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Artist Spotlight: Yolanda Bartram

Since the NZ Body Art Showcase started in 2006 we have had the privilege of showcasing hundreds of talented artists from around New Zealand and the world.

To celebrate these artists (who make our show possible), we’re going to be putting the spotlight on a few of them over the coming months.

We hope you enjoy getting to know these brilliantly creative people and continue to follow their work.

Yolanda Bartram
Auckland

Website: bodyfx.co.nz
Facebook: BODYFXNZ
Instagram:
 @BODYFXNZ

Where did you study or are you self taught?
Back in the Netherlands I did a make up course as well as an airbrushing course. Body art is self taught and never stop learning.

How long have you been doing body art?
I started off when I got painted by my mom when I was 16. From there we entered competitions together. My mom, Nicole Heydenrijk, taught me face painting and FX, as we always worked together. So 22 years within this industry 😁

What made you get started in body painting?
My mom initially. I wanted to get more into theatre design and did a fashion design course with a focus on costuming. This would combine well with body art. However I don’t ever sew anymore, too busy with FX and painting.

When did you first enter the NZ Body Art Showcase?
I believe this was in 2006. The first one at Bruce mason centre. Entered/participated every year since.

What do you enjoy most about the NZ Body Art Showcase?
The coming together of a whole bunch of artists, and the opportunity to create an awesome piece of work and seeing it come alive and show it off to the world.

2009

Who inspires you?
I would have to say my mum. She started this career path and now past 60 she created a whole new direction and is learning new materials and techniques. She is super driven to create all the time and comes up with crazy/awesome ideas.

What inspires you?
I draw inspiration from fine art, trends.
Our prosthetics or my Headpieces… when I am stuck for an idea I grab one my headpieces mix it up with a creature prosthetic and create a concept around it.

Any industry idols?
Love Nelly Rechia for her flawless edgy style. Matteo Arfanotti for his 3D effects and colour use. Craig Tracy for his full time bodypaint career and gallery.

Your one kit must have?
Mehron gold, silver and mixing liquid. Black starblend. when Bodypainting you also want some large brushes.

2012 2007

Any advice for others starting out?
Think big, a body is a large canvas. Thinking in a bigger scale can be tricky especially when you come from a makeup/facepaint background. Create a design that excites you, practice areas that are challenging and time yourself.
I like to imagine I have an hour less than is given, so I keep speed up and there is always more to finish off in the last hour.
And have FUN with it!

Awards
Multiple Body art awards
World champ special FX make up
World champs special FX BODYPAINT.
And various other awards from around the world.

2008 2011

AND WE’RE LIVE ON BOOSTED!

Our Boosted fundraising campaign is now live >> http://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/2017-nz-body-art-showcase
Please like, share & give (if you can) and help us make sure this event is as fantastic as we know it to be.

The NZ Body Art Showcase was created to celebrate and encourage body painting and special effects in New Zealand, by providing a platform for those who wish to pursue a career in the makeup and special effects fields, promoting high-level creativity, performance and entertainment.

Now in it’s 9th year, the NZ Body Art Showcase is being held on Saturday 26th August 2017 at The Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna, Auckland. That date is is quickly catching up to us and after a three year hiatus we essentially have to start at the beginning; that means we have lot of funds to raise before the doors can open.

Your support will help the NZ Body Art Showcase with our venue cost and hopefully more, such as looking after the amazing artists, models, performers, volunteers and crew that make the NZ Body Art Showcase possible. One the day we have over 200 people that need looking after with food, snacks and beverages. It’s a long day of painting & performing, so it’s really important that we make sure everybody is well looked after.

Thank you so much for your support and helping us continue to put on this great event for so many artists.

Thank you Sharn for allowing us to use his song “Open Up” in our video.

We Need Your Help

This year the NZ Body Art Showcase needs your help and on Friday 16th June 2017 we will be launching a fundraising campaign on Boosted.

Please show your support and help us in continuing our story by sharing this video and our Boosted campaign with your friends and family.

