Designed by Mitzi Eppley, VLA DANCE company dancer and costume designer, we are excited to announce the VLA DANCE Masks.
Created with input of Boston area surgeons and seamstresses, Mitzi's masks include three layers of fabric recommended by the CDC; 2 layers of cotton or cotton-linen and one layer of flannel (as electrostatic barrier). This means the mask is almost as effective as the N95 masks. Complete with an encased wire setting to comfortably fit over your nose and to minimize air leakage, these are highly thoughtful masks designed for your safety.
Each mask is gloved-hand-washed in bleach-sanitized buckets with 365™ detergent. From there it is air-dried on sanitized drying racks. Then it is ironed, front and back, on high heat.
Each mask is $18 and all proceeds will go into supporting VLA DANCE's programming. Check out the store below to purchase your mask.
About the VLA DANCE mask pattern Floral Kiss Metallic is from the collection Airflow by Sasha Ignatiadou, a German-based artist and illustrator. The collection, "airflow’s, muse is plants and animals; Sasha believes that the patterns and imagery created by nature are often the most beautiful.” (source: Ruby Star Society)
AN INTERVIEW WITH MITZI
Tell us about your new mask business. How have you been researching them?
Well, it began as a way to channel my complaining, lazy words into action. Things like; provide healthcare professionals with PPE because our government is not. Read, learn and then discuss COVID-19 in a way that is based on fact and does not incite panic or irrational fear. My father-in-law really motivated me to make it a business and not a temporary hobby. I realized how this brought together skills I already had to help provide my community with something we need! Thankfully, there is a consistent flow of research that follows the release of CDC guidelines suggestions ...
We offer both ear bands, elastic bands that secure around the ear, and head ties, ribbons that wrap around the head.
We now offer masks for children. Reversible masks coming soon!
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