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Korovyev

Submitted by: Dwayne G.

Materials: Paper, felts

It’s a checkered red-and-black mask design with a rouble on one side and a moon on the other. It’s designed on a piece of paper using felts.
Its inspired and named after a fictional character in a book I’ve read over the pandemic named Korovyev, who is a very dramatic and theatric person who likes to perform and make people laugh with his otherworldly shows. The symbols on the mask represents both things that I resonate with and things he has done in the book, and the mask pattern reflects Korovyev’s appearance and the book’s colour scheme.
I want this mask to reflect what Carl Jung would call my Persona, someone with a fascination with theatre and showmanship, and vents that through some form of entertainment, whether it be through acts, writing, or even art.
I also want this mask to remind others that as long as we stay positive and never forget what keeps us smiling, we’ll be alright. Korovyev was someone who helped his friends and made them laugh, and I want to do the same, especially during this hard time.

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The World Slowed Down

Submitted by: Kristi

Materials: 14-count cross-stitch fabric, cotton thread

One of my favourite things to do in the time before life got way too busy was to sit down on a Saturday morning and complete a crossword puzzle in the weekend newspaper – back when reading the newspaper was the way to get caught up with the news. 2020 turned out to be a year when the news always seemed to be just one thing, on repeat: Covid-19, Covid-19, Covid-19. At first it seemed like it was all bad news and I began to tune it out. But as the weeks turned into months and the months into a year and counting with this virus in our midst, there was time to pay closer attention to the world around me as everything seemed to slow down, sometimes to an almost unbearable crawling pace. In this slowing down, I began to appreciate the good news stories created, ironically, by the trauma of pandemic life – the people who went out of their way to help others, the friends and family who grew closer rather than apart as they weathered challenges together, the patience that I developed and the resilience and ability to handle change that I saw in people close to me. These are the things that have helped me to feel as safe as possible during this time – knowing that humanity has the power to move in a healthier direction. This mask represents my wish for these positive things to keep happening even when the pandemic ends.

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Just Be.

Submitted by: Nina

Materials: Everything is made out of paper.

I am often described as a perfectionist. To be completely honest, I am. I care too much about every little thing. If something doesn’t go as I had planned, I can get really anxious. I feel the need to have control over everything. I find myself wanting everything to be perfect rather than the way I want it to be.
The mask is like a little reminder for me. To just be. To just let things be the way they are. It’s a simple, yet important message. When it came to choosing what I wanted for the design, I wanted it to be as minimalistic as possible. With a global pandemic, there is already so much going on.
Just Be.

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“Patchwork”

Submitted by: Charlotte

Materials: Fabric, Cloth and Thread

I created this work of art by sewing different pieces of fabric to a cloth mask. I used different colored thread.

I learned some things while I created this mask: Sewing skills and how to use fabric to represent how I feel about COVID-19.

My favourite part is how each piece of fabric is different and unique.

If I could change something about my art it would be the style of the stitches. I had a different style in mind, but I’m not to good at sewing so I went with a more basic stitch.

I was surprised that it was so hard to sew! Also, I was surprised by how good it turned out.

Something else I want to share about this artwork is that making this mask helped me express my feelings about Covid.

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Trapped

Submitted by: Rachael

Materials: Felt and feelings

I created this work of art by using felts and feelings. Some things I learned while creating it were how Covid is making me feel. It makes me feel trapped behind a wall because you can’t see anyone you love or people who you are friends with. My favourite part is the werewolf. The reason I made it is sometimes I feel trapped.

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Soul

Submitted by: Meg

Materials: Fabric markers and a store bought mask

Honestly I was just doodling when I got the design idea. I call it soul because the eyes are called the windows to the soul.