Clothing the Pandemic

A Virtual Exhibition of COVID-19 Face Masks from Around the World

Face mask

This is an example of a home-made mask. Bridget Carpenter made this mask during New Zealand’s first lockdown (11.59pm on 25 March to 11.59pm on 27 April 2020). She had family and friends in Europe who were wearing masks, and she saw that friends were making them. During lockdown, Bridget repurposed a vintage TV dinner tray table as her sewing table and focused on making masks for family, friends, and colleagues, using fabrics she had to hand and old garments – the black and white hounds tooth cloth in this mask came from a pair of trousers. She used pristine calico for the lining. She did a bit of research into patterns, style and cloth, and slightly adjusted the pattern as she went.

Bridget Carpenter, New Zealand


Designed in Wellington, New Zealand

Made in Wellington, New Zealand

Wool, calico, elastic straps

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa


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