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Muriel Nisse

  • Mask maker
  • Fontainebleau, France
  • Master Artisan
Muriel Nisse Mask maker
French, English
By appointment only
+33 683306526
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Mask maker extraordinaire

  • • Muriel works mainly from instinct
  • • She never draws her masks beforehand
  • • She creates according to an emotion, materials, or music

Muriel Nisse has always wanted to be an artist as long as she can remember. After studying at the Strasbourg School of Decorative Arts, she started working in the workshops of the Paris Opera where she discovered a passion for facial ornamentation and its many forms of artistic expression, including wig making. Her way of creating is very instinctive and personal as she works more around a subject than with a single technique often mixing drawing, painting, moulding, implantation, stitching, sewing and hairdressing. Never knowing in advance what a creation will represent, her sources of inspiration are varied and multiple ranging from mythological characters, insects, Renaissance paintings, futuristic ethnicity, traditional costumes and fashion in general.

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This embroidered mask is made of genuine hair and synthetic hairs, feathers and gemstones. Multicolour, blue and blond hairs and feathers embroidered on a cotton tulle and composed of tiny braids on the face with many small pearls decorate the mask. One eye is covered and the viewer can see a little part of the mouth.

Length 13 cm
Width 26 cm
Height 30 cm

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This painted mask on a latex base is embroidered with pearls and crystal. It is half covered with natural grey hair and composed of embroidered plastic modules created by Clementine Brandibas. It is designed to be worn as a hat with a covered face.

Length 20 cm
Width 20 cm
Height 23 cm

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Santa is a headpiece with a base in cotton tulle, covered with genuine red and black hair and braids. The face is composed with biodegradable sequins created by Carolyn Raff, golden fibre and pearls around the eyes.There are also two bi-coloured black and blond wicks of hairs on the cheeks.

Length 20 cm
Width 19 cm
Height 60 cm

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This face mask is on a velvet green base embroidered with gemstones, shells and pink yak hairs and genuine red hairs. It is like a cloth for the face, the mouth is covered. There are two long wicks of red hair on the chin.

Length 15 cm
Width 20 cm
Height 80 cm

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