Damsel Frau’s Masks Are as Unique as They Are Beautiful

Damsel Frau, Kennedy has been making masks since 2007, using textiles, ribbons, and beads, among other materials.

“I have always collected materials I find around—textiles, beads, small bits of ribbon, little ornaments and things—and I needed somewhere to put these materials to use,” Kennedy said in an interview with Office. “I don’t draw, design or plan. I sculpt and see where the materials take me. But it’s funny, I have never been particularly interested in masks as a category.”

Her well-made garments have been featured in publications like Vogue and Forbes. “For me the mask is a place where different elements come together as situation,” she wrote on her personal blog. “The work is about this place-situation, more so than the mask as a theme or category of form.”

“The mask is a place,” she added. “I am led by the phantasms appearing in the process of the making and the materials themselves. These guide my decisions and inform the objects I make.”

Check out some of her wonderful pieces in the gallery below.

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