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Life's in a transition space and I've been in a touch of a slump, between not being able to work when I'd like to (such as now) and not feeling up to working when I can (the last couple of months.)

But things are on the upswing, I believe; I've been not formally studying for the longest period in the last seventeen years of my life (doesn't that seem like it should be remarkable, even though it's not?) and my brain's begun actively striving for material again. I'm going to have an entire, lovely page of beautiful essays I've read in the last few months to post at my website before long - and I'm looking forward to updating that too.

Halloween, as it always does, gave me a wicked craving for more maskwork. My boyfriend's costume required I dig out the biggest tragedy that can exist in a couple feet square box of lonely masks and brush off a few for his choosing, and it did some very nasty things to my throat to think that they'd been sitting abandoned all that time.

So I'll be constructing a makeshift mask rack over the next couple of days, if for nothing but my own psychological and artistic benefit. I may have to tear it down shortly after, but sometimes the short-lived beauties in life are best.

My great planned new year's resolution is this: that once I have a measure of stability in my life, I myself will strive to be more stable for others around me. One of my greater failings in the last couple of years, between international traveling and changes of major and graduation - is that I get wildly interested in whatever other people are talking about and then stall out of the conversation after some intervention of real life. The fact that so many immensely talented, entirely brilliant people have accepted me in their little circles on the internet has been one of the highest honors I've ever received - so I'll try not to be so intermittent when there's still a conversation running. For those I've gone and left hanging, I'm coming back!

Soon to come:
- new leather-knives in the mail - O highest joy of joys, I've been cutting everything with the same two blades since I got started with this leather business. I believe in wearing one's clothes, car, tools into the ground, but it has been entirely Too. Long.
- the maskmaker gets a day job! (Maybe even one she likes!!!)
- a place to hang my masks, something I've dreamt of for years now
(And hopefully, some further inspiration maskwise, rather than the Sabriel-Abhorsen cosplay I've wanted to do forever...)

About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.

Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note; otherwise, you can contact me through my website, whatever you feel comfortable with.

Clubs to Look Into
:iconleatherartisans: :iconmask-making-artisans:
LeatherArtisans - Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community.
Mask-Making-Artisans - A maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and some very diverse styles.
  • Listening to: Green Linnet 20th Anniversary Collection
  • Reading: A Needle in the Right Hand of God - R. Howard
  • Watching: The Hero of Time Zelda fanfilm LA special trailer
  • Playing: Phantom Hourglass!!! (Well, mostly flipnote.)
  • Eating: Persephone's garnets - one perfect pomegranate
  • Drinking: Water, water, water...
News:
Hi, everybody! I'm posting and such, all of a sudden, and as usual that means that I'm about to go flat-out missing again. This time, it's another out-of-continent experience - six weeks in Taiwan. I should have somewhat more reliable internet access and considerably more spare time, as I won't be attending classes - I'm there to practice speaking, and reading traditional characters - but hopefully I won't be on the internet too much, except to upload photos and blog.

I'll be posting some photos and such at Flickr and blogging, probably at my Yahoo page as Livejournal is not always family-friendly. Too bad Yahoo's new interface has exactly ONE ugly template, because they're switching their social site AGAIN, this time to "Profile." Go check it out, it's that bad.

I've finally sat down and finished Twilight Princess. I was making decent time earlier this year - during a slow week in my last spring semester I took out two temples in as many days, and then knocked out the temple with the darkest theme (sorry, I'm trying to be vague) two days later; charged right up to Hyrule Castle and stalled out utterly. I've just tonight beaten the endgame and seen the credits and am not quite sure how to feel. Definitely teared up at a certain point in the credits having to do with a blond child, which for me is predictable.

Certain of the characters felt a little... well, not underdeveloped, but I felt there were some loose ends, which is uncommon for me in a Zelda game. I have some inklings that I will not air here lest I prove right, or else lead someone else to the right conclusion in my error, and thus spoil something by accident - but you can certainly ask me.

...Anyway. I have another Rosetta and an odd Scrap up (fanart this time, in a sense - a motif that wouldn't leave my head long after the controller left my hand.) I still have a ridiculous amount of stuff to get posted, some older than two years - life just hasn't ever presented quite the right opportunity, and I haven't chased it like I ought. Of course, it's not as if I've had any time for commissions in the last year or so straight - I've DONE a couple, but that doesn't necessarily mean I should have - and I'm long behind on others. What I'm attempting to say is that I probably don't need to be advertising much right now. My highest hope for the next five years is to put together a life that will allow me to jump on the projects I want, and see the people I want. Not hating my job would certainly be a plus, but I'll forgo the luxury for the first few years with reasonable contentment in relation to whether the bills are paid.

And if I get really, really lucky, maybe I'll have enough spare time to spend it rabidly creating and promoting my masks. I have a ton of design ideas I've never gotten to try, and a bunch more vague impressions that have yet to throw me at my sketchbook, and there's always this sense that while I can't see where I'm going with this artform I know I'll stumble over something fantastic if I just keep walking. It's a great feeling. I hope that I can make good on it.

About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.

