masks and eyes
Beads and necklace by L. Ament of Isinglass Design. Masks and eye beads are traditional in many cultures, worn to protect the wearer, or for good fortune. These masks were made with those traditions in mind. They are inspired by gargoyles, African masks and American Indian totemic masks.
As a child growing up in New Orleans, masks were a big part of life. Our family gathered at Lee Circle every year on Mardi Gras to view the walking clubs and parades and see all of the wild costumes. We kids would make our annual unauthorized trip to Canal Street to soak up some real New Orleans culture, returning to our placid existence wide-eyed.
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