In 2012 Jolene started Platy-Morph, a handmade leather mask art company after a previous experience as a graphic designer and scientific illustrator and model-maker. Shortly after graduating from St. Mary’s College with a B.A in Art she was selected for a year-long internship with the Das Puppenspiel Puppet Theater during which time she was trained in westernized bunraku puppetry and performed in dozens of shows including “The Snow Queen”, “Peter and The Wolf”, “Through the Looking Glass” as well as Das Puppenspiel’s award-winning original production, “Pictures at an Exhibition” in numerous venues across the east coast. She has studied at the New York Studio School, and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks where she studied costume design, mask construction and comic art. Schafer will give an artist talk, The Art of the Mask, in April 5, 12-1pm as part of the Brown Bag Lunchtime Talks in Glendening Annex.
Schafer’s residency, lecture and mask-making workshop is co-sponsored by Fine Art and Lecture Committee, the Arts Alliance, the Artist House Residency Programs and the Department of Art and Art History.