Brief: With the use of a plain male or female mannequin, modify if to emulate the culture, civilisation, city or country that you are given.
Chosen culture: Himalayas.
We began with doing in depth research towards the 5 surrounding countries, and the people that inhabit the area; finding the Tiji Festival of Mustang, Nepal. According to monterosa-nepal.com, 'the festival is a three-day ritual known as "The chasing of the Demons" and it is centred on the Tiji myth: a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. Throughout the festival the events and story of the myth are re-enacted' using masks. We used this traditional dress as our inspiration for our vibrant mannequins mask.
For the body, we focused on what the Himalayas are notoriously known for: mountains. We found images that used a colour palette of neutral tones in blue and grey to contrast the harsh colours of the mask.
Overall, my group and I are very please with the outcomes of our work. Mod-rocing the entire torso, arms and thighs was a very time consuming process, however the results are very effective and looked like a mountainous landscape. The facial mask was done to the plan and imitates the Tiji Festival. On reflection, if I were to change anything here I would have liked the tongue to be of a redder hue, rather than solid purple as I feel like it blends in a little. I like the addition of the fabric fringing that echoes the traditional dress of the Nepalese, and add to the authenticity of the mannequin.