Locals get creative making face masks

Posted 23 July 2020

Locals get creative making face masks

As we continue to face a global pandemic, the importance of health and safety in our home and in the community is crucial. The second wave has swept through Victoria and as a result the state government is urging residents to wear masks when they leave their home. Although the number of active cases in Geelong remains lower than those in Melbourne many Geelong locals are looking for ways to lower the risk of contracting the virus, including investing in face masks. Thankfully, we’re no longer in the phase of the pandemic where our only option is to grab a bandana if you’re wanting to mask up, with many local designers making functional and stylish options.

See below a list of a few locals who are getting busy making and getting creative:

Mum makes Mask’s, $10

A local doing her bit for the community! Starting off by just making masks for her family and friends, ‘Mum Makes Masks’ is now available to everyone in the local area. All the masks are handmade in a smoke free home and are 100% Australian cotton, double layer face masks. Adult masks are $10, while kids masks can be purchased for $7. Collection only from Mount Duneed.

Renata’s Dressmaking, $15

Renata is well-known and well-loved in the Geelong area for her alterations for everything from formal wear, bridal gowns, dance costumes to business suits, jeans and shirts, and even soft furnishings.

Renata began making masks back in April due to the high demand and shortage of supplies, and she hasn’t stopped since. The masks feature 100% two layers cotton, wadding lined, washable and reusable and come in both adults and kids sizes.

To order one through Renata, simply private message her on Facebook and make your request. Postage or contactless pick up available from Geelong.

Emipeli Designs

You might recognise the name from recent media surrounding Emipeli Designs campaign for the Soothing tactile and sensory clothing. Prior to her journey into this, the Geelong designer began by selling hand made face masks, upcycled clothing, paintings and other little things. With the current demand for face masks sweeping Victoria, you’ll now be able to purchase Emipeli Designs face masks once more. The masks will be uploaded to her website www.emipelidesign.com (if they’re not there yet, they will be soon) and every cent of profit will be going toward the campaign goal for her sensory denim jackets, so you’re supporting small business either way!

Mia & Lottie, $10

Another local creative specialising in bibs, clothing, hair accessories and items for babies and children, Mia & Lottie have added masks to their list of items available. For $10, these reusable masks have triple layers, made with the type of material and layers that the Department of Health & Human Services has recommended. One size fits most, elastic ear loops are adjusted for the perfect fit. Kids size as well.

Please note, there is currently about a one week waiting time for new orders. Simply inbox the FB page to place your order.

Lockdown Graphics, $15

If you’re after some pretty sweet designs, Lockdown Graphics have you covered with their trendy DHHS Approved three layered masks. The outer layer is 100% polyester, mid layer is 100% cotton and face layer is 100% cotton, ensuring you’ve got the protection you require. There are tonnes of designs too, from solid colours to prints including graffiti, skulls, leopard, there’s literally a design for every taste. Child Size is suited to 3yrs to 9yrs, while adult size will fit most.

Please note, due to the demand it can take up to two weeks to get your mask, but they’ll continue to supply as soon as they can! Check it out via the website.

PinkTokyo Creations, $15

Pinktokyo has long being creating clothing to keep your kids looking fresh and feeling comfortable, focusing on unique patterns and materials so that your kids can standout from the crowd… and now face masks have being added to the equation.

You’ll find child sizes up to 8-10 years, and adult sizes for 10 years old and above in a range of patterns. You just need to keep an eye on their Facebook posts and comment SOLD in comments of the mask that you wish to buy – first in purchases.

Pickup available in Geelong, but postage can be arranged.

Geelong Illustrators, $15

Geelong Illustrators is a platform for illustrative artists to collaborate and inspire through group exhibitions, meets, mutual support and crafternoons and has long being a go-to within the community for when you’re looking for something unique, made locally and affordable. And now they’ve added cloth face masks to the list, lovingly handmade by their creatives.

You can find them via their studio gallery at 105 Moorabool St, Market Square, behind the bus stop outside. Open Monday to Saturday 10-5.

Caterina Co, $15

This local designer is just getting started and from what we see so far, expect big things to come. Offering five different mask designs, these are not only a stylish addition to your wardrobe, but can also help to defect infectious illnesses. It has three layers to help filter out bacteria, these being made of tie dyed linen, cotton and canvas for the green and pink Tie Dye masks; printed cotton drill, cotton and canvas for the Zebra print; a printed chiffon, cotton and denim for the Snake skin mask; and denim, linen and canvas for the Denim face mask.

Their simple design with elastic loops is both versatile in styling and comfortable to wear, and you can leave the house knowing you’re sporting a unique, one-of-a-kind look!

You can buy them online here.


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