This mask was made by hand using silk kimono fabric, cotton lining, and elastic ear straps, and has an adjustable nose wire. Inside the fabric of the mask is a handmade porcelain bead that can be cherished when you no longer need the mask. Written on the amulet or Omamori is the word protect in Japanese.
Amulet measures approximately .5" in diameter.
Momoko Usami received a BFA and an MFA from Kyoto City University of Art in Kyoto, Japan. She moved to the United States in January 2008. She was one of the residency artist at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago in 2009/2010. Currently, she settled her personal studio on the countryside near Kansas City, Missouri. She started Art Farm, small art classes for the community, in 2014. Momoko draws inspiration from many things, including Japanese painting from the Edo period, dreams, and daily encounters on the street. Her unique, playful and often interactive ceramic works have been shown in the United States, Canada, and Japan.
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