Your Oakland and Bay Area Artists Mask Guide Is Here!

By Cathy Niland | 7.29.2020

Masks. They’re on everybody’s minds (and faces) these days and they aren’t going anywhere for a while. A recent study by The Lancet found that wearing a mask reduces your risk of infection from 17.4% to just 3.1%. In reopening The Crucible, we’ve instituted a number of new health and safety policies, including mandatory masks wearing in the studio. As an arts nonprofit dedicated to keeping the industrial arts accessible to all, the health of our community is our top priority during the pandemic, especially for those most vulnerable.

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Two youth campers arrive in their indigo-dyed Crucible masks on July 7, 2020.

While wearing a mask is extremely important, it doesn’t have to be all serious. Masks have become a fun way to express your personality and sense of fashion while staying safe. Many makers and small businesses all over the world have shifted their creative practices to meet high demand. You can support your Bay Area community in two ways: by purchasing a mask from a local maker or small business and then wearing your mask to keep yourself and others safe.

Check out the mask-makers guide below and keep an eye out for a restock of our popular hand-dyed indigo masks coming soon!

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The Mask-Maker Guide

Find a wide variety of masks made right here in the Bay Area by local makers and small businesses.

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Since Shelter-in-place began, Nichole has been a mask making machine. Her masks are three layers, and include a filter pocket and adjustable straps.

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These culturally-conscious, four-layer cotton masks from SF maker Marisol Catchings include a filter pocket and an adjustable wire.

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GIFTY vendor Adrianna Gluck’s two-layer cotton masks come with a filter pocket, adjustable cord, and metal wire for customized fit.

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While their studio is temporarily closed, Hello Stitch has shifted to making and selling handmade, reversible, cotton face masks.

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Oakland brand Sonson, known for their headwraps and bow ties, has added a number of colorful cotton masks to their online shop.

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Support a Black, queer-owned business when buying 100% cotton masks from Mask Me About It. They also offer sliding scale pricing via Instagram.

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The Vildblume masks by textile artist Jane Hugentober are made in linen and cotton styles and come in six sizes from “toddler” to “brawny”.

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Support the museum and local seamstress Joslyn Lacy when you purchase a colorful print mask from the OMCA online store.

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Show your Oakland pride with an iconic cotton printed mask from Oaklandish. Various styles available with and without filter pocket.

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Handsewn in San Francisco, Dark Garden’s masks feature an antimicrobial athletic material, a filter pocket, and an adjustable comfort fit.

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These Townkids masks are so vibrant! Each mask has an adjustable strap, a filter pocket, and comes in water-resistant fabric.

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Back in stock! After selling out our first run of adult sizes in just a few hours, new hand-dyed indigo masks are here!

Do you know a local artist mask-maker we missed?

Be sure to email [email protected] with other Bay Area mask-makers we should have on our radar.

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