>>> Posted by Shelley - 15/10/2015
On 10th & 11th October Miss Sparkles face & body painter, Shelley, took part in the international bodypainting festival, Bodyfactory held within the stunning location of The Eden Project, Cornwall. Along with her beautiful model, Izabela Kowalewska from Bristol.
This exciting 2 day event attracted 47 artists from all over the UK and abroad, each creating spectacular works of art on the human canvas.
Artists spent up to 6 hours each creating their art on both days (with stoppages for lunch and rest breaks of course) and this years event focused on Eden & sustainability as its core theme. Perfect considering the surroundings.
Shelley's day one piece was inspired by the fight against deforestation and the protection of Orang-Utans from the destruction of their homes to create palm oil. Aptly called 'Mother of the Amazon' and represented the warrior like life force of the jungle, fighting back, protecting its inhabitants.
Day two saw the creation of a piece called 'Sustain me' which represented the destruction of our oceans by human greed and ignorance by unsustainable fishing methods. The headpiece made entirely from destructive materials, commonly found washed up on beaches & in the bellies of fish and other sea-life.
The event is the brain child of Nic & Pete Langridge from Cornwall. Their idea was to bring together body painters, models and photographers to create thought provoking works of art amongst them. You can find details of Nicola's own bodypainting work here:
I think you will agree that they have certainly succeeded in their mission as the event as now been running for 5 years. What started as a small local gathering of artists back in 2010 has now grown to epic proportions.
Shelley is now looking forward to her next body painting event in November to be held in Malta and of course, Paintopia, Norwich in May 2016 where she will be painting along side some of the worlds most renowned face & body artists.