Monday, 28 March 2011

Maternity Charity Calendar: Pregnant ladies for ‘bump’ body painting wanted!

Yes, I am the artist involved in this and if you want to know more, read on:
I am really excited to announce a fantastic collaboration between myself and two really great local artists on a photo shoot to support Chloe’s Count the Kicks. This great organization works to raise awareness of the need for expectant mums to monitor their babies movements in a bid to reduce neonatal deaths and still births.
They are looking to create a calendar using pregnant woman and this is their brief. “We are looking for Anne Geddes style fun, imaginative shots that represent each month of the year, ideas we’ve had so far are using body painters and painting a Pumpkin design on a Bump for Halloween in October, or a Christmas pudding in November, perhaps a big Sunflower for April or May and maybe a model in an “incey wincey – teeny weeny – yellow polka dot bikini holding a beach ball for July!” The more imaginative the idea the more we will love it!” Sophia Mason, Count the Kicks.
I will be collaborating with a local children’s book illustrator and artist, Lyn Stone and my mum who has worked with me on a similar project. (The image below was taken when I was a photographic student many moons ago and you will be pleased to know is nothing like what we plan for this shoot). Both will be giving up two Saturdays to offer their body painting skills!
The shoots will take place on Saturday 21 May and 18 June and will be held at my home studio in Chelsfield, Kent. Each artist will body paint two woman on each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, which should give us a good choice to submit for the calendar.
We all met earlier this week and brainstormed some ideas for the body painting and have some fantastic creations, they will be modest, pretty, soft and feminine! We would, however value suggestions from the women wanting to participate in this project. We are looking for women from a full spectrum of our multi-cultural Britain that are between thirty-two and thirty-six weeks pregnant.
I am really happy to do a mini-maternity session with the participants and their partners, other siblings, etc. We can schedule that in before the body painting takes place and then they can go off and do something fun and collect you after the body painting shoot has taken place. I will also include a 8 x10 photographic print of your choice from the shoot.
Please contact me on 07905 139 007 or email if you would like to participate in this exciting project and/or share this link with anyone who may be interested. It promises to be a great fun and very much a one-off experience!

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