Unpainted Greek Masks.
Sculpted in clay. Molded in plaster. Cast in neoprene.
These have just been cut out and sanded with a dremel. The dust has been washed off and they are drying. Next they will have leather straps and reinforcements glued to the inside.
This is going to be my last large neoprene order for a long time. I am not accepting any new large orders for neoprene. I've been making neoprene masks since 1992. I was one of the few people working in neoprene at the time.
I've taught a lot of artists and helped them get started in neoprene. Thurston James got me started and was a great friend. I'm happy to have passed along the tradition of nurturing new artists in this medium.
I'm going to be focusing on leather more and more. I'm excited about the change but I'll miss the sculptural quality of neoprene. I'm still learning about leather. I'm excited to explore all the possibilities of leather.
Some folks have asked me why I'm moving away from neoprene. I had a serious illness and surgery. I'm still recovering and neoprene casting is physically demanding. Leather requires no heavy lifting or sanding. Also, since I started selling leather masks online in 2008, the demand keeps growing and growing. The cosplay community has been so supportive of my work and welcomed me into their community. I can't keep up with orders which is a very happy place to be.
I've also been studying other leather techniques beyond mask making. I've been working on hats, armor, and bags. Fun new toys to play with.
Ravenwood Masks [link]