Leora Sotto – masks

I was lucky enough to partake in the morning of an online mask making workshop given by Leora Sotto an Israeli artist, art therapist and teacher and organised by NIGAT. Her description of her process was fascinating, with wisdom, insight, and an open, engaging way of presenting that was relaxing and inspiring.

Leora was open to answering questions and I found the mark making and also the joining of parts with other materials really interesting. Her instagram is worth a look if you are interested in clay and masks. The material speaks to her and the mask is created.

We were then invited to make our own out of materials that we had to hand – I had some clay. I have not used the material for a long time and my quite wet air dry clay became easier to handle with use and below is my mask, so far…

By Art Therapy in Ballydehob, West Cork. Marika O'Sullivan

I am an art therapist based in Ballydehob West Cork. My background is in art and design, but I have also worked therapeutically with people for over 20 years. I also have many years experience of creative group facilitation and working in schools with art and design projects. I am currently Art Therapist in ARC,cancer support in West Cork and on the Cosceim panel working with young people in Direct Provision. Other experience includes working with adults of all ages, children and more specifically with adolescents and families who are having difficulties while at this transitional stage. Art Therapy allows creative solutions to difficult situation, the process builds resilience and improved coping skills, bringing joy and the potential to thrive creativity back into one's life.

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