Face mask FAQs
Everyone has specific requirements for their masks. Some just want to look cool and comply, others have concerns for safety and some folk want to look funky and be safe as well. So as you probably know... these are NOT surgical masks. The artwork is applied using sublimation printing. These cotton lined masks are light weight and designed to dry quickly, with adjustable soft elastic to slip behind your ears. The ink will not run which means dye particles stay in the mask. Hooray! Just like your sports wear, they are designed to dry quickly and be comfortable. My new range (expected any day now) will include spandex for this reason. Call me fussy but I'm a jogger and I hate saggy wet masks when I exercise.
My aim is to bring joy... not stress.
You have your own criteria and personal requirements, so please skip by and purchase elsewhere if you are concerned. I'm an artist without a science degree to call my own so it's up to you to decide what's best.
I hope you bring a smile to someones face if you decide to make a purchase and be happy that you've supported a local artist, a local market and contributed to our quest to conquer the virus. Read more below...
What is a PM2.5 Activated Carbon Filter?
This masks includes 1 reusable filter but can be used without.
The filter contains 5 layer filter including activated carbon and small particulate filters.
The 2.5 in PM2.5 refers to the size of the pollutant in micrometres. This will filter particles over 2.5 microns (ie pollen and most bacteria/viruses).
Are the masks reusable?
Mask is washable and reusable (remove filter first before washing)
What is sublimation printing?
Sublimation printing is a unique technique that uses heat sensitive inks to imprint images onto spandex, polyester or polymer coated products through a dye transfer process. The transfer of ink to media produces colourful, long lasting images that are resistant to scratching and fading – even after multiple washes. This ink is fixed into the fabric, ensuring your lungs are safer from the dye particles. The lining is white cotton for comfort. It is always best to wash your mask before use.
What sizes do they come in?:
These masks are all the same ‘adult size’ with elastic which allows for adjusting around the head. As with clothing, the sizing system is often obsolete. Your mask size can vary depending on your face size, placement of your nose and ears and the width or height of your face. You will find these are generous in size but will not cover Santa beards!
Do masks protect against disease?
Hand washing remains a critical means of disease prevention for community members. When combined with social distancing and proper mask use, homemade cloth face masks may help slow the spread of COVID-19 in a community. Masks limit the spread of germs from the mask wearer to others by helping block large droplets from coughs and sneezes.
How do I clean a cloth mask?
Cloth masks should be properly cleaned before they are reused. To wash, launder masks in hot water using soap or detergent that leaves no residue. Rinse well with fresh water and hang to dry. Please don't pop it in the dryer!
Are these masks made in Australia?
Ideally the answer would be ‘yes, the masks are not only made in Australia but also the fabric and elastic components and the filters’. It would be also ideal if my artwork was printed on the masks in Australia using Australia made ink. Unfortunately the capacity for Australia to do this is currently very small and costly (it is difficult to bulk outlay this cost and risk no sales). Let’s hope we can change this in the future!
The sales of these masks will support an Australian artist (me), a local retailer (Market Fair) as well as the tax paid to the Australian Government.
$1 from each sale will be donated to Southern Cross Kids camps.
NOTE: If you would prefer an Australian made mask, one can be produced at a cost of $55 each (no removable filter). Due to high demand, you may not receive your item for 6+ weeks. Please contact me for an expression of interest.