St Albans woman was the colourful face of the Olympics
A ST Albans woman has credited social networking site Facebook for helping her to secure a job as the only person employed to paint faces at London 2012.
Qualified artist Hannah Padden, of Cottonmill Crescent, only started her facepainting business The Glitterbox a year ago.
An agency securing entertainment for visitors to the Games saw Hannah on Facebook and asked the 35 year old to paint faces at the event, the only person employed to do so within the Olympic park village.
Hannah said that over the course of 11 days she completed 880 paintings – 80 a day – right up until the closing ceremony.
The mum-of-two, who paints faces throughout Herts and London, said: “It was really enjoyable. Dads were having glitter on their faces and I did loads of Union Jack flowers and butterflies and tonnes of flags.”
You may also want to watch:
She also painted Union Jacks over people’s noses and goatee beards.
Hannah added: “I even did a flaming torch on a bald head and butterflies around necks, to look like a necklace.
- 1 April 12: Your guide to what can open from Monday when COVID lockdown rules ease
- 2 The latest court results for the St Albans area
- 3 What are the district's best pub gardens to visit from April 12?
- 4 Food, glorious food! Tom Kerridge's tasty menus announced for Alfresco Diner in St Albans
- 5 Shop Local: Mums team up for pop-up opening on April 12
- 6 Doors opening again for Harpenden retailers on April 12
- 7 'Hero without a cape' comes to the aid of Park Street resident
- 8 Quarter of tenants become owners at St Albans development
- 9 Turning over a new leaf as lockdown ends
- 10 Major redevelopment underway at St Albans office building
“It was great being part of the Olympic atmosphere. There was a family feeling and it was lovely being there and seeing everyone, like the volunteers, every day. I love facepainting.”
Hannah managed to watch Usain Bolt compete, but missed seeing celebrity couple Victoria and David Beckham when they visited.