File puptcrit/puptcrit.0602, message 64

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Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2006 22:23:21 -0800
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Masks (cause they're like puppet faces)

My jaw is dropping to the floor!  I really like how much character these 
masked have.  They are like fine illustrations come alive!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mathieu René" <>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2006 7:34 PM
Subject: [Puptcrit] Masks (cause they're like puppet faces)

Hi all.
I am currently working on a series of Commedia dell Arte masks for a Theatre 
They are still in the works, but now waiting to be shown to the Director 
before I proceed with refinements.
When confirmed, I'll make each one into a test mask, to test the fit and 
with which they can rehearse while I'm working on the finished masks. I'll 
make negative molds of each mask and reproduce them in strong paper mache 
The rims will be re-enforced with stiff wire.

The noses of two of the character are purposefully very Phallic, and leave 
very little to the imagination.
Do not view if your are too excitable, don't wanne be, or are forbidden by 
law to get that way.
The Artist and company are not responsible for extreme blushings or weird 
behaviour while you are viewing the pictures, or after.

This is so neat, I get to have a full theatre troup as my guinea pigs, and 
I'm the one being paid!
I've dones masks for Theatre before, but never for Commedia, which requires 
a lot of comfort, visibility and stability, since this sort of Theatre is 
VERY physical. I'm learning LOTS about fittings.

The masks are modeled in plastalina (oil based clay) over a plaster form of 
each actor's face. The casts are not white simply becuase I was trying to 
tone down the white with some hot shoe polish. Not very efficient in the 
long haul. If anyone knows how to seal a plaster cast permanently, without 
any chance of the clay pulling the seal off, please tell me...

So far, there are two masks missing for the specific play, which are: Il 
Dottore and Orchestrus.
I'll have to finish Capitan before I

No worries if you have not heard of Orchestrus before, that's just the name 
they decided to give to their liev musician, who intervenes a few times 
during the show.

Comments and advice most welcome.

Mathieu René Créaturiste
Marionnettes, Masques, Etcetera...
Puppets, Masks, Etcetera...
(514) 274-8027
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