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Masks For Masks

How Trying to Make Face Masks for Our Family Gave us a Next Level Appreciation For Our Artists and Makers

Since the CDC announced new recommendations for wearing cloth face masks if/when you venture outdoors for essential items and services, the Dirty Coast team dusted off the old sewing machine to make some face coverings from T-shirts. Guess what? It’s hard!

No, we're not trying to discourage you from trying to make your own; please look up some tutorials if you have the time and the means to start making some masks!

Like this one or this one. 

However, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite local Louisiana artists and makers that are selling and donating cloth masks, and they KNOW a thing or two about masking! Want to add to the list?  Send suggestions to contact@dirtycoast.com

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Kelsey Campion

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web: Fringe + Co.

insta: @fringe.and.company

We loved loved loved collaborating with Kelsey for our most recent fashion show at Tipitina's. She "fringe + co."-ed a few of our favorite tees!

Hey Kelsey, what's your favorite color?

My favorite color is... COLOR! Despite the fact that most days you'll find me in all black I love anything with color. I've been feeling a lot of pinks lately but honestly the more color the better.

What's an indulgent self care you've been trying to practice? (emphasis on TRYING)

If I were to answer honestly there isn't a ton [...] I've been sewing masks from 7 a.m. to midnight almost every day the last week. I do try to get out and walk my dog in the morning and listen to a podcast but if not that, I'm sewing and shipping masks.

Tell me about your insta story daily check in/count of days you've been working for yourself.

I started [posting] my days of self employment the day after I left my full-time job. As someone who has never owned a business before, I wanted to be as transparent as possible with what it looks like. I figured I'd do it for a month or so and then I'd stop but I got so many messages about how fun it was to see the daily life of a entrepreneur and how nice it was to see what it actually looks like that I just kept going. It's really helpful to see how much I can get done in a day and a pretty regular reminder that I'm doing *enough*.

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Electric Mess / Jill Townsend

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web: Electric Mess

insta: @loveelectricmess

Jill is the seamstress behind the amazing sequin kimonos and shorts that Dirty Coast and other small businesses were selling during Mardi Gras season.

Hey Jill! What's your favorite ice cream flavor?

I always like trying new flavors, but I would say my favorites are pistachio and stracciatella

When you take time for yourself, what do you do to relax?

On a daily basis I try to stretch and take a walk for at least 30 min a day. I like to also have a lunch date with my girlfriends a couple times a month. Yearly, I love getting a back massage and facial (usually a couple weeks after Mardi Gras) . Helps me end the season and relax for a minute before I get busy for festival season. 

How is covid affecting your business (good and/or bad)

I would say I am still sewing that's for sure, and probably more than I would normally be at this time. However, it is a different product, I am making facemask covers. And for who I have been making it for, it is it definitely more for function then fashion. Overall, it is good. I feel as if I am doing Mardi Gras volume work, but with a different, still satisfying, reward in the end.

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Jennifer Anne Portraits

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web: Jenniferanne.com

insta: @jenniferanne_photo

We can't wait until quarantine is over so we can hightail it to Jennifer's Portrait studio. We highly suggest getting lost in her instagram.

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The Twirl Shop / Melanie Kostrazewa

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web: The Twirl Shop Etsy

insta: @thetwirlshop

Melanie's Etsy shop has us filling our carts with masks AND cute kid's clothes for the tired and hardworking parents out there, and (UM, can you PLEASE make those skirts and dresses in adult sizes? okay THANKS!)