Make a Statement


 

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When I first began seeing the COVID19 sweeping across the globe, I noticed that country after country showed oceans of people wearing uniform white masks (when they weren’t practicing social distancing or in quarantine). I was kind of curious as to what kind of face parafernalia our people of the U.S.A. would come up with. I just knew Americans would come up with everything from outrageous to hilarious, and they surely have. This is not to say that I am not also deeply aware of the suffering and strife involved in the COVID19 Pandemic which is truly sad indeed. But American originality and thinking outside the box has not failed us in this situation.

True to form, our resourceful Americans came up with every kind of face contraption you could imagine. I saw a post on Facebook where someone had taken photos of all the hilarious mask get-ups people around in our country had assembled for themselves. There was the photo of someone strapping an athletic shoe to their face, their nose and mouth pressed into the shoe interior and the outer tread of the shoe sole facing the menacing virus.

Then in another post I saw someone with an umbrella strapped to their shoulders and a large transparent plastic bag draped from it’s opened coverage. Or there’s the one of a birthday party hat strapped to the face, point out to the world and round hat rim covering the mouth and nose.

So I began to wonder what other kinds of innovations would emerge in mask design here in the U.S.A. And of course I wanted to try the challenge myself, which you can see displayed in my new mask collection.

The first part people don’t like about wearing a mask is that it covers their mouth and nose. While the purpose of the mask requires this, I resolved to have my masks make a statement of uplifting hope to allow people to voice their statement and to provide a counterbalance to all the fear and despair many are feeling at this time.

 

I chose flowers as emblems of the feminine goddesses of love, peace, nature and beauty. These designs are all taken from flowers from my yard this Spring. The Iris were planted last Fall when a dear friend of mine retired from professional Iris gardening and gave me my choice of bulbs from her great Iris collection. I can’t wait for the next bloom so I can photograph it and create another mask design. I am also making other items as well as you can see on KIRSTEINFINEART.

And I also wanted the mask to make a statement. That way, even though the mouth is covered, you are still showing your voice.

This special collection of KIRSTEINFINEART face masks comes in a variety of statement designs on your choice of cotton, lycra or spandex. or other These dust-proof masks will protect you from dust, bacteria, pollution, allergies, cold, viral flu, fog and danger, industrial emission, vehicle exhaust, passive smoking, etc.

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Dress from The Iris Collection.

Any questions for me? Any kind of mask you’d like to see? Maybe a different flower? Or color? Let me know in the comments below!

A Week’s Work (Or Play, I Should Say)


I have been talking with people a little bit about showing my work in a variety of possible venues. One woman I spoke with said, “Well to show in a gallery you have to have more than a couple of pieces.”

She obviously doesn’t know me. (Yet.) Here is this week’s work! 

Photographing the Work.

It is much harder to photograph this stuff than to paint it. I have discovered that my cell phone takes better photos than my Nikon 35 milimeter SLR Digital camera. And my cell phone is not even high end. It’s a smart phone but rather cheesy, I thought.

The photos below are taken by my cell phone.

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Mixed media collage by Jan Kirstein. 11″ x 14.” Summer, 2019.

But the cell phone captures higher detail, better color, and is higher resolution. I have an app on my phone I use called “Camera.” How creative. Anyway, it apparently bumps up the quality quite a bit from my bare smartphone camera, which is really pretty close in quality. My cell phone is an LG Cricket. (I go cheap whenever I can. )

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Mixed media collage by Jan Kirstein. 11″ x 14.” 2019.
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Mixed media collage by Jan Kirstein. 11″ x 14.” 2019.
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Mixed media collage by Jan Kirstein. 11″ x 14.” 2019.
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Social Commentary on Terrorism and War


Thanks so much to Make Muse publication for sharing my art and story.  Jan Kirstein

Make Muse is an online (and soon-to-be print) magazine that is dedicated to inspiring change and activism through beauty, art, aesthetics, and the written word by propelling action and voicing experiences.

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These self-portraits are the photographer’s reactions to War and Terrorism, and what has emerged from the collective unconsciousness.

 

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