Hello all, Mary Ellen here.
Did any of you see the article in Sunday’s Buffalo News Style section with the title above? All about masks, of course, which can be purchased in shops around town. It focused on what I would think of as the more “artsy” shops online or down in the Elmwood area. “Whether simple or splashy, an array of options lets people show some personal style. Many are made right here in Western New York by local artisans and fashion designers – or by the wearers themselves.” Does the mask you wear show something about you and your interests? I have an assortment of masks which I wear–one has math formulas all over it, one is covered in pansies, one has compasses and protractors. Those masks which I have made for friends and family are of fabrics chosen with the wearer in mind. We’ll be in masks for a while I think, so why not express yourself!
A surprising thing mentioned in the article was the price charged for each mask. The prices ranged from $7 to $40!
Not that we should judge our good deeds by a price figure–they’re priceless after all. But just to put a crass value on them- let’s say our guild made 4500 masks (actually 4,607 have been reported to me) with an average price of $10. What have we contributed to the well being of folks around us? $45,000!!! That’s one heck of a donation to our community!