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Beauty, guts & gore
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Beauty student goes out on a limb
Opening up her own studios in London, former Pembrokeshire College student, Jennifer Nelson proves that a vocational beauty course can teach you more than the art of applying eye shadow.
Jennifer’s natural flair for creating gruesomely realistic make-up effects was ignited during her time at Pembrokeshire College, where she completed a hairdressing and beauty therapy course. The course taught Jennifer an abundance of skills, from recognising skin diseases and the handling of make-up to create different textures and effects, to working as a professional make-up artist and setting up a business.
The vocational course is a popular one; the College recruits at full capacity year after year. It is believed by many to be a course only for those who want a career in the world of hair and beauty salons, when, in reality, it can provide a foundation for an array of opportunities. A sentiment that the make-up artist from Haverfordwest epitomises after specialising in special effects, where a typical working day consists mainly of blood, guts and gore.
Since her time at the College, Jennifer has excelled in her field; working with leading industry organisations, artists and designers, varying from the BBC to the Royal Shakespeare Company. As well as running her London studios, MaXimal FX, Jennifer also teaches prosthetics to the students of Birmingham University that have been inspired by gore.
The passion Jennifer holds for her work is evident as she states: “The more realistic, the better it is for the imagery, and I guess the more shocking it is, which is what production teams want. I look with my eyes wide open and see every texture, every colour, every shape. I breathe it all in, let my mind wander. Then I breathe it all out with my hands as my tools.
Her creative talents have been duly rewarded; she has picked up many prestigious awards and has recently been invited to partake in a discussion on the British Board of Film Classification, talking, on Radio 4, about the growing thirst for realism, especially within special effects, as well as the constraints of censorship.
For further information, including examples of her work, past and present, a blog and contact details, visit Jennifer Nelson’s website maximalfx.com.