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67 ways to help this Mandela Day: Wear a mask that makes a statement and a difference

On Mandela Day, 10MillionMasks is launching the Art of Kindness which will see talented artists creating masks that people want to wear. For just R67, you can own a digital copy of one of these designer masks. Picture: Supplied

On Mandela Day, 10MillionMasks is launching the Art of Kindness which will see talented artists creating masks that people want to wear. For just R67, you can own a digital copy of one of these designer masks. Picture: Supplied

Published Jul 16, 2020

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10MillionMasks have united 10 underground artists to focus on one cause: protecting our vulnerable communities from the coronavirus. 

Ben Muthee, Tsoloane Geezy Ndhlovu, Aubrey Botha, Juliu, Martine Tina Mbiola , Gregg Kamanda, Sibusiso Sangweni, Katz Mokoena, Thabiso Hadebe and Thabang Tsolo have donated their talents to make a difference.

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Launching on Mandela Day, the Art of Kindness is an opportunity for artists to use their talents to make a difference by creating masks that people want to wear. Masks that are not just for protection, but are also part of self-expression.

These 10 artists are pioneers, and have started a kindness contagion. Others are getting involved. Over the next five months, 100 artists will use their talents to turn plain cotton masks into works of art, in preparation for an exhibition called The Art of Kindness. 

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Working in circles of 10, artists from a range of disciplines not normally found in a traditional galley (like embroidery, beading, graffiti, tattoo and illustration), will create original art masks. 

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One of the unique masks created for the 10MillionMasks Mandela Day campaign. Video: Supplied

These original masks are photographed and scanned and then the real magic happens. Working within and across the circles of 10, through cross disciplinary collaboration and exploration, new designs will emerge as new connections are formed. 

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Digitally printed masks are available on  https://www.10millionmakers.africa/. Pledge R67 and buy a digital copy of an original art mask - in honour of Mandela. 

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Says Michele Sohn, co-founder of 10MillionMasks, “Wearing a 10MillionMask mask says something about who you are. When you buy a mask from the 10MillionMask store, you not only keep a small business alive – you also help us to get a mask to someone who needs it, but can’t afford to buy it. Your 10MillionMask says something bold. It shows that you care. Without you saying anything at all.”

* Find more organisations and worthy causes to support on Mandela Day:  https://www.iol.co.za/trends/mandeladay

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