My name is Steve Wintercroft and since 2013 my wife, Marianne and I have been designing and supplying unique masks to creative people and festival goers around the globe.
By nature I am obsessively creative and starting making things as a kid with my granddad. I studied Art and Design, then furniture making and have been designing and building custom surfboards since I was a teenager. I've worked as a cabinet maker but have spent most of my time as a full time surfboard shaper. I believe that the urge to create is a fundamental part of being human and these masks provide an excuse to sit down, get out the scissors, tape and paint and make something.
Masks from scrap
A couple of years ago, I received an invite to a friend’s Halloween party but struggling for costume ideas and short of time, I raided the recycling bin and gathered together a pile of packaging cardboard. Then sat down with some parcel tape, a pair of scissors and plenty of hot tea. An hour or so later and after some trial and error I had made myself an animal mask. The mask was well received so I decided to redesign it and make the templates available and accessible to everyone. The goal was to create a set of masks that could be built by anyone, using local materials, removing the need for mass manufacturing or shipping and with the minimum environmental impact.
By supplying the templates digitally and enabling people to build the masks themselves, there is no energy wasted on manufacturing or shipping.
The masks are intended to be built from discarded, reused or recycled card. For example old cereal boxes are ideal.
When you have finished with your mask you can strip the tape off and throw it in with the recycling.
I've designed masks for music videos, fashion shoots, festivals, parties and events with designs from a dog to an elephant so if you can't find what you are looking for or you need a particular mask for your event, just ask.
They are a good, environmentally conscious alternative to the usual plastic shop bought masks. You also have the satisfaction of knowing that you made it yourself.