Currently working on windowed masks!


Ellen wearing mask that contains a clear plastic window showcasing her smile.

Wearing a mask is recommended in public settings where social distancing may be difficult to achieve. However, masks provide challenges for people who rely on lip-reading and seeing facial expressions.

This week I am hard at work finding ways to make a mask that would allow people to see your smile! This mask that I'm wearing is my second "prototype" of a windowed mask. The window is a piece of clear plastic that was cut from a take out container. It is removable, which allows for easy cleaning and longevity of the mask and window. The mask does fit a bit small, so I'll have to tweak the pattern a bit. I'll also have to figure out a reliable and inexpensive source for the plastic, as I can only eat so much takeout! And it does take a lot longer to sew this mask than my other masks. I'll need to find ways to make this quick and efficient in order to meet demand.

Other than that, I'm glad I finally have the time to do this, and I'm really excited for this to come to life! I am hoping to perfect the mask soon so that we as a community can be more inclusive and help as many people as we can.

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