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Dimitri Shabalin

Dimitri Shabalin Mask maker
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Russian, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+7 966322 77 99
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The archaeologist of mask making

  • • Dimitri seeks to connect ideas and tell stories with his masks
  • • He uses Soviet era pins and memorabilia in his designs
  • • His first mask was made out of his old toys and his mother’s jewellery

Fashion editor of Numero and Interview magazines, Dimitri Shabalin had no plans to become an artisan until he came across a box of his childhood toys when he visited his mother on holiday in 2013. The feeling he experienced back then was akin to exploring a long-lost civilisation – and this is exactly what he seeks to recreate in his masks. "Each mask is born out of multiple symbols, pieces of memorabilia and associations, and I am fascinated to hear their owners talk about what they see in them. Sometimes they come up with the most whimsical images, and this is what I love: it means my art inspires soul searching, creativity, curiosity and an exploring spirit." Dimitri still has his first mask, a precious memory of the start of his wonderful artistic journey.

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Ice Cave mask

Dimitri was born in the Perm region (Ural Mountains) of Russia, a landscape filled with ice caves. Long ago, the local shamans lived in the nearby Kungur cave, now a tourist attraction. His early memories of these places were the inspiration for this mask made of recycled accessories, the blue and white evoking the colours of ice.

34 cm
30 cm
12 cm

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Transformation mask

Dimitri’s mother forbade him from reading magazines about Disney princesses, which is probably why he still loves them so much. This mask, adorned with children’s toys (his own and others’), beer caps, razor blades and other accessories, is dedicated to the growth and transformation of every boy into a man, when he starts to shave and drinks beer for the first time.

32 cm
27 cm
12 cm

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Levitation mask

All Dimitri’s masks are dedicated to his childhood memories and dreams. He believes that the ability to levitate is one of every child’s biggest dreams. In his world, you can fly wearing this mask, but you need to have scary teeth to protect yourself from angry birds. The brightly coloured mask is adorned with various recycled items, such as perfume bottles, glasses and bracelets.

40 cm
30 cm
15 cm

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Entropy mask

Pikachu is Dimitri’s favourite character of all time because his cheeks blush when he worries. The Pikachu figurine placed atop the mask was a part of a toy phone that belonged to Dimitri in the 1990s and was taken to pieces to create this mask. Dimitri believes that sometimes you need to destroy something old to make something new – a sort of cosmic law. The mask is adorned with myriad colourful recycled materials.

32 cm
22 cm
12 cm

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Infinity mask

To Dimitri, this mask symbolises transformation. A vintage pocket watch, embedded in the mask’s forehead, is surrounded by myriad colourful and glittering recycled accessories. The time is set at 11:57, just a few minutes before a miracle is to happen. The mask conveys the excitement every child feels on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve.

45 cm
28 cm
13 cm

Dimitri Shabalin Mask maker

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