I have been making my own leather and papier-mâché masks since 2016 with Fraternal Compagnia. I have studied mask-making with Tania Passarini, then with Renzo Sindoca, Andrea Cavarra, and other masters.
I create masks for artists from Italy, France, Ireland, and the US.
If you are interested in purchasing a mask, you can contact me or Fraternal Compagnia at the link at the bottom of the page. The masks shown on this website are all available, and I can also create custom masks to suit your needs.
Masks have always been considered sacred objects, as they represent the essence of the divine and the demonic. The mask possesses a life of its own, and it is brings about a metamorphosis of its wearer. It is a tool that does not merely hide the face, but reveals the truth rather than conceal it. The actor who wears the mask becomes a shaman, gaining the ability to transport an audience into a different reality.
“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
In the ancient Greek theatre, this sacred quality of the mask is of great importance, and it is used to identify divinities during the Dionysian rites.
The actor that wears a mask perceives a special magic in its interior. It is a quality difficult to ignore, bestowed by the work of the mask maker, an artisan who creates the mask through his or her own energy, frustration, and sometimes pain, using live materials such as leather, wood, and bone.
Italy has some of the world’s best mask makers, among whom are Amleto and Donato Sartori. Some of their work is on display at the Sartori International Mask Museum in Abano Terme (Padova – Italy). It is a magical place, just like the objects on view in its halls.