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


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



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


"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


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!).

Lulu Loquidis &
Daniel Luis Martinez

LAA Office


The pattern we designed for The Mask Project builds on our love of creating geometric fields that play with depth and scale. Large black and white shapes compose the base of the pattern and areas defined by lines create smaller zones within the composition. The result is an abstract and contemporary pattern that will hopefully be fun to wear!


We wear masks because we care about our community and want to do our part to curb the spread.

Pierre Obando

Visual Artist

My design combines a couple of exploratory drawings that were made separately from each other. The relationships that resulted from their modular repetition in a pattern was intriguing, and is a springboard for future paintings and drawings.


Wearing a mask protects others, and signals that the pandemic hasn't gone away.

Michele Heather Pollock

Artist/Poet at Lost Lake Studio


The prospectus indicated that the masks would be backed with blue fabric, which I associated with water, and then fish. I've always loved fish artwork, and have a collection of fish handmade by various American artists and craftspeople. I hand-drew the fish in black ink on watercolor paper first, then scanned the black and white drawing into the computer. I used Photoshop to add color to the design and to cut and reassemble the drawing to make the repeating pattern. 


I wanted a design that was bright and cheerful, resulting in a mask that would be fun to wear, and one that everyone would feel comfortable and safe wearing in public.

I wear a mask out of courtesy and concern for others.   

Daren Redman


"Downtown Jazz"


“Downtown Jazz” is an abstract art quilt that was juried into Quilt National 2019 in Athens, Ohio. It is colorful with reds, greens, turquoise and whites and is happy. I hand dyed all of the colors in my studio in Brown County, Indiana. It is one of my art quilts that measures 90 inches wide, that I think will look good on faces and is an artsy kinda look for Columbus. 

Jennifer Riley

Artist, Educator, Writer

When the pandemic hit my sister who is a nurse made masks for all of her coworkers out of print fabric. These flowery masks looked fun to wear, and just after CAAC approached me we were in the midst of social protests across the country. I wanted to combine the spectrum colors of the Pride flag with lighthearted black-eyed Susans, but instead of yellow I wanted black and white flowers.

I wear a mask because it has proven to limit the spread of the virus. I will wear one until every cashier or service professional feels they can stop wearing one. I wear it to be in solidarity with the front line workers.

Priscilla Rocha

Graduate Student

J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program

"Dare to Hope"

I decided to showcase hands in different skin tones to show how simple and beautiful equality is. This mask design is a call for everyone to do their part for a better world, together. 


I wear a mask to protect myself, my community, and most importantly those with compromised immunities. I wear a mask when I go into public because I know if everyone wore one, we would greatly lower the number of cases and deaths while decreasing the risk of having COVID‑19 dictate any part of our lives for longer than it has to. If everyone listens to the CDC, we can calmly move through this pandemic and towards a better future. 

Christine Sullivan


I wanted to incorporate imagery from my new series started during the pandemic called "pandemic purple" as my first few paintings were of lilacs in a vase and the painting process helped me find a bit of peace during those crazy first few weeks. I wanted this design to reflect that same feeling – if even just a bit – so maybe it's now called "peace in pandemic purple." The project was a fun learning experience and helped me to stay creative. 


It's just a no-brainer to wear a mask. While there is still so much we don't know, we do know that wearing a mask will work to stop this virus from spreading further. And it's very personal to me as a very close friend is in the hospital now with COVID‑19.