I'm back from China, and about as burnt out as I've ever been in my life. I had five days - count 'em - between my final at Fudan University and the beginning of my fall term at my home school. That includes the day I spent travelling - the two-hour taxi to the airport in Shanghai, the fourteen-odd hour flight to the States, the three-hour flight back to my city, and the blissfully brief ride to a bed on which I could collapse - at past midnight - only to attend class promptly at 9:55 the next morning.
It really hasn't felt all too much less pressed since. I've finally gone through all my photos, on the upside; on the other hand I've had a miserable semester, albeit interesting (I got to take classical Chinese). I'm exhausted.
Fortunately I have a nice three-week break coming up, though I fear it won't be long enough. Two finals due in less than 12 hours; haven't slept in a long while. But there's still something good to be found in all this. For the first time since February - what a stretch - I've gotten to do something in leather; I wanted to ease back into it, because it's been a long
time, so I decided to try something I'd wanted to do for ages. The result'll be in the gallery in a minute or so.
Lots of photos I still need to take, lots of work I've got to do, but hopefully I'll make it through the next two weeks and get to spend the break between the end of Twilight Princess and a lot of new masks.About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note; otherwise, you can contact me through my website, whatever you feel comfortable with.Clubs to Look Into LeatherArtisans
- Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community.Mask-Making-Artisans
- A maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and some very diverse styles.