HAIR STYLIST: Paul Eastin started his journey at the Lockworks Academy in Baton Rouge, LA, as a student of Sam Brocato in 1998 and has received specialized training at the Sasson academy in Miami as well as training with leading companies such as Wella, Rusk,Brocato, Paul Mitchell and Aveda. Since 2002 Eastin has worked for Paris Parker Salons and Spas, the largest Aveda concept salon group in the southern region, and is now an educator, team leader, and their editorial director. In this role, he produces editorial photo shoots for Paris Parker and designs current styles and trends in hair cutting and serves on a steering comittee that is dedicated to the growth and development of Paris Parker’s salon and spa division.
Specializing in hair design, Paul loves the process of helping his clients discover their overall look through great hair. Eastin is passionate about his craft and stays inspired by apprenticing with industry greats such as Maurice Tidy ,Tim Hartley, Michael Baker, Randy Taylor, Antionette Beenders and Vivian Mackinders just to name a few. Over the course of his career, he has worked backstage at New York Fashion Week on high end shows including Sophie Theailet and Rodarte, Christian Seriano as well as the Oscar De La Renta show for the re-opening of the Sacs fifth avenue store in New Orleans in 2005, while traveling extensively to participate in industry hair shows to help create on stage productions. In 2010 he was nominated for the prestigious North American Hairdresser Awards for the avant guard category. His most recent projects include being named Lead Hair Director for New Orleans Fashion Week and producing his own collections of innovative hair designs for his clients that address suitability and innovation in style and cutting.
ARTIST/ILLUSTRATOR: Denise Gallagher is an artist who draws incessantly and loves to make beautiful things. Her images provide glimpses of a grand and sprawling story, a mysterious tale that is yet to be written. Denise’s work was included in the New York Society of Illustrators’ 51st Annual Show, the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators’ Illustration West 50 Show and most recently in Communication Arts Magazine’s 2012 Illustration Annual.
GELATO ARTIST: Silvia Bertolazzi “In Italy gelato is a way of life”, says Silvia. She moved from northern Italy to Lafayette, LA and recently fulfilled her dream of opening a gelateria. Silvia strongly believes that making gelato is not just a culinary creation. “It’s about the energy and passion you have when creating, and when people taste it, they can feel it”.
WRITER & MUSICIAN: Johanna Divine is a songwriter, singer, filmmaker and writer whose roots in the most culturally rich pockets of the South – from Tennessee to Texas, Florida to Louisiana – have inspired a soulful and wide-ranging body of work. As a songwriter, Divine digs through the dusty things of beauty in our attics, finding lost treasures and painting them up until they’re new again. Her songs carry with them traces of the honky-tonk, swing, and blues absorbed in her native South – but the sultry voice that delivers them, and the open heart behind that voice, are all her own. This rooted yet personal approach inspired TimeOut New York to call her music “lovely and impressive,” while Offbeat Magazine says she’s an artist “to keep an eye on.”
WRITER/ARTIST: Kody Chamberlain was born in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and relocated to Lafayette in 1993 to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he earned a BFA in Advertising Design. After working for several top advertising agencies, he started his own design studio in 1999 where he offered a diverse set of client services for print and web. Early in 2004, he started his career as a professional comic book artist and hasn’t looked back. Kody has been called one of the most versatile artists around and will often adapt stylistically to better serve the type of story being told.