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create! Gabriele Manca gives some tips about how to make masks



How to make a mask

Dear teenager, why do you come through all this article? Do you want to know what an artist think about when is about to create a mask? Well then, you’re in the wrong place. We’re trying to sell some mask here, but for people which is not going to show up only for Halloween, if you know what I mean. However, if you do that face expression, ok. We’re going to tell you some techniques, but for the rest just type on your search bar how to create a mask, or start study a language, it’s never too late or too bad (it would be really late or really bad just if you start speaking Klingdon, probably).

Down The Mask Gabriele Manca

Down the mask

–read in italian–

Down the mask, dear G.

Short chat in III acts with Gabriele Manca

First Act

Ok, you’re probably here as a friend. I can possibly imagine you either as a friend or a curious young Internet surfer searching for “how to make a mask“. Anyways, not that it matters. What is really important here is the existence in this world of rare people as Gabriele Manca, as well as his favourite animal, the amazing Elephant. Born in the last Century (Gabriele, not the elephant), it seems having a problem with his re incarnating. It happened already twice and he’s not even dead once! This story is half an interview with Gabriele and half my own fantasy. Feel free to understand which is which. But speaking about witch, let’s see who’s behind the mask. Literally.

Gabriele Manca (quello sopra l'albero)

Gabriele Manca (the one over the tree)

First Life

Designer, art lover. He decide to call himself The Herald of the Arts. It sound quite strong, right? ‘Cause you just don’t know him. Yet. Anyhow, this Herald have one enourmous giant dream: the Extinction. The secondary and most likely achievable goal is to get better and better, everyday. It’s not what artists suppose to do, though?

Second Life

gabriele al palo

Gabriele and his pole

However, we just pass through his first life easy, in few lines. That’s mainly ’cause Gabriele has a natural skill as designer. So, when you think he’s going to accept this challenge as everyone else, it’s when you get wrong. He decided to jump from creating new worlds, to work as a performer in this one first. His life started again, this time with clowns, new spaces, countries without sun and poles. In one of this poles Gabriele took his degree, at Codart, Rotterdam. Funny enough, you’re probably thinking that most of this story is fantasy. Nein, that’s all true.


Start with the concept that if you need to make a table, an iPhone or a mask, you need a concept. Usually people write this concept, as me. I know people that need to speak about their idea to everyone, so they can really think about the concept. Gabriele? He’s in a third group, called designer- thinker. So called not ’cause as us he’s drawing misshapen heads in a notebook while at the phone. He’s making a freaking Da Vinci Gioconda from her finger perspective, the guy! And this just to remember he needs to buy bread for dinner.

Different cultures

If you know Gabriele you must know his love for Arts, cultures and miths. And languages, recently. The greater the difficulty, alien, distant, unknown stories, the greater is the interest in this shaved head. In this way this same head started making masks after masks, with all different styles. What we should expect from a guy whose thesis was “The role of Mask in circus_excursus about mask from dawn of time until today” for his degree? Nope, not a serial killer. Not this time. He can be really pissed, but most of the time is pacific.

–continue in the next article–

flying in Frankfurt

All you need is dust

…read the first part

As simple as dust

My idea is simple as the dust. It let me think about how fantasy and reality are connected, even though for very different purposes. The magic dust allows people to fly in a book and at the same time stop children attempting the same in reality for their own good. It’s the most romantic way to the nowadays “this is a fictional character, don’t try it at home”. So the next question I asked myself was: we really need the dust, as adults? The “dust formulae” it’s useful only for imaginative children, or it’s true for imaginative adult as well?

flying is natural

The dust of Peter Pan

A new point of view: the dust

What we always have seen in Peter

Peter Pan is the simple guy from our infancy which, as Barrie the creator stated “never grow”. For more than one century we used him as a metaphor for all the modern fears and to explain the “never grow” desire, alias fear of death. Peter, with his strong attitude, his fearless and also his phrase “To die will be an awfully big adventure” is not quite a reflexion of the fat lazy TV watcher in which we all are going to be transformed one day or another. Peter Pan is a strong character, created by his writer apparently mostly for family reason.

So… What else?