Paula makes theatre performance masks using the traditional method of mesh moulding and paper mache. All of the masks are hand made and hand painted offering a unique and indvidual quality.
Paula uses her unique method of mask making using wire moulding mesh - seen here to make Nick Bottom's mask from A Midsummer NIght's Dream. It can take several days to mould the mask to it's final shape and design.
The mask is made using a traditional paper mache method, with Paula's unique layering process to build up facial features.
After the mask has dried for 24 hours, it is then hand painted. Using a multitude of colours to create shadow and depth to the features of the mask, and developing the character. Paula places huge attention to detail to bring the mask alive!
The final result ...
The mask used by the theatre group Shakespeare Street Theatre in a scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream where the character Nick Bottom makes his transition into having a donkey's head.
Performed at the Peterborough Buskerfest street theatre festival in August 2010.
This next mask was designed and created for the young actor performing the character King Oberon from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, also performed by the Shakespeare Street Theatre at the Cobourg Busker's Festival in Jun 2010.
In this scene King Oberon informs Puck of his mischievous plans to trick Queen Titania into making a fool of herself by using his magical potions, so that she will fall in love with the first thing she sees!