Longtime artist Susan Sorrell has tried a little of everything: fiber art, beading, mixed media, textiles, teaching. When carpal tunnel syndrome sidelined those artistic pursuits, she decided to take up painting.
On a whim, Sorrell tried applying her paintings to fabric, and Who Doo Arts was born.
The Taylors resident began with leggings, then shoes, scarvss, headbands, beach towels and now, in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, face masks.
“You’ve got to do something that makes you stand out as an artist,” Sorrell, 56, said.
To make the masks, Sorrell takes photographs of her existing artwork and sends them to a print-on-design company in London, which prints them onto pre-made cotton masks using large-format printers. Each mask comes with a PM 2.5 carbon filter that can be slipped into the mask. They may not protect the wearer from the virus, explains Sorrell, but they will filter out droplets and help prevent a wearer from unknowingly spreading the virus to others.
“When I started this thing, I told my husband that If I’m going to wear a mask, it’s going to be something artsy,” she said.
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Here are a few of my masks. ($11.99)Each one comes with a PM2.5 filter to put in them. No, they won’t protect you from viruses, but they will filter out droplets from people talking and coughing. That is the reason we are asked to wear them right now. Caring for others is the plan. www.whodoo.me #staysafe #mask #facemask #covid19 #coronavirus #whodooart #creativechick
Like her art, the masks are explosions of color and funky abstract designs. They’re also reusable and machine washable.
“I buy everything I sell, and I wear it to make sure it works,” Sorrell said. “These masks hold up really well.”
Her next endeavor? Canvas slip-on shoes.
See the artist’s work at whodooleggings.com.