Satyr Masks

Okay, these were made in the 70′s and mostly
as artwork but some were actually sold so in
that respect, we had to post one of this designer’s
masks. And here we all thought the doll faces were
freaky in the last post – I am quite sure this one
reaches a whole higher level on the freaky meter.

And a shout out to Garth over at Extreme Craft not
only for sending this in but for also mentioning
WNTC when he’s lecturing. Go check his site -
he’s got some freaky stuff too!

44 comments

  1. SapphireQueen says:

    Wow! If that doesn’t wake someone up first thing in the morning……I don’t know what will. WTF is this supposed to be? Artwork? Yeah, maybe in a drug induced hazy conceptual kind of way, maybe………..However, if I wore that into the office, THAT would be the one thing I could do to get some time off……..in a padded room of course, but hey, time away from here is still time away……….

  2. Maryann says:

    Very strange, I agree. But I find less fault with this than with things that were actually made to be worn. There is something to be said for the quality of the work, too. For all the strangeness of it, I can’t help but have some admiration for the designer, which is more than I can usually say for the fugs on WNTC.

  3. Robin says:

    *wow* the only way that could be freakier is if they could somehow take those doll heads and attach it to the mask;)
    I have to say, despite the freakiness, a lot of work & care went into the making of this mask. Glad I look at this before I go to work and not before I go to bed

  4. bricolo-chic says:

    I’m sure that on my blog you will find a lot of ideas for you… sigh sigh… But I’m so happy in doing crochet things. And I’m more happy in making gifts to colleagues that can not protest!

  5. altobarb says:

    It’s a wonderful piece of ’60′s fiber art by Niki Hitz Edson, one of a group of about five artists that worked out of Pratt University. Perhaps seeing it in context on her website would make it more palatable to some?

    EDITED BY WNTC: Removed direct link to site as there are way too many pop-ups that come with it. It can be easily searched for through Google or any search engine if you want to see it.

  6. SweaterGrrrl says:

    Although a lot of what is on the “What Not to Crochet” site is amusingly horrifying, I don’t think this piece belongs here.

    Up until art pieces like this were made, the only crocheting was bedspreads and baby booties and was not considered “Art” by any stretch.

    Remember, too, that this was during the early years of the women’s movement, and knitting and crocheting were looked down upon as “anti-feminist.” Artists making pieces like this were revolutionary. In fact, Niki Hitz Edson and her contemporaries inspired me to move beyond afghans and doll clothes. We owe them a lot.

    Remember that the next time you go knitting or crocheting in public without shame.

  7. Minky says:

    Totally, Greek, but this kind of ‘work’ should be under a totally different heading, it should be appreciated in the creative aspect, my sons would love to wear it on Helloween.

  8. Fern says:

    Your’e just jealous-coming up with something this detailed ain’t easy and you should see the rest of her work-fabulous!

  9. anneonymousone says:

    If you’re shocked by the nose, look up “satyr” in a dictionary and look up references to goats and “the Horned God” in Barbara G. Walker’s _Women’s Encylopedia of Myths and Secrets.” Yes, it IS that BGW; she’s amazing.

  10. Jackie Bailey says:

    You know, I could see something like this being worn in a production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. It may not be to everybody’s taste, but it’s definitely a work of art.

  11. z says:

    sorry, but this one is REALLY cool. If they seriously intended for people to wear it out skiiing or something it could be considered awful, but it’s an art piece. As an art piece, it’s amazing. I’ll admidt the colors could be better, but hey, it was the 70′s.

  12. brillig says:

    This is meant as art, not a fashion accessory. I am impressed at the creativity of the design, especially the ringlet part covering the face and head. If one is going to crochet a satyr mask, I think they would be hard pressed to do a better job than this.

  13. hookingloops says:

    This is great!

    (I would love to see someone skiing down the slopes with something like this on, beats the heck out of boring knit caps!)

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