Amulet Wear for COVID Times

Amulet /ˈamyələt/
An object worn to fend off evil, injury, harm or disease; protective.

This project started as designing headdresses for a production of Aristophanes’ Clouds with the University of Vermont Classics Department. Originally scheduled for March 2020, the performance was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Many of the shapes in these compositions are inspired by ice crystals, influenced by Dancing Stars and include Greek shapes contributed by Glynis Fawkes. Glynnis designed crowns (not pictured here) for the Cloud Queens and was an influential consultant and collaborator on this project.

During the stay-at-home orders I made amulet masks using leftover pieces from the headdresses. These works are pictured below along with some of the original headdresses.

Headdress designed for Aristophanes' Clouds by Jenn Karson
Poster for the Clouds