“If you’re thinking of painting – just do it. I’ve never seen a bad body painting at a jam.”
Meet GirlCrew Dublin member, Caitríona Giblin from the Dublin Body Painting Jam
It’s a common complaint amongst our members, and people in general, that they find themselves in a bit of a rut when it comes to new things. We all want to get out there and try something completely different, but we often don’t know where to start. Well, this week we’ve discovered something fun and creative, and it’s highly unlikely that you will have tried this before – if you have, why not let us know how you got on!
Body painting has been around for years, in various forms, but Caitríona Giblin has made a career out of it.
“I’ve been body painting for about 6 years. I started out doing make up as a side line to my day job as a programmer and it just developed from there.”
Despite always leaning towards a creative career Caitríona says that she faced some opposition as she was never encouraged to pursue it. Although from chatting to her it seems that she has an ingrained rebellious streak so we aren’t surprised that she has carved herself out a career in something so colourful and just a little bit outlandish.
“I have met the most incredible people while body painting. Every day is another ridiculous story. A friend of mine tells her friends about the girl she knows who ran off to join the circus (me). And that’s why I call myself the ringmaster. Because it’s not just about the art, it’s about the people. It’s my job to get everyone in a room together, and facilitate the magic.”
After completing school she dipped her two back in the creative industries with some classes but trailed off when she was in her first real relationship.” Nonetheless, it would seem that she was meant for this role as “years later, after an epic breakup followed by a disastrous rebound with an artist, I found my way back to painting. I found body painting a year later with the World Naked Bike Ride in Cork, and as they say the rest is history.”
If you are intrigued by the world of body painting, Caitríona will be holding a jam on January 30th and 31st.
1. What is the best thing about your role?
Not only do I get to meet the most interesting people, but when I’m matching up each artist and model, I’m introducing two awesome people to each other. I love it when they get on really well and become friends outside of the group. That makes me happy.
2. What did you find most challenging about it?
I never know who’s actually going to show up on the day until I see them in front of me. I’m responsible for matching up artists and models, so if one doesn’t show up I need to rearrange some people, so that everyone has someone to paint/model. It can be stressful.
3. What did you find most surprising about this area?
I’m always surprised how people can get so upset over nudity. A lot of people have difficulty separating sexuality and nudity. There’s nothing sexual going on here. Seriously. It’s not Coppers. Any acting in an appropriate manor will be shown the door. Luckily it has never happened, perhaps that’s the thing I’m most surprised at?
4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved, but might be too shy?
If you’re thinking of modelling – wear a bikini/underwear/whatever you feel comfortable in. A lot of the models wear nipple covers or bras. A lot of people plan on wearing a bra, then they get here and see everyone nude and change their minds. It’s all up to you.
If you’re thinking of painting – just do it. I’ve never seen a bad body painting at a jam. If you’ve any creative bone in your body then you’ll be able to turn it out. The reason I set up the group is to get people to try it out who may never have had a chance to before. If you don’t want to paint someone fully nude, that’s no prob – just let me know and I’ll match you with a model on your wavelength.
5. We usually, ask what is your motto – but I’m dying to know, what was your favourite piece that was painted in the group?
My favourite body painting ever created in the group is one by Sarah Fraughen. She painted her model Aggie in to the wall mural in the smoking area. Most people end up going out the smoking area to take a break at some point in the day, so everyone had a chance to take in the process happening out there. And the two of them were having the best laugh, and so was anyone out there with them. It was a great representation of the day that was in it.
My personal motto is: Unless they paying your bills, pay them bitches no mind. ~ Rupaul
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