carnaval crown mask

Our craft exercise involved creating a mask that changes how its user interacts with something — in our class Mural board, some examples of masks throughout history included Venetian Carnevale masks, which were the inspiration for my craft.

I wanted to use a Brazilian Carnaval mask — while the Venetian type is worn during our Carnaval, the official parades tend to feature feather or sequin crowns moreso than masks, framing the dancer’s face rather than hiding it. Thinking about what Carnaval 2021 might entail, I wondered how to make such a delicate facial adornment that also covers the nose and mouth — changing the way the dancer interacts with the environment by reducing their potential COVID spread.

Below are some reference pictures I found on Google, and a crude (trackpad) sketch of the anatomy of the mask-crown:

I imagined the lavender layer would be a thin sequin covering, with a filter layer around the nose and mouth. To keep it in place, the nose would probably have to be glued on — not very comfortable, but from what I know a pretty standard practice in these official parades. The yellow part would be a crown-like shape, as the third reference picture shows; in pink are the feathers, which should probably be a wider layer than I drew (my fingers were just hurting by that point since I forgot to bring my mouse).

In class, I cut the paper, doing the feathers first, then the frontal half of the crown (the paper wasn’t big enough to wrap around my head). Since the lavender layer was a lot larger, and with so many rounded shapes, it didn’t work very well on paper; but I cut it along the nose to mimic it somewhat. Tragically, because I used double-sided tape and put the two pieces in my backpack, they glued together and I couldn’t pull them apart without ripping off the feathers beyond repair. Here’s the front and back, hopefully enough to give an idea:

Because of this mishap, plus the busy-ness of moving apartments and working on my 50 renderings, I didn’t keep working on this version of the mask. But if I had the tools and materials, and knew how to sew, I would love to make this in actual fabric, sequin, and feathers.

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