I performed with my husband Chris Newland for 20 years in fringe theatre, schools and niteclubs. Here are some photos of the kind of masks we used in action.
The first ones, I made from a plastic impregnated fabric called fabric form. It’s a wonderful medium but you can’t get it anymore. Before finding this material I used paper mache, but it’s not as resilient and takes a lot longer to make. If I was performing now – which I’m not – I’d use papier mache again.
The next ones I made from latex and are full heads. These were all for children’s shows. We spent 11 years performing for The Queensland Arts Council touring schools all through the state.
The first few are from The Maskateers Secrets
This group is from the ‘Howzitdun’ show
We also used commedia masks and noses that I made myself out of latex.
Here’s the Blue Meanie from the first childrens show we did back in 1979. This was papier mache and he was blue and white.