OPUS 15 - completed July 20, 2020
Plain set for Dai Bosatsu Zendo - the "DBZ set"
8 Sets of 2, each set with a blue summer and grey winter mask of the same inside.
1 additional light blue for A.
Please feel free to view the gallery of completed masks - this is for demo and for staying organized, not necessarily to show which are available. If you'd like one, please visit the MASK SHOP or email Alec to ask if you can replicate or customize one you like that you see here.
I'm not a medical professional or in a position to give advice, but I'm happy to provide the resources I've found.
In include the card to the left in each mask package, which gives advice on how to wear it effectively; however, please do your own research and augmentation of the mask to fit your face and feel safe.
I also include 3 filters made from hydro-knit shop towels, as referenced in this DIY mask guide published by MIT. I don't personally use these every time I go out, but the added layer does make me more contained if I know I'll have to be around people who are vulnerable or compromised. Use this by trimming if necessary and placing it into the filter pocket built into every mask.
All masks are machine washable, which is recommended.
Read about the differences between fabric sources in the "Process" section above, but here's a graphic list of the fabrics I'm working with. Take a look through the options - if you see things you'd prefer to the ones that are already made, just send me an email (Pianobyme@gmail.com) and I'll give you access to my spreadsheet which allows you to sign up for custom combinations of fabrics, thread color, cord / elastic type, or provide custom fabrics that you'd like to be turned into masks.
To package everything, I use a lint roller to remove any particles, then spray with a fabric-safe disinfectant / odor remover.
In each package, I place a "Alec's Mask Project" card with a note and some guidelines, a smaller package with three filters (see below for info), a metal nose wire to slide into the mask, and a cord lock if you'd prefer to use that instead of tying a knot, then the folded mask.
After it's all in place, the package is labeled and heat-sealed for deliver. All packages are "food-safe"
Open by tearing along the top to remove the heat-seal, then open like any other zip-lock. They should be sanitary upon opening, but it's always good to wash before (and after) use.
A note on sizes:
LL - Generally will fit all adults. It is ever so slightly too big for me (Alec)
L - The pattern listed this as good for "women and teens" (fits Alec's smallish head perfectly)
M - The pattern listed this as good for "kids 7-12"
S - The pattern listed this as good for "kids 3-6"
I've enjoyed learning how to sew and make masks - some of them are turning out quite nicely.
I'm happy to give these away as fast as I can make them, free of charge - if you want/need one, you got it. However, I'm going to add the option to make a donation of any size to an informal fund I've started for my piano students / studio.
Financial stability is tenuous for many, so I've told my students that I don't want sudden financial changes to be the reason anyone stop taking lessons. I'm presently able to handle the few who have taken me up on this with a tuition adjustment, but if more families face difficulty I want to be able to confidently adapt. Additionally, the studio I teach at in Cockeysville has closed for now, to reopen in the future at a new location - this means a sudden barrage of piano mover fees.
It's possible that as time goes on, the fund's purpose will change, but it will always retain an altruistic spirit. I'll keep a public ledger (no names) of all contributions and what it gets used for. This is just so that it stays super transparent. Depending on timing and resources, I may also use those donations to cover some of my mask-making costs, but at the moment everything is manageable.
I hope this is fun :) please to the MASK SHOP to select from ones that are already completed, or browse some of the other pages to get ideas for a custom one. Email Alec with any questions or arrange pick up / drop off. You can even send me your special cotton clothes to make into personalized masks!
PS. Don't forget to check the disclaimers at the bottom of this page. They are pretty matter of fact, but since "we live in a society," I think they are wise to mention.