*Listings go live at 8pm BST on Saturday 3rd October*
Inspiration; Early walks on the beach, the sea under the scudding clouds somewhere betweeen slate and petrol in tone. There is still some residual warmth in the low sun as it burnishes the foamy white horses, but you know that the northern hemisphere is inexorably turning towards Winter...
Batch 11 of my JFD Fancy Face Masks.
These embellished beauties are handmade in the Brighton studio, and fall into the category 'face coverings', they will certainly do a good job in this context, helping to hinder the spread of the virus as advised by medical professionals around the world. They are well made, and fit well, with an internal nose wire that can be pinched over the bridge of the nose ensuring a close fit under the eyes. They extend down to fit snugly under the chin. I have designed them to extend a little down from the end of the nose to allow a little pocket of air so you don't get a mouthful of fabric every time you try and speak.
They are constructed from an outer decorative layer (an embroidered silk or an embroidered tulle mounted on silk), with an internal layer of lightweight non woven bonded interfacing (for extra filtration), and are lined with 100% natural fibre silk to sit comfortably against the skin. It is a fine balance between making them an effective barrier, whilst still allowing you to breathe without discomfort. They are not designed to be used whilst exercising, or for lengthy periods of time whilst doing strenuous work. They are what I'd call an 'occasion' mask, for when you want something a bit more interesting than your everyday face covering.
They can be washed, but because of the delicate nature of the decorative layer, please take the time to handwash them in liquid detergent and allow to dry naturally to preserve their look. If you chuck them in the washing machine with your regular wash I can't answer for how long they will last.
There are currently two sizes available in this batch (all marked individually in options when the listings go live)....which I have characterised as medium and small. I *think* the medium would fit most women, but I have also included a few smalls in this batch for particularly petite faces.
Small; top of mask down centre front to bottom of mask under chin is 15.5cms
bridge of nose out to top edge of mask near ear is 12cms
Medium; top of mask down centre front to bottom of mask under chin is 16.5cms
bridge of nose out to top outer edge of mask near ear is 13cms
For obvious virus related reasons I can't accept returns on the masks.
Masks have soft narrow elastic loops to hook over the ears, or you can choose elastic head loops....please let me know at checkout which you prefer. If no preference is stated your mask will be supplied with ear loops. Elastic loop colour is chosen to best compliment the mask colour
I also now can offer black latex-free elastic for those with a latex allergy.... please let me know in notes which you would prefer.
There will be listings of more masks soon, so if you miss out this time, or would like to purchase again in future, please check back or keep an eye on Instagram for updates.
I'm afraid that I will not generally be taking requests for particular colours or fabrics, or allowing reservations for the masks.... but if you comment on the latest mask post on Instagram I will get an insight into which colours are more in demand and will try and bear that in mind when making up the next set.
25% of the purchase price (minus PayPal fees & postage) on all mask sales is donated to charity. This week this portion will go to the newly formed charitable trust supporting Brighton's famed Royal Pavilion (https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/about-us/royal-pavilion-museums-trust/). Built in the early 1800s as something of a pleasure palace for the Prince Regent (later George IV), it was this fanciful building that really established Brighton as the leading seaside resort of the Regency, and it often appears in cameo performances in the fashionable literature of the time. In common with many museums and historic buildings, it has been hit hard by the pandemic and the consequent loss of visitor revenue, so now seems a good time to give a little boost and shout out to this favourite neighbour of the JFD studio....
Shipping within the UK is via Royal Mail 1st class signed for service, price £2.50
For ease of listing, I have designated 'everywhere else in world' as £4.00, for standard international letter post. This is an untracked unsigned for service so although I will obtain proof of postage, I can't be held liable if it goes astray. If you would prefer a more secure tracked service let me know after purchase and I can work out any surcharge (for the U.S the surcharge is £5)
Similarly, there will be a £2.00 surcharge for standard letter post to Australia or New Zealand.
Masks will be shipped in plastic-free sustainable packaging.