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

"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).

Not for sale.

"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.

Not for sale.

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).

Not for sale.

You can 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.

Not for sale.

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

"Iris Moon"

Mask from burlap & handmade paper, 2019

Formed from recycled burlap over a plaster mold, then a partial top coat was applied using handmade paper made from invasive iris leaves. Painted with natural pigments.

Not for sale.

"Hobgoblin"

Mask from burlap & handmade paper, 2019

An earlier attempt at recreating my 1999 Goblin Art Studio "Hobgoblin" mask design but using natural and biodegradable materials. Formed from recycled burlap over a plaster mold, then a paper mache top coat was applied using commerically available handmade paper. Painted with natural pigments using a hide glue binder. (The original mask was cast from synthetic neoprene rubber and painted with acrylic paint).

Not for sale.

"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.

Not for sale.

Birch mask

Mask & hat from birch bark & twigs, 2018

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

Not for sale.

"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.

Not for sale.

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.

Not for sale.

"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.

Not for sale.

See the process of creating this mask HERE.

Sheep

Mask from paper mache, 2019

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

Not for sale.