This class will take students though design conception to completion of leather masquerade / mardi-gras style masks. We will begin with an instructor demonstration of the steps involved in this process. The students will then draw up designs for their own masks and evaluate the tools and materials necessary to complete each mask. Students will then create paper patterns, then leather cut-outs. These will then be wetted, carved, and molded onto a face form and painted with acrylics when dry. By the end of the four week session, each student will have created personalized masks and acquired the skills to create leather works of their own.
Learn the process to make and paint a leather mask.
A list of materials and tools to be provided by students will be sent out in advance of the class. Some materials, including leather, will be purchased from the instructor.
Instructor Biography: Emily Lamkin
Emily Lamkin has been an artist and designer in many different capacities throughout her life. She studied leather work through Tandy Leather and is working as a professional leather worker. She and her partner currently run Curious Alchemy, a leather working shop based out of the Etsy website, and plan to go on the road to sell at festivals. She has a broad range of skills which she brings to all her projects and specializes in everything from masquerade masks to bracers, waist cinchers and sheaths (and everything in between). She is well versed in the plethora of tools and techniques required in leather craft and is excited to be able to share her knowledge with others.
NOTE: First class session is on a Sunday, remainder are on Saturdays
Session 1: 10/10/2010, 1 PM - 3 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA
Session 2: 10/16/2010, 1 PM - 3 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA
Session 3: 10/23/2010, 1 PM - 3 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA
Session 4: 10/30/2010, 1 PM - 3 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a 40,000 sq. ft. member-based non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville MA, dedicated to making creativity a way of life. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design & fabrication by offering:
* Shared design and fabrication tools and equipment in our various community workshops.
* A large range of publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans.
* Various monthly membership structures allowing access to our facility.
* On-site studio and storage rentals allowing members to create and store projects on-site.
* Hosting local craft-related events to help encourage DIY culture and community craftsmanship.