PLEASE NOTE:  Apologies - I will be unavailable for masks between the following dates:
-  30th July to 16th August 2018

 

Check out my "Two Words" blog - random rambles!!

www.wordengineer.blogspot.com 

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Cover up ... or unveil ...
Be who you want to be ...
And know who you are ...

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Welcome to www.masquerade.co.nz

 

the home of CREATIVATION ...

 

masquerade masks

a wide range of art

writing

wearable arts

and more ...

 


 

Creativation is: 

- inspiration, innovation, intuition, imagination, motivation, exploration, creation

- exploring beyond the known ... to create the exceptional

- my self-coined term for all things creative - and it's my passion.

 

I am pleased to be able to share my creative endeavours with you through this site.

Feel free to browse the pages and ask any questions ...


I have a HOME STUDIO in Remuera, Auckand. Feel free to contact me if you'd like to know more about what I do. 

 






MASKS

I have been fascinated with masks for many years and have been a serious mask artisan since approximately the year 2000. I love beautiful masks and I love Venice, where I have gleaned authentic mask-making secrets from the experts.

 

Over the past 18 years I have supplied a wide range of masks to hundreds of happy clients, created from my home studio and made with passion. I pride myself on an exceptional personalised service.

 

Now, in 2018, as times have changed, the selection of masks available from various stores and other online providers has increased hugely, so it is time to refine my own offering. I am busy with many creative endeavours, but I always want to create masks and there is barely a day that has gone by in the last 18 years that I have not had masks on my mind or in my hands. 

 

I am concentrating on lace, fabric and metal filigree masks, as well as a small range of bespoke and unique hand-created masks.. Every mask I sell is one I would be proud to wear myself to any Masquerade event.

 

My selection may be more limited than it has been but I still offer a high quality and bespoke personal mask service that you won't find anywhere else in the world. 

 

I also create special "Artique" wall-art masks for wall decoration - these are created using traditional Venetian techniques, with my own flair added. They take hours to create and are by commission only.

 

Take a look at my Masks pages. Please feel free to contact me if you are after something specific - perhaps for performance, theatre, a special occasion. Chances are I can create it for you.

 

Click HERE to see my Mask section. If you have a special occasion coming up, I'd love to supply a unique mask for you.

 

URGENT ORDERS - Need a mask URGENTLY? Ring me on 021 480323 and I will aim to help!

 

OVERSEAS ORDERS - I create for clients outside of New Zealand, but please be aware that I need time to create the mask, as well as taking into account postage time (usually up to 10 working days) - the earlier you can contact me, the better. Payment by PayPal for all overseas orders. 

 

 

 



"WOW" - WORLD OF WEARABLE ARTS

I'm a true Wearable Arts enthusiast. One of my great joys is creating a vision in my head, and then overcoming the technical challenges involved in bringing that vision to reality. The fact that I am not a sewer adds an extra layer of challenge - but wearable arts is not about fashion, it is about design and creation.

I have had seven garments over five years selected as Finalists for the Brancott Estate WOW Wearable Arts Show in Wellington (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016).  I took a break in 2015 and alas did not get selected this year, 2017.

I am busy with this year's creation - fingers crossed the Judges will like it as much as I do!

If you haven't been to a WOW show yet, get along - it is hard to describe what an extravaganza it is - I highly recommend it! This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the show and is sure to be spectacular.

Over the year I have also entered various regional wearable arts awards but WOW is the pinnacle.

Check my Wearable Arts page for more info.

Also check www.worldofwearableart.com for info about the show itself.

 


ART

For many years I have created a wide variety of Art in a broad range of styles. I am largely self-taught, always doodling and drawing as a child, doing pen and ink drawings as a young adult, and then branching out into full-blown painting as an adult. I have always researched and experimented throughout my creative journey, and this is the way I like it. I'm not really a "rules" person. I prefer to go beyond such limits!

 

I've continued to develop and adapt my artistic style throughout the years - encompassing everything from sketching, acrylics, oils, pastels, inks, photography, and more. Much of my work has been of the mixed media variety.

 

I painted prolifically for a long time, exhibited widely, won awards and sold successfully. It was very uplifting and rewarding in so many ways. 

