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The Root Maze

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This is a mask I created recently, "The Root Maze". I entered it in the "Your Secret Garden" contest [link] ...the first DA contest I've ever entered! Wish me luck!.

It fits the theme, I think, because this mask is supposed to be a sheltering place for living and growing things. Rather than a sinister place, I think it's a safe place and it's also a safe mask to wear; the roots encircle your face...you can hide behind the sheltering branches like a shy girl hides behind her bangs. I scattered benevolent forest critters in there; ladybugs and butterflies and even a salamander (I think he clings in the most adorable way!). It's a quiet, still place too...quiet enough for ivy to grow undisturbed.

I love doing nature-themed art and this feels like the most "natural" of all my masks...an homage to a forest sanctuary.

Like all my art, this mask is created entirely from leather. I never use any molds or stamps or forms; it's carved and shaped by hand. I used a variety of acrylic paints and sealers...in fact the method I used to create this mask is completely documented in these tutorials:
Part one... [link]
Part two... [link]

This was an ambitious but fun project which resulted in a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art...I hope you like it. ^_^

As always, if you like my work please visit my Etsy shop: [link]
Image details
Image size
2452x2452px 922.3 KB
Make
SONY
Model
DSC-W170
Shutter Speed
10/300 second
Aperture
F/3.3
Focal Length
5 mm
ISO Speed
125
Date Taken
Feb 2, 2009, 9:15:17 AM
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Looks amazing! I saw and read the turtorial of it, and it seems so hard to do! Though, you do it great. I really love the fact that you made some loose things, and put them on later. And those leaves are looking great too! Btw, isn't it hard to do all those straight lines on the mask itself? Looks quite nice! All together, one of your greatest masks!