Carolyn Dixon Dyess – Facade

Posted: March 8, 2011 in Carolyn Dixon Dyess, DaDa, history, Mask, Mask by Carolyn Dixon Dyess, World War 1
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"Facade" by Carolyn Dixon Dyess

I started planning this project when I saw a call for entries for a show at the St. Louis Artists’  Guild that had to do with “wearable art.” I wanted to create something with fabric that had dimension and qualified as wearable.
To create this mask I call “Facade”, I started with a plain foam mask bought at a party supply store.

I created each of the elements separately such as eyebrows, cheeks, lips and chin. Each is stuffed with fiberfill and sewn on the sewing machine. I glued them to the surface of the mask. The black and white material is felt sewn down the middle. I created a template to cut holes in the black and white felt and put that over top the eyebrows, cheeks, lips and chin, and adhered with glue. I used artificial flower pieces of gold berries for the “hair”, along with curled
covered wire and different length ribbons. The fabric head piece was added over that and then the gathered satin ribbon was added last around the whole face, secured with pins in the back.

The pink yarn used for eyelashes is called, I believe, “eyelash yarn”! (What a surprise). I learned that working with that stuff takes more patience than I really have and some !#%^&!! choice words.

By the way…my “Facade” was not accepted in the Artists’ Guild show.

I thought “Fat Tuesday” would be an appropriate time to show the mask “Facade” by Carolyn. It also relates to my interest in DaDa, which began in Zurick, Switzerland ,during World War 1. The beginning was at the “Cabaret Voltaire”.

I hope you take the time to read the links I have provided. John Dyess

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