Commission Information:
NOTICE: I'm going to be out of the country until September and my studio will likely be out of operation for some time afterward. If the recession hasn't set masks at low priority for you, you're very welcome to go ahead and leave a note, but I caution you that I may be unavailable. Thank you very much for your patience and your interest.
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note; otherwise, you can contact me through my website, whatever you feel comfortable with.

Clubs to Look Into
:iconleatherartisans: :iconmask-making-artisans:
LeatherArtisans - Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community.
Mask-Making-Artisans - A maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and some very diverse styles.
  • Listening to: Twilight Princess Credits Theme
  • Reading: Johnathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clar
  • Watching: Nintendo's E3 presentations
  • Playing: ...::sniff:: Wind Waker, I suppose...
  • Eating: Strawberries, cream and angel food cake: July 4th.
  • Drinking: Tons of water and a little lemonade for flavor.
News:
Man. School and life have eaten me. I'm also realizing I've experienced a considerable dry spell - the first since I began leatherwork, actually - but there's enough stirring that I'm not worried. The dry spell hasn't been nearly so bad as my dA gallery would have it and hopefully there'll be a blitz of work, both new and old, to post before long - if for no other reason than knowing I won't have time after this semester ends, and I have to go out into the wide world and find a job.

I've been sick, lately, and with the forced downtime and absolute beyond-question inability to do proper homework or study I've been doodling more than usual, half-lucid. Between Mardi Gras and the first of spring, I've had revelry and its patron Dionysus on the brain for a month or so, and the result that evolved this week was something of a Bacchante design. I've been relishing the sculpting of the same vine tracery I usually love to draw, and anytime I get to do horns is a plus. I haven't painted her yet but she's up as a WIP. I've been fighting my reflex to call it a she - I was thinking of the wild female followers of the Mediterranean wine god the whole time, but in all fairness it looks as much like some sort of laughing fey creature. Either way, I'm still inhabiting her in my head and it's giving me bad ideas, which fortunately I'm too tired to act upon.

I've got a handful of private commissions to work on over spring break, so I'll be producing work at high pace before long, although some of it will be given as gifts and remain unposted for a few more months. Here's hoping that after May, I can find lucrative enough work that my art won't have to be put on total hiatus. ^-^

Soon to come:
- The 2007 collection

About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.

Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note; otherwise, you can contact me through my website, whatever you feel comfortable with.

Clubs to Look Into
:iconleatherartisans: :iconmask-making-artisans:
LeatherArtisans - Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community.
Mask-Making-Artisans - A maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and some very diverse styles.
  • Listening to: Just for Now - Imogen Heap
  • Reading: "Sharp Teeth" by Toby Barlow
  • Watching: Terry Jones' "Medieval Lives" - I love t
  • Eating: Pretzel sticks.
  • Drinking: Juice and tea by turns, depending on congestion...
News:
I'm back from China, and about as burnt out as I've ever been in my life. I had five days - count 'em - between my final at Fudan University and the beginning of my fall term at my home school. That includes the day I spent travelling - the two-hour taxi to the airport in Shanghai, the fourteen-odd hour flight to the States, the three-hour flight back to my city, and the blissfully brief ride to a bed on which I could collapse - at past midnight - only to attend class promptly at 9:55 the next morning.

It really hasn't felt all too much less pressed since. I've finally gone through all my photos, on the upside; on the other hand I've had a miserable semester, albeit interesting (I got to take classical Chinese). I'm exhausted.

Fortunately I have a nice three-week break coming up, though I fear it won't be long enough. Two finals due in less than 12 hours; haven't slept in a long while. But there's still something good to be found in all this. For the first time since February - what a stretch - I've gotten to do something in leather; I wanted to ease back into it, because it's been a long time, so I decided to try something I'd wanted to do for ages. The result'll be in the gallery in a minute or so.

Lots of photos I still need to take, lots of work I've got to do, but hopefully I'll make it through the next two weeks and get to spend the break between the end of Twilight Princess and a lot of new masks.

About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.

Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note; otherwise, you can contact me through my website, whatever you feel comfortable with.

Clubs to Look Into
:iconleatherartisans: :iconmask-making-artisans:
LeatherArtisans - Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community.
Mask-Making-Artisans - A maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and some very diverse styles.
  • Listening to: The Fly. Only thing on TV.
  • Reading: Chinese, or about to be.
  • Watching: The "Artistic" icon. The bemused look is
  • Eating: Mint brownies.
  • Drinking: Not enough. Tea forthcoming.
News:
I'm not really here right now for all intents and purposes, but apparently dA is accessible in China for this very moment. I will not be online much because I very much doubt this will be the state of affairs for long (lemme put it this way: Facebook is down), and because I desperately need to be studying.

But I didn't get to publish an update before I left, so greetings from Shanghai!

To anyone who has left or will leave comments, favorites or devwatches, thanks very much! I'll get back to you when I return. And maybe I'll have at least one good photo to post when I do.

Hope everyone's doing well and I'll be back online, posting and hopefully making things again, in mid-September.

再见!!

Soon to come:
Nothing until September in all likelihood.

About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.

Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note; otherwise, you can contact me through my website, whatever you feel comfortable with.

