Final Words from my Final InDepth

Now I know this is a little weird, and also kinda late, but I wanted to just tie up a few loose ends and share some incredibly exciting news!

First of all, massive thanks to the teachers.  Oh man, I definitely teared up during the beautiful video tribute to Mr. J.  Best of luck!

Secondly, I was amazed with the projects I saw from our nines.  I can’t wait to come back as an alumna and see what crazy things you guys accomplish as tens next year!

Finally, the biggest thank you to my fabulous mentor Kylee Brown.  I am so thankful for everything she taught me, and for passing on her boundless knowledge.  Even though Kylee is only in grade eleven, she has already applied and been accepted to JCI Institute!  I am so incredibly proud of her and can’t wait to see her thrive in this amazing post-secondary program.  Man am I jealous of the easy year you have to look forward to next year!

Anyway, Ky, this one’s for you, you deserve it 😉


Swimming in Hats: De Bono’s Guide to Argument and how it relates to mermaids I guess?

My mentor and I had a discussion about what we’ve worked on so far, and what I have yet to learn before I can accomplish the tasks I have laid out for myself on InDepth Night (the bolded text is the colour of the hat):

Kylee: So we’ve touched on basic character styles, bruise tones, what do you want to work on next?

Olivia: I was thinking something more fantasy-based, something that uses more creativity?

Kylee: That sounds good but at some point we should move on to some prosthetic looks cause those might take a while to learn based on how finicky they can be.

Olivia: I am so looking forward to that!  I know you’re not feeling very well right now though so I feel like we should wait till we have more time to spend together to start on that.

Kylee: Cool.  What kind of fantasy look were you thinking?

Olivia: Well I still have your bruise tone kit, so hopefully something I can accomplish with that and what I already have at home.  Any thoughts?

Kylee: I’d love to show you how to do this one look I saw on Youtube, it only uses cool tones like the ones in the palette, but it’ll be a bit of trial and error as I’ve never tried it.  Do you think we can risk it?

Olivia: Yo that looks pretty wild, let’s do it!

Now just to catch you up with the plan, we have plans to start a prosthetic look as soon as Ky is feeling better, but in the meantime we plan to work on a Maleficent and/or dying Bella look that uses contour to drastically change the apparent shape of the face.  Super stoked as very soon I will get to work on some models!!!  Be sure to check out my Tumblr, but here’s a look I’m pretty proud of!

Lumps, Bumps, and Bruises! A painfully satisfying look.

Another week, another crazy look. This week, to focus on the basics of FX makeup in general, we worked with bruise tones. My mentor and I got together on the one day, where we went through each step one by one together. She kindly left her kit with me this week, so I first replicated a similar bruise on my own, then experimented on my own with a different type of bruise by looking at images online. (Would not recommend by the way it was pretty gross.) By asking questions of my mentor, I gained further insight into why we placed colours where we did, and why harsh lines were so bad.

By the way, if you were interested, the different bruise tones represent:

White/Lighter tones = swelling or bone

Yellow/Green/Blue = add depth

Purple = old blood pooling

Red = new blood pooling

And harsh lines look fake, when in doubt, blend it out!

Kylee was very patient with me through all of my questions, and really helped assuage my anxieties about the whole mentor-mentee situation. We had a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoy the images I posted on my Tumblr!


The Report. (and Queen Vi’s First Royal Decision!!!)

29th of June 1838, First Royal Conference:

I am so tired I can barely keep my eyes open, I hope they’re not expecting me to be able to concentrate… Yeah okay, Canada… wait Canada? That’s a real place?? Okay, so they’re rebelling. Why don’t we just send Rad Jack in to deal with it? He can sort it out, I trust him. This is real boring… wait you want me to tell him what to do? It’s my first day, I don’t know! Uh, he can write a report. Yes, a report.

Angwy Tink is at it again!

Yay I finished my very first look!!! I’m really proud of myself, I managed to overcome my hecking anxiety and actually did a Tinkerbell look complete with dress, hair, and all! I loved working with my mentor, I had so much fun!
During our session, I made connections to last years InDepth, talking about my mentorship issues and how I struggled to connect with my mentor. We strategized on how we can do it better this time around.
I loved doing the Tink look as first of all many of the techniques can be brought over to doing Disney Princess, which I very much hope to do in future. Secondly, many people believe that I look like Tink when I’m angwy.

While completing our assignment, when I struggled to figure out a portion, I asked for clarification! I trusted Ky, and also she can tell when I look confused and scared. However we managed to stumble through together, and I learned valuable lessons in blending!

At one point, when applying eyeliner, Ky showed me how to do it her way. As I had some, very limited, experience in eyeliner, I tried another way and somehow it worked out?

Anyway, I’m really glad on how it turned out and I hope you enjoy it?


Can we truly reconcile with those we’ve wronged? Is it in our grasp?

