teonova

Teonova

Key Largo, Florida
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Announcement    Welcome to Teonova!
What an honor to have been featured in a Florida Keys episode of PBS Art Loft! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUZEdbU9bHU
Each mask is a one of a kind, entirely hand made piece of wearable art. I have been making high quality leather mask since 1999.
All masks posted in my Etsy shop are completed and ready to ship.
SHIPPING OPTIONS (Priority, Express, etc.) available once you put the mask in your cart.
Will be seen in an upcoming Netflix series, and a upcoming NYC Broadway production, more details later :) As seen in Toyota's "Gingerbread Man" commercial, Pretty Little Liars, Boardwalk Empire, Minnesota Opera, Absolut Greyhound commercial, Lovesac (2012), Mike's Hard Lemonade : Hibachi commercial, "Welcome to Me" movie starring Kristin Wiig, the beautiful video for "Beacon Sun" by Quiet Hounds, Canterbury's "More Than Know" video, Sheamus of WWE Monday Night Raw, "Jackals" movie, Tech N9ne - E.B.A.H. - Official Music Video and many many more cool places, thanks to my creative customers!

www.teonova.etsy.com
www.teonova.com

Retail locations:
MASKARADE on St. Ann St. in the French Quarter of NEW ORLEANS
Fred Eisen Leather in lovely New Hope, PA
In Touch, at 706 on Duval, Key West, FL
and occasionally (a few days a month) setting up at the famous Mallory Square Sunset Celebration in beautiful Key West, Florida (feel free to message me for upcoming dates).
KEY WEST FANTASY FEST look for me on Duval St., usually in the evenings!!
** and this year I will be at the DeLand, Craft Show, DeLand Florida, Sept. 24 and 25, 2022.

If you're wondering about mask quality, here are excerpts from some of my customer reviews (thank you, awesome customers!!):
"This mask is absolutely amazing. Hands down the best item I've ever purchased on Etsy!!! "
"Unique and perfectly hand-crafted. These make awesome gifts! "
"Absolutely gorgeous high-quality piece. Great work, great seller! "
"Another beautifully crafted mask! Perfect for our stage production! "
"Absolutely beautiful! Comfortable and well-crafted in every detail! "
"The mask was shipped super fast...it is a beautiful functional work of art! ...looks amazing on, and is so comfortable I could sleep with it on. "

** Thanks for visiting and enjoy looking around :) **

Announcement

Last updated on Sep 12, 2022

Welcome to Teonova!
What an honor to have been featured in a Florida Keys episode of PBS Art Loft! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUZEdbU9bHU
Each mask is a one of a kind, entirely hand made piece of wearable art. I have been making high quality leather mask since 1999.
All masks posted in my Etsy shop are completed and ready to ship.
SHIPPING OPTIONS (Priority, Express, etc.) available once you put the mask in your cart.
Will be seen in an upcoming Netflix series, and a upcoming NYC Broadway production, more details later :) As seen in Toyota's "Gingerbread Man" commercial, Pretty Little Liars, Boardwalk Empire, Minnesota Opera, Absolut Greyhound commercial, Lovesac (2012), Mike's Hard Lemonade : Hibachi commercial, "Welcome to Me" movie starring Kristin Wiig, the beautiful video for "Beacon Sun" by Quiet Hounds, Canterbury's "More Than Know" video, Sheamus of WWE Monday Night Raw, "Jackals" movie, Tech N9ne - E.B.A.H. - Official Music Video and many many more cool places, thanks to my creative customers!

www.teonova.etsy.com
www.teonova.com

Retail locations:
MASKARADE on St. Ann St. in the French Quarter of NEW ORLEANS
Fred Eisen Leather in lovely New Hope, PA
In Touch, at 706 on Duval, Key West, FL
and occasionally (a few days a month) setting up at the famous Mallory Square Sunset Celebration in beautiful Key West, Florida (feel free to message me for upcoming dates).
KEY WEST FANTASY FEST look for me on Duval St., usually in the evenings!!
** and this year I will be at the DeLand, Craft Show, DeLand Florida, Sept. 24 and 25, 2022.

