Body Painting for the Labyrinth

For a long time I’ve been wondering whether or not one could detach a silkscreen from its frame and tape it to a body and apply images to the body like this.

I was making a screen of some Mahmoud Darwish poetry when disaster struck and I ripped the screen. I was well pissed but decided it was a good opportunity to see whether my bodyscreen idea would work. There was a part of the screen that didn’t get ripped so I cut it out and gave it a try.

I taped it so it was completely flush with the skin and then used a palette knife to smear ink through the screen and it worked wonderfully.

So then we decided to go nuts with it. The Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball was the 12th and 13th and that provided the impetus for a major body painting project. We used designs gleaned from Iznik tiles from Ottoman Turkey and traditional Mehndi designs.

Meirav has the Mehndi skills:

~ by Josh on July 15, 2008.

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