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Life's in a transition space and I've been in a touch of a slump, between not being able to work when I'd like to (such as now) and not feeling up to working when I can (the last couple of months.)

But things are on the upswing, I believe; I've been not formally studying for the longest period in the last seventeen years of my life (doesn't that seem like it should be remarkable, even though it's not?) and my brain's begun actively striving for material again. I'm going to have an entire, lovely page of beautiful essays I've read in the last few months to post at my website before long - and I'm looking forward to updating that too.

Halloween, as it always does, gave me a wicked craving for more maskwork. My boyfriend's costume required I dig out the biggest tragedy that can exist in a couple feet square box of lonely masks and brush off a few for his choosing, and it did some very nasty things to my throat to think that they'd been sitting abandoned all that time.

So I'll be constructing a makeshift mask rack over the next couple of days, if for nothing but my own psychological and artistic benefit. I may have to tear it down shortly after, but sometimes the short-lived beauties in life are best.

My great planned new year's resolution is this: that once I have a measure of stability in my life, I myself will strive to be more stable for others around me. One of my greater failings in the last couple of years, between international traveling and changes of major and graduation - is that I get wildly interested in whatever other people are talking about and then stall out of the conversation after some intervention of real life. The fact that so many immensely talented, entirely brilliant people have accepted me in their little circles on the internet has been one of the highest honors I've ever received - so I'll try not to be so intermittent when there's still a conversation running. For those I've gone and left hanging, I'm coming back!

Soon to come:
- new leather-knives in the mail - O highest joy of joys, I've been cutting everything with the same two blades since I got started with this leather business. I believe in wearing one's clothes, car, tools into the ground, but it has been entirely Too. Long.
- the maskmaker gets a day job! (Maybe even one she likes!!!)
- a place to hang my masks, something I've dreamt of for years now
(And hopefully, some further inspiration maskwise, rather than the Sabriel-Abhorsen cosplay I've wanted to do forever...)

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
:iconleatherartisans: :iconmask-making-artisans:
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.
  • Listening to: Green Linnet 20th Anniversary Collection
  • Reading: A Needle in the Right Hand of God - R. Howard
  • Watching: The Hero of Time Zelda fanfilm LA special trailer
  • Playing: Phantom Hourglass!!! (Well, mostly flipnote.)
  • Eating: Persephone's garnets - one perfect pomegranate
  • Drinking: Water, water, water...
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Daegrima Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Good to hear from you =) I know all too well what you mean! 'Tis been quite some time for myself too... Well, here's to getting back into the flow of things! =D
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EMasqueradeGallery Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009   Artisan Crafter
I hear ya, I've been neglecting the craft myself, too.:(

Congrats on coming back and the best of luck to you!!:)

I hope you post pics. of the rack you come up with. I was displaying my masks on a wooden cd/dvd rack with fabric tacked to it. Not the greatest, but it worked for a while. Sadly, I'll have to come up with something else as I don't think I have it anymore.

Do you have a mask/art blog?
I just created one myself very recently:
[link]
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I've not had mine displayed since my sophomore year in college - they've been packed miserably into a small box, the thirty or so prototype designs I've got. It drives me nuts, and I miss seeing them. If I get this rack figured out to the point that I'm proud of it I may make a process page - not quite a tutorial, but explain some of the hows and whys...

Exposure to art breeds more art. I'm just generally concerned of how many other's masks I view, because I want to develop my own style and designs without excessive influence of others; I rejected a couple of my favorite concept sketches for development because I realized they looked too much like what Ryl Mandus was doing a few years before. Going back I could see I'd nicked a detail here and there by some combination of accident and memory, and that just wasn't acceptable if I was going to call it 'mine.'

Being surrounded with your own work, however, can never lead you astray, so long as you take some sort of mental excursion here and there...
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