Clubs to Look Into
:iconleatherartisans: :iconmask-making-artisans:
LeatherArtisans - Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community.
Mask-Making-Artisans - A maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and some very diverse styles.
  • Listening to: A noisy, but blissfully functional, A/C unit.
  • Reading: Chinese homework.
  • Eating: DELICIOUS THINGS.
  • Drinking: Everything but tap water.
News:
I'm trying not to spam without uploading new art. I really kind of wish I didn't have to have everything PHOTOGRAPHED to submit it, like back in my digital days... But I do have one new creative work to share.

:iconmelissafindley: MelissaFindley has held a Strange Sights contest, now closed, in which she sought stories for certain paintings of hers. At one point I dropped by her page and a particular painting didn't yet have any entries listed beneath it, which I thought rather a crime as it was gorgeous, mythologically relevant, and generally provocative of thought. Just as I was arguing to myself the many stories that might be made of such an image... something clicked between my sleep-deprived state, the music I was listening to, and the snow.

So I pulled up a text file and started typing. And I looked up and hours had passed and there was this short story sitting without intent or purpose on my hard drive, and I decided I'd send it in, and maybe it'd be some good to someone of the target audience the internet tends to provide.

And... um... it won third. :faint:

Strange Sights Stamp by MelissaFindley

I strongly recommend reading the other entries, because they're AMAZING, and done by actual writers and not maskmakers who've been struggling with study abroad applications and Chinese homework and getting their rooms clean, and they totally blew me away. Free excellent fantasy fiction and poetry! What's to lose?

So I'm on rather a high, but I had to share it, and I'd like to see everybody get the comments they deserve on their writing (and I lost my Chinese textbook so homework's not an option). Speaking of which, I'm dithering over whether I ought move mine to my main gallery. I feel really awkward about posting non-mask-related art up here at dA except in scraps.

In other news, everything's in bloom here, which means photo ops this Sunday or so ought to me marvelous. I'm going to fight for a shoot of the fairy bodice with the ivy circlet and the fey lady mask - I cannot BEAR having what's arguably my biggest project sitting OFFLINE for nearly a year. Given that I'm trying to do a shoot, though, I wish my hair'd perk up - I'm suspecting an infestation of small, troublesome, sock-loving critters around here, with the way my hair's behaving and the fact that my most vitally necessary textbook has just gone flat missing. It's not as if I've invited them in. Quite. Maybe I ought to salt the threshold - it's not as if they're doing me much good to offset all the trouble.

Soon to come:
(Seriously. This list does have a purpose. They are COMING.)
- Ivy Circlet
- Fairy Bodice (as opposed to the Fey bodice I have in the works)
- a Fey Lady mask
- a few Bauta shots
- a pair of new Jesters
- a Columbina or two
- a new Rosetta (I love this one)

About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.

Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note; otherwise, you can contact me through my website, whatever you feel comfortable with.

Clubs to Look Into
:iconleatherartisans: :iconmask-making-artisans:
LeatherArtisans - Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community.
Mask-Making-Artisans - A maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and some very diverse styles.
  • Listening to: Animal Planet
  • Reading: Darsan - Diana Eck
  • Watching: A huge, gorgeous feral python
  • Playing: Link's Crossbow Challenge! Wow, is that fun.
  • Eating: Craving the mango I'm saving..
  • Drinking: Water. I'm so good.
News:
No, I don't have any Halloween shots yet. Soldier-of-Industry took some of me, which didn't turn out; jupiterknight007 took a number of myself and my boyfriend, and her camera 'sploded.

There wasn't anything entirely amazing and new to see, because the week before Halloween a series of new assignments descended upon my already fragile schedule, which sadly collapsed under the pressure. However, there was the planned redesign of my first-ever mask (from my senior prom), a rather abstracted fairy form, now complete; my boyfriend wore a Bauta over his suit and generally came off as creepy and intimidating.

So there will be pictures, soon, even if I have to get all costumed up on Sunday for a shoot. The bodice is as wonderful and comfortable and fun to wear as I remembered.

This will mean shots of the Ivy Circlet, the Fairy Bodice, the new Fey Lady mask, and maybe a few better shots of both Bautas together.

The obscenely talented :iconpika-la-cynique: Pika-la-Cynique tagged me for Eight Random Things</i> a couple of weeks ago (Aii-amm-nnot-worrthyyy...) and I haven't posted responses yet. This is more difficult than it might have been simply because my online contacts are more likely to know the more random aspects of my life - in real life, people might be surprised to look at me and hear that I'm both a maskmaker and a hunter. Here? One is beyond obvious, the other probably frequently implied. The reason is probably that we're more likely to pursue such unexpected things online, because the mundane is already taken care of in day-to-day socializing. So here goes, for things my dA friends might not know.

Eight Random Things

1. I'm a total dilettante. I've actively tried to prevent that from showing up here, where it looks as if I may have specific and particular gifts, but I'm willing to try nearly anything and I'll usually do it passably after an attempt or two. Maskmaking is just the one thing I seem to do reasonably well and that I simultaneously have a passion for.

2. I'm a contortionist. Sorta. I could put my legs behind my head before I could do the splits. I have yet to find much to do with this other than party tricks, but if I'd get contact juggling in order (see response no. 1) and some dance lessons (no. 1 again) it might function as "something to do when we lack entertainment at one of the events I help coordinate" (a third time, please see response 1).

