THE SPLITSHOT FACE MASK: A HISTORY
The SplitShot facemask was originally designed as apart of the 2019 Anadromous Collection as a way to use scrap materials from our coats. The Anadromous Collection was inspired by my fisherman lineage with each item named for a fishing term. Split Shot refers to the weight used on fishing line.
The mask was designed as a protest commentary on the rise of anti pipeline demonstrations within our communities and our ongoing fight to protect our water and our animal relatives.
Meant to be a fashion statement highlighting the "biological warfare and pollution destroying Indigenous lands and our health," They have transformed into protection against the virus*.
"As designers, we are storytellers, and our clothing is an extension of the non-verbal stories we're sharing about ourselves. Fashion is becoming more and more political as a way to express solidarity." -Korina Emmerich
The masks, made out of Pendleton fabric, are made out of 82% wool and 18% cotton. The mask's lining is 100% unbleached cotton. Wool has natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, can be sanitized in boiling water, or with dish soap and vinegar, and even pine oil disinfectant.
"I think there is also a kind of tongue in cheek 'f*** you' to settlers by using wool blanket material as protective wear, considering our history of being impacted by biological warfare in blankets during the small pox epidemic"
*This is NOT an N95 filter mask. This is NOT medical grade protective wear.