Death, Decay and Dancing

‘Freaky-Deaky Death’

“T ain’t no sin to take off your skin
And dance around in your bones”

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For Halloween this year, I took my ‘Festival Freak’ costume and simply added a mask to it. I chose the skull because it is symbolic of death. I also chose it because it made the costume seem even more ape like and simply because I love skulls and bones.

The base of the mask was made from a printable paper template from www.wintercroft.com. Wintercroft supply templates and instructions that enable you to turn unwanted card into beautiful 3D masks that you can build and decorate yourself.

My love of creating something out of nothing, geometry, costume and play were fully satisfied through the creation of this mask. The instructions are easy to follow and I find them very therapeutic to make.

I renamed my costume ‘Freaky-Deaky Death’ and wore it to a Halloween festival in Glendalough House, Co. Wicklow.

Damien Hirst’s ‘For the Love of God’ inspired the decoration for the skull. I cover the entire mask with a decorative diamond mesh wrap material, covered the eyes, nose and mouth area with a see-through black material and glue gunned on some real sheep’s teeth (that were part of my bone collection) around the mouth. I teamed the mask up with my “understated” full body silver tasseled monster suit (‘Festival Freak’), which I created out of bundles of recycled silver foil.

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I also used the templates from Wintercroft as part of my art class in HSE EVE Estuary, a training service for adults with learning disabilities. My students found the process to be very enjoyable and the finished piece wonderfully rewarding. This sort of project promoted teamwork, encouraged creativity, problem-solving skills and built up self-esteem. I would recommend giving them a go to any art class.

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© All photos shown have been taken by Rachel Kiernan and are not to be used without permission.

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