The conundrum was this—do I post images of the latest and greatest mask creations knowing there is a universe of improvements to make on my photography “skills”, or do I save the photos and learn to become an incrementally better photographer? The first option comes with a fair amount of humiliation knowing these masks are a labor of love and actually look much better in real life but option 2 could actually take a decade or longer, so there’s that. Part of the inspiration for maintaining a blog is to overcome a lifetime of procrastination through creative expression and I’ve always had more than enough excuses to not follow through. This is my internets “work in progress space”, I suppose.
Below are a few of the latest endeavors using a “darted” mask style reconfigured into three panels instead of the one or two paneled versions graciously shared online. The initial goal behind a three-panel design was how to best use recycled (up-cycled, reclaimed) denim and maintain enough breathability in a fully-lined face mask. (Also, how to best incorporate decorative details such as pom poms and rick rack …)
The “3 Pt. Dart” design also inspires more whimsy and variety in fabric combinations which for a life-long fabric-hoarder like myself, living in a land without the likes of Robert Kaufman or Amy Butler fabrics, Stonemountain and Daughter or Poppy Fabrics, or even a Joann store, helps keep the creative muse alive.