3. I have hair longer than my torso, and enjoy keeping it that way because it's actually less work - due to sheer unusuality people think it's a style. I wash it, brush it occasionally, and leave it alone. It has also functioned as a wonderful costume accent (very old-fashioned); an emergency scarf (I'm from Texas, I'm a wimp in the cold); and a puppy toy.

4. I have very little sense of color. Occasionally inspiration strikes, but I have a lot of difficulty figuring such things out, particularly with the red family. I really don't know why - I have tested to have uncommonly good peripheral vision color perception, so it's got to be I just don't have the gift. I always preferred pencil in 2D art.

5. I hunger for reading material in the same way some people hunger for food. To continue this metaphor, I'd have been a morbidly obese child up until high school. However, I tend to self-denial when my grades are on the line, and feel both pride when I choose to work rather than read, and rather martyred. I am now a literary anorexic, though prone to occasional binging.

6. I have unwritten rules when I'm working on art. If it's going to be good, it has to: arise unbidden from the muse - that is, be what SHE wants and have no relation to such constraints as assignments or budget; be something upon which I hyperfocus for more than four hours at a time (usually to the point of forgetting basic needs, such as food, sleep, and toilet); include an emphasis on nonstop work to the extent that bricolage is preferable to acquiring proper materials even when they're readily available (read the story of my first mask if you want an example). Other tendencies, when it's likely to be good: I get the idea in the early phases of sleep deprivation, between midnight and four; it eats at me constantly until it's done, devouring my attention to the exclusion of truly all else; in working on the piece I do things without really realizing the how or why of them, with the logic part of my mind buzzing on inventing a backstory to the thing, an internal logic. Rarely if ever do I make conscious choices about the piece - everything is intuition. My mental state tends to be altered (sans substances) to the point that I'm not even observing myself from outside - there simply is no internal monitor at all.

7. I have wanted, in chronological order, to be: a paleontologist, a veterinarian, an animal behaviourist (interest in evolutionary causal relationship to psychology, to be potentially extended to understandings of human behaviour), a medical examiner (okay, so I'm more attracted to money than repelled by death), a neurologist, a clinical psychologist, and some manner of cultural liason for business. I'm probably forgetting a few things. I've also always wanted to do something creative on the side - ballet, illustration, graphic design, web design, maskmaking.

8. I used to write and roleplay with some Australian and British kids over the internet. Because of this, my spelling of the word "behaviour" is British - but "color," "favor," and "neighbor" remain American. Same with "traveller" vs. "program" or "councilor." The reason? You don't use the latter terms as extensively with roleplay. Go figure. Anywhere else my spelling wavers between British and American standards is due to excessive and early reading of British literature. Sometimes I'll use one, sometimes the other, and occasionally I'll even tend to select spellings by semantics - "theater" for movies, "theatre" for plays; I tend to use "burnt" as an adjective vs. "burned" as a past participle.
I'm particularly fickle with: "acknowledgment/ acknowledgement," "practice/ practise," "analyze/ analyse," "defense/ defence," "plow/ plough," "jewelry/ jewellery," "dialog/ dialogue," "mold/ mould."
I'm adamant on "fulfil" for no particular reason; it seems outright wrong when it has a second L.

I'm not gonna tag anyone to continue this, but I'd be really interested in seeing it if somebody did, so leave me a comment if you do!

I have little time right now, but I'm hoping to reply to the comments I've received, or at least some of them - as usual, terribly sorry I didn't get to you on time. I'm an artist, not an accountant, and unfortunately that manifests itself in other aspects of my life, such as courtesy - I'll devote a great deal of time to thanks, but not always on the sort of schedule as might be considered proper. One foot in and one foot out of reality. Oh, and I'm a full-time financial-aid student with a scary major at a difficult university, if more tangible evidence of my time constraints helps.

Soon to come:
- Ivy Circlet
- Fairy Bodice (as opposed to the Fey bodice I have in the works)
- a Fey Lady mask
- a few Bauta shots
- two or more Jesters
- a Columbina or two
- three new Rosettas

About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.

Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note; otherwise, you can contact me through my website, whatever you feel comfortable with.

Clubs to Look Into
:iconleatherartisans: :iconmask-making-artisans:
LeatherArtisans - Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community.
Mask-Making-Artisans - A maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and some very diverse styles.
  • Listening to: My roommate, boyfriend discussing Guitar Hero
  • Reading: Perdido Street Station (Ahem: Whoa.)
  • Watching: Fraiser
  • Playing: Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. FINALLY.
  • Eating: Carrot sticks... sweet, sweet carrot sticks..
  • Drinking: Melon gatorade.
News:
Naturally, I'm still way behind - but given my schedule for this year I'm not surprised. Class has kept me down, and sculpting in particular - yes, I'm finally taking my first-ever course in 3D art, and no, it's worthless to me in maskmaking - has been eating my weekends. Every last one, until two weeks ago, when I'd cleared out one in which to settle down, clean my room, and do some belated maskmaking.

As it turned out, this was a good thing, because I spent the weekend in my hometown. My grandfather, my father's father, died that Thursday morning. Upsetting though it always is, I have to say - I couldn't have asked for better for him. He had a full life - very successful practice, huge and tight-knit family, loved by quite literally hundreds of friends, a life spent travelling Europe and China, enjoying good food and pursuing good wine - and I can only hope to do so well myself.

