These portraits were part of a two year Arts + Minds Residency based in Newtown, Ebbw Vale, Wales.
These portraits were created on a special residency day that bought together staff and residents from the Tai Calon Community. The familiar ambience of Newtown Community Hall was given a nostalgic twist through the use of costume, music and afternoon tea. An atmospheric ground ideally set for the individual transformations that followed. Yards of carefully selected fabric were shaped and pinned by the vintage specialist, Able Mabel to give the illusion of exclusive ball gowns. Props and pieces of inexpensive costume jewellery completed the preferred look – a classic Hollywood style movie-star makeover. A multi-screen installation was also created on the same day.
Make Over day, Newtown Community Hall, 2016