Saturday, April 27, 2013

Oregon Country Fair

OCF Logo © by OFC

I have finally been approved to sell my work at Oregon Country Fair!

This is very exciting, as I have long wished to have Country Fair to be my official Pacific NW venue. And to make it even more fantastic, ALL my styles of masks and headdresses have been approved: Neoprene, Vacuuformed, and paper-mache-finish. This means I will also be able to sell my neoprene wearable horns there.

One big hurdle remains... I must find an established vendor with booth space to share. So please, if you are involved with the Fair or know someone who is, please pass along my information and let them know I am looking for a spot.

Lastly, just as a reminder, I will not be accepting any custom orders or commissions while I am creating work for this show. There are only 76 days left to get ready!

Hope I will see some of you at the Fair!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Vacuuform machines

Lion face we vacuuformed for a Mardi Gras costume using
our own 14x14" vacuuform machine
Many of my masks are made from heat-formed ABS plastic. Some years ago my husband Rick built a 14"x14" vacuuform machine. It has a nichrome wire heat source at the top, a sliding frame in the middle that holds a sheet of plastic, and a vacuum box at the bottom. I put a clay or plaster mask form onto the perforated top of the vacuum box, heat the plastic, and then slide the frame down over the mask with the vacuum fans turned on. The vacuum box draws the warm plastic completely over the top of the mask design, then the plastic cools and can be removed. Volia! A strong, durable mask form ready to trim out and decorate. (Of course the painting and decorating is the part that usually takes hours... or days).

Very simply-painted fox and cat masks
also made with our own machine

Anyway, Rick's machine worked so well that another mask maker friend commissioned him to build one for her as well. But time passes, needs change, and she is ready to sell it! It uses 16x16" sheets of plastic with a 14x14" usable surface area, and also works well with styrene and PETG plastics. She is selling it for $1000 OBO.

Alyssa's 14x14" vacuuform machine for sale
Image © Ravenwood Masks

And in addition to this, she has a 2x2' vacuuformer available for $2000 OBO, which would be especially useful for someone who wants to form large things like armor.

Both machines are available for pick-up in the San Francisco Bay area. Please contact her directly for more info: ravenwoodmasks at yahoo dot etc. And click here to see some examples of vacuuformed masks she has made using these machines.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Autumn goblins

Old lady goblin
Three fall goblin masks
Goblin mask

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hawk mask & feathered skull

Photo © Fotodoor, Mask design © Goblin Art

I especially like this new photo of my hawk or eagle mask, and the one below of my small feathered skull. They are less like product shots, and more like images from an art book or on a postcard. Since college I've almost always had a collection of arty or black and white photo postcards displayed on a wall somewhere in my rooms, and these two images would fit right in.

Both images are by Rod Black of Portland's FotoDoor.

Photo © Fotodoor, Mask design © Goblin Art

A Masker's dozen for Maskarade

Here are 12 masks I am shipping to the New Orleans mask store today. They will be available starting  Wednesday October 10th, so if you are interested in purchasing one please call Maskarade at (504) 568-1018.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

More mask photos by FotoDoor

My favorite of Rod's photos so far, I love itsmysterious shadows and rich Mardi Gras colorsPhotos © Fotodoor, Mask designs © Goblin Art
This photoshoot series features the Black Cat mask, the Hawk mask or Eagle mask, and the Scrap Metal skull mask.

I'm tentatively planning to sell at some 2013 art and craft shows, and look forward to using some of Rod's photos with my vendor applications, and as promotional materials.

In the meantime, most of the masks in these photos are being sent to New Orleans where they will be retailed by the Maskarade Mask Shop in the French Quarter.