- Lockdown and Zoom
Each week during lockdown we hatched plans on what we could do next, without community space, sewing machines and equipment. And then we started talking Masks. I created a pattern for a hand-made mask. Many women don’t have machines so this was a lovely creative activity for women shielding. I distributed fabric and a pattern with instructions on how to make, and we talked through designs and pattern options. This is itself challenging, as English is often a second language, so it was through images and clear instructions. When lockdown eased we met in the park. We shared information with women about the importance of wearing masks, and the importance of wearing reusable masks, and we encouraged families to take several masks for their own use.