If you're wondering about mask quality, here are excerpts from some of my customer reviews (thank you, awesome customers!!):
"This mask is absolutely amazing. Hands down the best item I've ever purchased on Etsy!!! "
"Unique and perfectly hand-crafted. These make awesome gifts! "
"Absolutely gorgeous high-quality piece. Great work, great seller! "
"Another beautifully crafted mask! Perfect for our stage production! "
"Absolutely beautiful! Comfortable and well-crafted in every detail! "
"The mask was shipped super fast...it is a beautiful functional work of art! ...looks amazing on, and is so comfortable I could sleep with it on. "

** Thanks for visiting and enjoy looking around :) **

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About teonova

Sales 2,761
On Etsy since 2008

Teonova Leather Masks

I was recently featured in a section of South Florida PBS's Art Loft program, and it is a great way to view my process. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUZEdbU9bHU
I started making leather masks around 1999 when a friend (my ex boyfriend Mike...thank you Mike!) , who worked at Fred Eisen Leather in New Hope PA, gave me a few small scraps of leather. Fred has a working leather studio in his shop. I took my little scraps, and some instructions on how to wet mold leather, and made a couple of simple masks. Because that was about how big the pieces of leather were...eye mask sized. And I had recently seen a small molded-leather eye mask.
Excited with my new creations, I showed Fred what I had made, and he offered to give me some pointers for finishing the mask so they looked professional, and offered to sell them in the shop. I took him up on the offer, and they did indeed sell!

So I started making bigger, more detailed and more complicated masks. And they continued to sell. In the meantime, I was working full time at a vintage clothing shop in the same town (the iconic Love Saves the Day, which also used to have a NYC shop of Desperately Seeking Susan fame), and teaching horseback riding lessons (teaching at a hunter jumper barn, but dressage and trail riding is my passion) a couple of days a week. I made masks at night. Around 2005, I got a huge order through Fred, for over 1000 masks, for an event in Monaco. This order, which took close to a year, working at night after my other jobs, allowed me to leave my daytime job and start working full time as a leather maskmaker.

I was always crafty, but if you'd told me I would make a living making leather masks, I would have said that it was pretty unlikely, I was never a mask wearer (probably because I wore eyeglasses all my life, which I couldn't do without...til I got Lasik a couple of years ago :) ), and wasn't ever particularly attracted to masks when I
would see them at shops or Renaissance Fairs or what have you. Maybe that's why my masks are a bit different...I really didn't have too much of a pre-conceived notion of what they needed to look like. But I quickly realized that I love making them. Nearly 17 tears later, I still love the process. There is something of a "let's see what I made" feeling to it, as the leather changes a bit as it dries over night (after I hand shape in all the molded detail), and I never know for sure how my dying or painting will come out, not the least of all because I am applying color to a tan, not white, surface. And when I put the sealer on, after all the coloring is done, the colors change and blend and richen as the sealer sort of sinks them into the leather. So it's something of a surprise, to see what each masks turns out like, which I find exciting.

My designs are driven by various inspirations...things I see during the day, an animal I come across that I want to try to make in mask form, customer requests, sometimes just a color pattern in a magazine or what have you that looks beautiful and I want to try to interpret in mask form.

I currently live in Key Largo, FL, where I have been since 2014. I spend every other weekend in Key West and sell my masks in person at Mallory Square a couple of times a month. I still get some horse time in, thanks to being able to volunteer as a stall cleaner - caregiver - occasional exercise rider for the horses of the Key West Mounted Patrol.

I have been fortunate to have my masks seen in TV shows, commercials, movies...worn by dance companies, theatre groups, operas, musicians, rock bands,
dj's...including Boardwalk Empire, Pretty Little Liars, Welcome To Me movie, Absolut Vodka's Absolut Greyhound commercial, Mike's Hard Lemonade "Hibachi" commercial, Atlanta band Quiet Hounds, UK band Canterbury...

Thank you for visiting my Etsy shop!

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  • Caroline Guyer

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Last updated on January 23, 2023
Hello!
Welcome to the Teonova Etsy shop! Thank you for visiting, and I hope you enjoyed checking out my work. I have been making leather masks since 2001 and take pride in quality and craftsmanship. Recent really cool and publicly accessible project that Teonova masks can be seen include the Absolut Greyhound commercial, Mike's Hard Lemonade "Hibachi" commercial, Quiet Hounds beautiful and haunting Beacon Sun video...and an upcoming movie and TV show to be named a little later... :)

Masks available live and in person at:
*Maskarade in New Orleans
*Fred Eisen Leather in New Hope, PA.
In Touch, Duval ST., Key West FL

...and I occasionally set up at the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square in KEY WEST Feel free to contact me through Etsy if you want to know when I'll next be there.

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