 

Over recent years I have scaled back in this area and concentrated more on other artistic and creative pursuits ... but having said that, painting, brushes, colour and concept are never ever far from my world!

 

These days I concentrate mainly on Ink artwork - I call it "Tinkering" and it gives me enormous pleasure - it is exciting, surprising, simple, complex - and also highly portable which is important when you want to take your creativity and tools away with you. Ink is a medium that has a wonderfully chaotically controlled nature and I LOVE it.

 

Browsing this site will give you a glimpse of artworks I've created through the years, as well as current work. As I say, mostly Tinkering inkworks.

I enjoy experimenting and developing my diverse style - but there is no doubt that I have found my niche and "happy place" in inks.

 

Check the ART SHOWCASE section to view samples of my art, and see the Events page for exhibition info.

 

If you like anything you see, please contact me to check if it is available for sale. 


 



WRITING

TRAVEL WRITING:
I am a freelance travel writer for Destinations Magazine.
When I began writing for Destinations, it was a print magazine but it is now fully digital with a quality online offering and a large subscriber base.
A team of travel writers from around the world contribute and I love being one of them.

Check the website www.destinationsmagazine.com

I have always travelled, and I have always written about my travels, and I am thrilled to now be a bona fide travel writer, able to share my travel writing with a wider audience than just friends and family!

You'll find articles that I've written, including on Japan (Tokyo & Niseko), Morocco and Norfolk Island.

TOUR LEADER:
As of this year, 2018, I am beyond thrilled to now be a Tour Leader - with Maher Tours - escorting tailor-made tours around the world, with truly inviting itineraries. For the "mature traveller, young at heart" these tours are exceptional and this is a role that my life's journey has led me towards. I am ecstatic to be able to share the joys of travel and the glories of the world with others. 

GENERAL WRITING:
I have several writing projects in progress - a novel for children, a novel for youth and a lifestyle cookbook.  It's not a recipe book, but rather a cullinary lifestyle handbook to inspire you to be truly creative in your kitchen. It's about confidence and discovery, breaking the cooking process down into elements to enable you to cook without recipes, without limits. I began writing this book more than ten years ago and it is basically complete although I am still honing it as the world of home cooking swiftly progresses. In fact, many of the concepts and insights contained within it have become somewhat mainstream now - which means I was always on the right track with it, even back when I started it in the mid-2000s. This book bundles up a myriad of ideas in one easy place to "enhance kitchen culture". It's not a cookbook and this is the stumbling block. It's a lifestyle genre, hard to find a niche for it. Several publishers have expressed great interest in it over the years, but it's such a tough market. I still have hope ...if you like the sound of it, please contact me!

It's working title is THE CONCOCTION COOKBOOK : Enhancing your Kitchen Culture and I hope it will soon become reality.

Alongside this I enjoy writing Short Stories ... finding time for completion for the larger writing project is not easy, but at least Short Stories, although probably even more complex to craft to perfection, take a lot less time to draft into something worthwhile. 

I hope to one day to have my books and stories published. Meanwhile, I keep writing on all of these projects as time allows. 

BLOG WRITING:
I have a blog called Two Words - check it out www.wordengineer.blogspot.com 
Unfortunately this went into abeyance for a while, but is about to resurrected!

I also write travel blogs when I am off around the world eg www.sabtriptix.blogspot.com and www.sabjapan.blogspot.co.nz

 

 

 

 


PRICES

Prices on this website reflect that you are buying direct from the artist, rather than through a gallery or shop.

Prices are based on a variety of factors, including size, materials used, complexity, creative input and time input.

My aim is to keep prices affordable so that my art and masks are accessible to all. I am GST registered.

Feel free to ring me at any time with any query - mobile 021 480323

Or email me at sally@masquerade.co.nz 

Check "The Latest News" page for recent happenings.

Check the Events page for past and upcoming exhibitions.

 

I look forward to creating for you! 

Sally

 

Sally Blyth
Creativationist

Masquerade
Auckland, New Zealand

 

OTHER LINKS

www.beyondlimits.co.nz (my other website!)
www.destinationsmagazine.com

www.mahertours.co.nz

www.rikmedia.nz