BELOW: Surivor Doris Jelinek with sister Colleen Scannell
Body-paint photos courtesy of Michael Colanero; BELOW: Photo by Bonnie McCabe
Posted: Tuesday February 15, 2011
Fort Lauderdale body painters Keegan Hitchcock and Luci Ungerbuehler
have put their brush skills to work on a collaborative project with
breast-cancer survivors and photographer Michael Colanero.
The Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting
Project: A Fine Art & Photography Essay of Survivors is a
collection of photos Colanero shot of survivors in the body-painted
designs that the artists created specifically for them. Each image
symbolizes something important to the wearer as well as telling the
larger story of being a breast-cancer survivor. Women in various stages
of breast cancer have participated.
Hitchcock has been
involved from the outset. Along with thoroughly cleaned and sanitized
brushes, she is careful to use hypoallergenic cosmetics approved for
face and body use, including products donated by Silly Farm. (continued
only used water-based make-up and paints to ensure easy removal and
that the models' skin could breathe during the shoot," Hitchcock said.
"If there were any areas of open skin, not fully healed scars or ports,
etcetera, they were covered with a sealed bandage and then painted on
top or avoided."
Some of the sore spots are more than skin
deep, particularly with models adjusting to serious physical changes.
"The main difference working with breast-cancer survivors versus any
other model or client is the emotional sensitivity," Hitchcock said. The
balancing act between meeting survivors' needs and working
collaboratively with them and Colanero can be tricky, but she considers
the payoff worthwhile.
"I have never before felt so
strongly and seen so clearly that my artwork has actually made a
difference in somebody's life before this project," she said.
has a target of photographing 50 survivors and expects the project to
continue at least through the next year. All images are for sale;
proceeds benefit the Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation, which helps fund
breast-cancer care. To see the images, go to http://www.cafepress.com/BCABPP.
London-based make-up artist Angela Holthuis and photographer Izabela Habur set a challenge for themselves: Habur
asked Holthuis, a fashion pro, to create “a small story with bold looks
within a small time frame, to test out how far we [could] push
ourselves creatively,” Holthuis said.
Make-Up Artist magazine is now accepting student competition
applications for the 2009 Los Angeles International Make-Up Artist
Trade Show. The themes for this year are Gothic and X-Men Mutants. The competition is open to students of a recognized make-up school and
to those who graduated 12 months prior to the competition. Make-Up Artist will only accept competition entries postmarked by May 22, 2009.
If you like Prescriptives products, you’d better stock up while you
can: On Sept. 17, Estée Lauder Companies announced it will stop
production and global wholesale distribution of the brand by Jan. 31,
2010. The brand will still be sold online at www.prescriptives.com
while inventory lasts.