Art.co.za is turning art into masks. Picture: Supplied
Art.co.za is turning art into masks. Picture: Supplied

When art masks reality

By Thobile Mazibuko Time of article published Jul 21, 2020

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Now that masks are a part of our everyday lives, we might as well make the most of it.

See it as a handbag, an essential accessory that you take everywhere – the exception here being that it isn't optional – you have to wear it

"Wearing a mask is now not only an option, but it’s also mandatory so we may as well express ourselves artistically with art masks," said Marilyn van Emmenis, manager at Art.co.za.

The art warehouse recognised well-know artists by creating fabric face masks featuring details of their existing artworks.

Like many other cultural institutions around the country, who have been affected financially by the Covid-19 pandemic, selling masks is a way for the brand to generate some much-needed income.

“The majority of face masks are plain and unimaginative. I just thought some art would be different and striking. If you are going to plan what you're going to wear, your face mask should be part of it,” said Johnny de Beer, founder of Art.co.za.

Fhatus Creation also came up with different mask designs by making scarf-masks. The Fhatus Creation’s are masks, finished with a fringe that covers the neck like a scarf.

Rich Mnisi also added flair to his masks by embellishing them with Swarovski crystals.

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