UK - 2021/22

Wintercroft: Freedom Fox Masks

Freedom Festival Arts Trust were proud to commission Scarborough based artists Wintercroft to create a bespoke paper craft mask for the Awakening.

Not only were these masks environmentally conscious, because of the recycled material, but the creation of these masks became an activity within themselves for the Awakening. We ran workshops across the city in partnership with Hull Museums so that families could attend and create their own freedom fox mask to be enjoyed throughout the Awakening – it became a source of joy to see so many people, young and old, wearing these fox masks in the audiences of events all throughout the festival.

Steve and Marianne Wintercroft have been designing and supplying unique masks to creative people all over the World since 2013. They create masks that could be built by anyone, using local materials, removing the need for mass manufacturing or shipping and with the minimum environmental impact. A trained cabinet maker and self-taught surfboard shaper, Steve progressed from building boards in his back garden to owning one of the UK’s largest surfboard factories. In 2013, he left the surf industry to launch Wintercroft, an environmentally conscious design company specialising in helping people make Masks from waste card. In a varied career Steve has published seven papercraft books and worked on projects for Damien Hirst, Sir Paul McCartney, Björk and Game of Thrones. This latest project is driven by his belief that “life is richer when we create the objects that surround us”