COVID-19 changed the world as we knew it, and caused many to radically alter their ways of being and adapt quickly to a new reality. Thesis projects in many art schools also took that year a different form, both in content and in their presentation.
May Bar Levav, a student majoring in textile design, chose for her final project to create an alternative mask, using fabric attached to 3D-printed pieces.
Her goal was to produce a unique experience that gives expression not only to the personality and will of the individual wearer, but also to the designer’s interpretation of the current situation.
Making sure to include only sustainable materials, she chose PLA, a biodegradable material commonly used by 3D printers. While creating the mask, she took every element into consideration, including natural filters made from goat wool in New Zealand.
The project is presented in a beautiful website that includes stunning photos and a step-by-step description of her creative process.
“My hope is that masks will still be used after the pandemic crisis ends as protection from air pollution will still be needed”, writes Bar Levav, “I believe that wearing masks and hiding our faces forces us to find new ways of interpersonal communication in order to empower our values and stories. Therefore in my designs, along with textile and knitting techniques, each and every mask will portray one of the many key stories in the era of air pollution increase. Anyone who wears one of these masks will take a part in my own struggle in making the world a better place to breathe in”.
It’s a small, but symbolic example of how 3D printing can come in use, especially when the world is closing down, and we are left finding local and creative solutions.
Photography: Michael shvadron