Brief Background on Canada’s TRC:

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s mandate is all about releasing the truth regarding Canadian History, inform Canadians about the atrocities that were committed towards the First Nations people, and form respectful and healing relationships.  Based in Institutional Restorative Justice, it involves a change in national media and school curriculum, as well as monetary and symbolic reparations.  In this blog post I am looking into the combination of this, as well as First Nations traditions and forms of justice and how it will affect the success of our TRC.

Research and Other Attempts at a TRC:

Restorative vs. Retributive Justice:

Restorative Justice is focused on restoring a respectful relationship between the victims and the perpetrators.  Rather than focusing on the needs of the perpetrators punishment-wise, mediated conference between perpetrators and victims is used to come to a satisfactory conclusion for both.  This is a method that is slowly being integrated into our criminal justice system, and a similar method has been used in many other cultures for many many years.

Retributive Justice is focused on punishment of the perpetrator.  This method is widely used in criminal justice systems around the globe, but often doesn’t end with a satisfactory a result for the victim.  There is also a lack of communication, often leaving important truths unsaid.

TRC-wise, Canada is using a restorative justice template.  However, I looked into what would happen if the TRC was forged much sooner after the original offence, and I found that Sierra-Leone used a primarily retributive form of reconciliation.

Unfortunately, they did not consider the fear of backlash the victims faced in coming forward and demanding retributive action, thus not much was done originally to remedy the situation.

Combining this with First Nations practices:

In Canada, one of the First Nations traditions that we have integrated into the TRC is “witnessing”.  Basically, it consists of having specific “witnesses” present at truth-telling ceremonies and events to connect with what is being said personally, and spread the stories they hear within their own circles.  By including something like this, these witnesses are helping others to connect with the truths that are being shared.

This is so so important, as with the media as it is today, we can struggle to make personal connections with people and their struggles.  Instead of having to rely on biased journalism and media to keep up with the progress of truth telling and sharing, we can rely on folks who care about it.

Helen Cromarty, survivor:

“As a residential school survivor, there were things taken away from us that we can never ever get back, doesn’t matter how hard you work at it. I worked hard to get my culture back, my language. I still have to work at it. There are many missing things that I can never ever get back, but having the government apologize and acknowledge the damage that has been done, I feel a little reprieve. I can live with it and I think that’s another step forward. Why not keep going? The path is there now, follow it. …I left home when I was five years old, so the family bonding that all of you get when you’re a child, in those formative years, I don’t have that. But I somehow learned that, after having five children I worked hard at bonding.”


Dawn Lavell-Harvard, president of the Ontario Native Women’s Association:

“Reconciliation means more than just the restoration of our relationship. Our women, our people, have unaddressed grief, intergenerational trauma, as the residential schools severed the most important bond, that bond between indigenous children and their mothers and their families. This system exposed our children to a cycle of violence that continues today, but we know that violence is a learned behaviour and therefore we also know that we can unlearn this behaviour. We can make a change.”


I’ve still got a lot of questions and I hope to learn more in reading the first chapter of the TRC next week.  Like who is mediating the discussion of Justice between government and churches, and the First Nations People?  As well, in order for restorative justice to work it has been found that both sides must see each other as equals.  I’d be interested in hearing some people who have a very different stance on the issue of reconciliation.  Finally, how are they going about reconciling if the government is nigh partially the perpetrator and the dispenser of justice?  I feel that understanding the roots of what we are trying to achieve and all the different viewpoints on it is super important if we are to succeed.

VANCOUVER IS REALLY PRETTY (and so is my mentor tbh)

I had such a great time with my mentor today! We decided to use our first meeting to get to know each other a bit better and decide just what I hope to get out of the project. We discussed the options, and to get started I plan to learn a bit of everything and go from there. As we walked around downtown, we chatted about different techniques as I explained where I was at experience-wise. We went by multiple beauty schools, such as curlicue multiple campuses, and stopped into a couple makeup stores for inspiration. We discussed certain concerns and complications she believed might come up, which leads me to where I began to practice Edward de Bono’s habits relating to agreement, disagreement, and how to agree to disagree.

Here are some of concerns we may face as a unit:

My lack of self confidence may get in the way for me as it did for my mentor. I disagreed with her at first, believing that the makeup would help boost my self confidence by creatively enhancing my features, but as I would be the one creating the art, I will truly have to work hard at appreciating the hard work I put in, and being confident in that work.

Being able to sit down and complete a work as there is no stopping and picking back up from where we left off. This is one I brought up, as with sewing I was able to take a break when I got frustrated coming back to the work even days later. With this project however, I will have to complete the job I start, or begin all the way back from square one. This is something I am sure my mentor will be able to guide me in, as it takes practice and determination. Both of which she has.

Finally, I have always struggled with the teacher-student dynamic due to my anxiety. Together we will have to find a way to make our mentor-mentee relationship one without too much stress.

There you have it! I can’t wait to work with my mentor, as I found today I have so SO much to learn from her. This should be fun!

