Photography by Danica David
How to Support this Project
Support this project by buying masks. The majority of the proceeds from sales assist with mask donations. Try the Pleated and/or 3D Mask Designs.
During the initial stage of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, I wanted to contribute to people in my community. I prayed for an idea to assist others. My prayer was answered when I remembered that I had a sewing machine at home. My life was so busy and hectic before the lockdown. I forgot about my sewing machine.
After that, I began sewing cloth face masks and donating them to various organizations, including the Virgin Islands Department of Education kitchen and custodial staff. Kitchen and custodial personnel are essential workers who I call the “unsung heroes” of the VIDE.
I was also inspired to donate to these workers because my late grandmother, Esther E. Davis, was a kitchen employee at the Virgin Islands Department of Education for thirty years. Additionally, my late great-grandmother, Asselita Fleming Wyatt, taught me how to sew clothing at age seven. In my book, Creative Callaloo: Art, Poems, and Recipes Inspired by the Virgin Islands, I share my fondest memories of my late grandmothers through Virgin Islands art, culture, food, and history.
My masks are sewn with the Virgin Islands' cultural Madras fabric. I also use African fabric. Masks are created with two layers of fabric, plus interfacing. My project is called the "Mask Mission." Please join me on this mission. By assisting others in this way, I hope to share love, joy, and peace amid COVID-19.
To care for the masks, gently hand wash and air dry after every use. Face masks do not replace other recommended measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Other recommended measures include social distancing, washing of hands, and refraining from touching your face. Follow the CDC guidelines and your health care professionals as to how best to keep yourself safe.
Photo credit: Lloyd David
Photo courtesy of Verdia Smith
Pleated Mask Design $15.00 ea.
3D Mask Design $20.00 ea.
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