We would like to give a special thank you to Sharn for allowing us to use his song “Open Up” for our Boosted campaign.

Artist Spotlight: Kelly Ren

Since the NZ Body Art Showcase started in 2006 we have had the privilege of showcasing hundreds of talented artists from around New Zealand and the world.

To celebrate these artists (who make our show possible), we’re going to be putting the spotlight on a few of them over the coming months.

We hope you enjoy getting to know these brilliantly creative people and continue to follow their work.

Kelly Ren
Auckland

Instagram: @kellyrennz

Where did you study or are you self taught?
I 2000 studied makeup artistry and hairdressing in China and SPFX at Cut Above Academy in 2008. For body art I have been self taught.

How long have you been doing body art?
I’ve been painting face and arms since I was in China, full body painting since 2008.

What made you get started in body painting?
The first body painting artist I heard about was Joanne Gair from Auckland, I was so inspired by the painting she put on Demi Moore and a lot others.

When did you first enter the NZ Body Art Showcase?
2008, I entered the hand painted category.

What do you enjoy most about the NZ Body Art Showcase?
It’s like a big festival to attend. I can observe a lot of amazing art works come alive, it pushes the boundaries of art wider and pushes me to do a lot of crazy creations as well.

2009

Who inspires you?
I’m inspired by mother nature, and also people around me.

What inspires you?
Anything can inspire me, even a song or a word.

Any industry idols?
Heaps including NZ local artists, I don’t call them idols, they are more like my mentors.

Your one kit must have?
Spray Bottle

Any advice for others starting out?
Just do it, no matter how awesome your idea is, no action no anything.

Awards
NZ Body Art Awards 2008 – 2nd place Hand painted
NZ Body Art Awards 2009 – 1st place Special Effects Fantasy & Supreme Award Winner
NZ Body Art Awards 2011 – 1st place Masquerade
World Body Painting Awards 2012 – 8th place SPFX Body Painting

2008 2011

Artist Spotlight: Aimee Waterhouse-Fitch

Since the NZ Body Art Showcase started in 2006 we have had the privilege of showcasing hundreds of talented artists from around New Zealand and the world.

To celebrate these artists (who make our show possible), we’re going to be putting the spotlight on a few of them over the coming months.

We hope you enjoy getting to know these brilliantly creative people and continue to follow their work.

Aimee Waterhouse-Fitch
Auckland

Facebook: Aimee Waterhouse-Fitch Makeup
Instagram: @aimee_wf_makeup

Where did you study or are you self taught?
I studied makeup artistry and hairdressing at Cut Above Academy in 2000. For most of my body art experience I have been self taught.

How long have you been doing body art?
I’ve been doing body art since 2009.

What made you get started in body painting?
My original inspiration for studying makeup artistry was from watching a documentary about Joanne Gair and her career, and how she became a body painting artist. So it just seemed like the natural progression for me, I’d always loved and been fascinated by body art.

When did you first enter the NZ Body Art Showcase?
2012 I entered the hand painted professional section.

What do you enjoy most about the NZ Body Art Showcase?
It’s just so incredible to see all these amazing artists come together, and to see everyone’s creative processes come out in their work.

2012

Who inspires you?
My family, friends, other amazing artists I’ve been lucky enough to work with over the years.

What inspires you?
Fashion (designers like Alexander McQueen, Nicola Formichetti, Karl Largerfield, John Galliano) Nature inspires me, music, art, movies, my children and my own childhood.

Any industry idols?
Joanne Gair, Alex Box, Pat McGrath, Kabuki, Terry Barber, Val Garland, James Malloy, Abbe Johannes, Vanessa Davis.

Your one kit must have?
I love the Mac Chromacakes, and glitters (I’m a magpie).

Any advice for others starting out?
Always be open to advice from other artists. Find your inspiration, and just jump in and do it! Don’t hold back

Awards
NZ Body Art Awards 2012- 1st place Hand painted professional
NZ Body Art Awards 2013- 1st place Hand painted professional

 2013