Across all cultures and times humans have used masks and costumes.
They represent powerful characters from our past, the spirit world and the present.
Communities have gathered to dance, tell stories and share in life's rich experiences.
These have been universal between all humans throughout time.
Our modern western culture has created the notion of a digital self.
It's always successful, it's never negative, it's a persona that we present to the world.
Unfortunately this idea has permeated into the real world.
Do you ever feel pressured to maintain a certain image of yourself in public?
Ever feel like you put on a mask to be accepted in public?
Everyday we create a persona for ourselves. The word persona in Greek means mask.
These were the face coverings used to project sound and play a character to the audience.
A persona is a mask we wear to present a character to the world.
You can cast off this rigid version of yourself and embrace your faults and flawed personality.
If you crafted a costume of your own personality, or a friend's, what would you include?
What interests truly sum up your character?
What aspects of yourself would you include in a costume for yourself?
What makes you unique?
What is it about your personality that you'd love to show off?
Being an authentic you is the best version of you.
Right here, right now.
There is no one else you can be.
Don't try to be better, just be you.
Your own quirks and perks are what makes you unique and interesting and people love to be around you.
Does someone in your life need a reminder to be themselves sometimes?
Your mask will be hand painted to capture your essence and present yourself to the world the way you want to be seen. The sort of strange mask that is the same on the outside as the wearer inside feels.
Exactly as you are, you're already there.
You've made it.
Come and join our tribe!
Is there an animal that sums up your persona?
Do you have any special colours in your home to match up with?
What's your hobby? Are you the king of anything? Maybe it's music, art, sports, what's part of your personality?
What aspects of your character would you like to blend into this mask?
How would you like your persona to present?
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I can work on a small to large scale, I can even work on something other than paper. I can do wooden boards, skateboards, surfboards, musical instruments, helmets, and all kinds of other things.
I have some timelapses below to show the process of these creations being drawn out of the page at high speed.