Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Tudors Scene

A scene from the the BBC series "The Tudors" with some of the masks we have in stock


Sunday, 27 May 2012

Privacy Update

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Thursday, 24 May 2012

Magazine Featured!

Just sent some of our venetian masks off to "Harper's Bazaar", our masks (mostly filigree as they are the seasons must have) will be used by the models and our site will be featured....Keep an eye out!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

New Masks

Some fantastic new masks have just arrived and i have been busy putting them on the site...Enjoy!





Sunday, 20 May 2012

Leather Mask making

Just found this video on you-tube and thought i'd share it with you - It really is good how she makes it & if you don't fancy making your own then just pop by our shop and just choose one our leather masks! lol

Leather Mask Making

Enjoy

Friday, 18 May 2012

Mascheranda Masked Ball at Venice Carnival

Fancy something a little different next year? I know it's a little early to even think of it but why not go mad and go to the masked ball to end all masked balls!

Have a read and see what you think....Tempting ;))

http://www.weekendalacarte.co.uk/Venice-Carnival-Ball.php

Re-doing home page

Doesn't feel like May does it! - So im stopping in and re-doing the sites home page i think today...Any ideas would be wecome. I think i'm getting there!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

How to have a masquerade themed wedding

If you are thinking of having a themed wedding day based around a masquerade then check out this site...And don't forget to get your masks from us! lol

http://www.ehow.com/how_4662228_masquerade-themed-wedding.html

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Help to find the right mask

We just might have the right mask for you whatever the occasion, be it a masquerade party, Venetian ball, wedding or prom. Don’t be afraid to ask if you need any help - Even if it means we send you to one of our competitors if they have something we don't have in stock we will - We are here to help.

Commedia Masquerade Mask - Black Limited Edition

Todays venetian mask of the day is the stunning - Commedia Masquerade Mask - Black Limited Edition - Enjoy

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Masquerade Ball

A masquerade ball for your diary...Enjoy!

Remember to get your masks from us first mind you!

Masquerade News

If you have any news stories/ parties/events or photos you wish to share then please do get in touch and we will feature them as soon as possible.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Help Needed

Need some help growing our business - What would you like to see featured on our site, maybe new categories? Maybe more info or a photo gallery perhaps? Please do let us know what you think

Filigree Metal Masquerade Masks

This is my all time favourite type of mask...Each one is a masterpiece in it's own right &We have one of the largest selections of Venetian Filigree Masquerade masks- from simple masculine masks to very pretty flirty ones - The seasons must have mask for both men and women.

If you want a really special mask then there's bound to be one that's just right for your party.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Full Face Masks for men

Choose from a selection of full face masks (volto) that are taken from traditional Venetian carnival (commedia del'arte) and include characters like Bauta, Jester, Plague Doctor, Scaramouche, Gatta & Zanni to name but a few.

These types of mask are just perfect masks for men at your Venetian masquerade party,masked ball, theatre performance or just to character at your masquerade event.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Mask of the Day

Need Any Help Finding A Mask?

At present we provide all customer support by email as this enables us to keep our support costs to a minimum and thus keep the prices of our products down so please feel free to email us with any questions about our website, our masquerade masks or mask making

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Masks

A mask is an object normally worn on the face, typically for protection,disguise, performance or entertainment. Masks have been used since antiquity for both ceremonial and practical purposes. They are usually worn on the face, although they may also be positioned for effect elsewhere on the wearer's body, so in parts of Australia giant totem masks cover the body, whilst Inuit women use finger masks during storytelling and dancing.

Etymology

The word "mask" appeared in English in the 1530s, from middle french masque "covering to hide or guard the face", derived in turn from Italian maschera, from medieval latin masca "mask, specter, nightmare". This word is of uncertain origin, perhaps from Arabic maskharah مَسْخَرَۃٌ "buffoon", from the verb sakhira "to ridicule". However, it may also come from provencal mascarar "to black (the face)" (or the related Catalan mascarar, Old French mascurer). This in turn is of uncertain origin — perhaps from a Germanic source akin to English "mesh", but perhaps from mask- "black", a borrowing from a pre Indo European language. One German author claims the word "mask" is originally derived from the Spanish más que la cara (literally, "more than the face" or "added face"), which evolved to "máscara", while the Arabic "maskharat" - referring to the buffoonery which is possible only by disguising the face - would be based on these Spanish roots. Other related forms are Hebrew masecha= "mask"; Arabic maskhara مَسْخَرَ = "he ridiculed, he mocked", masakha مَسَخَ = "he transfomed".

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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Masquerade Party

Save the date for Burlington Community Foundation 2012 Masquerade Ball. More information coming soon.
To purchase tickets please contact Laura Pizzacalla at mailto:lpizzacalla@burlingtonfoundation.org?Subject=2012 Masquerade Ball or 905 639 0744 ext 221.
Please visit our Photo Gallery to get a flavour of this fabulous night of entertainment.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

New gallery for masquerade party photos

If anyone would like to send photos of their masquerade party to us, we will feature them in our up and coming gallery section

Friday, 4 May 2012

Plague Doctor Masquerade Mask

The Medico Della Peste (plague doctor) with its long beak is one of the most bizarre and recognisable of the Venetian masks. The striking design has a macabre history originating from 17th century French physician Charles de Lorme who adopted the mask together with other sanitary precautions while treating plague victims.

The mask is white consisting of a hollow beak and round eye holes covered with crystal discs creating a bespectacled effect & looks very strange

Colombina style

The Colombina style (known as Columbine and Columbino) is a half mask often highly decorated with rich gold, silver, crystals and feathers. It is held up to the face by a baton or tied with ribbon as with most other Venetian masks. The colombine was popularised by an early actress in the Commedia dell'art of the same name. It is said it was designed for her because she did not wish to have her beautiful face covered completely. Now both men and women wear this very popular style of vmasquerade mask.

Bauta venetian masquerade mask history

Bauta (sometimes referred as baùtta) is a mask which covers the whole face, this was a traditional piece of art, with a stubborn chin line, no mouth, and lots of gilding. The mask has a square jaw line often pointed and tilted upwards to enable the wearer to talk, eat and drink easily without having to remove the mask thereby preserving their anonymity. The Bauta was often accompanied by a red cape and a tricorn.

Long Nose Masquerade masks

Distinctive and fun long nosed Venetian masquerade masks suitable for men, but ladies can also wear them.

'Turco' is Italian for Turkish and these mask designs have hooked noses whereas the 'Nasone' (or nose) have a long straight nose.

It is still possible to eat and drink from a bottle while wearing these long nose masks but you will find it difficult to drink out of a cup without a straw.

The Pest Doctor design is a traditional Venetian masquerade design. These long nose masks were used by doctors during the plague as the long nose was filled with herbs to mask the awful smell.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Masquerade masks on a stick

Masks on sticks are perfect for people wearing glasses, or if you prefer to hold a mask rather than tie silk ribbons around your head.

Blank Masquerade Masks

Our range of blank masquerade masks are made in Venice from papier mache and then painted brilliant white. They have been hand made by skillled artisans are should not be confused with the cheaper plastic, card or printable blank masks.

These plain Venetian masks have many different uses. They are great for children's parties for kids to paint and then wear. You can also use them as a base, or canvas, on which you can design and personalise your own creation for a masquerade ball or a theatrical production.