Just Cut Up and Mask Away

Just Cut Up and Mask Away

Unicornmask >> Whilst I'm being a lazy bum and not doing any scouring myself, fellow bloggers are doing it for me.  Fashion Me Fabulous, who has an uncanny knack for sourcing unlikely eBay and Etsy stores has come up with an absolute gem.  Actually this one isn't a diamond in the rough or a particularly unknown gem but hopefully these haven't been doing the fashion blogosphere rounds TOO much.  The California-based Tom Banwell has a bit of an online presence going on; he sure knows how to utilise the internet for getting his leather crafting skills around… a Twitter, Flickr, blog (quite a good read if you have the time…), a website, DeviantArt AND an Etsy page.  So along with intricately cutting out leather to make these amazingly face-transforming masks, he's also tweeting/uploading/creating other art work and giving people cool tutorials on his blog.  THAT just increased the aforementioned self-title of lazy bum by ten fold Ithink. 

I've only posted the cut-out ones, the ones that have "Buy Me Susie, You Know You Want To Even Though You Have Enough Ridiculous Headgear" written all over them (yes they do need a descriptive quote THAT long…). However Tom does masks that are embossed, braided and headbands that are probably more along the speed of people who are nervously trying out Bat for Lashes/Natasha Khan's trademark.  There may also be a minute population who are into being unicorns for a day or two, when the week is not going so well, in which case Tom also has a stunning mask option.  I haven't quite gotten to the stage where it has been so tough that I needed to resort to calling upon my inner unicorn spirit… one day though…



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  1. the muse

    2009-07-23 at 8:01 AM

    Hmmm, I am trying to figure out a way to incorporate these with my bridemaids…I love these

  2. Make Do Style

    2009-07-23 at 8:46 AM

    Very fascinating, I’m not sure if I’m considering them in an academic way in respect of fashion and the female or purely as adornment.

  3. Lucy - The Fashion Setter

    2009-07-23 at 9:15 AM

    Great for a photoshoot, but I would have to organize the right party to wear them in real life I guess. Which is not a bad idea.
    Lucy =)

  4. Brigadeiro

    2009-07-23 at 9:20 AM

    Wow, these are incredible! Love the leaf-mask! 🙂

  5. Ali

    2009-07-23 at 9:44 AM

    Oh, I was all convinced that I had to be a unicorn until I got to the birdy and I went a bit weak at the knees! I’m a bit of a birdy collector..

  6. Nicole

    2009-07-23 at 9:48 AM

    I like the unicorn but I don’t think thta they are very comfortable. And where should one wear them beside carnival in venice where I unfortunately haven’t been invited to yet 😉

  7. DJM

    2009-07-23 at 10:20 AM

    Love his work! I included him in the Etsy Curator list I did so glad he’s getting some more appreciation.

  8. Katlin

    2009-07-23 at 11:03 AM

    he is amaaaazing! i wrote about him in march (http://urple.blogspot.com/2009/03/masked.html) when i searched for egypt on etsy once. his blog is equally awesome… follow him on my google reader and amazed at his process since he does all it himself!

  9. PixelHazard

    2009-07-23 at 11:09 AM

    I’d be itching to wear it somewhere! It’s like the pretty shoes I have in my wardrobe that are too tall to wear but too awesome to not buy

  10. MJ

    2009-07-23 at 11:19 AM

    I really wish I could wear these to work. I could have one for each day of the week…

  11. Mili

    2009-07-23 at 11:26 AM

    These masks are stunning and he’s definitely a genius.

  12. Sophie, The Barton Girl

    2009-07-23 at 11:56 AM

    I’m gob-smacked… speechless…
    Those masks are awesome!
    Thanks for sharing, Susie-Q.


    2009-07-23 at 1:24 PM

    These masks are incredible! So intricate and stylish, definitely has a talent here


    2009-07-23 at 1:24 PM

    These masks are incredible! So intricate and stylish, definitely has a talent here

  15. Jael Paris

    2009-07-23 at 1:25 PM

    Thanks for the mention!

  16. Tor (fabfrocks)

    2009-07-23 at 2:12 PM

    How sweet life must be to never have to call for the support of your inner unicorn. I call mine fred. Great masks though – i can definitely see you in one! Tor xx

  17. diane

    2009-07-23 at 2:30 PM

    These would be fun for clubbing or a party. They’re really beautiful.

  18. Symptoms of HPV

    2009-07-23 at 5:17 PM

    I’m thinking on how I can wear this down street. Probably wear it as a head gear rather than a mask. Hey! That might work!

  19. Isabel

    2009-07-23 at 5:55 PM

    These are all so beautiful! I love the spectacles feel of the last mask.

  20. maggie/noirohio vintage

    2009-07-23 at 5:56 PM

    these are amazing! I just found this etsy store a few weeks ago… so creative!

  21. Meream

    2009-07-23 at 7:15 PM

    Wow, he has skills. These would make great whimsical gifts. 🙂

  22. Fast Fashion

    2009-07-23 at 8:59 PM

    Great for a masked ball!! 🙂

  23. SOS!

    2009-07-23 at 9:06 PM

    Before I checked the Etsy page, I thought these would cost a gazillion bucks. They’re so purdy..
    xx-LJ from SOS!

  24. Amy

    2009-07-23 at 9:10 PM

    these are so elegant and beautiful.

  25. Billy Kidd

    2009-07-23 at 9:55 PM

    I love those masks! i need them!!!

  26. Mimi

    2009-07-24 at 4:38 PM

    I also love the unicorn mask! I’m very tempted myself, especially since I recently attended a lecture referencing an old ’70s lesbian feminist affinity grounp called LAUREL — Lesbians and Unicorns Resisting Every Limit!

  27. ambika

    2009-07-28 at 7:08 PM

    I want one of these so badly. I wonder if you could do them in metal, like jewelry…

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