“A lot of people started sending me information about making masks,” she recalls. “But I had questions about whether they’d really be useful or how I’d actually get them to people who needed them.”
“I’m really excited to know that this is the same group that made nests and pockets for animals during the recent wildfires in Australia,” she says.
Morton started making the masks on March 23, and expects to finish 20 masks before the end of the week. “They’re not medical-grade masks,” she explains. “But they do have two layers, so you can slip a filter in between them if you have one.”
Several of her masks are made with red and blue fabric, because she’s got plenty of that on hand these days. Late last year, Morton launched a national project called the Violet Protest, which involves making small textile squares in red and blue to highlight values such as civility, creativity, and compassion.
She’s also created art that addresses various social issues, such as homelessness and recycling.
“The art that I find most meaningful has a service component,” Morton says. “At times like this, we can all bring our skills to help make a difference.”