Bertjan Pot is the designer behind Random Light, a highly popular pendant lamp of modern dramatic design. 20 years after designing this, now classic lamp, Pot is still trying to push his boundaries by experimenting with different materials and textures.
In one of these projects—that started off as an experiment with string—Pot made intricate face masks only by stitching a bunch of colored ropes together. The artist admitted he was actually trying to use these ropes to make a rug but was unsuccessful in his attempts.
“One day, an assistant asked me what I was making. I playfully held a piece to my face and said, ‘A carpet.’ Seeing this, my assistant suggested that I make a mask instead, so I did. In the end, it turned out to be the most powerful application for the material,“ the artist said in an interview with Azure Magazine.
Pot has created around 250 masks so far, and they’ve been displayed in his exhibitions around the world. The unusual technique, vibrant colors and interesting facial features that appear on these masks are what make them so special and interesting.
Check out Pot’s creations in the photos below.