THE MASK PROJECT

 

ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS 

Local artists and designers were invited to create custom fabric patterns for masks. Through The Mask Project we hope artists and designers can serve not only as leaders and ambassadors of arts and culture, but also of public health.

  • Shorf Afza

  • Steven Baker

  • Victoria Bell

  • Britt Brewer

  • Melanie Brock

  • Stacy Hardy

  • Brooke Hawkins

  • Yoonji Jung

  • Rachel Kavathe

  • Mark Kebasso

  • Jenni Kiesler

  • Mila Lipinski

  • Lulu Loquidis and Daniel Martinez​

  • Pierre Obando

  • Michele Pollock

  • Daren Redman

  • Jennifer Riley

  • Priscilla Rocha

  • Christine Sullivan

NAVIGATE SLIDES WITH ARROWS ​

Shorf Afza

Graduate Student
J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program

​As face masks are becoming an essential part of our everyday fashion, I wanted to play with the vibrant colors and movement of shapes in order to add some life and energy to our daily appearance.

 

I wear a mask because I want to be safe and keep others safe.

Steven Baker

Artist

 

I saw this project as a platform to add my voice to the conversation of solidarity; a conversation we all need to be having. Solidarity requires endurance because we need to keep talking about the toxicity of racism in this country. My design repeats the word “ENDURE” infinitely. It's a constant reminder to endure the fight; to keep talking.

 

I'm a strong advocate for masks during the COVID‑19 crisis that we’re in right now. It's going to get worse before it gets better and we need to prioritize the health of those around us as well as our own. 

Victoria Bell

Graduate Student
J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program

 

This pattern design comes from an exploration in combining textile art and printmaking during my second year in the J. Irwin Miller M.Arch. program. I am inspired by my studies of textile and fiber artists, such as Anni Albers, within the visual arts element of the program. This print came from a plate created from thick yarn woven through burlap textile and printed on paper. Blurred stripes came from the fiberous media and hand pressed application, which embraced an organic, handmade print feel. I hope to further explore the cross over of textile and fiber arts into printmaking and painting in my final year of graduate studies. 

 

I wear a mask to keep my family, friends, and community a safe place. It’s an easy thing to do and fun when you can experiment with new prints! 

Britt Brewer

Architect

"American Diversity Makes a Pretty Pattern"

 

As Merriam‑Webster notes: “When we examine large bodies of recent text we see that patriotism is more often used in a general sense, often in conjunction with such words as bravery, valor, duty, and devotion. 

Nationalism, however, tends to find itself modified by specific movements, most frequently of a political bent." Along those lines, the use of masks has, unfortunately, become politicized. For me, health and safety for “all” aligns with “…for…one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” The design starts with… More >

I care about my community and my own health. I am over 65 and at a greater risk of death or serious permanent health impairment if infected by COVID‑19. I wear a mask as recommended by the CDC to help slow the spread of COVID‑19.

Melanie Brock

Graduate Student
J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program

 

This design was an exploration into pattern making. I layered various geometric shapes and lines to create a colorful but fractured image. My intention with this design was to create a fractured unit that could be repeated in various ways to create a design that reflects the coming together of people to create a safer and more connected world. My hope is that people will want to wear this mask, both because it is fun and because it reflects the impact that we can have as a community.

I wear a mask to protect my loved ones and the loved ones of others.

Stacy Hardy

Graduate Student
J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program

“Diamante”

My design for the Mask Project is inspired by the beauty of a diamond cut, interesting at the surface but so much more beyond. Angles create geometric shapes, hinting at an underlying form, molded by the change in color, creating depth as it recedes from the surface cuts. While we may feel compressed by the masks, beyond, we can still shine like diamonds.

I wear a mask because it is a simple act I can do. Many are not aware of their status until after they have possibly spread it to others. If we work together, we can slow the spread of coronavirus.

Brooke Hawkins

Graphic Designer

"A Note to my Future Self"

This pattern repeats the phrase "A Note to my Future Self" in abstract type. Throughout COVID I have spent a lot of time thinking about the future and what it may bring. The phrase represents my desire to see into the future to inform decisions I make today.

The design feels old and new to me. The playful dots are almost encryption-like while the stripes feel sun-faded and dusty.

 

I wear a mask because it is a symbol of respect and mutual understanding. It is a visual cue to others that I'm being safe and limiting my exposure.  

Yoonji Jung

Graphic Designer

"For You and For Me"

 

My goal was to design a graphic that would simply remind people that wearing a mask is "for you and for me." I thought this friendly, but critical message aligns well with the caring community we have in Columbus. I expressed this by translating this message in 19 different languages – the number of languages stands for COVID‑19 – which also communicated the diversity and collective effort of The Mask Project. 

I wear a mask "for you and for me." I think it is a civic duty during a public health emergency that is concerning the entire world. Because of the asymptomatic nature of COVID‑19, it is even more important that we all wear masks so we don't affect others unintentionally. The thought of myself being a threat to someone's life by not wearing a mask helps me to mitigate the discomfort of wearing it.

Rachel Kavathe

Artist, Landscape Architect, Urban Designer

 

When I paint, I love to work with different color combinations that I observe in the natural landscape. This artwork was inspired by the multitude of greens in Indiana summers. The color green also commonly symbolizes the environment and health.

 

I wear a mask because it is a symbol of respect and mutual understanding. It is a visual cue to others that I'm being safe and limiting my exposure. 

I wear a mask because scientific evidence demonstrates that wearing a mask reduces the spread of coronavirus.

Mark Kebasso

Graduate Student 

J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program

 

The design was inspired by looking at the whole city of Columbus from an aerial view and especially the downtown area. The grid work is evident and, most importantly to me, is the placement of the most significant buildings in Columbus by way of public traffic. The small blue square represents the Bartholomew County Library and the big circle to the bottom right represents the Cummins engineering plant.

 

I choose to wear a  mask to protect myself from getting infected and most importantly to protect others from what I may have.

Jenni Kiesler

Keywords Co.

 

I wanted the pattern to promote encouragement and uplifting messages within our community while our mouths and smiles are covered for a time. Even – or especially! – in a pandemic, we have the opportunity to choose our words well and make them last. Why not wear a mask that helps us accomplish just that? The color palette inspiration is from the Indiana state flag. 

Wearing a mask is a small effort on my part to help the health of our community.

Mila Lipinski

Architecture Student
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

This summer I've had the opportunity to work as an Iconic Columbus architecture tour guide for the Visitors Center. It has helped me reacquaint myself with all the things that make Columbus great, especially the architecture! I drew inspiration from some of Columbus's most iconic architecture and Paul Rand's 1974 Dancing C's color scheme. The design reminds me that in spite of the diversity of people who live here, we all have something in common…Columbus!

 

My goal is to some day design architecture that keeps the users healthy and happy, but that starts with keeping the people around me healthy and happy (which includes wearing a mask!).