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The Artists


Allyson has been face painting for thirty years (holy cow!) and is the owner and premier artist of Gossamer Designs. Allyson is one of the most sought-after face painters in the Lower Mainland.  Her talent for providing fun and creative designs is matched only by her enthusiasm.


Allyson has won numerous face and body painting contests and her work has been featured at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, in Maclean’s Magazine and online in The Huffington Post. Allyson is also a makeup artist and Fine Arts painter. Her work can be seen on Instagram at @allysongrantarts and @allysongrantfinearts.





Jacquie is a professional animator, illustrator and cartoonist who has taught children’s art classes and tutorials for over ten years. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree from SFU and works with the Surrey School Board.


Jacquie joined the Gossamer Designs team in 2011 and has brought smiles to hundreds of children with her face painting.  Her animation training means that she can draw and paint almost anything, especially animals!


Holly holds a Bachelors of Education, specializing in art, education and food studies and currently works for the VSB. She also holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from UBC, with a focus on installation, photography and printmaking.


Holly worked at Arts Umbrella for three years and has over a decade of experience working with kids in outdoor and arts education environments. She loves combining her passions of painting and working with kids in her role as a face painter!




Barbara is an animator with a background in numerous artistic mediums including theatrical makeup, set painting, illustration, and watercolours. They have received a diploma in Classical Animation from Vancouver Film School and is excited to apply and grow in the artistic skills they have learned. 


Barbara loves children and has many years of experience taking care of and entertaining kids. From helping their mom with a home daycare, volunteering to read to and supervise the younger classes in school, babysitting for friends and family, and helping out with their baby brother!



Amber is a BFA graduate of Emily Carr University, with a focus on drawing and painting. She enjoys painting in surrealist and expressionist styles using landscapes and animals as inspiration. 

Alongside Gossamer Designs, Amber also has a very cool job as a live event painter for L'Oreal, painting bespoke perfume bottles upon purchase! This fast-paced and creative art job is a perfect parallel to face painting, both jobs offering a chance to make people smile.

Amber aspires to be a full-time artist, doing commissions, murals and selling her fine art work at markets.

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