1131: The Work of Fynn Jackson

A long while ago, a new artist on the scene, Fynn Jackson, started releasing astonishing mask crease patterns on social media.

He later commercially released his designs and I purchased his crease pattern packs for masks 1-35, along with the more recently released noses 1-9.

I love Fynn’s work, and eventually will develop my own CPs of faces. There is so much expression in the score and fold bundle, so decided to expand my collection and try out a bundle of manilla card in the process. I contacted @Jacksonorigami and asked him about selling finished masks – he (to my surprise and delight) freely encourages folders to monetise their rendering of his designs, so long as we do not share the purchased CPs (so please DO NOT ASK) …. so I got to thinking about an upcoming Gallery shoppe associated with my papermaker friends PAQ – put 1 and 1 together and arrived at 6.

I set about folding 6 faces I had not tried before from Fynn’s rich collection of characters, each using different aspect ratios, techniques and all quite wonderful. I was encouraged (by some of the wonderful ladies in PAQ – I am looking at you Ann and Wendy!) to consider selling, and began thinking about displays that would make them work as purchaseables.

Googling, I came across a bunch of Shadowbox ideas, then turned to my trusty graphic software and came up with a blueprint for a “corner”, bought some lovely textured card in dark blue and dark brown (both colours compliment the manilla card) and manufactured boxframes for each. I also fabricated a triangular prism “kickstand” on the back so they free-stand. If I was to own one of these beauties, I would want to display it on a shelf … so that is what I was going for.

Each mask had different schrapnel on the back, so I had to devise custom tabs as fixing points so the masks were securely affixed to the frames. In the end I really like these. I hope someone else does also. Working out a price etc is still to do but … yeah. What an interesting learning journey this was.

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