A Pandemic Mask

8 Apr


So after several days of cutting cloth, cutting blocks, printing and sewing here’s my first pandemic mask. I carved the word “isolate” into a little lino block as the basis for the work. I hope it will be the first of many.

sewing 1

I learnt as I went along. My sewing skills are rusty – so are some of my pins! I didn’t allow enough time for the ink to dry – it’s much quicker on paper.

sewing 2

I used my lovely hand cranked Edwardian Singer sewing machine, now an antique – it was made in 1904. It has this beautiful sphynx-like decoration. Gorgeous.



11 Responses to “A Pandemic Mask”

  1. pattimcjones April 29, 2020 at 10:56 #

    Aw brilliant idea Rose!

    • Rosie Scribblah May 2, 2020 at 13:56 #

      Thanks Patti. Get some funny looks when I wear it out. Got ideas for lots more

  2. Alli Farkas April 9, 2020 at 23:35 #

    The mask is perfect. A lot of people will be staring at it in an attempt to decipher the three lines. As well they should.

    • Rosie Scribblah April 20, 2020 at 14:58 #

      I probably won’t wear it out … I’ll be doing loads more for a pandemic art project 😀

  3. kestrelart April 9, 2020 at 22:36 #

    So only concern is whether cloth has right properties to protect you. Might protect others a little. I don’t know.

    • Rosie Scribblah April 20, 2020 at 14:57 #

      I’m not using it as protection, it’s the beginning of an art project 😀

  4. Mary April 8, 2020 at 21:49 #

    Thanks for posting a picture of the sphinx. Sewing machine porn!
    I sent you pictures of my treadle machine (not nearly as pretty) but not sure if you received them. Stay well, Rosie!
    Mary in Boise


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    […] but words that have some meaning and resonance for me. The first word I cut and printed onto a mask was “isolate” which was pretty much the first message of the lockdown. But I work part-time for a homelessness […]

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