Last week, I was extremely honoured and privileged to work as the primary makeup artist for the CasART Red Rock to Royal Pavilion charity fashion show at The Old Market in Hove. Five hours' of makeup, hair, dressing and encouragement were worth the gorgeous smiles in the picture above!
CasART is a group of self-supporting artists with disabilities, living and working in Alice Springs, Australia, formed in 2008. They have a healthy and vigorous fund-raising programme which allows them to continue their working practices, providing enormous support and guidance throughout the community.
From their Facebook group:
"Benefits for the adults that attend the CasArt program are numerous; including the acknowledgement of the rights of the individual to retain control over their own lives. These choices allow true self determination which results in client participants being empowered by their sense of achievement, worth and sense of community."
The show was done in conjunction with Spiral Sussex, another wonderful organisation which provides classes and workshops for adults with special needs here in Brighton (I did some art classes there several years ago), with volunteer models and helpers all mucking in and showing the gorgeous CasARTs range of clothes and textiles.
I had a fab assistant in Phoebe, and we created bold black eyeliner for all the models with a neutral eye, and then jewel-bright pigmented lips in purples, teals and coppers. Most people wanted the makeup for clubbing later!
I'd do this again in a heartbeat - it was so much fun! And, I have to say that the MUA range of makeup held up brilliantly under the hot lights of the stage, so thumbs up to them! CasART are coming back next year for a return show, and I'm definitely up for another evening's work. :)
Hugs and kisses,
Photos 1 - 7 copyright Strat Mastoris, photos 8 - 13 copyright Georgina Ragazza