Since October is settling in quite nicely, with leaves beginning to turn and the pumpkins ready to harvest, I thought you might like to check out some wonderful paper mache masks I found this morning. Some of the websites listed below are in languages other than English, but don’t let that stop you from clicking through the pages and discovering what these remarkable mask-makers have created.
Scary Paper Mache Masks
Horrorwaeber’s Masks – Once you get past the incredibly creepy flash intro, and click on a few of the buttons, you see the amazing paper mache masks. There is an English translation, if you can find the button. Since it’s a Flash site, I couldn’t link directly to the Halloween masks, but I know you’ll figure it out. For those who love the gruesome, this site is quite inspiring.
Shadow Mask Workshops – According to the website:
Shadow Mask Projects [are] conducted with middle school students [and] produce intensely evocative and moving designs. These projects integrate Arts and English curriculum as the students explore themselves, their shadow and creativity. This is done through the visual medium of the mask itself as well as an in depth written analysis. It is a powerful process which grounds the students in themselves and their art at a crucial time in adolescence.
You can see masks created by the teacher, Pamela Schuller, here. The masks shown above were made using “stone mask technique. ” Pamela sent an email explaining the technique:
A stone is used as the base and source of inspiration , a face is sculpted on the stone using clean clay, then the stone is lightly oiled and 5 layers of paper mache are applied. After drying the the mask is removed from the stone and painted with acrylics.
The masks shown in the photo above were made by adults. [post edited 3/18/2011]
More Creepy Paper Mache Masks
Bionda Masken – Fasnacht masks. I did a fast Google search, and it looks like Fasnacht is a carnival held every year in Basel, Switzerland. It’s not held in October, as the masks might suggest to those of us in the US, but in the week after Ash Wednesday, in February or March. If I got that wrong, I’m sure someone will let us know.
Thingumajig Theatre – This is the site that got me started on my web search this morning. Andrew Kim’s masks were mentioned on a Yahoo paper mache list, and I had to go see what he and his friends were up to. When I saw that hippo, I naturally fell in love. Some people really know how to create exciting, fun-filled jobs for themselves, don’t they?
More Paper Mache Masks Worth Seeing:
I found more sites, but I won’t put photos of all of them here on this post. Just click on the links below and go check them out yourself. Get inspired, make some masks!
- PaperTrain – They have classes, but dang – they’re in Italy.
- Masque Arrayed – Click around the site to see the animal masks, too.
- Mask Gallery – Masks by Terrell Dunn, a graphic artist. Every mask is handmade, and they’re quite incredible. They’re for sale, and they don’t seem to be very expensive, considering the time that must go into them.
- Atolye Curcunabaz – Lifelike faces and traditional Venetian carnival paper mache masks.