Masks by Bertjan Pot

Dutch designer Bertjan Pot creates contemporary renditions of folkloric masks by stitching together thin strands of colored rope, giving the human face new textures that are at once otherworldly and familiar. The series began in 2010 when Pot, most notably known for designing “Random Light,” the globe-shaped pendant lamp of resin drained glass-fiber yarn, attempted to make a flat carpet out of knitted rope, but ended up with insistently curvier swatches. The designer decided to use the orbicular patterns as contours of the human face to create a mask, preserving the serendipitous nature found in all of his projects, which are self-proclaimed to be rooted in trial-and-error and his fixation with stretching the possibilities of materiality.