Two versions of the ‘Frost-Cooper’ 3D measuring gauge.

The device we have created to assist me with maintaining symmetry and accuracy while translating a mask design into Carved Wood.. No doubt as I become more experienced, I will have less and less need of these tools.

 

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Already this is helping me overcome my lack of binocular vision. The legacy of being born with an astigmatism (cross eyed).

 

New piece of kit, a sculptor’s tripod.

Thank you Richard, for making this great piece of equipment                                                     which will make the wood carving much easier.

Taller than a table, no need for clamps and I can walk all the way around it.

And I will be able to work either outside or indoors depending on the weather.                   Hurrah! Moving with the development of my  carving skills.

Leather Zanni Mask close to completion, needing the eyes and nostrils to be cut and the leather  to be coloured. I have been thinking that the very dark Italian masks don’t show well in the soft English light and thus lose the sculpture.I am  looking for a paler leather colour to enhance the form and character. Will experiment with tan.

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Picture is of the  the wooden carving , the paper cast and the leather.

Some of the tools for this trade. Some old and some new.

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Back into the studio to do what I do best, to make masks. Refining existing mask, carving again in preparation for leather versions of this years ‘Commedia dell Arte’ masks. Two Zannie’s, Magnifico and of course, Capitano. Stocking up again on beaks and neutrals. Looking forwards to a summer of making.                                  Taking stock and re-focusing.

 

Stephen Jon, for a few days,  joined the team in Hebden Bridge, to prepare and present the 2016, ‘HandMade Parade’  in collaboration with ‘Made in Cardbordia’. A celebration of multi-culturism, European Unity and community cohesion.

This has been  both nourishing and invigorating. Not only on the socio-political front but also artistically. The quality of work both of the idea’s and execution. Thank you to all the team for your openness and generosity of spirit. It has been an honour to be a part of this.

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