We are taking advantage of being able to share our great delight and fascination on the much anticipated arrival of your FANTASTIC masks - which should really be referred to for their amazing quality as 'sculptures' !!
Imagine our excitement today at the PO collecting a large beautifully wrapped box (ex 'Fortnum and Mason') to open and find these stunning creations which must have taken you many many hours on those sleepless nights in the days of 'high doses' !! Ruth and I are also VERY impressed with your thoughtful description of the masks expressing a duality and interconnection all at the same time. Your also amazing card described so well how mine is the 'darker' one - me with the actual GCA. I really love it with my tongue rudely 'poked out' at the universe in some disgust for 'my' illness and Ruth - as my long 'suffering partner' by contrast the lighter and brighter of the two but still with a hint of 'sadness'. We really LOVE that you made both masks from the same mould and split them into the two faces - together but separate as we all inevitably must still be !
I especially like 'my' 'dial' eyes which look like they could be turned 'up or down' according to my mood (ha ha !!) and Ruth loves the dread-locked stand up hair (she actually has hair that dreadlocks sometimes - how did you guess !!?? The gold and blue shades with the pearly white face are also Ruth thinks rather Art Deco like and we love that particular style. And how did you ALSO 'know' that black and silver are really my favourite colours - I have naturally now silvery hair, and only ever wear silver jewellery - very often with 'black' !!
We have already decided to locate these in our most special room - our library- in a spot where they can always be appreciated for their great brilliance. We feel very privileged that you have been so generous with your time and effort as well as your creativity to actually have made these for US and gone to so much trouble with the postage and packing (we LOVE your 'sustainable packing BTW).
You mentioned in your wonderful card that SJ might be your next lucky recipient - boy is she in for a treat ......(just you wait SJ !!!)
One of the most rewarding things about ever having PMR/GCA has been this forum and all the wonderful people I have 'met' here. While I rant myself sometimes about the negative things associated with this digital age - here is some really tangible 'evidence' that our online interconnections can have inspiring outcomes - such as this one. Thank you so much Melissa for these unique and remarkable 'masks' which ironically have unmasked even more - your talent for imagination, creativity and friendship !!
Lots of Love
Della (Rimmy) and Ruth
PS. See my DM as well.