Wednesday the 29th of July was ‘International Tiger Day’ where countries across the globe raised awareness of the plight of the wild tiger in an attempt to generate as much support as possible to save this magnificent species before it’s too late. There are just 3,200 wild tigers left in the world. If no action is taken wild tigers will be extinct within 10 years. The global aim is to double wild tiger numbers before the next Chinese year of the tiger in 2022.
To raise awareness of the plight of the tigers I was commissioned by ‘Save Wild Tigers’ to design and paint two models with a striking tiger design for an art installation at St Pancras Station.
The models needed to be ready for the commuter ‘rush hour’ and press call at 7 am. The painting was going to take at least 3 hours, so we had an incredibly early start with taxis booked for 3 am.
Despite the early start everything went pretty smoothly. I used a combination of brush, and airbrush techniques with Paradise Make-up AQ by Mehron and along with my team member Emily we managed to get our lovely models Susie and Victoria ready for the astonished commuters at 7 am.
The following week I was thrilled to be contacted again by Simon Clinton founder of ‘Save Wild Tigers’ with an invitation to their annual gala event to be held at The Café Royal at the Savoy Hotel as their guest.
So on October the 9th I had the chance to dress up in a posh frock and along with my suitably attired husband, enjoy a beautiful evening in a sparkling setting.
We enjoyed delicious food and amazing entertainment from The London Gospel Choir and Beverley Knight. The incredible tiger cake, and some beautiful tiger inspired art work that was auctioned off during the evening made for a memorable evening for an extremely important cause.