Dress designer Emma set to show off skills at the Games
A make-up, fashion and concept artist from Leicester was showcasing her skills to thousands of Paralympic Games visitors at the Olympic Park today.
Emma Fay, of Highfields, is one of 10 talented young people given a performance spot as part of a competition celebrating the cultural olympiad.
The 25-year-old will be creating an elaborate dress from paper plates and cutlery at the event being staged by national youth arts group Somewhereto.
Emma was selected from 128 of the country's most talented performers, with 10,000 people voting for their favourite acts during a national roadshow earlier this year.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
Today's final sees her compete against people including a magician, free runner, musician and a dancer, with Bafta-winning actor and director Adam Deacon judging.
The winner will feature a 'show off' film, to be directed by Adam Deacon, in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro, host city for the 2016 Olympics.
Emma, who Mercury readers might recognise as the creator of a dress made from old copies of the newspaper for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, said: "I'm going to be using Helen Claire, the model I used for the Jubilee dress.
"But this time it will be an elaborate Rio carnival costume using paper plates, plastic knives and forks and anything else I can find lying around.
"Being part of the fantastic atmosphere and having the chance to be involved with the Olympic Park entertainment will be such a brilliant experience.
"I have always loved and been inspired by the costumes, make-up and culture of the Rio Carnival, and it would be a dream come true to make a film over there."
Emma won her place in the final with a bright yellow dress made using promotional paper flyers.
A spokesman for Somewhereto said: "We loved her entry – it was so unusual and creative."