How to make your own masks explained by artist Zhijun Wang

The Chinese artist famous for his masks made from sneakers explains his technique with a video tutorial and a model to print, which you can download here.

Zhijun Wang kept his word. In mid-March, the Chinese artist – who uses sneakers to make antismog masks, part of the MoMA collection in New York – told Domus about his latest project: a mask made from a Esselunga supermarket shopping bag to draw attention to the need to protect himself from the Coronavirus. He also told us that he was working on “a tutorial to allow anyone to make a mask for themselves when they are not in the shop or pharmacy.”

“But I want to think about it carefully so that people don’t get hurt,” he added. After a month of work, with the collaboration of his wife Yutong Duan, he sent us the model (to be downloaded and printed in A3) and the tutorial video that explains how to sew a mask, with an internal filter pocket, using splash resistant and breathable materials, such as non-woven fabric.

In addition to wearing the mask, you have to “maintain social distance, wash your hands and support the front line,” he concludes. “I hope with this tutorial I can help people through this difficult time.” The masks are not intended as medical devices, but simply personal protective equipment.

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