Aztec inspired mask

For Kemptown Carnival, we had to make, as a group, 12 headdresses/masks and a hobbyhorse on a very limited budget. Recycling was key. I was tasked with making three crows and an aztec/Brazilian inspired god-like thing. I spent a few days in the library, looking up mayan, aztec and Brazilian mythology, to make sure I would not create something that would offend or appropriate sacred animals or images. The 'feathers' are in fact a sacred thing, but also a characteristic. Instead of making them look like feathers, I went with the general look of some flowy shapes. I tried to avoid obvious 'feather' imagery. The mask itself is vac-formed over a sculpt made in wet clay. The rest of the crown is made with thermoplastics and paper mache.