November started out strong! Reveal/Conceal, my retrospective exhibit of 19 years of theatre masks opened alongside A Universal Feeling, the international collaboration I've been developing over the past two years, at the beginning of the month. It was a really special night to share with the public—as well as some collaborators—and to have conversations about … Continue reading Artist Q&A Added!
Join me at the JAW Maker Fair, where you can shop locally and choose from hand made products created by Portland artisans. 3:00–8:00 pm, Saturday, July 27North Mezzanine, Portland Center Stage at the Armory (128 N. 11th Ave, Portland) This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. See the FB Event Page Here. Enjoy … Continue reading Mask Sale at JAW Festival!
It’s been an amazing 5 months of work on A Universal Feeling! January through March were heavy on the initial creation of the six expressions of emotion. The last two months have been a heavy lift—with many volunteers—of creating the iterations of the masks in papier-mâché. Throughout the making process, I also had to stagger … Continue reading Project Update: A Universal Feeling
I'm looking for friendly volunteers who have an interest in making and a sensitivity to detail -- and-- who think it would be fun to do some papier-mâché in community with others. You'll be helping make copies of some emotion masks for an upcoming art installation later this year. Papier-Mâché Volunteer Hours Seeking 3 to … Continue reading Volunteers and Chewed paper
I've often found that people aren't quite sure what I mean when I say I'm a mask maker. Chris Hatcher of Field Guide Films gives a terrific peek behind the curtains in this video. The Mask Maker from Chris Hatcher on Vimeo. The masks I'm making here are for the production of The Spider Queen by … Continue reading The Mask Maker
Centro Maschere e Strutture Gestuali Earlier this summer, I posted about my study with the Sartori in Abano Terme, a small city of 19,000 near the larger city of Padova. Here are a few photos of the rest of that work! From our initial designs on paper, we sculpted our masks in clay. Then … Continue reading An Italian Summer(y)
Hello all! I've been blog-silent, but studio-busy... It's been a great year of building shows, creating mask pieces for museums, selling masks at Mardi Gras, and making connections with mask lovers, performers and teachers all over. I'm pleased to announce another mask making workshop in Portland. See details below. —Tony Design, sculpt, cast and paint your own mask! … Continue reading Mask Making Workshop in Portland April 29–May 1
Behind the Scenes: The King Stag This show was produced at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, and designed by Professor Michael Olich. I worked as the movement consultant for the actors and as an assistant designer/ builder of various mask and puppet items. Seven months before the show would open, we met to share broad concepts, … Continue reading Hunting for solutions
I had an amazing summer of work, which has lead right into some great projects this fall. I have been so occupied with doing, I haven't had much time to share.. so here are just a few quick highlights! The Creation Story: Lincoln Center Education & Carmen DeLavallade After taking part in a second summer … Continue reading A summer of puppetry & dance
As a child, I would often hear my father say: "There's more than one way to skin a cat." The most pressing thing on my mind at the time was: Why would one want to skin a cat at all? I still haven't answered that question. However, I do know there's more than one way to get something done. … Continue reading Making it work