If a little fake blood, a smoking plastic cauldron of dry ice, and “Monster Mash” on repeat isn’t scaring up your Halloween spirit—have you seen the stock market lately?—designer Shin Murayama’s wildly inventive fabric masks will make for a fright to remember. Crafted exclusively for I Don’t Like Mondays, an online fashion boutique, the Japanese designer’s quartet of “Valhalla” masks are a nightmarish amalgamation of fabric pieces, scrap metal, seashells, and other assorted bits and bobs.
But Murayama’s masks aren’t just fodder for sleepless nights—like all good art, they’re designed to be thought-provoking. The primate-inspired “Mandrill Nose,” for instance, was created as a form of self-expression “For example, how do I think about our planet?” Murayama says in an interview. “This idea humbled me, and gave me the sense that I should borrow a design from nature, the animal world.”
“Shoe Face,” complete with a giant blue teardrop, remarks upon our culture of mass production.
“Shoe Face,” which features laced-up shoelaces, a set of seashell teeth, and a giant blue teardrop, remarks upon our culture of mass production. “I think this consumer era is bound to end shortly,” Murayama says. “At the same time as I think this though, I am making more of the same. Is this ironic? A contradiction? Some of my work just adds to the amount of things being introduced into this overstuffed society. I’m using a sneaker as a cultural symbol in this sense.”
Modern society? Speaking of bloodcurdling…