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
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The Fairys: Chapter 40
Copper, ammonia patina
This mask took a very long time, and 21 tiny sawblades, but I think it was worth it. it's taken several days to pu up here, because the green patina takes several days to mature. It's done with household ammonia; I don't usually use chemical patinas, and this reminded me why. That said, I think she looks glorious. Of the Fairies, Borges has this to say- "...It is said that the Fairies are the most numerous, the most beautiful, and the most memorable of the minor supernatural beings. They are not restricted to a particular place or a particular period..." He does not describe any particular fairys, but mentions those of several continents, and quotes Yeats a bit. My kickstarter funding is open for another 8 days, contribute here!