Introduction: Neutral Mask
In 2004 at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Bologna "Galante Garrone", following my passion for the theater and for masks, I had the opportunity to meet the teachers of the mask including Donato Sartori,son of Hamlet Sartori famous collaborator of the Teatro Piccolo in Milan in the reborn of Arlecchino.
I began to work the leather by myself for making leather masks on wooden form and this gave me the opportunity to immediately enter deep knowledge of the dynamics of physical and mechanical properties of the material. After obtaining a master wood according to the form that you prefer to realize according to the face that must wear, having carved on a wood not too soft, the mask is made with a piece of wet leather fixed with nails. The scalp is pulled and shaped to adhere as much as possible to the form so the leather is beaten with a horn hammer (you can also use the Teflon) peak first and then flat, through this process the leather adheres perfectly to the shape-matrix thins and exchanges with the wood to dry up the water. This process can take up to 8.7 hours straight since thè leather is completely dry Subsequently, the mask is polished finished and possibly painted with dyes appropriate,aniline or bitumen. Curiosity: In teatrical exercise this mask is called neutral mask and is used to act colours, animals and the four elements to study the characters, and when you put off the mask you can decide if your character is fire, cat and black or air, pink and a lullaby, and give him a poetical theatral body.
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