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.