Friday, October 17, 2014

Mask Master Sergio Boldrin at Castle in the Air

If you’ve visited Castle in the Air recently, you’ve no doubt noticed the fanciful, over-the- top masks that are part of our transformation into a Venetian wonderland. The masks are the creations of Sergio Boldrin, and they are at once whimsical and striking.

Sergio’s creations have been praised worldwide, from his hometown of Venice to features in National Geographic and the New York Times. Their most famous appearance was in the secret society scenes in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.

I had the chance to meet Sergio in his Venice shop earlier this year. It was almost hard to pick him out—there were faces everywhere.

He very graciously showed me how he makes his masks, step-by-step in the traditional manner. Would you like a peek into his workshop as well? Take a look at this video, which shows Sergio and his team creating a mask, from an original clay sculpture to the finished, brightly painted piece perfect for wearing to Carnival or any masked ball.

Come meet Sergio and hear him speak about his life as a traditional artisan at Castle in the Air on Tuesday, October 28. The event is free and will feature refreshments and live entertainment. Masquerade costumes encouraged!

Master Mask Artisan Sergio Boldrin
Tuesday, October 28, 5:30-7:30pm
Castle in the Air
1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley
For more information: (510)204-9801

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ironcraft at Castle in the Air

Are you up for a creative challenge? Castle in the Air has taken inspiration from the Iron Chef cook-off series and is happy to invite you to Ironcraft!

Between now and October 21 (or until supplies run out), come in to Castle in the Air and pick up a free crafting supply (our answer to Iron Chef’s mystery ingredient) we’ve selected from our treasure trove of materials. If you can’t make it into the shop but would like to participate you may order your ingredient from our online shoppe HERE (the price is to cover shipping and handling). Take it back to your studio and, using any other supplies you like, transform it into something amazing and unique.

Bring your creation to the shop by noon on Friday, October 21. You can also submit your work via email—just photograph your piece against a white background and send it to Include your postal address so we know where to send your prize. Whether you submit in person or online, include a short written description of what inspired you and a bit about how you made your creation, along with your name, address, phone number, and email address.

Everyone who participates in Ironcraft will be rewarded with a special prize and will be eligible for a credited mention on the Castle in the Air blog. We may even select a few submissions as the basis for upcoming tutorials. Castle in the Air appreciates and respects all forms of creative expression, but for the purposes of Ironcraft we’re looking for submissions appropriate for all ages.

Ironcraft isn’t a competition but a celebration of ingenuity and the creative spirit. We hope you’ll stop by the shop to take part!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Queen for a Day! Crown Tutorial

What you will need:
2 Dresden CrownsCrepe PaperFlorist WireBest Ever Stapler, Jewels, Glitter Glue, Ribbon or Cord, Alcohol Ink Pens, Skewer, Scissors, Wire Cutter, Tacky Glue

Begin by covering the back of one of the crowns with glue.

Glue crown to a piece of crepe paper and trim the crepe to the edge of the crown.

Bend piece of florist wire so that it runs the length of the crown and has loops on either end.

Staple the wire loops to the crown.

Cut a strip of crepe to cover the wire and glue it down.

Decorate your crown with alcohol ink, jewels, and glitter glue.

Bend the crown to fit your head and tie with ribbon.

Make it your own and celebrate in style!