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Culture Creatives | Live at the Australian Body Art Festival

Monday, 28th September 2015by culture HQ
See our own Ali Holmes style up a storm at the Australian Body Arts Festival's Saturday Night Arts Jam!

THE TEAM BEHIND THE CULTURE COLLAB THAT BROUGHT BRUSH UP AGAINST ME TO LIFE IN OUR WINTER ISSUE ARE THREE OF MANY ARTISTS TAKING COLLABORATIVE CULTURE OFF THE PAGES AND ONTO THE STAGE IN THE UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN BODY ART FESTIVAL SATURDAY NIGHT ARTS JAM… AND YOU CAN BE PART OF IT!

Set in the beautiful surrounds of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, the Australian Body Art Festival will be held from 16-18 October in Eumundi (near Noosa, for those out-of-towners not familiar with the scenic township that hosts the famous artisan Eumundi Markets each week). The Saturday Night Arts Jam on 17 October will be a show like no other… produced in collaboration with the cool kids from Brisbane-based arts collective Lost Movements, the Arts Jam is a rare chance to experience collaborative creativity live and close-up.

Across three hours, guests will be treated to an interactive fusion of music, burlesque, body art, graffiti art, hair and fashion catwalk events, slam poetry, and much more!

And headlining the night is our industry’s very own Ali Holmes of Wild Life Hair Sogo, along with esteemed styling extraordinaire Peter Dwyer of the Whitehouse Institute of Design and body artist Julie Tattam (most recently heralded for her work as the official body artist for the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras!).

You don’t want to miss this huge live arts collaboration, so book your tickets now!

In the spirit of this exciting event, we delved into the process behind the work Ali, Peter and Julie created for the recent brand campaign for the 2015 Australian Body Art Festival…

What is POP Trashion? A fashion focused, upcycled take on neo-pop, the artistically subjective theme of the 2015 Australian Body Art Festival was realised using bright colour, avant-garde styling… and a quintessentially modern, unexplored take on the pop art movement. “Something that I discovered in my online research is that this had never really been done before,” Ali notes. “On this one, I googled a lot of images and decided that there were two avenues I could take to drive the hair – I could either go all crazy avant-garde, or more fashion focused with a high street feel. I thought that high street would be better, so as not to not take away from the art and also give the look a more modern edge.”

With the esteemed Wild Life Hair Sogo in Surry Hills her usual stomping ground, Ali’s appointment as Hair Director for the Australian Body Art Festival has proven to be a natural progression from her creative editorial work. Her youthful spirit is an ideal catalyst for this experimental combination of imaginative mediums.

“My goal for the shoot was short fringes and bobs, in really cool pop colours,” Ali explains. “You’ve got to remember that this isn’t a hair shoot, so I thought that quite angular/crazy cuts would be lost on the body art community as a whole – let’s be honest, it’s lost on a lot of us. I wanted to keep the haircuts a little softer, almost a juxtaposition to the hard edge art on her body. By adding wave and curls, we softened the cuts and made sure it kept a feminine feel.”

This marriage of modern body painting, experimental wearable art and feminine hair in popping colours proved to be a match made in editorial heaven. And much like any relationship worth celebrating, this union brought out the very best aspects of each art form – and each artist – into an all out explosion of colour and… well, POP!

See Ali, Julie and Peter, alongside many other creatives, in action at the Arts Jam!

A variety of ticketing options are available for individuals, families and larger groups including VIP opportunities (kids 12 and under FREE!). An array of street food and drinks will be available on site, along with a bar… gates open at 6pm. Tickets are available from $20 and selling fast, so CLICK HERE for more information and to reserve your place now!

Photography Ben Cook // Hair Ali Holmes @ Wild Life Hair SoGo // Body Art Julie Tattam @ Skincognito BodyPainting for the Australian Body Art Festival // Styling Director Peter Dwyer @ The Whitehouse Institute of Design // Styling Assistants Linda Ha, Stephanie Mills, Michaela Stewart and Raquel Ware – students @ The Whitehouse Institute of Design // Model Jemma Hansen  @ London Mgt Group //

As seen in culture Magazine THE MORE I SEE, THE LESS I KNOW FOR SURE… Winter Issue 2015.


Monday, 28th September 2015by culture HQ