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TAFE NSW Moree fashion students make masks with screen printed Aboriginal design

TAFE NSW Moree students have joined in the mask-making campaign, making unique face masks that have been hand screen printed with original Aboriginal designs.

The students began making masks last week, as part of the printing and quality control unit in the Certificate II in Applied Fashion and Design Technology.

"It was timely considering COVID," TAFE NSW Moree fashion and design teacher Melinda O'Donoghue said.

"We usually do toiletry bags, but masks seemed more appropriate."

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The masks are being made using an Aboriginal design by former TAFE student Belinda Beal, which has been screen printed by the current students, with help from TAFE NSW Moree art teacher Lizzie von Gavel, tying in with the Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts course.

"The masks are a piece of artwork; they're wearable art," Ms O'Donoghue said.

The masks feature three layers of material and are washable, however they are not hospital-grade.

It takes about 10 minutes to make one mask, Ms O'Donoghue said, with the students to make about 100.

The limited edition masks are available to purchase from the front office at TAFE NSW Moree campus.

There are currently about 10 students in the Applied Fashion and Design Technology Course, however more are welcome.

TAFE NSW is currently accepting enrolments for semester two. Visit www.tafensw.edu.au for more information.