INTRODUCING SAM LAHY, our next sponsored artist and first time competitor at the Australian Body Art Festival, 2019.
I first met Sam when she volunteered to be my model at a body paint workshop I took in Brisbane early last year. As I got to know her, I discovered she loved making art and enjoyed creating her own body painting designs too.
While Sam is more familiar with acrylics, watercolours and ink, she developed an interest in face paint and body art after volunteering at a kindy fundraiser a few years ago. So she started painting on herself.
"I didn't know body painting was 'a thing' until I googled it," Sam said.
“I’m so excited to just jump into it this year... but I’m pretty nervous, especially about filling in all the limbs and stuff.”
Last year, Sam was our ABAF team support assistant and during the day, she had the opportunity to watch the body art come to life under the big tent.
“It practically knocked me over with all the talent there was to see there!”
Of course, an artist of Sam’s talent should be competing, so this year I invited her to join our team on the front line. And she agreed. It's a big step to take, and I hope you will join us in supporting Sam as she competes for the first time.
Sam lives on Brisbane's northside, in Queensland.
Sam Lahy will compete in Body Paint: Brush and Sponge as well as Face Paint categories at the Australian Body Art Festival 2019.
Her model is Jarrah Campbell, QLD.
Follow Sam on Instagram here: @withdarkink
Artist: Sam Lahy, Brisbane QLD - examples of her work below
Meet our Sponsored Artist: Kris O'Neil
Meet our Sponsored Artist: Yeni Redding
Meet our Sponsored Artist: Lorna Nickels
Meet our Sponsored Artist: Sam Lahy
Meet our Honorary Artist: Ace O'Neil
About Team Face Paint Shop Australia and our Artist Sponsorships
Representing a mix of talent, novice, experience and enthusiasm, #teamfacepaintshopaustralia will be loud and proud at this year’s event, with 5 artists, 6 models, and a support crew to keep us all in line (good luck with that!).
This is the third year we've offered an Artist’s Sponsorship Package, which includes entry fees and accommodation, as well as product.
"It’s an honour for me to pay it forward and bring face and body artists together to enjoy the celebration of our ‘industry’ at the Australian Body Art Festival," said Kate, owner of Face Paint Shop Australia.
"As you might expect, there's a lot of costs involved to attend an event like this, especially when traveling interstate, so I’m happy to ease the burden for our artists."
Individual sponsorship packages are valued $750 per artist.
"It's not just about the financial assistance though. I think the team support factor really helps first time competitors to push themselves beyond the comfort zone and make the leap from dreamer to do-er.
"I’m both humbled and excited to have such wonderful people to share the experience with and represent my business."
The Australian Body Art Festival is an annual celebration of Face and Body Art, held in Cooroy on QLD's sunshine coast.
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