40 x 40 x 35 cm (each piece)

As a metal worker I was interested in the idea of making wearable metal work and thinking about the physical restraints wearing heavy iron creates.

These masks are inspired by 15th century masks of shame, or Schandmaskes, which were used as a way of publicly shaming and punishing the wearer for an offence they may have committed.

Where as today we air our dirt on social media to get a response or rise from the public, these masks were the pasts way of doing just this.

They use traditional blacksmithing motifs, such as the Acanthus leaf, which have been reworked into a new use as ears, a tongue and a nose and are hand forged from steel.