Masks

Below are some of the masks I have made while exploring natural materials. It has been a process of gradual change as I have found natural alternatives to various synthetic materials one by one.

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Natural Materials:

Masks made from biodegradable and/or compostable materials

"Indigo Blue Jay"

Mask from paper mache, 2022

Reclaimed grocery bag and flour bag paper, brown paper tape, cornstarch paste. Painted with natural charcoal, iron oxide, home-grown indigo and calcium carbonate pigments using a linseed oil and methyl cellulose binder over a milk paint base-coat.

"Metallic Raven"

Mask from paper mache, 2022

Reclaimed grocery bag paper, methyl cellulose paste. Painted with iron oxide and natural mica pigment using a walnut oil and methyl cellulose binder over a milk paint base-coat. Sealed with beeswax and damar resin.

"Curly Masquerade"

Mask from cellulose fiber & bioplastic starch, 2020

Following several months of exploring starch-based bioplastic as a potential mask-making material, I successfully replicated my 1999 Goblin Art Studio "Curly Masquerade" mask design with natural and biodegradable materials.

This new variation of the mask was formed from a custom bioplastic-based modeling compound using recycled cellulose material, and was cast into a plaster mold. Painted with natural pigments. (The original mask was cast from synthetic neoprene rubber and painted with acrylic paint).

"Baba Yaga"

Mask from paper mache & natural materials, 2020

Paper mache (recycled paper and grocery bags), cottonwood bast fiber and fig wood. Painted with natural earth pigments using a hide glue binder.

You can learn about the making of this mask:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

"Tree Hobgoblin"

Mask from burlap, cellulose fiber & bioplastic starch, 2020

Following several months of exploring starch-based bioplastic as a potential mask-making material, I successfully replicated my 1999 Goblin Art Studio "Tree Hobgoblin" mask design with natural and biodegradable materials.

This new variation of the mask was formed from recycled burlap over a plaster mold, then a top coat was applied from a custom bioplastic-based modeling compound using recycled cellulose material. Painted with natural pigments using a hide glue binder. (The original mask was cast from synthetic neoprene rubber and painted with acrylic paint).

Learn about the making of this mask HERE.

"Australian Magpie"

Mask from paper mache, 2020

Reclaimed grocery bag paper, brown paper tape, biodegradable methylcellulose glue. Painted with natural charcoal and calcium carbonate pigments using a boiled wheat paste binder.

I documented the making of this mask "tutorial-style" HERE.

"Green Witch"

Mask from burlap, 2019

Reclaimed burlap stiffened with a basic cornstarch mixture. Painted with natural pigments, stitched with cotton thread.

"The Observer"

Mask from burlap & willow, 2019

Reclaimed burlap stiffened with a basic cornstarch mixture and stretched over a willow branch frame. Painted with natural pigments. Jute cord, red cotton, turkey bones, quail feathers.

Birch mask & headdress

Mask & hat from birch bark & twigs, 2018

Folded silver birch bark decorated with leather, turkey bone, chicken feathers, quail feathers, and raffia fiber. Headdress woven from silver birch twigs and raffia fiber.

"Grølik" &"Strawboy/Biddy Boy"

Mask & hat from cattail/bulrushes, 2015

Based on traditional Scottish straw costume designs, but adapted to use local materials (common cattail/common bulrush, Typha latifolia) and raffia fiber.

Reclaimed Materials:

These masks include materials removed from the waste stream that are not biodegradable or compostable

"White Rabbit"

Mask from paper mache, 2021

Paper mache (recycled paper and grocery bags) over foil, tape and galvanized wire. Painted with natural pigments (calcium carbonate, wild iron ochre, charcoal) using a methyl cellulose binder.

"Rustic Fox"

Mask from burlap & bioplastic starch, 2019

Recycled coffee sack burlap with bioplastic starch shaped over an original plaster mask form and reinforced with reclaimed copper wire. Painted with natural pigments using a methyl cellulose binder.

See the process of creating this mask HERE.

"Sheep Mask"

Mask from paper mache, 2019

Paper mache (recycled grocery bags) over foil and tape. Reclaimed wool fiber. Acrylic paint.