About Masquerade

I have always had a creative streak, since childhood, but a varied professional career lured me to work mainly in the not-for-profit sector, near and far, for many years. My work encompassed project co-ordination, conference planning, facilitation and more, and took me around the world.

After successfully selling my early creative work (created purely for pleasure) I realised there was a demand for my style of work, and I decided I wanted to concentrate more on my creative capabilities as well as combine that with my facilitation and professional experience. I set up my own business in 2006 - Beyond Facilitation and Creativion Ltd - and have

Learning and developing my artistic style through my own observation, research and experimentation during my adult years, I now happily focus on my creative passions full-time, continuing to draw on experiences of countries and cultures I have encountered, and using the various skills I have built up along the way.

I enjoy exploring beyond the known, striving to create the exceptional.

The Masquerade "mask" side of my work has flourished - it seems that the mystique of the Masquerade event will never fade. I create masks for people from all walks of life, for all sorts of events, including corporate, private and weddings. From smaller birthday celebrations to large-scale masquerade balls, my masks are "in action" around town, and around the world. I also run workshops for children and adults. Contact me for more info.

Also check out my Beyond FAC Ltd website, which focuses more on the facilitation and professional side of my world of work  www.beyondlimits.co.nz


Sally Blyth - Artist Profile

I am an Auckland-based artist, designer, mask-maker and writer who enjoys creating and exhibiting a diverse range of works.  I have won several awards and a major highlight of my creative endeavours has been having six garments selected for the WOW World of Wearable Arts Shows, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.  They have also been exhibited in the WOW Museum in Nelson, and Te Papa video stream.

I incorporate a wide variety of media into my work. Texture and iridescence are important elements and by adding subtle touches and embellishments, I encourage you to look beyond your first glance. Ink is a medium I enjoy working with immensely, it's fluidity enables real freedom to create.  I love that you can have a vision in mind, yet at the same time let the ink be a part of the process of bringing the vision to reality. 

Inspired by countries, cultures and eras of time, I am constantly devising innovative ways to evoke a sense of a particular place and time.  A symbol, a colour, a word, an image, an impression, a mood ... if the viewer can recall the feeling of being in that place; gain the desire to be there; experience that moment in time again ... then the art has done its work. Often I use my own photographic images within the artwork.

Alongside painting, I create unique Masquerade masks, made to order to match outfits and themes for special occasions. I also create “Artique” mask-artworks for display. All the masks draw on traditional Venetian techniques, blended with my own style and flavour. Masks are a real passion for me, along with the realm of Wearable Arts.

I have learnt my technique largely through my own observation, research and experimentation. I actively network with fellow artists, and spent time in France under the guidance of an abstract artist. This experience enabled me to develop my own abstract style, which is constantly evolving. I have also been to many mask shops in Venice to observe the craft of the Venetian mask artisan, and bring some of the secrets back home to my studio.

Working from my home-based studio, I am forever experimenting with new styles and techniques, always on the lookout for fresh ideas and inspiration, and enjoy travelling far and wide to find them.

July 2015

Beyond is my facilitation and coaching  business  www.beyondlimits.co.nz
Masquerade is my creativation art brand  www.masquerade.co.nz