Inspiring Tidbits, Sweet Nothings

Making Faces

Red, devilish mask by Sara Hasslinger on display in front of Flashback in Austin, TX

Here’s a little tale about an inspiring, creative soul that just might give you a second wind as you sprint into the weekend…I wouldn’t know about this person if I hadn’t come across a display of bright, hand-made masks when my fiancé and I were strolling through South Austin a few weekends back. These vibrant, bulbous heads of papier-maché made us stop in our tracks, overcome with the sensation that we’d somehow been transported into the costume closet of a circus or an elaborate Broadway show. We were merely standing on a Texas roadside, however, taking in the stunning masks of Sara Hasslinger, an Austin-based artist who spearheads a community-art project called Monsterlove

Hasslinger hosts happy hours and other events at her art studio that give anyone with $10 to spare the opportunity to craft their very own monster masks, and she’s currently raising money for a trip to Africa so she can make masks with children there. Up until meeting this mask-maker, I was unaware such an art form existed let alone that there was such a cool, crafty outreach initiative going on in my very own city. This just goes to show that if you follow your passion, you can make an artistic niche that’s all your own.

Torquise, amphibian-like alien mask

More vibrant Sara Hasslinger masks in an awe-inspiring row

Psst: Don’t you wish you could create a mask that reflects your inner monster, or just put one of these pre-made masks on and dance around? Whether you’re boogieing down in a mask or buckling down in your home office, I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  • Reply Annette May 9, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Visions of Jamaica Plain “Wake Up the Earth” Festivals and New Years Eve Parades must be dancing in your head!

  • Reply Jennifer R. Coté May 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Seeing these masks actually stirred vivid memories of Boston’s First Night parades for me. You hit the nail on the head!

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