Wonderflex layering provided dimensionality for accentuation with paint. Special care was given to use the eyes and cheeks to accentuate the lips, Rumor's main feature.
Rumor in "Argonautika"
Actor Mariah Claiborne as Rumor.
Penn State School of Theatre, 2017.
Costume Design: Austin M. Rausch.
Detail: Individual strips
Each mask features a variation of width and direction of the wonderflex strips of the forehead and cheek areas.
Goddess of the Desert
Cat Rokavec as a Desert Goddess.
Penn State University School of Theatre, 2017
Costume Design: Austin M. Rausch
The severe angle of the forehead receding into the crest is matched by the nose. The nose does not flatten in the recess, which presented a unique set of patterning challenges.
Detail: Paint, Nose, Eye
The rough surface of the mask was achieved through intentional overworking of the wonderflex to produce a rippled effect. This rippling was accentuated through layers of dry-brushing and washes.
The tip of the nose resolves into the main plane of the face at 90 degrees less than 1/4" from the upper lip, which also resolves at nearly 90 degrees.
This mask is a reproduction of an existing Mayan relic.
It is constructed of wonderflex and painted with acrylic paint. The gold fret across the crest is broken bits of jewelry. the circles at the ear are edged in hemp rope.
The mask is comprised of 35 pieces of wonderflex. The pattern was "draped" from a clay sculpt over which the wonderflex was heated and formed.
Detail: Paint, Beard, Horns
The mask is painted with acrylics. Two thicknesses (and colors) of hemp are incorporated into the beard and horns.