satya, Carmen and Lakita's hair. Donatella and her lovely assistant Byron captured some beautiful studio shots after which we descended on an amazing lunch prepared by the lovely Lousie before heading down to Brunswick. Here the luscious ladies really got into character - commandeering a local fishing boat whose lovely owner was kind enough to take us out of the harbour so we could really get into the spirit of things.
All in all another wonderful shoot with some of my favourite ladies - I'm very much looking forward to seeing the results!
The Maker is an absolutely fantastic stop motion animation by film-making husband and wife duo Christopher and Christine Kezelos that has received global acclaim and won a multitude of well deserved awards at film festivals around the world.
It is no secret that I absolutely adore stop-motion animation and as they go - this one is utterly superb! Every detail is exquisitely executed and the main character is fantastically bizarre - just look at that amazing face, how could you not love him??! As shorts go it ticks all the boxes - beautiful, quirky, weird, funny, sweet and delightfully strange, featuring bunny creatures, violins, beautiful music, exquisite craftsmanship and a whole lot of magic!
As Easter popped its happy head up over the weekend I thought it would be nice to do a facepaint marking the occasion and The Maker being in definite resemblance of some kind of bunny served as perfect - if not slightly unconventional inspiration :) The ears and the coat were made out of some canvas scraps which I painted, sewed, backed onto cardboard
and attached to myself with a plethora of Kirby grips. The painting itself was done freehand with body paints and brushes, photographed and then finished with a quick session on Photoshop to blacken out the background and blend the ears into the head.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDXOioU_OKMTo my absolute honor and delight I received a response from the makers of The Maker prior to sharing the final image with them via Facebook :)
"OH. MY. GOD. You are incredible. One of the most impressive face paints I've ever seen,
congratulations! We're truly honored that you chose The Maker as your subject. Thank you!""
For those of you who have yet to delight in the wonder of this animation I thoroughly suggest you take the next five minutes to indulge your senses in this visual mastery - and don't worry, it may be short but there's talk of a feature length Maker movie in the works. There are no words for how excited that prospect makes me!!! xxx
A couple of weeks ago I teamed up with Alysander De Djinn Photography and my gorgeous friend Jordan for a little creative play day - inspired by the delectable works of Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton. The shoot was a fun way for Alysander and I to work together, for me to finally get my amazing friend to model for me before she leaves the country indefinitely and to test out some ideas that have been floating around in my head for a while now.
I commenced work on a huge backdrop painting a week before the shoot - taking inspiration from elements of Del Kathryn Barton's amazing collection of work. Utilizing an old projector screen I happily scored in the local hard rubbish week I busied myself drawing, painting, styling and cutting a wig and making props up until 2am on Saturday morning when I realized I'd lost all sensitivity in the tip of my right thumb...which no, still hasn't returned!!!
To be frank it was an AWESOME day of shooting - one of those happy occasions where picking the final photos is almost impossible as there are just far too many you're in love with.... We're hoping to have the final photos ready, edited and printed to be exhibited at the RAW Melbourne: Revolution showcase on the 23rd April :) If you fancy popping along tickets are a mere $15 and available here: http://www.rawartists.org/elvisschmoulianoff
A few weeks ago after an an action packed day of Viking themed creativity a few of us were chilling out in Donatellas studio winding down from the day when Louise whipped out a portfolio to show us some of her drawings. My jaw dropped. Not only is the woman amazing at costume, styling and set design but good lord she can draw!!! I instantly fell in love with her gorgeous illustrative style and feeling tingles of inspiration wash over me I asked if we could do a collaborative shoot recreating one of her illustrations on our next creative play day...
Four days later we were back in Donatella's studio with the gorgeous Alessia modeling for us once again - though rather then recreating an already existing piece it was decided that doing something totally new would probably work better.
The first thing to decide on was the pose - once we had settled on exactly what position Alessia would be photographed in I set to work covering her in white paint with assistance from Lousie. Next I started the process of outlining her and adding details with black paint - using Louise's drawings as inspiration and also as a reference to ensure that what I was doing was in keeping with her style.
Donatella photographed Alessia in natural light and then used her computer to extract her from the photo and place her on a clean white background - ready for the final part of the process. Once this was complete the image was printed out and presented to Louise who set to work work with her pens and amazing imagination to illustrate around Alessia - resulting in an image I am absolutely in love with that definitely ranks amoung my favourite collaborative pieces to date!
There are definite plans in the works to do a series of collaborative pieces in this style and I literally cannot wait to get going with the next installment!!!! There are actually some rather gorgeous shots Donatella took on the day too with Alessia in different poses - fingers crossed I'll be able to share some of those soon too :)
A recent play day with the divine Miss Donatella Parisini saw us embarking on a series of head-shots for the beautiful Telia Smith at her gorgeous studio in Suffolk Park. We started off with a very simple and clean natural makeup and over the course of the day I gradually added detail and colour while Donatella styled both the photos and Tilly's amazing sun bleached hair. The shoot also provided an excellent opportunity to include a beautiful hat made by Byron based milliner Amanda Dudley whose path I've come tantalizingly close to crossing on several occasions now - and who I'll finally be meeting next week on the shoot for Satya James' amazing new collection, can't wait!!
In March I teamed up once again with my amazing friends Donatella Parisini and Louise Lassay to bring to life another of Donatella's Visions, this time - Vikings!!!
The idea behind the shoot was that of a Viking queen whose beloved went hunting - bringing her back a bleeding heart to nourish her and their child. This was a really fun day of work with two totally contrasting looks to play with. I added extensions to Alessia's hair to give it some extra length and volume before braiding it and applying a simple beauty makeup. Linus's amazing long blonde hair was also braided and then I set about dirtying him down using powders, greasepaint and smatterings of blood and bruising including congealed scratch down his cheek - a result of the ''hunt''.
A big thank you to everyone involved: Donatella for organizing the shoot and for her beautiful photography, Louise for helping with dressing and styling, Linus and Alessia for their modeling and patience, Chris for his assistance and behind the scenes photos, The Silver Lining for helping out with clothing and accessories and of course to Maria for keeping us fed and energized with her amazing catering!