Contributor post by Sheila from BeadyEyedBird
Mardi Gras is Tuesday, Feb 9 this year. For those of you who love this fine celebration (as I do!!) or who love New Orleans, jazz, good Cajun food or even just a reason to party, we thought we’d share a bit of what our CIJ members like to do, make, or sell, to celebrate! We especially enjoyed hearing about what folks say they do to make the day special. Here are some Mardi Gras joys and delights…
I’m Italian and New Orleans’s carnival is too far for me… but I hope to go to Venice, another kind of carnival, but stunning and colorful too! My boyfriend lived in Venice… but he hates carnival confusion and he did not accompany me… Despite this, I will go to Venice to see beautiful costumes and masks… and I’m going to see them to take inspiration for my future items!
Sometimes I make masks, and last year, for carnival, I made a leather mask for myself with white feathers left over from another project. I am listing this mask on Etsy. A client had asked me for a few changes, to customize the mask for last year’s Gala Nocturna (it’s a masked ball very well known in Europe). The theme of last year, for the ball, was Swan Lake, and I added to my leather mask different decorations in latex; I had to make an original in clay and then a tailored mold.
At the end of my work, I made this mask, and I’m very proud!
For this year’s Mardi Gras, I am creating a mask that is like the muzzle of a hyena … but unfortunately, I haven’t finished it yet, and if I want to wear it for Carnival, I guess I’ll finish by working at night … maybe you’ll see it in a few months in my shop!
Green and Yellow plus Purple remind me of Mardi Gras Carnival Colors! A nice accent piece to your party table.