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Initiation Armor 2020

Submitted by: Heidi Kummli

Materials: Leather, fur, metal, beads, love.

My beadwork is usually inspired by an emotion, or a component of some sort. For this project the whole idea resonated with me. And then there was the silver dragonfly bracelet, that has been in my bathroom for 2 decades. I spotted it the other day while I was pondering my mask. It spoke to me about transformation, it was asking me to incorporate it in my piece.

The year of 2020, has been like an initiation for humankind. We are all really experiencing a shift in how we live and honor the Earth. If we follow our normal ways of life, not honoring the other beings we live with, polluting, in a rush for everything and everyone, greed and material things. One can go on and on, as to what the change we need to make is, and perhaps different for everyone. If we don’t meet the challenge or the initiation, then we didn’t learn or suffer enough.

I feel that these mask, all of them so beautiful and different, can remind humankind that there is still beauty in the world. Despite all that is happening, nature and art are still all around us. We can step back from the rush of life, and once again use our hands, smell the flowers, be thankful for what we have, appreciate all life on the planet, love, share, give. Let’s embrace this initiation, and make the changes we need individually to make the world a better place for all our descendants, and being upon her.

This mask was created for the Breathe community Facebook group – A collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through 21st century pandemic.

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Right and Wrong

Submitted by: Wendy Boucher

Materials: Paper collage

An important mask demo.

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Social distancing

Submitted by: Dashaun

Materials: Metal

A sign: “While enjoying the outdoors, please be aware of your surroundings and maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others”.

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Banjolele

Submitted by: Morag

Materials: Wood

Finding rhythm and melody In the everyday.

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We’re All In This Together

Submitted by: Angie Woollard

Materials: Ink on paper

This 34×34” piece depicts the Earth with huge spiral art designs. Its title has two meanings: We are all on this Earth together and together we can accomplish great things; and we are all going through this pandemic together, facing and overcoming similar challenges.

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Brave Bird

Submitted by: Jenn Ashton

Materials: Acrylic paint and canvas

This is a painting I made. Connection with all things is so important for me during this time, and we have so many birds this year!

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Remembering the Good Times

Submitted by: Hopeful

Materials: Copic markers, Faber-Castell pens

An illustration of a dear group of friends that I haven’t been able to see because of Covid-19

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Thank you Prime Minister

Submitted by: Misslacsinclair

Materials: iPhone, IKEA napkin holder, gifted granite countertop

Early days of the pandemic and our daily dose of Justin Trudeau’s calm courage helped me. A few times, including the Saturday before Mother’s Day, his heartfelt words brought tears to my eyes because of the love and kindness shown for all Mothers.

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#superisolator

Submitted by: Super Isolator

Materials: Carbon, fiberglass, engine metal, silver cape

I ride my non-binary Scottish unicorn Aon-adharcach (2014 Honda CTX 700) alone. We wear our unicorn decals with pride, and I’m doing a series of photos and videos showing Super Isolator in the wild… howling for health care workers, grocery shopping, or reading bedtime stories about road trips to Aon-adharcach in the driveway. Mask – check. Gloves -check. Cape – Check!

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Cards anyone?

Submitted by: Masie

Materials: Paper, pen

We played cards, to past the time. Good family time.