I have a personal sort of memorial in mind - it will almost certainly show up here, but it may be a few years from now, when my hands can shape the image in my head.

Things are more or less returning to normal for me - aside from difficulty in school (I volunteered for it, I always had a streak of academic masochism - thank you auburnrose).

I'm planning on sending out a shipment this week, containing something on the order of five pieces - paltry, yes, but life's been hell.

If that clears up by Thursday, I'm going to take a crack at actually making the Halloween costume I thought I wouldn't get to even start before the holiday. It will take me on the order of 100+ hours, easily, I will have ten days in which to do it, and there's no way in hell I'll finish, but I am this opposed to wearing my Labyrinth Ball costume twice.

It's because Halloween is supposed to be scary.

Fairies can be dangerous, yes, but that bodice has all the fearsomeness of an elm tree. You'll see it soon. (Please, gods, let it be soon.) I can wear it to any costume event where I don't need to be able to move - it'd fit in just fine, with the wings especially, at faire, and it's reasonably cool. The Black Lace project... well, it's black, and wearing a large amount of black in the Texas summer sun is... inadvisable. And though it can be a good look for me, I don't like to go goth to faire. Going garbed as the fairy creatures that people would have (and did) tell stories about is about as tangential as I want to get to the truth of the medieval and renaissance periods.

SO... if I have half a chance... I'll be trying to complete it before Halloween. I'll look suitably pale in any photos, that's for sure. I don't think I'm going to sleep much between then and now. But wearing something that looks amazing, that draws attention and acclaim, that you made, brings with it a certain raw energy beyond vanity's hollow resolve - the knowledge that you made people look with the work of your hands, that something you created is making people smile and point and stare in wonder. I could be up three days straight before the party, but I'd still have a fantastic time. Which, come to think of it, is exactly what I did at the Labyrinth Ball.

In other, small news: I have acquired an iPod and a Wii. The former lets me listen to Chinese lessons while arting, thereby letting me rationalize maskmaking as studying (sorta.) The latter provides me with the use of the Twilight Princess disc I've had since LAST October and a helluvalotta inspiration. I sense fan art encroaching on my gallery - the potential for a wolf mask with interesting markings and blue earrings.

Soon to come:
- the Fae bodice, from my Labyrinth Masquerade costume
- the ivy circlet, likely to be paired with the above
- two wonderful new Jollies (I'll be sad to part with them)
- a Columbina or two
- a handful of Rosettas
- a pair of green Dragons, male and female, if I can get them painted
and last, but not, by a far cry, least:
- would that I might finish it - the Black Lace ensemble

About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.

Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note; otherwise, you can contact me through my website, whatever you feel comfortable with.

Clubs to Look Into
:iconleatherartisans: :iconmask-making-artisans:
LeatherArtisans - Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community.
Mask-Making-Artisans - A maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and some very diverse styles.
  • Listening to: People sleeping, reminding me what I ought do
  • Reading: Abarat
  • Watching: Various titles in Mandarin Chinese
  • Playing: Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. FINALLY.
  • Eating: Too mu, as I always do when I can't make art.
  • Drinking: Even more calories. But tastier ones.
News:
I'm on vacation at the moment - but as I'm not working, I have the guilt going on, especially because I've been neglecting dA, the amazing community and some absolutely ASTOUNDING works by friends. There's going to be a flurry of commenting and favouriting when I get around to it, but first a lot of thanking others for comments given to me. I hate the lack of time.

As it turned out, I DID go to the Labyrinth Ball, as those of you who know me better might have guessed by my sudden sheer absence. I've been pretty hard at work - if you're curious about the costume I designed, click here, and if you wanna know what happened there's a con-journalish page (boring - you've been warned) in progress here.

I had a fantastic time. If you're wondering if it's worth it to go, it is. But expect lodgings to cost a pretty penny. Make it your vacation.

As a result of the masquerade I have something very cool I plan on submitting over at LeatherArtisans, and with credit to some of their artists for inspiration. Pictures as soon as I have them - I'm not at home yet so I have exactly zero camera access. A brilliant photographer lent me her lens, however, and I hope she'll let me post some of her amazing shots (with all credit, of course.)

Second insanely cool thing: I've been working on and off on maybe selling at some shops, with some mild interest, here and there. I admit I've really not been trying hard, and mostly that's had to do with not being offered very good money any of the places I looked. If you're asking for sixty-five percent consignment, you'd better be offering me prestige and a high-end clientele. I require a certain fee by the hour - I don't get paid as well as some fast-food workers, and I do think that what I do is skilled labor. It's damned difficult. Being underpaid to the degree I've been offered here and there is an insult. In words that might or might not belong to Renae Taylor:
Hagglers will be fed to the starving artist.

Yet my website (it's uggers..) seems to have netted the attentions of someone whose market and reputation and understanding of business and general courtesy makes me very interested in working with them, so I have an opportunity coming up that looks to be very pleasing on both sides. Fingers crossed.

