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The Yule Goat by Sakalah The Yule Goat by Sakalah
Edit: I've changed the name from Christmas to Yule.

This mask was made during my second year at Sigtuna Folk High School. It took me 5 weeks of hard work.
The idea for this emerged in early November (2011). You know, around that time when you see gnomes and Santa Clauses absolutely everywhere. Sick and tired of those commercial Christmas icons, I started to ponder if anyone still remembered the times when Christmas wasn't all about money and material happiness.

I've always wanted to make a mask out of papier-mâché, and now I finally found a reason to make one.
The base of the mask is made with plaster strips which is formed like a neatly fitting helmet around my head; covering my nose and cheekbones. After that rather clumsy endeavor with the plaster, I formed the muzzle, horns, and ears with steel net. And on top of that a thick layer of papier-mâché (newspaper strips and glue) stuffed with various pieces of tissue paper and cardboard. I spent at least 2 weeks on that alone.
Once the structure was complete, I painted a layer of plaster mixed with wood glue all over to get a sturdy and water-resistant surface. The horns, face, and eyes was painted with acrylic paint. The eyes got a few layers of glossy transparent nail polish to make them more life-like. The hair is synthetic, except for the beard which is made of wool.
To make it more comfortable to wear this mask without having all the weight resting on my face, I attached two elastic ribbons to the back of the mask and a belt around my waist.

But the purpose of this mask wasn't to be placed in a gallery. I dressed myself up and performed in public!

Watch my performance! :la:
I'm sorry that 99% of the video is in Swedish.

The History of the Yule GoatBefore Santa Claus existed in Scandinavia, the Yule goat handed out
the gifts. The history about the Yule goat is old and is believed
to have its oldest roots in pre-Christian times. The goat made of straw
that adorn our homes around Christmas has its heritage in old Swedish
folk belief. The young woman or man whom harvested, tied together or
brought home the last sheaf of the year from the fields earned a place
of honour next to the master of the homestead by the Christmas dining
table. The last sheaf was believed to bring in the Spirit of Harvest and
its felicific powers, so according to tradition the sheaf was formed
into the shape of a human figure or a goat, which was called
"Stådaren" (no proper translation available, sorry). This
figure was handled with homage and respect to bring a good harvest
upcoming year.
The straw goat has its strongest heritage in Dalsland and
Värmland (provinces in Sweden), where people put the goat on,
next to or underneath the dining table.
<--- In case you want to know more about this goat.
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Given 2012-09-12
The Christmas Goat by *Sakalah a beautifully made mask. ( Suggested by 3wyl and Featured by UnicornReality )
A well deserved DD. Nod Not only for the amazing work and detail put into the mask/costume, but how dAmn good you handled the "stay in character"-thing... and all those sweet little baaah's you uttered!! Giggle I LoL'd while watching the video! <3
RufusReginald Apr 22, 2013   Filmographer
Pretty, pretty and stylish as well. Did you visit Sigtuna during the holidays by the way?
Myrling Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god...! I love it! I love you! I LOVE that video!! <3
I'm also infatuated with that old Julbock tradition and made a goat-mask myself in school, but it's not NEARLY as neat as this wonderous creation! :)
Pleeeease tell me that you will perform with this outfit this year too? Gingerbreads for the kids and a remarkable experience for the parents! ;D And maybe a nostalgic feeling for the old folks? ;)
Thank you for making and posting very cool! I wish people would take more pride in their unique traditions instead of being so corporate.
CaptainAirheart Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Ignore that comment, I just noticed the slits on the front, good idea!
CaptainAirheart Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
This is beautifully made, may I ask how you can see out of it? I've been thinking about making my own goat mask...
Darkstar1013 Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As a multi-media artist. I sometimes do masks and I have to say that this one is exceptional. For your first, it is outrageous. Keep working you have a gift.
Awesome work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
the-new-Shadow Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You'll defenately scare the sh't out of everyone who sees ya :D
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