Here's some of my favourite designs and snapshot moments of my career to date! Enjoy!
This is me!
Painted Peach (first ever) Showreel!
Some of my favourite designs, projects and jobs
One of the actors from the League of Legends immersive walk-through experience. I was head of Hair and Makeup team for the 10 year anniversary event where the top 500 international players came to London
Cirque-du-Soleil inspired designs on 2 professional acrobats for an event at the Museum of London. I hand painted these suits prior to the event.
Model and fantasy photographer Stephanie Pearl brought her own stick insects for this shoot. So I covered her in moss. I found out... I don't like stick insects on mass. There were about 70. We have done many shoots together since though.
I was contacted by Ramsay Productions (Gordon Ramsay) and asked if I would submit an entry to the craft competition they would be televising. This was my entry
The theme was "Sirens of the Sea" I wanted to heavily avoid doing a sparkly mermaid and my model Abigail could not have been more thrilled. She revelled in her character.
I've just started a monthly photographers event with Studio One Bristol that allows a small group of photographers to capture my work in the flesh. Costume and headdress designed and made by me.
Steampunk inspired Ram Skull for a client.
In my Special FX class I explained how you can use kitchen items to achieve great textures. I stuck oats to his face for this one!
Concepts for bridal lace designs for alternative, boho and festival brides looking for something unique!
Back stage after my interview at Sky Studios! My buddy Antonia modelled for me
Collaboration with local artist: We Creatures.
She's made/leant most of the headdresses for my looks over the years!
Professional performer, acrobat, contortionist and fire performer; CJ Ory, ready to shoot with some dragons! This was one of the dragons created and brought over from Luxembourg by Joey Adam
This client explained how it's really allowed him to explore a completely new side to himself and increase his body confidence. Axe by Beelzebub's Toybox
Pole Instructor Phoebe, painted up by her friend Zoe and myself. This was for a competition I ran for 2 lucky winners to spend a day with Painted Peach learning some tips
Bristol Fashion Show was organised to "Save Hamilton House" an ongoing campaign to save one of Bristol remaining art spaces and studios. This was my 'CatWalk' design which ended up in the local papers!
Extinction Rebellion Protests October '19. The model I painted went and stood in front of a line of police outside the houses of parliament. The image was in newspapers across the globe, including: Metro, BBC, NZ Herald, a Chinese paper and several others
Definitely a valuable insight into how strict competitions are with their many, many rules! This was my entry for the World Body paint championships, Covid Edition!
But Why? And... What next?!
Thanks so much for checking out a snippet of my portfolio!
One of my biggest goals has long been to bring the kind of characters you’d only see in films, to have live interactions with people in difficult circumstances as well as guests at events, and bring welcomed moments of escapism to those who need it. Allowing people a chance to be immersed in a story that’s not their own will hopefully inspire kindness in people and rekindle a child-like wonder for all ages. This concept has developed from my personal experience of losing my Dad when I was 21. I spent hours of my time reading by his bedside in the hospice immersing myself in the fantasy worlds created by authors, which have greatly influenced my journey and the work I produce. I so desperately needed an escape from my reality. A couple weeks after he passed away, I began face painting for the first time for the hospice's fund-raising events and after years in hospitality, I'd finally found something I was talented and passionate about. It completely transformed me, it gave me direction and I was thirsty to delve into the endless world of possibilities this industry has to offer.
I've worked hard to create opportunities I can be proud of and I think my career really escalated when I moved to New Zealand for 2 years. The experiences and opportunities were beyond what I'd expected and gave me the confidence to start my own company. Since returning to the UK in 2016, choosing Bristol as my home and starting Painted Peach, I've provided face & body art, special FX and prosthetic makeup as well as immersive performers, to countless events and productions across the UK. With the pandemic stealing our lives and events, it's allowed much time to focus on combing my skills and my story and set to achieve an idea I've been working on for several years; which is to bring delicate interactions, distractions and moments of joy to patients and their loved ones. Currently applying for funding so we can start creating characters and offering zoom sessions and activities to people in their home/hospital beds. Keep your fingers crossed or click on my donate button! :)
With an uncertain future in events for the time being I've considered enrolling on a full time course an essential step to advancing my career (and staying sane!) which is a big step after more than 10 years out of education, but certainly very exciting! I'll be training in Media Makeup at Bath Academy on a course designed by Oscar winning: Peter Swords King!! I will still be available for bookings and still every bit as dedicated to assembling a strong collective of designers, actors and creatives to achieve this ambitious goal of bringing characters to life.
A few full-length videos!
A team of 3 body artists completed 8 full body paints in 2 days for the Warner Bros Production music video in New Zealand
Painting Eilidh and Chris, 2 local, professional acrobats from the Bristols circus college, Circomedia. This went viral with 264k views!! (Ignore the age restriction, someone reported it)
Early lockdown, I organised a 'pass the brush' style video with some of the BEST artists in the industry. I was very proud and grateful of this one!
I applied for the BBC Women's Hour exhibition at the Bristol Museum and had the opportunity to showcase a live body paint for members of the public. Some of the reactions were incredible! Everything from amazed to shocked at seeing actual humans/dragons, but certainly enjoyed speaking to people about my work in person.
It's long been a dream of mine to have an immersive dinner with mythical creatures in the woods entertaining and interacting with the guests. I never imagined I would also be performing for this booking, it was magical!
Working with local performers is hugely rewarding. Cirrus stilts provide high end performers to public and private events across the UK. I look forward to working with them more post pandemic
One of my favourite artists: Slamboree, asked me to do the body art for their music video. I had no brief until I arrived and quickly set to researching the Kabuki mask origins they wanted for this concept.
A stop motion baby bump paint project on a beautiful mum-to-be has sparked lots of enquiries and kickstarted an additional branch to Painted Peach. Stop motion painting takes HOURS to complete with one brush stroke at a time, so this was somewhat of an experiment with Farelight, a local videography company.
I organised this shoot after Joey Adam,creator of dragon puppets from Luxembourg, agreed to drive over to Bristol to collaborate with me. There's little to describe how honoured I felt and we managed to get published in a couple of magazines!
Performer is CJ Ory