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After this last upload to the mask site I saw with a bit of shock that it’s long past time that I give the poor thing a full make-over.  It’s had that same look for way too many years, now, and it deserves a good gussy-up after so much faithful and uncomplaining service.

Besides, I’m tired of seeing the same thing every time I log in to update info on availability or upload photos of new masks.  Time to tear down the old web, insect carcasses and all, and spin a new one.

First task?  Many of the out-links were defunct and a few of my fellow mask-makers never gave back the reciprocal links they promised (tsk, tsk) after they approached me requesting links from my site to theirs — so off they go!

Power.  Heh.  Feels good.

I’m discontinuing several open edition designs, as the leather I use for them is getting harder to find in the quality I require at a sane price, and inferior leather is — well, inferior.  In all candor I want to concentrate on the one-of-a-kind masks, my visual art, and writing.  Yeah, I have delusions of being a writer, but that’s another story. (<—pun)

So now I gotta figure out what sort of look and what sort of mood I want for the site, beyond the minimal requisites of mystery and intrigue, and how best to convey it.  Nostalgic?  Quirky?  Pretentious?  High brow?  Low light?

Still it will have no bells, no whistles, no shopping cart — the site’s basically a brochure with contact links, not some retail giant nightmare, and I want to keep it that way.  A little dignity, please, and respect for my patrons and myself.

But I do know, at the very least, that I want an Old World atmosphere for the site.  Maybe something operatic or balletic, like a set design with a running narrative of some sort.  Narrative possibilities include Die Fledermaus, Un Ballo in Maschera, Cinderella, Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice,…

Really, any storyline that involves or revolves around disguises and misdirection — accidental or deliberate — would do well.  The setting must be Venetian,… at least in spirit:

‘The Grand Canal’ by Thomas Moran, 1899 ~ permanent collection of the PAM

Moran’s work is exquisite, just breathtaking.  If you haven’t see his paintings of Venice yet, you’ve really been missing out on some wonders.