Started the happy mask yesterday in the same way on the plaster mould, here is my progress.
Here it is off the mould:
I then went over the raw edges to make it comfortable to wear
I then cut the jaw off and taped it back in place on the mould, ready to attach the rubber to the jaw.
Now the form is complete I began preparing the head band cuts so I can scrim around them.
I left my iron in university so i am ironing the fabric with my hair straighteners.
I then started making the eyes. I wasn’t sure what would look best and how best to attach them so I made them separately first. I put news paper over the mask and did a rubbing of the shape of the eye to use as a pattern. I cut the eye out in fabric and layered it over 4 layers of the mesh fabric from the door of the tent.
I then sewed the yellow fabric to the mesh and added a pupil.
I cut it out and did the same to the other eye.
Once this was prepared I did a small scrim test on the back of the mask with the coloured tent fabric. I realised you could see the newsprint through the fabric once it had dried so I did another test where I painted white to cover it before scriming.
I worked well and didn’t smudge onto the fabric like i worried it would so I painted the whole mask white.
Then I began scriming with my design as reference.
Here is a TikTok I made of me making applying the fabric.
I thought tiktock might be useful as i wanted to make video content and its all the rage at the moment but this proved more difficult than editing together something similar would be and I didnt like the app and how it was set up so after a few tests I gave up on the app and decided just to stick to editing my own videos and creating my own effects in power director.
Lastly i sewed the head band to the mask and scrimmed the inside to finish.
I am really really happy with how the mask turned out. I had planned to add stitching between the colour patches but it looks really sleek as it is so im going to leave it how it is. I like the carnival / circus feel to it which is exstremele fitting to the context of the performance and materials so I think stiches could take away from these design influences.
I tried putting the eye in the mask but it was so expressive with out i didnt want to take away from this and so im leaving it with out them.