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Fantasizing pays off for mask maker

Monica Roxburgh lives in a world of fantasy. And it's paying off for the 27-year-old sculptor and owner of Goblin Art. Her two-person company creates wearable handmade masks out of vacuum-formed plastic, papier-m‰chŽ and neoprene and sells them on the Internet (www.goblinart.com) and at Saturday Market on weekends. The masks range from $20 to $250.

'Even in a bad economy people still want to go out and have a great time,' Roxburgh says. Her customers come to her searching for a one-of-a-kind mask for Halloween and other festive occasions such as Mardi Gras, Renaissance fairs and science fiction conventions

Roxburgh's handiwork is unique, and it shows up in a wide variety of places. Her masks are worn by the cast of the Oregon Coast Children's Theatre and the Northwest Childrens Theater and, right now, are part of the Maskmakers Exhibit 2002 at the Graystone Gallery in the Hawthorne District.

Ñ Daniel J. Curran