Our First MASK MONDAY!
In conjunction with the #314TOGETHER movement, #314FASHION, the Saint Louis Fashion Fund, and Fashion Group International of Saint Louis, we are excited to start a weekly project featuring local St Louis Designers, designing beautiful and unique things, and sharing the proceeds with a good cause - other STL small businesses!
Introducing The BLUEBIRD mask from St Louis Designer Shanna Britta Mellnick!
When we asked Shanna about her, her masks, and her process, here is what she had to say:
Thank you so much for the amazing support of our local community! I started making masks in early March. I’m a fashion designer who specializes in sustainable custom women’s wear and I’ve been in the fashion industry for about 20 years. My husband is a physician at Barnes and once I saw a desperate need for masks, I immediately started to develop a mask pattern that would protect medical staff. I wanted a fitted mask with a nose wire that could cover and extend the life of a N95 and if a medical staff didn’t have an N95 they could then insert a high quality filter (I make filters for this mask too in several materials with high filtration). Through my research and product development I teamed up with the https://greaterstlmask.wixsite.com/greaterstlmaskdrive/copy-of-volunteerto help with product development and production of these masks. Most importantly all of those masks are being donated!
With all of this mask making I’m so happy and relieved to make a mask that involves some fun creativity! I’m using the mask pattern that I help developed, and I have adorned it with artwork that I created of a little blue bird. I appliqued the blue bird onto the mask with hand embroidery and then I painted a tree branch and hand embroidered little pink blossoms. Around the edge of the mask I machine embroidered it and then used a turquoise tie to finish it. I was inspired by the hope of spring. During this intense difficult time, we have been blessed with a beautiful spring and it gives us a daily hope that something beautiful will grow out of this darkness.
Below are some links of news stories about the effort that I’m involved in.