Maschere and Designer
Hello, dear friends! Welcome to my world of fairy tales, riddles, and the enduring mysteries of the Eternal Carnival.
I would like to share with you my passion for the creation and design of exquisite masks. I learnt my craft long ago in the beautiful city of Venice, where I was taught by an old man called Senor Augusto in his tiny workshop. Following my graduation from art school, I was awarded two science degrees and embarked upon my career. However, I was so busy with my work and with raising my two sons that I never had time to pursue my beloved hobby.
"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances. And one man in his time plays many parts."
My StoryI was born in Kazakhstan to a Ukrainian father and a Russian mother and was brought up in both cultures. '
After moving from Russia to Canada to live in Calgary, Alberta, I met so many talented people that could help me to truly follow my passion and fulfill my dream.
I’m so eternally grateful for their continuing help and support. I’m now able to dedicate all my free time to the process of creating my masks.
My InspirationI draw my inspiration from my life, my experiences, and from the people around me. Today the walls of my house are covered in masks, but these are far more than simple artistic creations. Each mask has a meaning and represents a real person with mystical characteristics. For example, none of us are ideal and the Mask of Balance symbolizes the different aspects of a person’s personality. The main positive and negative sides of a character are depicted in black and white, divided by a central red line. I have more than 30 masks, all in widely different designs. While some are classic, I’ve also crafted modern masks with LEDs and ones in a Steampunk style.
As a mascherari or master, when I create my masks I always infuse them with true meaning, otherwise the mask is merely empty fashion accessory.
The forms for my masks are made from papier-mache and I work in the old Venetian tradition. I use two papier-mache methods. The first involves paper strips secured together with adhesive and I mostly use this technique. On occasion I will use the second method of obtaining pulp by boiling paper and then adding glue.
The mask is initially sculptured in the form of a clay mold, after which the reverse form is made of gypsum. The paper strips are then added to the reverse form to create the mask. Once dry, the mask is polished and coated with a special layer of paint. In the final stage the crown or headdress is created and decorated. For this I use a range of painting techniques, including 3D painting, glue painting, decoupage, ribbon embroidery, gilding, silvering, crystal mosaic, lace technique, macramé, and wet skin technique.