Kest Schwartzman is a metalsmith trained at Massachusetts College of Art. She has been making masks for over a decade. She is now embarking on a journey to make a mask for every creature in the 1969 version of Borges' "The Book of Imaginary Beings" as translated by Norman Thomas Di Giovanni
Friday, May 6, 2011
**Work in Progress** Antelopes with six legs
Lazy Man's Repousee
For the main antelope body, I wanted the lines to look like those in cave painting- quick, graceful, lively. In other words, not at all the way my lines look when I do traditional repousee. This wire and line technique is something I've used before, but for the purpose of making a score line to fold on, not as it's own design element. Still, it seemed like the only way to get the result I was looking for, and it ended up working out quiet nicely. I hammered onto a piece of soft wood so as not to thin the lines too much, and thus to keep the mask strong enough for wear.