Tuesday, May 26, 2009


For being one of the most ubiquitous masks in Venice, the Volto certainly doesn't make many appearances in my store. This is something I long to change, because I love the mystique and appeal of completely changing your visage just by holding up an object. That must be one of the plethora of reasons I love masks.

The problem with the Volto is that they are very tricky and very technically difficult to craft well, and so I let them slide while I work on other challenges. But with my recent experimentation with torus masks (having a real hole be in them), basically this mask simply had to be made.

As a Gemini myself, I'm quite familiar with being multi-faceted, as is anyone who presents different sides of themselves to different people. But honestly, beyond the symbolic representations of the complexities of personality, a split down the center mask just looks cool. And so you can wear it with one half or the other, and change each side to any combination of the 11 colors included. You can do the same with the lips, and have them the same color on each side, or opposite, or maybe have a black and white mask with red lips or even no lips at all. The options are completely there for you to show whatever side of you your whimsy decides on.

The unfortunate part about my doing masks out of torii is that to do eye holes, there will always have to be two. I can't have the same silky unified look of any of the other masks, there will always be a seam or a seperation or an asymmetry. So though this is a big step forward for me, I don't think I can completely throw my other methods aside. It's good to have choices though :)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The sale is over now, and now I have to be all explanatory for my absence for the past few weeks. The longer I go without posting the harder it gets to just sit down and write an entry.

I've been feeling very stressed recently, and unfortunately that means that I lost my will to work for a while. I wanted to escape and watch movies and play games and basically goof off and try to get my head back around to a place where I could achieve something. It happens maybe twice a year, it seems.

Now that I'm starting to get my act together again, I do have a few half-finished projects that should be able to be completed without my taxing my creativity much. I've gotten abhorrently behind on my ear skin tone requests (if you have requested one, I'm so sorry!), and I'm planning on updating and clarifying the way my elven ears work. Right now the vendors are so confusing, I get more questions about how those work than anything else store related.

Anyway, sorry to have gone all clammed up on you. Nothing is really wrong, I'm just going through some RL tension which getting back to work and releasing things will fix.