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Canada

Patience

Submitted by: Kishory Devine

Materials: Cotton threads, peaceful thoughts, and a happy heart

Safe place

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Canada

Tree root mask

Submitted by: Amanda

Materials: Faux suede, beads, shoe strings

Researchers and psychologists have said for years that humans are social creatures, and we have an innate need to be around other people. Studies show that people who are more connected with others are healthier and happier overall. Psysical distancing is not a natural or pleasant behavior. I asked my children what they’ll remember most about this pandemic, and to my surprise they all answered the same thing- just being alone. We talked about why we’re apart from our friends and community, but how we’re also together. The conversation ultimately made me think of trees. Trees appear to stand alone and apart, but their roots run deep and the truth is that they cooperate and communicate all the time. No matter how it may appear we’re never truly alone, because deep down we’re a community that cares about each other. We’re all in this together.

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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Canada

For Annick

Submitted by: Margaret

Materials: Melton cloth, seed beads, wool

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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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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United States

Breath of Life

Submitted by: Shayai Lucero

Materials: Medical face mask covered with dried juniper leaves and accented with genuine turquoise stones, lily grass ties accented with abalone shells

In my Pueblos, juniper (Keres: k’aani) is an important medicinal plant and one of my favorites. I have been studying medicinal plants since I was 13 years old. I wanted to create a piece that integrates my skills as a floral designer and medicinal plant healer.

The medicinal properties of juniper are identified as an antimicrobial and antiviral medicine for respiratory illnesses. The scent of the juniper leaves can be smelled through the mask like the cleansing smell of a smudge. Juniper is very special to the Pueblo people in that the tree is an evergreen and never goes to sleep in the winter. They are a plant medicine available year round.

The mask is accented with turquoise stones worn often by the Pueblo people and represent health. Abalone shells are from the ocean and symbolize rain. Pueblo people always pray for rain and moisture in every aspect of our lives and ceremonies. Rain is important because it contributes to the growth of plants which help provide oxygen for breath needed by all living creatures.

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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United States

Word of Wisdom

Submitted by: Mary

Materials: Red wool cloth, glass beads, cotton calico, and bias tape

During this time of isolation I have remained on the job as an essential worker- nurse. I have advised my patients family friends and community members to “Stay Home”. My contacts are with members of my community-well patients and sick-possible Covid exposures. To help me ease the restricted contact I am allowed, I created a mask with the words “Stay Home” beaded on the mask. The top blue line represents the blue sky as I hope everyone can see another day. The bottom green line for the grass- mother earth so we may all walk the path of life for another day. Lastly the small flower buds so we may all grow big, strong, and healthy so we may survive this pandemic.

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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Canada

Innocent Victims

Submitted by: Blake Williams

Materials: Photographic print

As the Covid-19 pandemic began we have seen that it doesn’t affect us all in the same way. Economically many are doing fine, many especially the low wage workers have taken a larger hit to their physical and financial health. The seniors community has suffered the most deaths while living in homes where the virus spread virtually unchecked in the early days of the pandemic.

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Canada

Behind Glass: a Harp in Lockdown

Submitted by: Lori Pappajohn

Materials: Harp, window, garden.

“While we musicians are in lockdown — so are our instruments which can no longer bring joy to people’s hearts as they too are locked Behind Glass. In isolation my harps have kept me company.”

More photos at www.WinterHarp.com.

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Right and Wrong

Submitted by: Wendy Boucher

Materials: Paper collage

An important mask demo.

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Canada

Corona Covid

Submitted by: Mrs. Towanna Miller-Johnson

Materials: This mask was created during the 2020 Corona Virus Pandemic. Beaded using flat style, peyote stitch and Iroquois raised bead work. The inside is made of pleather, it has holes underneath to breath and the beak is open to place medicinal herbs inside. The middle layer is a thick felt. The outside is made of velveteen adorned with Iroquois beaded vines and purple flowers outlined in turquoise blue. The muse of inspiration was a Crow which was beaded flat style in the center of the hat. The brim of the hat is peyote beaded. A pair of sunglasses were used for the tinted round eyes. The mask has three straps to secure to the head with buckles on the side for adjustment. The tip of the beak is a jingle cone.

I have to admit that I have a dark side, only to the point that I enjoy horror movies and the paranormal. I wanted my mask to reflect the time we are all in now. For me, I have always incorporated the past into my work. Long ago they had plague masks with medicinal herbs put inside. To me they always look like birds. I’ve recently been beading many different birds. For this project I decided the Crow was now my muse. It like the fact that my mask has a darkness to it sprinkled with beauty, just like the time we are now in. Surrounded by so much darkness like death and sickness yet if you look around we do have beauty in our lives such as kindness and generosity. Some tears went into this while listening to the news and missing visiting family members. My moods change from sadness and then to being grateful for all that I do have. We will get through this together! Be safe.

Towanna Miller-Johnson is a Mohawk fine artist, originally born in Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario, raised in New York and then went to pursue her education at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. She returned home to the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, Quebec where her mother is from and she continues to do her art. Her media is oil, acrylic, wood burning, carving, and beading. She loves to paint in bright vibrant colors to tell Traditional Iroquois stories. When she’s not painting you can find her beading in one of many styles: flat plains style, peyote stitch and Iroquois raised bead work. She has been beading for forty years now. She is very diverse as an artist and some of her art is functional such as the carved beaded cradle boards and now her beaded Corona Covid mask.

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