Maiko Takeda by Masaaki Sasaki

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Maiko Takeda‘s graduate collection of fashion accessories titled Atmospheric Reentry, photographed in Tokyo by Masaaki Sasaki for Dazed Digital (July’14). Styling and production Junsuke Yamasaki.

the misfortune mask

Mbangu misfortune mask congo

B&w wooden mask from the Leopold‘s Congo Free State genocide period (1885 – 1908), found at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium;  featured at the museum’s web page as Treasure of the month (Oct. 2011), one of the finest Pende masterpieces, linked somehow to Picasso’s Black period.

For the creators of this ritual Mbangu mask, the Pende people, a tribe known for their xylophone-based music and dances, this artifact represents someone who has been bewitched, disformed or misfortuned.

For Leopold II of Belgium, the builder king for his people, these couleur locale trophies served mostly his colonial propaganda. In its short existence, Congo Free State manage to became a byword for greed, cruelty, global hypocrisy and ruthless exploitation.

the grasshopper

Amazing grasshopper (?) mask found on Facebook.

Find more animal masks here + there

masks

Cardboard animal masks by Czech artist Jozef Mrva

Previously on paper masks:

Paper masks by Saul Steinberg

Dragon head by master maker Tanaka Satoshi

Face Kini

Probably seen it on the web – the latest fashion at northeast China’s Shandong province’s beaches – dubbed “Face – Kini”. If not, take note: it’s a protective swimming mask – no MOLE PEOPLE neither Catwoman flirting…

Putting on a good face

New York-based Russian artist Slava Mogutin, photo by American artist and musician Brian Kenny.

fabric

A selection of poster and flyer designs by Tom Darracott for London nightclub Fabric.

filter toxic with gems

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Designer Gas Masks by conceptual artist Diddo.
An iconic item of a modern world defined by war, fear and extreme desire for authenticity.

We have faith in our leaders

Halloween costumes from John Carpenter’s They Live, from the creators of youFail blog.
Obey, consume and stay asleep.

I find your lack of faith disturbing

Hairdryer inspired by Darth Vader, designed by Tembolat Gugkaev. Appreciate it here.
Check out more Darth Vader’s quotes, here.
Found here.

Masks and Marriages

WWT recently saw Stezaker’s amazing work at Whitechapel gallery and felt it deserves to be looked at once more.

(see previous WWT post on John’s work here)

John Stezaker (b. 1949) British conceptual artist known best for his collage series Mask, Marriage and Dark Star.

[...] Taking classic movie stills, vintage postcards and book illustrations, (John) Stezaker makes collages to give old images a new meaning. By adjusting, inverting and slicing separate pictures together to create unique new works of art, Stezaker explores the subversive force of found images [...]

more sources on Stezaker’s work:

wikipedia

whitechapel gallery

saatchy gallery



something wicked this way comes

Scent Stories by Polish design studio Ah&Oh: Perfume packaging concept for Men’s fragrance inspired by the dark literature of some of the most famous writers ever. Found here.

I want to put you on

From Sean Fader‘s “confidence man” and “I want to put you on” projects.

superhero

The Superhero Project by Abner Preis is a performance where the artist goes to work dressed as superhero in different cities around the world.

The project explores the unexpected moment of public intimacy that occurs between strangers who allow themselves to share the same imaginations with the artist.
Citizens access to the liberty of free expression that comes from wearing a mask and, by extension, the transformative power of fashion.

The Superhero Project will be presented in the context of ModoBrussels, Brussels’ premiere fashion event.

More info here & here.

Motherland

Masks from South Africa’s arts & crafts

Pendant light designed by Julia Anastasopoulos for the South exhibition.

Soccer bowl by Heath Nash

African recycled bottle cap basket handbag found online