I made these goblins for our new Company Civilised Mess. We specialise in ‘theatre for hire’ and produce characters with a strong visual element. When we first started thinking about creating Civilised Mess, we discussed that we wanted to use makeup and prosthetics as an integral part of creating realistic characters you wouldn’t normally be able to see outside of the movies. These characters would not only look real but our actors would embody the physicality of whatever character or creature they got transformed in to and interact with guests in character throughout an event.

I started to sculpt the goblins on life casts (plaster copies) of the actors. Each Goblin is moulded to the actors face so that it can move realistically when the actor makes expressions under the prosthetic. When the Goblins are sculpted they then get moulded and eventually a silicone copy of the sculpture is made which can be painted and applied to the actors face. The whole process from start to finish takes approximately a month per goblin.

If you are interested in booking our goblins for your event please visit www.civilisedmess.co.uk/
IMG_02981-300x225Goblins for Civilised Mess

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Horror at Kendal Calling

At Kendal Calling this year Happy Slap Boutique took on the theme of Horror movies to create characters and performances which ran throughout the festival. Normally the makeup artists don’t get much of a chance to create their own makeups, wigs and costumes but this year me and Elvis Schmoulianoff decided we wanted to make something special. Here are our porcelain dolls. I got hold of lots of dolls, we smashed them up and built them in to wigs. I made some very small silicone prosthetics to use on our faces and Elvis made the costumes.Porcelain dolls

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Civilised Mess Mermaids I was asked to make some mermaids for our new Company Civilised Mess here is the outcome. Photography is by the wonderful Scott M Salt.

This project was made in just over a week so I had to figure out quick ways to make everything. Stephen Murphy helped me make the suckers on the arms and also applying the makeups on the day. The headdress’ were sculpted in wet clay on a life cast. Here’s one of the sculpts,

Mermaid Octopus sculpt

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Body Painting at Boom Town Fair 2012

Body Painting by Kylie Elvis Smoulianoff and Grace McComisky and Artwork by Joe Furlonger

On the Sunday of Boom Town Fair we came together to create a body painting/artwork using inspiration from the festival fusing live art with performance. The main part of the festival is made up of a run down old town full of small and large venues such as ‘The Body Shop’ where you go for body enhancements, a jungle rave which you enter through an old caravan, the ‘Macabre Theatre’, and a whole manner of bizarre, creative and inspiring works of art and performance. The festival itself is well known as being a ‘Green’ festival and they make a huge effort to ensure that there is the least negative impact on the environment which juxtaposes with the visual impact created in the decor of the town. We wanted to show the pollution and filth of towns and festivals juxtaposed with the beautiful country setting it’s all in all in one picture and also looked at the human body and how all of this takes it’s toll.

Artwork was created by the very talented Joe Furlonger and body painting was created by Kylie Elvis Smoulianoff and myself. All working at Happy Slap Boutique.

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Body Painting with Happy Slap Boutique at Rumpus, London

Happy Slap Boutique is a company I have been developing over the past 4 years. We use events and festivals as a performance space to create unique performances, live art, circus and music. Our overall goal is to create a party full of surprises and exciting visual performances fusing together the talents of all our creative circus performers, dancers, make-up artists, DJs and other performers and artists.

This was our first time creating our own space at Rumpus, a night held at Islington Metal Works. The night was fantastic, a war against hybrid creatures (the free tail party) vs. humans. We had Aurora Starr (Surefire Circus Theatre) performing ariel hoop and eating fire, Mr Balls (Surefire Circus Theatre) juggling along with Cameron Stradeski. Me (Grace McComisky), Stephen Murphy and Lauren Cahill body painted the beautiful girls (Olivia Brown and Lizzie West) for the first few hours of the night and then the lizard hybrids performed an enchanting slow dance to the tunes of our resident DJ Ocelus.

More photos can be found on our Face book page, Happy Slap Boutique


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