This month we at Federico Advanced took on the largest event we had ever attempted; two artists teaching three 3-day classes, all in a row. Attendees flew in from all around North America, some coming from as far as Washington DC and Canada. In the 2 years that we have been bringing advanced education in hairdressing to the Northern California community we have brought in dozens of amazing artists; Jeremy Davies-Barbala, Nick Arrojo, Gerard Scarpaci, Russel Mays, DJ Muldoon, and Ira Pope Sage, just to name a few. All have been incredibly talented and brought their own perspectives to the craft. This time however we brought in Ivana Spicer and Mario Mesaric of the ZGAT Academy from Zagreb, Croatia, two amazingly talented artists who somehow remain humble and thankful for everything they are able to do.
We flew them half way around the world for their first trip to the United States so that they could bring their first-class knowledge and skills to our Academy in Sacramento, CA. We had never brought in an international artist before, and needless to say, there were a few challenges in bringing a foreign artist into the country. We battled Visa issues and airline errors, but when all the dust settled and Ivana and Mario were finally in the country teaching the class, all the hard work became worth it.
Ivana and Mario made the perfect team. The comradery was clear, they didn’t need to tell you that they had been friends since they were children, it was evident the moment you met them. Each allowing the other to speak on the work they were doing with neither one stealing the spotlight from the other. They had a meticulous eye for detail, and a clear aesthetic that ran through all of the work they did together.
Each cut was made with intent and forethought. They mapped every look out before starting, taking into account the models requests, bone structure, flaws and strengths, tailoring each look to perfectly compliment the face of the model.
During each demo they shared both their technical skills and love of the art they create. Checking and rechecking each line to be sure that no matter which angle you approached it from, you would see a precision line.
Their dedication to the art form and education was evident in the sheer number of hours they put into each class. Each day they arrived to the school at 8am, enjoyed some espresso, and then got down to work, spending up to 10 hours straight in the class room-ensuring each student got the amount of one on one attention they needed to complete a precision haircut. Often times they would work the full 10 hours without taking a single break, not even for food. They were the marathon runners of the hair world. Even after the students had left, they stayed behind to capture photos of everyone’s hard work.
Their students were some of the best hairdressers in the industry, people who have already made a name for themselves as being incredibly talented.
It was amazing to see so many already established artists in one space, learning and creating together. Being open to critique and supporting and admiring each other’s work.
Despite the long days their trip here seemed to fly by. By the time the classes had ended, no one wanted Ivana and Mario to leave. The knowledge, energy and passion they brought to Federico Advanced will stay with everyone they met, and we all anxiously await their return in 2016.
Thank you everyone who made this event possible. Be sure to check out Mazella and Palmer for their U.S. debut at Federico Advanced in August.
The Federico Glitter Babes were out in full force bringing their expert skills to the Sacramento Pride Parade.
Dressed to the nines in handmade rainbow tutu’s and colorful wigs and led by their fearless leader, Ms. Kay, dressed in an equally fabulous ensemble, they made sure that no one escaped the parade without a healthy dose of glitter spray and a heaping pile of Federico knowledge.
Between glitter attacks, students were able to network providing coupons for services and Federico pins to properly rep our name in the community.
Even Kenny the Dancing Man made time to take a few photos with the Glitter Babes.
By the end of the day they had glittered over 200 people, spreading Federico love and pride throughout the Sacramento LGBT community.
This month Federico had the pleasure of working the first ever First Festival! The First Festival is a Sacramento based music and arts festival featuring 18 local bands across 3 stages, local food vendors, local businesses, and local crafters and artists. This year’s festival boasted over 2,000 attendees in the sprawling River Walk Park.
Our students spent the sunny Saturday afternoon providing makeup services, and doing festival braids on the attendees, all while getting to enjoy the sounds of local favorites such as Stationary and Be Brave Bold Robot
When there was the occasional lull in things to do they were able to enjoy the Silent Disco which was conveniently located right next to our booth or peruse the local wares.
They spent the latter part of the day seeking out festival goers that were interested in being glitter bombed. By the end of the day nearly every attendee was covered head to toe in silver glitter, neon orange hair spray, and Federico stickers. The day ended in a whirlwind of friend foods, ice cream, bonding, and glitter. All in all, not a bad way to spend a beautiful Saturday at the river.
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT : Jeffery P. Instagram: @el_heffe23
By: JanyNicole Stehman
Jeffery recently graduated from the Barber program at Federico. During his time here he was a Star Student, a Student Ambassador, and the Student of the Month in December. He has also given himself the title of “Self-elected Student Body President for Life”. I sat down with him to get a few more details on his barber life at Federico.
JNS: “What was your favorite thing you learned while at Federico?”
JP: “My favorite by far has been learning and mastering the basic principles of hair cutting, i.e. shapes and techniques. Once you master the basics you’re capable of anything!”
JNS: “What are your favorite products right now? For you and for your clients?”
JP: “My favorite product right now would have to be the Baxter Clay Pomade, and for clients, it all depends what is going to be best for them!!! The Client’s needs and wants come before my personal picks.”
JNS: “Do you have any advice for barber students just starting out?”
JP: “Do the MOST!!!! Don’t get sucked into the drama and don’t be afraid to be the ‘over achiever’. In the end, no one else is going to give you what you want, you need to go after it yourself.”
JNS: “So true! How about favorite hair related Instagrams? Is there anyone currently inspiring you?”
JP: “My favorite Instagram would have to be… Well, there’s two actually. @RBGhair and @Barbershopconnect. @RBGhair is my wife’s Instagram and seeing what she does pushes me to strive for excellent work. The other because it spotlights the industry as a whole.”
JNS: “What are you hoping to do now that you’ve graduated?”
JP: “I’m not HOPING, I’m DOING. Haha. I have accepted a job with Mizutani Scissors and will also be working at Be-You-Tiful Style Lounge in Vacaville.”
JNS: “Congrats! That’s awesome that you’ve got so much work lined up right after graduating! What will you miss the most about being at Federico?”
JP: “The fact that I’m with BAE every day, Renato ‘The Chilean Polar Bear’. <3<3<3
JNS: “Well, I know we will all miss having both you and Nato at school everyday! Thank you for having this chat with me and good luck at State Board!”
Sometimes, no matter how much you plan and prep for an event, things just don’t always go the way you had hoped they will. This last weekend our students were requested to do hair and makeup for the Northern California Summer Session Show at the Starlite Lounge in Downtown Sacramento. They arrived the morning of the show pumped and ready to get to work. Unfortunately, they were the only ones. Upon arrival they found out that almost all of the models had cancelled. Not ones to let things fall apart, and experts at multitasking, they decided to fill the roles of models AND hair and makeup artists.
They took turns working on the models that were able to attend while also working on each other. Ensuring that there would be enough models to handle all of the planned looks.
Even our barber students, JoJo and Priscilla were pulling double duty for the day. Once they were done giving clean ups to the male models in attendance, Priscilla moved on the female models and started setting curls. JoJo went on to capture behind the scenes pictures of the prep process for us, documenting all of the excitement and chaos.
Once they were set for the runway the show went off without a hitch. They had 3 different clothing lines and there was a performance by a few local break-dancers.
Ms. Kay, our Outreach Manager said, “At the risk of giving away my age, I felt like I was back in high-school again. There was such a great energy from the crowd and the performers.”
It was great to see our students step up and make sure everything went smoothly, no matter the obstacles. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work!