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