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, August 19, 2011
Lamed Wufniks **Process**
Lamed Wufniks, with exterior cuts done
There are 36 lamed wufniks. While each mask is relatively quick, this means that this one creature will, inevitably, take several days. I apologize for the boredom, but just imagine if you were here, in the shop. Getting from the sheet in the entry below this to the stack in the photo above took almost a full day, and left my lower arms with a whole bunch of parallel cuts that just don't look like workman's comp could ever apply to them.
Cutting out all the eyes took another 5 hours- only half a day, but I do have to keep my studio running, too, so I called it there. Next will be sanding- after which, they'll look just like this. So I'll share a photo of something else.