"Why am I not seeing beaded masks anywhere?" It was a simple question, one that Lisa Shepherd and her friend and fellow artist Nathalie Bertin both pondered in the same week back in April 2020. The coronavirus pandemic was affecting people across our country and around the world, and Nathalie and Lisa found themselves wanting to explore how artistic masks, in particular for them, beaded ones, were being used as a way of people expressing their experiences and struggles through this time.
And so began a simple Facebook group that they called, 'Breathe.' "We thought there might be interest from people just like us wanting to connect through artistic mask making. Apparently we were on to something! Less than two weeks later, our group had grown to over 1500 people!"
With such a large collection of this artwork being shared in their online community, potential buyers and galleries from around North America have started reaching out to Lisa and Nathalie. They intend to present the 'Breathe' collection to Canadian and American galleries this summer, and they invite everyone who has created these masks to submit their work to them by June 30 to be included in this collection.
Check out the 'Breathe' FACEBOOK GROUP for more details, and to connect with this growing online community.
NEW! Nathalie and Lisa are over the moon to share this CBC Arts article about 'Breathe' with you: