We are using traditional Venetian mask-making technique. This method has the advantage that the ready papier- mâsché mask is almost an exact copy of the clay mould. It shows precisely the lines, highlights and shadows of the clay design. This is important for the expression of the mask when it is performed. Played in light at various angles the mask gives the impression of liveliness and vivacity.
This page will give you a little glimpse of the mask-making process and the materials involved.
A negative plastercast is taken from a clay mould. Than layers of special paper are applied into the negative cast.
The finish of the mask can vary from a leather look alike to a wooden appearance or whatever it needs. (See pictures of different mask on our page)
The inside of the mask is treated with Shellack. This material is gentle to the skin and it protects the mask from sweat and humidity.
For our leather masks we use wooden moulds carved out according to a clay design.
There might be easier ways, but in our experience the materials wood and leather harmonize best. And after all it is a beautiful material to work with, never mind the blisters.
When the leather is soft enough, it can be applied onto the wooden mould. Using power and patience the leather is treated with different techniques and tools over a time span of approximately three days until it is dry and has taken the form of the mould.
After this process the mask can be dyed or colored.