Golden Eagle Mask
I have been "gourding" for 20 years- I cannot even believe it has been that long but it has!
Over the years I have made some gourd "oncers" which is my word for I just want to make it once, just so that I have the experience. Like the gourd lamp, the flute, the kalimba and the kaleidoscope.
A mask was something that I had not yet tried. Lots of people have made masks, they even have a history of being used by Native Americans, and they are a popular art form today.
That all being said, I started working on this in February and my original intention was to use real feathers to decorate it, much like other mask artists use. However as I started burning in the small feathers on the surface, I decided instead to use actual gourd pieces to turn into more feathers.
Since I wanted to have a Celtic flair to it, I added knot work to the top feathers and created more feathers inside each knot. Gold leaf was applied to the Celtic knots, and the feathers, beak and eye rings were painted with transparent gold acrylic.
5/1/2020 03:57:58 pm
Wow! This is fantastic! Hope I get to see it in person post covid.
5/19/2020 07:36:08 pm
Awesome! Looks great on! The beak is so cool! Does it have a strap or anything or does it fit and stay in place? Hope to see it in person as well post Covid!
5/19/2020 08:52:04 pm
This is gorgeous Jenn! I encourage you to make more and sell them.
5/20/2020 08:46:13 pm
That turned out wonderfully! Makes me think of a medieval masquerade. It's really bizarre that it fits!
5/24/2020 09:09:10 pm
I love your work l have been doing gourds about the same time as you l also teach here in Canada and really enjoy. We are a group of artists that also work with natures best supplies check out our web site.
5/25/2020 11:33:57 am
Thanks Sue! Your gourd group looks like a great sort of people- all gourd people are a great sort right??! Glad you are able to keep at it and hone your skills. Beautiful work!!
7/8/2020 06:04:33 pm
Beautiful!! It’s amazing that it fit you as well. I love the gourd cut-out pieces for feathers, too!
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Art has always been a part of my life, and I have worked in many different mediums.