Bobbing in darkish waves of late evening web-surfing, I obtained sucked right into a vortex of handcrafted masks, specifically those by California artisan Tom Banwell. I knew I needed to inform my fellow Pandas about him! Banwell operates his enterprise within the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. I used to be amazed to be taught that he has no formal artwork coaching and is essentially self-taught. As a baby, he was fascinated with helmets and different hats which he collected.
His path to skilled leather-based mask-making has been a gentle rise with deep roots, beginning in 1972 Lake Tahoe: a job making belts, purses, and sandals. 4 years later he was already working his personal profitable enterprise designing and making males’s Western leather-based hats. After promoting that enterprise, he obtained into casting resin. Banwell was revolutionary in the way in which he discovered to mimic bronze, marble and wooden utilizing resin. In 2008, he hit his stride within the discovery of leather-based mask-making, his ardour and enterprise to at the present time. He incorporates resin together with his leatherwork which provides to the richness of his masks.
From his Etsy About web page:
“I really like experimenting and seeing how leather-based behaves when minimize and soaked and twisted. I really like the shapes and the colours, and the way my masks and helmets can immediately remodel the wearer into an entire different character.”
However my fellow Pandas, does yours actually have a soirée to attend? Or a masquerade à la Eyes Vast Shut? Alas, no. I haven’t even been invited to bob apples wherever! (But). So, I made this checklist for all of us who aren’t formally partygoers: A information to discovering a purpose to raid the piggy financial institution and get all incognito-like…
(All the following masks will be discovered on Tom Banwell’s Etsy web page, simply click on the picture hyperlinks in every pic).
Extra information: tombanwell.com
For rising to any event
= Phoenix Leather-based Masks =
In case your flirting does a crash-and-burn on the Halloween fête, no biggie. Simply think about the way you’ll rise from the ashes in fabulous style.
Banwell cuts this light-weight masks from vegetable tanned leather-based, then hand shapes it whereas moist to suit a face. As soon as dry, he paints it in orange mixing into crimson and eventually black, and seals it with acrylic.
For obligations you need to keep away from just like the plague
= Plague Physician Masks =
This masks is riveted collectively for a riveting look on the masquerade. It’s additionally hand-stitched, (however thankfully for you, I’ve no pun for that side of workmanship).
It comes with a sequence of 9 air flow holes on the underside of the beak for ease of respiratory,–(if you happen to move out, it is going to be from binge-drinking, not mask-wearing).
For late evening singing/midnight snacking
= Leather-based, Aluminum, and Acrylic Steampunk Plague Physician Masks =
Specifically designed with the mouth uncovered, you’ll be able to belt out an influence ballad (or fulfill the munchies with ease). Oh, and this masks is hella sturdy for the wildest guitar solo. (handstitched, riveted, and screwed).
For galloping about city
= Leather-based Unicorn Masks =
Ditch the mascara and don the masks, significantly. Wonderful leather-based eyelashes imply lash recreation STRONG. (And also you don’t should be sturdy to put on the masks because the horn is hole and very light-weight).
For enchanting a Little Pink Driving Hood
= Leather-based Wolf Masks =
Assured to show any would-be granny (or grand-pappy) into Little Pink Driving Hood’s worst nightmare. (Whereas nonetheless being a sweetheart).
This tremendous light-weight but lethal critical wolf masks is manufactured from medium weight prime grain premium grade cowhide, formed over a faceform and painted your alternative of black or grey with white highlights. (Decisions, I really like selections!)
For hippity hoppity bar-hopping
= Leather-based Bunny Masks =
A cute AF bunny masks (which, btw, might actually convey some spice to a bland Easter brunch, proper?) It’s crafted from medium weight veg tanned leather-based, Banwell moist types it. He paints it crimson, so you’ll be able to paint the city crimson.
For opening the door when your annoying neighbor knocks
= Steampunk Plague Physician Masks =
This would be the final time your neighbor annoys you, assured.
Made from medium weight veg tan leather-based with chilly solid aluminum eyepieces, beak and ventilators. Metal dome rivets and buckles, and strong brass rings, full the look. This masks is all handstitched with waxed thread. The domed cage eyepieces make it exhausting for individuals to look in, however pretty straightforward for the wearer to look out. No lenses, so nothing to fog up as you stare daggers at everybody about you.
For trying out books and babes in uncommon model
= Leather-based Artwork Nouveau Masks for Eyeglass Wearers =
As a proud anti-contact-lenses wearer, this masks personally appeals to me!
An altered model of Banwell’s normal masks, it’s specifically designed to be worn comfortably with eyeglasses. (The world over the bridge of the nostril is left open, and the temples can match over or by way of the cutouts).
For blind dates
= OptiScope Goggles, aka Optiscopic Spectacles =
Your date will recognize your blind look little question.
These steampunk goggles are made out of high quality veg tan leather-based and chilly solid aluminum. The lenses are domed vacuum-formed acrylic, protected by metal rings.
Consolation, consolation, consolation: The goggles weigh simply 11 oz (312 gm) plus the within nostril part has a neoprene pad for added consolation.
For when nature calls
= Leather-based Raven Masks =
Clearly, women by no means go to the women room alone. And when you can’t powder your nostril with this masks on, you’ll be able to actually gossip about who got here with whom to the get together, (and who left with whom).
Due to all of the minimize outs it weighs simply 1½ ounces, which implies it is going to be comfy to put on lengthy into the evening.
Now I do know you need to go try his stuff at tombanwell.com and get sucked into the vortex identical to I did.