Face Embellishing at Surbiton Food Festival

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Photo by Tangle photography

I should be used to it by now, smiley people running towards me to
present their faces for glitter dots or a painted stencil of Lefi, or specially
for this festival, a design of a cup cake!

It wasn’t always like that.  I would show people a mirror and they would
shy away and say “yuck”. “Take that away I never look at myself in a
mirror”  Always a negative response and with a heavy heart I would ask
if they would like some glitter dots like mine?

“Oh ok” I carefully applied the liquid silver with tiny dots around the
eyes and forehead then showed the very same mirror. “That’s so
beautiful!!”  “Gorgeous.”

This glitter dotting has become a tribal look, and the face embellishing adds colour, interest and joy to the Seething events.
Simone Kay has been painting faces since working on a play bus in the early 80’s and face painting at the first  Kingston Green Fair.  At Glastonbury festival she started to cut and use her own stencils to help speed up face painting 160 people in two hours with her team. She has always enjoyed using sparkly glitter as it seems to lift the spirits of participants and observers.

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Surbiton Village Fete

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Fated to be great

“Bye!” “ What a lovely day it’s been” “Good to see you!”  “Catch up soon…”

We ambled our way through happy crowds of people, still enjoying the food, music, cider and late afternoon sunshine, towards the exit, only to be stopped by a cheerful lady holding a plate of scones: “25 pence each!” she said.

jamming
jamming

“Pick two” I said to the nipper, “but don’t touch them, your hands are too grubby.” He put down his stick with the balloon tied to the end and carefully considered them for a moment; picked one plain and one fruit and they were popped into a little blue and white stripey paper bag.

“Now  we will need jam for these…” and the woman pointed me in the direction of the WI tent, about four yards from where we were standing, and gave me a leaflet in case I was interested in joining : “By the way, have you seen the bee man? I wonder if he’s still there. You must have a look- you can see the Queen bee!” She checked and he was indeed still round the corner from where we were standing. We promised to see the bee man after acquiring jam for our scones.

We walked into the shade of the tent and eyed up the goodies…rows of jams in an assortment of jars, all stickered with tempting labels including  Toffee-apple , Caramelised Strawberry and…  Plum and Vanilla, which the nipper chose to take home with us.

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buzzin’

And then a trip around the corner, through the trees, to see the bee man with his glass frame of busy bees, where we tried and failed to spot the Queen, but we did have a drone pointed out to us.

“Hello! I thought you’d gone!” “Hello – yes so did we – but we’re still here!”

And so the day continued. We had once again been caught happily in the whirly web of Seething.

 

 

Lucy Furlong

www.lucyfurlong.com