|Photo by Mark Graves/The Oregonian|
The giant Perchta mask decided at the last minute to become a giant Baba Yaga mask! It came down to available costume pieces mostly--but also because my studio ceiling is far too low for assembling a mask with large antlers.
But I really like how this mask leaves a lot of room for possible variations of character, and think a horned or antlered Perchten version may still be realized at a later time.
Just a few more photos to share here, showing the addition of an extended neck-flange (paper mache over cardboard) to make the mask more stable and comfortable, and partway through the painting process (natural pigments with a water-resistant gelatin binder, since there was originally a chance of rain forecast on the night of the Krampuslauf). The teeth were carved by my son from wood, and the hair is cottonwood inner bark fiber collected from a nearby beach with fallen trees. No hot glue was used, only mechanical fastenings (sewing, tied cord, wood screws).