Clothing the Pandemic

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

Medicine Camo mask

Multidisciplinary twin artists, Christopher and Gregory Mitchell, of Born in the North, are inspired by their Mi’kmaq ancestry and Canadian upbringing. In 2019 they designed a winter camouflage textile representative of their culture for use in their products. It is made up of the four sacred medicines; Sage, Sweetgrass, Tobacco, and Cedar. The white background is the bark of the birch tree that plays an important role in traditional craft – baskets, quillwork, and starting fires. The healing and protective camo mask protects the wearer.

Christopher and Gregory Mitchell for Born in the North, Indigenous Mi’kmaq, Northeastern Woodlands Tkaronto/Toronto, Canada

2019 (print designed); January 2021 (mask printed and made)

Designed in Toronto (Tkaronto), Ontario, Canada

Made in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Polyester micro twill double knit, dye sublimination print

Royal Ontario Museum 


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