boucherouite rag rugs from Morocco
I saw an amazing collection/set up by the Gebhart Blazek gallery at The Tribal & Textile Arts Fair in SF over the weekend — so impressive, so colorful, very inspiring. I want to learn how to make them myself, or my version of them.
I also found that I was very drawn to lots of masks thru the show, discovering most were from the Congo. I was especially drawn to masks from the Mbuti pygmy tribes from the Ituri Rainforest. Raffia beards and hair made the masks seem larger than life, I could imagine how impressive they would be worn on the people who made them.
Over at Dave DeRoche and Jo De Buck’s stall I found some interesting masks and heard a lot of stories about the Kifwebe and their secret society/governance.
I still have so much to learn, but am excited to be interested in some new subjects. I have created a lot of different masks and costumes over the years, and what I really like is using the materials at hand to create something awesome. Most of the masks I saw used natural ingredients (wood, raffia, clay) — the things at hand in the places they were from.
Inspired! Finishing up some loose ends on projects here and these things are pushing me forward to my next endeavor. So cool. Thanks, Eliza, for inviting me!