But largely, I just wanted to keep my journal current - so the message is, I'm alive, I'm still at work (I'm about to be working my fingers to the bone, in fact), and I'm as always tremendously grateful to those of you who've left comments or favourites, and I'm very excited to leave a few of my own - I've seen masks and illustrations to take my breath away in the last couple of minutes, checking in, and I have to leave SOME kind of note behind (even though I tend to get carried away and leave accurate impressions of the impact pieces have on me - it's really best I don't, though, I put myself in mind of Scuttle singing - yes, the seagull in Disney's Little Mermaid, prior to the "Kiss the Girl" number with Sebastian - my heart's there, but oh gods, is the skill to express it not.)

Soon to come:
- My Labyrinth Masquerade costume (mostly just a bodice)
- A handful of masks - mostly Jollies and Dragons
- Ivy Circlet (it's finished, just still awaiting photography)
- Wood Fae (really - it's progressing... slowly.)

About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.

Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note; otherwise, you can contact me through my website, whatever you feel comfortable with.

Clubs to Look Into
:iconleatherartisans: :iconmask-making-artisans:
LeatherArtisans - Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community.
Mask-Making-Artisans - A maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and some very diverse styles.
  • Listening to: Young and curious rats exploring the walls...
  • Reading: The Devil Wears Prada
  • Watching: Ladyhawke
  • Playing: ....well, nothing, but longing for LoZ:TP
  • Eating: Lots of creme brulee... mmmm...
  • Drinking: Izze. My cousins keep a fridgeful.
News:

MAJOR CHANGE IN PLANS</u>
There is a slight - teeny - tiny - impossibly small - chance that I might be going to the Labyrinth of Jareth Ball.

...

.............. OH GODS. I think I'm going to explode.

I had plans for this month I was quite excited about that got canceled, but even the possibility that this might happen might almost make up for that. Sorry to spam everyone, but I had to tell somebody, and it's frustrating when you tell someone who has no idea what it means.

(OH PLEASE ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease...)

We will now resume our original message.
Well, I'm back to work and back to health. I've not yet been as productive as I'd like, but I'm ramping up to it. And I'm at last catching up on the comment/ favorite backlog I had run up during finals - I told you guys I'd respond eventually ^-^

I'm still salivating about the potential project for Halloween, but before then I'd probably best finish some of the pieces I have currently in the works. I really ought to get around to completing designs on certain galleries - I have absolutely nothing in fire or air, and very little in water, although for the latter I've come up with a few interesting ideas.

This'd be an ideal time to commission me, if anyone's interested - I've got a fair bit of time on my hands, although I'll be traveling a bit this month. Need anything for midsummer? Contact me ASAP. And remember, I'm happy to talk to you if you don't know what you'd want, or if you want me to create a design sketch or discuss a theme. Or if you just want a good recipe for venison stir-fry.

Oh, and, holy crap, the profile editor's being annoying. I wend back to update - for example, I needed to add Twilight Princess (cue chorals) to my favorite games - but it's now cutting off my entries, and many of them didn't change. And the character cutoff limit isn't uniform. Wtf, mate?

Soon to come:
- Ivy Circlet (finally finished, awaiting photography)
- Wood Fae (really - it's progressing... slowly.)

About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.

Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note; otherwise, you can contact me through my website, whatever you feel comfortable with.

Clubs to Look Into
:iconleatherartisans: :iconmask-making-artisans:
LeatherArtisans - Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community.
Mask-Making-Artisans - A maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and some very diverse styles.
  • Listening to: Post-edit: My own squeals of excitement
  • Reading: Fragile Things - Neil Gaiman
  • Watching: Gargoyles. Way more than is probably healthy.
  • Playing: Twilight Princess. Oh, sweet Gods. ::seize::
  • Eating: Blue Bell. Every flavor, really, by turns.
  • Drinking: Not enough water...
News:
A feature snagged my attention - I really shouldn't be online, I have a test tomorrow. I'd like to say thanks to everyone who has favorited, commented, watched and featured me - I am tremendously grateful for all the attention my work has received. I get very excited over feedback and it means a lot to me. To everyone who has left me anything in the past few weeks - I'm about to hit finals, and will return as of mid-May. If you really want to contact me in the short term, try me at my website - that contact form leads straight to my inbox, which I cannot afford but to check daily. Otherwise, I'll see you in two weeks or so, and I'll be as long-winded and excitable as ever.

Thank you very much!

Soon to come:
- Wood Fae
- Ivy Circlet

About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.

Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note; otherwise, you can contact me through my website, whatever you feel comfortable with.

Clubs to Look Into
:iconleatherartisans: :iconmask-making-artisans:
LeatherArtisans - Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community.
Mask-Making-Artisans - A maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and some very diverse styles.
  • Reading: Introduction to Chinese
  • Eating: Haagen-Dazs Cinnamon Dulce de Leche ice cream
  • Drinking: Lychee soda
News:
Well, I've been swamped in real life, as usual, so art has had to take a backseat. I had an afternoon off and became horribly masochistically inspired the other week, though, and was able to draft both a Rosetta and another mask I plan on doing (though only the Rosetta am I satisfied with.)

As usual my photographer is also too busy with real life to be at my every beck and call (that jerk), so I'm forced to improvise crappy shots on the lawn. Really - the masks are lovely in real life. Except for the ones that aren't, of course, but who ever heard of a beautiful goblin?

