Lazzi’s masks are handcrafted from paper or leather. Natural materials
are used whenever possible, such as handmade paper and naturally tanned
Every mask is based on the anatomical set of lines of the human face.
These lines are exaggerated, bent or deformed in the search for the core
of the character the mask is to portray. Ultimately, the unique character
of the mask is captured in just a few lines. Thus an ‘intensification’
of the character takes place: it becomes an archetypal image. The artist/
mask-maker portrays his personal view of the image of man.
Moulds and methods
For paper masks the design is first modelled in clay; this clay model
is then used to cast a plaster mould. Paper is glued inside this mould.
After drying, the paper mask is treated with filler and coloured with
shoe polish and turpentine.
For leather masks a wooden mould is used. The design is whittled into
a piece of wood. Then a wet piece of leather is draped over the mould
and shaped according to the lines of the mould while drying. The air is
beaten from the leather with a plastic hammer. Once dry, the stiffened
mask is taken from the mould to be coloured. Hair, moustache and beard
can be added as finishing touches.