Update July 2020: I've made a mask a day for the last 523 days. It's been an incredible experience. Finally getting good. Each time I make one I meet another aspect of myself, and it helps me understand we are all universal beings.
I learned to make leather masks in the Commedia dell'Arte tradition in Florence, Italy, in 2018. Now, at the end of 2019, I've become obsessed and am making on average a mask a day. Today I'm working on the 280th mask of 2019. I do not design these masks. I cut shapes from the cow hide, and each one, as I shape it, emerges and surprises me. No two are ever the same.
I started arranging the masks from ceiling to floor, tied one to another, in a totem pole arrangement at first, then several, and now curtains. I have the first 190 masks at my home in a 15' tall by 11' wide curtain. In my art studio, I have the newer, larger masks all along the interior walls.
I am just beginning to market and try to sell the masks. I have a sense each has a unique owner out there. I also want to display them in curtains, and offer them in multiples to be displayed on walls of any dimension.
I am truly letting the process emerge, and the masks, and me, find their purpose here. Enjoy the variety of shapes, and the creatures flowing out.
James Melville Corey