My Metamorphosis Project began over a year ago as an art installation using recycled art to make hundreds of paper butterflies that would be suspended with a wall-hung backdrop of glow monotypes. I painted the top of the butterflies black to represent their possible extinction. I was also working on a series of monotypes inspired by seeing millions of Caper White Butterflies on a recent trip to East Africa.


Three hundred butterflies later, the Covid 19 pandemic began, and I shifted my creative energy to sewing non-medical face masks which I gave away as a memorial to my mother whose vintage Singer sewing machine I was using. At my daughter’s suggestion, I began to print the fabric using butterfly stamps I carved. Butterflies represent hope and rebirth in many cultures. The mask-making became part of the Metamorphosis Project; butterflies and humans, both in peril.


After making and distributing almost 500 masks using fabric and thread accumulated over many years, I found in my bottomless trunk some special fabric, silk leftover from making liturgical vestments, fine cotton remnants from the dress I’d made for my grade 9 graduation and other treasures like glass beads and embroidery cotton.


I started making one-of-a-kind masks, art masks, so people could wear masks that were not only functional but beautiful, a symbol of hope and optimism.


Participate in my Metamorphosis Project

  • These are non-medical masks and can be hand-washed and air-dried; each has an enclosed wire or aluminum strip to provide a closer fit on the nose.
  • If you chose to order a mask (which are free) you must send me a close-up photo of you wearing the mask and give me permission to use the photo and your first name digitally and as part of a physical exhibition.
  • (OPTIONAL) Make a donation to your favourite charity in lieu of payment. Pass the kindness forward.
  • Order online at https://griflens.com/collections/masks

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