I've uploaded a half-decent shot of the new Rosetta (I love this mask) and a so-so image of my first crack at the Fox (more on that one on the page itself.)

If you've left a comment, and I haven't gotten back to you, it's because I'm beset with work, not because I don't appreciate the feedback. Really, I'll say something when I get a little time - I tend to be long-winded and complex when I say anything and want to be able to take a proper moment to really give some thought on how to bore you to death. So please, until then, know that I read everything (sometimes multiple times) and I really, really do love feedback.

Soon to come:
- Wood Fae. Seriously. I just need some time off. Should be done around May.
- The Black Lace project, probably this summer when I have some time. That one will probably require hefty photography (hear me, Soldier-of-Industry?) and so may not actually be online until Halloween. On the other hand, I'm excited about the idea, so I hope it goes well.

About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.

Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note; otherwise, you can contact me through my website, whatever you feel comfortable with.

Clubs to Look Into
:iconleatherartisans: :iconmask-making-artisans:
LeatherArtisans - Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community.
Mask-Making-Artisans - A maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and some very diverse styles.
  • Reading: The Monsters and the Critics - J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Eating: Raw broccoli, carrots and celery... eh.
  • Drinking: Gatorade.
News:
Well, just the one new mask for tonight, unless I start hearing about people wanting to see some of my oldest work (I snapped a couple shots of my Small Gargoyle). My spring break ended abruptly ahead of schedule, so I got to do less photography and preparations on my website than I'd like. On the other hand, I think I'll be getting more of my site up tonight, so I'll probably go ahead and add it to my dA profile, along with the little button I made. If I don't, it's because I got too tired to finish uploading the page.

Sneak peak on one of the pieces I've got coming up (I won't say which) here. Delicate, in other words. I largely do fairly sturdy shapes in my masks, so I have a couple of slender, delicate pieces coming up soon - a little harder to make (particularly to make them strong despite appearances), but the effects seem to be lovely.

I swear, the others are coming, just I have to get through the next burst of work at school - following that I'll be doing a lot of art as a way to keep myself from stressing over finals. I hope.

Soon to come:
- a Red Fox (He's finished! Just doesn't like to be photographed.)
- a Wood Fae
- a piece for my Shadows gallery, a delicate but sharp mask to be paired with a collar and hairpiece (very excited about this one for next Halloween)

About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.

Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note; otherwise, you can contact me through my website, whatever you feel comfortable with.

Clubs to Look Into
:iconleatherartisans: :iconmask-making-artisans:
LeatherArtisans - Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community.
Mask-Making-Artisans - A maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and some very diverse styles.
  • Reading: The Monsters and the Critics - J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Eating: Urf. Too full to eat. Had a gyro tonight.
  • Drinking: Gatorade.
News:
My photographer's gone missing, so I had to attempt things myself. Please forgive the sorry portrayals, everyone's had a few terrible pictures taken and I'm sure the masks would appreciate being seen for what they are.

I've got a few woodland masks just in time for spring - everything is flowering here, I've counted seven species of blooms. I also have three other masks almost ready, so some good stuff should be online toward the end of the week.

I've been sleeping 13 hours at a stretch following school weeks, so my break will be divided between working on two websites, masks, mask photography, and becoming reacquainted with my pillow and sheets.

Speaking of my website, it's in the works. I've got the main mask gallery, and then a separate section for stuff I've done that's more likely to be personal - pages for the rare bit of 2D art I can almost be proud of or a poem here and there (I used to write brilliant narrative poetry... in the fourth grade. I wonder what happened?)

As usual, if I haven't replied to your comments, I promise I'm not ignoring you. I just need a little time to catch up.

Soon to come:
- A Red Fox - nearly completely painted
- A Bauta, my variation on a traditional Venetian style (complete)
- A Wood Fae, detailing in progress
- A couple of Columbinas or Dominoes, or whatever strikes me while I've got free time

About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.

Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note; otherwise, you can contact me through my website, whatever you feel comfortable with.

Clubs to Look Into
:iconleatherartisans: :iconmask-making-artisans:
LeatherArtisans - Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community.
Mask-Making-Artisans - A maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and some very diverse styles.
  • Reading: The Monsters and the Critics - J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Eating: Haagen-Dazs Cinnamon Dulce de Leche.
News:
Well, I've retrieved my camera adaptor, and now just to get Soldier-of-Industry to come out and take some pictures with me.

More importantly, I've been lagging on maskmaking due to a number of factors: I'm in school. I'm participating as webmaster of a Gaelic Cultural Society. I've been performing at local festivals put on by a Chinese culture club - including an impromptu Peking Opera. (I don't dance, act or even exercise, so boy was that interesting...)

I have a new website that I've hardly had time to touch.

On the other hand, I've got more reliable form mail, and a new email address, so that'll come in handy, not to mention the tremendous lot of storage space.
Soon to come:
- That Greenman I never photographed.
- That Puck I never photographed complete. (I have my camera now!!)
- A Fox (red), a larger, dimensional mask
- A Bauta, a traditional Venetian style
- A Wood Fae, one of my favorites yet - yes, I have another fairy on the way!

