The Beauty Under the Mask
In this project, My insertions are from the Middle East culture and the outfit of MiddleEast women. The women there have equal rights as men, they can’t express themselves, not allowed to wear colorful clothing because of their religion. This has been a controversial issue, so I want to state my own opinion through my art work.
Also, I got inspired by The Maison Margiela 2017 spring summer haute couture collection. In this collection, the designer put organza mask on models’ face and sewed the cartoon faces on it. So the models have a second face. I added some ironic elements into my mask to illustrate how women were treated in the Middle East.
These are the sketches before I made my mask. I want to make my mask like a helmet, to encourage the Middle East female fight for their freedom like a soldier.
I used hemp rope as one of the mean materials. There is a metal wire in the middle of the mask, covers with hemp rope; I used this metal wire to maintain the shape. And then I sewed the hemp rope layer by layer. This project took me around 10 hours to make, the hardest part will be the sewing part, it’s tough to keep the hemp rope in shape, but this is a fun mask to make.
This is the technical drawing of my mask (Front view)