Hats off (and masks on) to all of the makers and designers using their personal sewing machines, fabric, lasers, 3d printers, hands and hearts, to help our communities and essential workers keep safe through the #COVID19 pandemic.
I wanted to take this opportunity to share groups and individuals who are using their talents and resources to help others. Many in our community are spending their time and resources to sew and design face masks for their families and yours.
If you’re like me, whose sewing capabilities don’t extend beyond sewing a button, but would like to learn more, here are a few groups and individuals, some from our Make48 community, that are working in the production of personal protective equipment (PPE). So grab a mask and support designers and artists, and stay healthy.
Four facilitators at the Black & Veatch Makerspace have been busy at the Johnson County Library, including putting together kits for people to make their own face masks at home. With joint efforts across the board, from Makers to the Johnson County Community College, who loaned three 3d printers to assist in the production of PPE, it’s been a collaborative effort in the entire community.
Nick Ward-Bopp, co-founder of The Maker Village, has a personal interest in face masks. With a wife in the front lines at KU Med, Nick began sewing masks for her and her unit. Nick is also volunteering with the Black & Veatch Makerspace at Johnson County Library, pumping out masks for their efforts.
One of the team members from our season 4 event is a talented designer and she’s sewing face masks that you can buy today. Support creators like, Kimberly the Austin-based artist, and member of Team Homestar. Visit her Instagram or Facebook page to see more creations.
The public facebook group, Sew Masks for KC, was formed for people in the Kansas City area to make masks for the local community. A place to encourage, ask questions, and get information to help those on the front lines.
Another great resource for Kansas City Makers is Masks for KC. They have several patterns of masks available as well as a few different tutorials. They have listed 3 categories (Makers, Volunteers, and Requests) where individuals can see how they can help or request it. The site provides CDC, safety and cleanliness instructions for Makers as well.
Masks for heroes began as a grassroots movement and became a National, completely transparent, database of PPE requests from facilities around the world. They opened it up to groups and individuals with supplies to donate and provided resources to enable and empower the maker community, especially those who can sew handmade masks. Through their interactive map of requests, donors can search for facilities in need, and send donations.
Story by: Cassandra Munoz
Feature Photo: Johnson County Community College