Friday, April 3, 2020

Gurneys At Home: Making Face Masks

We're lucky to have my son Frank and his girlfriend Amelia living with us during the pandemic.


They're working at home, and in their spare time they're making protective masks to donate to medical workers and people in public facing jobs.


(Link to YouTube)

I paint a gouache portrait of Amelia (Instagram @amelihere) at the sewing machine. The video shows the process. In the second half (around 4:00), Amelia and Frank (@frankster.g) share their tips on how to make them.

6 comments:

Bob said...

How very Dinotopian! Survival of all or none. Give more, take less. Others first, self last. And for those of us inclined to make masks -- we can, Observe, listen and learn!

Paula O. said...

A wonderful portrait that captures the care she's putting into every mask. I like how the cool tone of the inanimate sewing machine contrasts with the warmth of Amelia and the background behind her. It's heartening to see people helping instead of complaining...

Steve Gilzow said...

Creative, generous, helpful, caring, homemade, rooted in family, educational, cheerful: a quintessential Gurney Journey post. Wonder if any of those old Nat Geos included work by a certain unicyclist...

Hilde said...

Just made a break from sewing masks, when I found this blog entry. The paintings are so beautiful, the athmosphere, everything and it is nice to hear and see all of you, and each being so creative.

Also nice to know and imagine that in so many countries, people sit done to sew masks and help. A friend of mine in Spain already made hundreds. She is my role model in this... I just have the first twenty, so ways to go...

Mine are a little more complicate, I fold the tissue in front of nose and mouth area, so in the end, the masks are closer at the face appreciate the simpler style of your masks and will overthink mine or try a combination during the process.

It is wonderful to do something and it is nice that people hold together. I always love your videos, this one made me smile. Thank you for the insight into your creative home.

Fhinn said...

I always love seeing Jeanette's work too, it's like seeing the same little slice of life through two different but equally wonderful lenses.
There is a lot of controversy about masks right now in different countries, but I think it's good for people to be doing something useful, and a cloth mask is better than no mask at all, even if it's not "up to code". A great thing to do while we are stuck at home!

Meera Rao said...

Thank you so much for this video - loved your painting and so excited also to see Janet’s painting - So wonderful to see the masks being made as you were painting :) as always, thanks for sharing 🙏🏼