You gotta put your best face forward!

Have you ever watched a movie or a tv show and wondered how on earth they managed to create a creature who has never existed from a perfectly normal human face? While sometimes this effect is achieved using cgi, oftentimes it is created using a cosmetic technique known as FX makeup. From wounds, to new facial structures, to a very convincing gender bend, FX makeup does it all. In addition to being a huge part of the film industry, FX makeup also has a large following on social media, with artists sharing their work on all sorts of platforms.

I feel that this topic is a great continuation from last year’s costuming project, as they are both applicable to my interest in the theatre. As I did last year, I’ll be able to continue to use my connections in the theatre to enhance my learning. I hope that working with makeup and forcing myself to photograph my work will help me foster a more positive self image.  This year, I really want to be able to work closely with my mentor. Knowing my own personal concerns, that means I have to already have a good relationship with them. To maximize my learning, I plan to have two mentors.

Kylee Brown:
A self taught fx makeup artist who regularly lends her tremendous skills to our Gleneagle theatre program. As she and I already spend a lot of time together, I will spend less time worrying about planning meet ups, and get more time to learn from her.
Here’s a link to her website:
And one to her Instagram:
I also plan on working with Leah Turner-James. She has worked on both movies and tv shows as an extra, and went to post secondary focusing specifically on wound FX makeup. I will update this post when I can get ahold of her.

My plan is to create a “look” approximately every 2 weeks to photograph and post, as well as practice on smaller scale techniques in between. By the end, I hope to complete my final and most difficult “look” for InDepth night.

I aim to get started next week, Kylee will be helping out with the school plays and hopefully I will get the chance to watch the master at work!

Biblography: AKA… How well did you stalk your Eminent person.

So.  My list of resources for my boundless knowledge of JK Rowling.

How I got to know her personally:

My main focus this year was to step away from just listing wikipedia facts and really delving deeply into my person as a person, rather than a figurine.  The first way I did this, before even starting this project, was to read her books.  When I read them a second time this summer with the intention of using her as my eminent person, I really appreciated how much of herself and her personal plights she managed to share with people through her books.  I also read the author’s note and dedications, as she is a hilarious writer.  As proven by her fantastic tweets!  I spent a lot of time just scrolling through her twitter basking in her endless wit and sense of humour.  As inspiration for my speech, I managed to find a video of the commencement speech she gave at Harvard in 2008.

I never realised what a powerful speaker she is!  It was really enlightening to hear her talk about her own experiences after just having read about them online.  Finally, I perused her website, and watched her Most Fascinating People video from 2007.

Where I found her biography:

As I already had a general idea of the things she has accomplished, I used Wikipedia to brush up on my JK Rowling trivia.  She has not yet written an autobiography, but I would be first in line to buy it if she did!

That is about it, oh and hey, thanks for actually reading this blog post long enough to see this next gif that ran through my head throughout all my research.


So for my document of learning, I have a couple of my original drafts from the many I have done to complete my speech.  I just had so many completely different ideas for this small portion of the project!  I did a draft for each one, and could not decide on my own which of them to pick.  Thankfully, I have an arsenal of ruthless critics in my friends and family who eventually helped me decide on the speech you will hear Wednesday evening.  Can’t wait to see you all there!

P.S. There is a small performance note beforehand as an idea of what I would have done onstage.

(Stumbles on in winter coat crying, sad soft music plays, rips off medical mask and collapses to ground while music fades out)

I can’t believe she’s gone.  The one person who knew about you, who saw your future even better than I did, has died.  How am I supposed to complete your story Harry, when she was the one person I was most excited to share it with.  I’m really sorry but it’s time for this folly to stop I’ll never be a writer and that’s that!  It’s what people have tried to tell me all along, and they had the right idea.  I’ve just got my head stuck up in the clouds.  No, you’re right, this isn’t what she would have wanted.  That story wasn’t just for me and her to share.  Ever since I was a child I’ve had dreams of reaching people with what I’ve found up in those clouds my teachers told me to get out of, and it’s time I do.  I want to write the words read to children everywhere as they slowly drift off to sleep.  I want to share your story Harry, because it’s an important one to tell.  No matter what I’m going to finish this.  For you, for the children, and for my mother.

(Unlocking door in winter coat in a rush, locks door and slowly sinks to floor breathing a sigh of relief while stroking “baby” in carrier)

Oh Jessie, I know it’s cold, but we’re safe now.  I hope you’re young enough not to remember what your father has done.  We’ll be happy now, just you and me.  You’ll see, now that we’re back in the UK, things will get better.  I promise.  Oh please don’t cry, let me tell you a story I thought up a long time ago.  In fact, I thought it up just before your grandmother died.  You won’t ever know her, but she was an amazing woman.  You would have loved her.  Now this story isn’t finished yet, but it all starts with a boy.  A young boy by the name of Harry Potter.

*reach to pull out manuscript*

“Start story”