What comes to mind when you hear the word mask? Some ladies might think first of spa days and relaxation, a few mothers may think of themed children’s parties. But for the most part, one generally thinks of Halloween and ghastly, ghoulish, monstrous characters. Dripping blood and hellish faces frozen in grimaced screams. Yes, there are other options; many well-known and oft used. Clowns, the basic Venetian style, the usual famous faces rendered in plastic. And that’s about it, the magic, and passion and creativity of masks has been buried so far underground that even most subcultures can only find the black lipstick and plastic fangs.
Once upon a time a blank mask was a paradise of creativity waiting to be discovered. A masquerade ball was a canvas filled with a myriad of colors and faces and shapes and ideas. A riot of characters and creatures and even inanimate objects brought to life in incredible and beautiful ways. A woman wearing a dress painted in shades of sea foam and aqua, a head piece crafted like a ship in full sail, and holding a mask painted like the Kraken about to attack could be seen dancing with a six foot tall Fox in riding habit. Across the dance floor is a couple dressed as a pair of love birds, or the Red King leading the Queen of Clubs in a quadrille.
Artistry and creativity were once the forefront of any costume, and a masquerade never waited for the reason of a Holiday to occur. It was all for the sake of the revelry and beauty and mystery; an idea that is slowly being lost and forgotten. But thankfully there are still artists working to preserve it. One such artist is the young lady behind Morraha Designs, a small Midland based jewelry designer who splits her time between stunning baubles and handmade masks.
For her the idea of a costume is an idea of bringing magic to life. Masks that range from night skies, to garden walls, with tiny pots to hold real flowers when worn this woman strives to create whimsy, elegance, and instill a sense of playfulness that opens a person’s mind and eyes to the concept of the abstract and literal mixed together in one realization.
Constantly seeking to create something that a shopper cannot find on a store’s shelves, or hoping to be given a commission to bring a client’s visions to life, Morraha Designs’ goal is to always make something new and never the same thing twice, because everyone deserves the chance to be a unique creation of beauty, mystery, and allure. After all, isn’t that the point of wearing a mask in the first place?
Morraha Designs can be found online at etsy.com/shop.morrahadesigns or through a simple search on facebook. Commission inquiries and requests are always welcome.