~ Top Picks ~
A collection of some of my favourite works, projects and jobs
from over the years!
Painted Peach Showreel
Some favourites so far
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. As the largest game in the world, they flew the top 500 international players 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... Stick insects on mass are terrifying.
Photographer: Mark Pickthall
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.
Ultra Violet Warrior
1st stop photography, taken at a monthly event where a small group of photographers could come and capture my designs
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!
Photographer: Khali Ackford
Back stage after my interview at Sky Studios! My Modelled marvellously by Antonia Purdie
My final piece on my course at BAMM. I designed and created the entire creature including prosthetic, headdress and costume in12 days. Available for hire! See here for more images
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
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 featured in the local papers.
Under water photo shoot with Claudia Legge and Gingersnaps model Elisha. Makeup by me!
One of my most inspirational friends, studio buddy and drag artist Astro Zenica, Mama at House of Savalon... getting them ready backstage for their show!
Photography by Charley Williams
Action shot from our prosthetics shoot with Paul Miller and Anna Randall.
Anna and I will soon be hosting Special FX workshops together in Bristol!
Photographer: Mike Martin
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 and refining my skills.
I graduated from a TV & Film hair and makeup course designed by Oscar winning, Peter Swords King. It's an exciting step towards achieving my goal of bringing escapism to people on a much larger scale and bringing my skills to other area of the industry. My sights are now set to starting immersive dining experiences with my new teammates Ellie and Josh. Combing our cumulative skills to create unforgettable moments of escapism filled with wonder, live performance, immersive theatre and exquisite dietary and allergy conscious menus. We're all very excited for this project and look forward to bringing you some more info in 2023!
Please get in touch for all types of bookings, I'm still every bit as dedicated to all areas of my trade and look forward to working with new and previous clients on some exciting projects.
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 tagged on to the 'pass the brush' trend and organised one with a difference! Instead of glaming up, I contacted some of the best artists in the industry and asked if they could transform themselves into MONSTERS. I was particularly chuffed with this collaboration!
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