Mask Making For Beginners Part 1

Mask making may not be the most mainstream artform out there, but the possibilities for creative expression within this niche hobby are endless. Some people use it as a way of connecting to their ancient heritage, others enjoy it for the purely aesthetic, and some make specialty masks as theater props. Whatever the source of Read More

How To Make a Cast of Your Own Face

Two things that are important to note from the very beginning. First, this article will be about a cast OF your face, not FOR it. If you feel you need a cast for your face you need to consult your doctor. Second, it is always polite to learn doing something on yourself before you subject Read More

Mask Making For Beginners Part 2

Mastering the clay is important if you want to create a variety of molds. The mold, of course, will not accommodate all of your projects perfectly. If you want to have a mask of a demon with horns or antlers (Hannibal style), then you’ll need to accessorise the mask after the molding process. Nevertheless, it Read More

Masks from Around the World Part 4

Aztek Masks When talking about masks, to ignore South America, and the Aztec culture in particular, would be a huge disservice. If you were to walk into the British museum today and explored the many artifacts it contains, you are certain to encounter some ancient masks. Among those, the most memorable will certainly be the Read More

Masks from Around the World Part 3

African Masks The African continent can give any culture with a history of masks and mask making a run for its money. Particularly the ancient tribes of Sub-Saharan Africa, whose masks made quite an impression on the Europeans that first arrived there. It is likely that if you have a friend who has a mask Read More

Masks from Around the World Part 2

Perhaps one of the richest histories of masks comes from the Chinese region. The ethnic diversity gave rise to a great diversity in mask making, and there wasn’t a single region that didn’t contribute in some way. It appears that the ancient Chinese had a mask for every occasion, as if any of life’s uncertainties Read More

Masks from Around the World Part 1

You will struggle to find a region in this world that doesn’t have a history involving masks. The mask as a symbol is universally associated with identity, and masks had different purposes that in one way or another were connected to the idea of identity – whether changing it, concealing it or even preserving it. Read More

The Story of Venitian Masks

Venetian masks are perhaps the best surviving style of mask today, in the sense that their use is similar today to what they were used for when they were first invented. This isn’t surprising, as their use was social and political, rather than religious, shamanistic or funerary. They initially appeared in the Carnival of Venice, Read More

Brief History of the Sock and Buskin

A mask is not the first thing that comes to mind of a modern person looking to accessorize. Most masks we wear serve a practical purpose – to protect our health or our identity. You’ll notice that most moderns masks are also helmets. Halloween may be a time when exceptions are made and masks are Read More

Reasons to Organise a Masquerade Part 2

If you consider it for a moment, a masquerade becomes an increasingly good idea in the age of social media, where the social coordinates that used to be established by the unpredictable forces of natural interaction, have become walled gardens of perfectly manicured and strategically pruned social profiles. We know about each other even less Read More

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