HONESDALE, PA — In front of art and event space Basin & Main on Main Street in Honesdale, a clothesline of protective face masks hangs like a fruit vine ready for the picking. In response to the current pandemic, and Gov. Tom Wolf urging Pennsylvanians to not leave home without a mask on, artist Samuelle Green assembled a production team of family and friends to provide free masks to the community. In addition to Green, the team is made up of Terry Pomponio, Rob Ebeltoft, Christopher George and Green’s parents—Luann and Robert Green.
“Each one is an artist and craftsperson, so it was quite easy to adapt our collective skill set into mask making,” Green said in an email. “After researching different mask styles, we agreed on a three-ply construction made of two outer layers of cotton and the middle ply being a non-woven fabric recommended by the inventor of the fabric technique used to manufacture N95 masks.”
Since hanging up the first batch, the masks have gone quickly. Between Sunday and Tuesday, the team had given out 230 free masks.
“Each time we replenish the supply of masks, they are gone in minutes,” Green said, adding that the team is working hard to keep up with demand. “If you have the means to make your own mask, please do. And while you’re working on that, perhaps make a few extra that can be donated to your community.”
Green also noted that the production have all been self-quarantined together for the past three weeks.
Interested in making your own mask? Check out the step-by-step guide.