Using the same methods as shown in a previous post on the mask, I formed a new version of the mask. However, I needed to combine wet forming with some draping techniques in order to make the mask fit around my head properly since version one did not fit as snugly as I wanted. I used a stitch that looks like small x's to add a playful and almost childlike feel to the the costume and conceal curved cuts in the leather meant to help with the shape.
I am often inspired by organic patterns like the bark on trees and asymetrical details. I wanted the character to fit aesthetically in a natural setting, but be augmented by technology. As I have been making this costume I think back to my time in Sweden. I fell in love with the forests and often went for walks. When I think of my character I can see her as this strange but creative nomad of the northern forests. My colour palette reflects this in the use of deep greens, brown and cream with accents of antiqued brass. I carved into the leather using a wood carving tool to create line patterns. I then added grommets and pieces of leather with waxed thread wound and secured to hold the leather strips in place as seen in Fig. 2. These allow the leather strips to act as 'hair' which can be braided or tied into the rest of my own hair to hold the mask comfortably on my face.
In order to continue with the mask I need to complete the iris. Once I have the completed form of the iris I will be able to combine the two using snaps or rivets.
My Own Two Hands