Lastly, I'm beginning to entertain ideas about a midsummer masquerade this year. The notion's been appealing for years, but I'm beginning to have ideas as to how it might actually be feasible... if some elements fall into proper place. More on this later.

About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.

Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note; otherwise, you can contact me through my website, whatever you feel comfortable with.

Clubs to Look Into
:iconleatherartisans: :iconmask-making-artisans:
Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community; a maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and very diverse styles.
  • Reading: Chinese homework and latin translations...
  • Eating: Stirfry (eww, fake green bean edamame...)
...Also known as "I have no time."

News:
I have little new up - I've been busy getting back into the semester - but I hope to implement some new design ideas before long. I left my camera adapter at home and have been thus unable to photograph my extant new completed masks...
Largely, I'm here because I realized I didn't ever stick LeatherArtisans into my profile. (Sorry, guys!! :blush: Everybody go check out the cool leatherworkers!)

I'm still behind on comment/ favorite/ watch replies - so if I haven't gotten to you, I'm very sorry - I've not even had time for making the art that's been buzzing in the back of my brain, and if you're on dA I'm sure you know how little time that means I must have. x.X But I will respond!!

Note to self: One must feed creativity to get it to produce anything. This is why I've recently purchased Season One of Greg Weisman's Gargoyles TV show on DVD. Let's see what happens after the package arrives on Wednesday.

Soon to come:
- One Bamberg Greenman in summer green with copper accenting
- One Puckish character prototype in sparkling, warm fey greens, with silver accents
- One Fox - yes, I figured her out! - likely to be of the Red variety.

(There'll be more foxes to follow her, but based on the size of her ears I'd say she's probably a Red. Because of this innovation, I'll have some Wolf masks before long - and just about every other long-nosed or -beaked creature I've been hesitant to attempt since I started this leather business. Ravens, eagles and Western dragons, ho!)

- Some odd embroidery I did on a pair of jeans I bought with an old giftcard that had an odd dye job - the wrinkles in the back pockets made the patterning resemble feathered wings. On the rear end of the wearer. Erm.... (Hey, anybody have any opinions on whether I ought to scrap it? I'm almost tempted to keep this gallery masks-only, and use my scraps for everything else.)

About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.

Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, please write me a note; if you are not, you can contact me through this page.

Clubs to Look Into
:iconleatherartisans: - Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community. I'm just trying to come up with something cool and carefully-sculpted enough to submit.
News:
Well, I've done some photography, most of it terrible, but at least it gets my work visible even if it doesn't flatter it. New masks:
- One Lady Dragon in burgundy with swarovski crystal accent
- One Columbina Jester, 3-point, in antique burgundy scheme
- One Abstract in black and copper

Right now I'm experiencing post-holiday exhaustion, but I have a lot more time this week than I will for quite a long time to come - so I'm hoping to keep myself productive.

Soon to come:
- One Bamberg Greenman in summer green with copper accenting (complete)
- Whatever else I come up with

About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are unlined and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant.

Commission Information:
All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for purchase, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached. This means you can request anything in any color scheme, limited only by what is feasable for the maskmaker. However, my availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However, I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, please write me a note; if you are not, you can contact me through this page.
Okay, first off, thanks to LeatherArtisans for getting me to upload my work, and then a much bigger thanks for selecting my Greenman Mask as second place in their Wearables contest!! Thanks for the subscription!! If you're looking for great leatherwork, you know where to go.
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Secondly, to everyone who has left a favorite or comment since then - thank you very much! I WILL get back to you - I've been sick, and I'm now in the middle of finals - as soon as it's over I'll be all over dA ogling your work.

Thirdly, thanks to ohnojaylo for featuring me in this Notable Artisan Crafts article - it's a series of one pick for each category weekly. Thanks so much! Go check her page out, she's got some amazing work up, both hers and others' work featured in her journal.
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If you hadn't guessed, my reaction to all this has been a mighty fangirlish SQUEEing such as the world hasn't seen since.... the release of Twilight Princess. o.o'

I've got more work coming - four new masks, and a bunch of new ideas I might be able to execute over the break - but I've got to take another three exams and finish some major school projects before that. And make a lot of squibbling noises as I reply to comments. Thank you!!
Posted, with the encouragement of the LeatherArtisans "Wearables" contest:

- One Abstract in Black: Mire
- One Large Dragon in Red
- One Bamberg Greenman

Next to the collection, once photographed:

- One Small Dragon in Burgundy
- One Abstract in Black: Untitled
- One Completed Columbina Jolly, 3 Point

...and whatever else might happen in the next few weeks. On the other hand, I doubt the next big rush will be until after finals, in early- to mid-December. Oh well... Thanksgiving was always intended to be an occasion for traveling seven or more hours to your home just for the sake of studying once there, right? Maybe I can excuse a little maskmaking if it keeps the young cousins entertained...
With Halloween and the Masquerade Ball falling so close together... I just got lucky that lightning struck me, and I've had a nonstop inspiration mania going on.

Unfortunately this does not do good things for my school status.

On the other hand, as soon as I have the time and the photos, I'll upload:

     - One small female Dragon
     - One large male Dragon
     - One Greenman
     - One Abstract in black