A Busy September for the Fellowship Teams

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Colour Project Photo Shoot with Mark Leeson

The Roof Studio at Perseverance Works in Shoreditch was filled with passion, creativity and enthusiasm as the first Colour Project shoot, mentored by Mark Leeson, got well underway.

The day began with team members discussing the brief and going through their ideas with Mark. He gave them plenty of guidance to develop these into something strong and rounded, whilst encouraging them to be spontaneous and allow their original ideas to evolve. The team took some time digesting all the tips and tricks needed for a successful shoot before putting this all into practice.

With acclaimed photographer, James Rudland capturing the shoot and Lucy Flower on make-up, the team thrived as they worked on their models and watched their ideas come to life. Inspiration amongst the team came from this year’s autumn/winter trends with a focus on colour. Mixes of soft pastel colours and darker hues inspired the looks, with different tones of green, blue, purple and silvery grey. This, coupled with a mix of styling techniques ranging from braids to blunt edges, created the overall feel of this beautiful shoot that the team had put so much thought into. Speaking on the day, Mark said,

I feel like the group really got a feel for how different photographic work is to their daily salon roles. They took so much on board and are a great team! I thoroughly enjoyed working with this passionate group of young hairdressers!

Colour Project leader Katie Mulcahy said,

The team have really come together and interacted as a group so well. They shared their inspiration and their individual ideas have been brought together to create a stunning editorial shoot. For them to work with British Hairdresser of the Year, Mark Leeson has just been a privilege and a real experience. He has encouraged them to push their boundaries, and the results are just awesome!

F.A.M.E Team with RUSH

On Monday the 7th of September, the F.A.M.E Team were treated to a creative and inspiring workshop with RUSH’s International Creative Director, Andy Heasman and Editorial Director, Tina Farey.

The day was based around getting to grips with the RUSH philosophy; how to produce the best photographic imagery and the RUSH approach to producing shows around the world. With a new outlook, the F.A.M.E. Team watched as Tina got to work on a model, incorporating intricate braiding techniques and carefully placed padding to create an exaggerated 3D final look. Andy then took to the floor to show the team how to mix round and square layering to create a flexible bi-level shape, inspiring each member with the creative ideas.

Tina and Andy discussed the education process that takes place within RUSH that continues to produce talented young hairdressers, highlighting the importance of everyone’s personal hairdressing journey. Antony Licata, F.A.M.E. Team mentor and Creative Director at Mahogany Hairdressing, said,

Tina and Andy’s approach embodies the Fellowship’s mantra perfectly. The whole day was focused on the concept of sharing creative ideas and education. We are so thankful that they took the time out of their busy schedule to spend a day with the F.A.M.E Team.

Project X with Jamie Stevens

Project X were treated to a day with industry icon Jamie Stevens recently as part of their year of education, learning about wigs!

Jamie began the day with a demonstration, showing and discussing with the team the most effective way to prepare the hair, for example how to pin away long hair for the application of a wig and explaining the differences between types of wigs. He shared his top tips on how to get models to pose when wearing wigs, how to glue wigs effectively and how to ensure each section of the wig falls and moves in the right place. Jamie then showed the team how to create his iconic looks from previous collections and his television work from the likes of The X Factor, wowing the members with his expertise and creativity.

In the afternoon, the team were split into groups of four and each team had a model to create a wig on. Some of the groups chose to do gorgeous commercial long hair whilst others opted for a more creative and colourful look. Once each group had completed their wig creations, Jamie helped them with the cutting and styling aspects. Project X team member, Laurence Granger said,

Jamie was a different class! From the word go he was full of energy and information. It’s clear to see why he is so sought after. His hints and tricks to make amazing wigs will help us all in our exciting careers! Thank you Jamie and Ashleigh for an epic day!

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