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Irish designer creates reusable face-masks with 15% of proceeds going to Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

They're all handmade, reusable and washable.

By Clodagh Meaney

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Irish designer Niamh McCabe has created a range of reusable face-masks to assist with the shortage of personal protective equipment amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Made with linen, cotton, denim and eco-friendly dyes, 15% of the proceeds from each mask sold is being donated to Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

Each mask is made to order and they are also reusable and washable.

Speaking to EMPWR, Niamh said: "Making face masks is the natural progression in my textile line development. We’re in the middle of this weird time where we are all trying to be extra careful with our health."

"I believe face masks are becoming the new norm."

"There are already many countries that require people to wear face masks when they’re going outside, Ireland will get there too. Likely as we ease back into normal life, face masks in public will be really important," she explained.

"Wearing one that you love and that’s 100% cotton is more comfortable and looks cooler."

Explaining why she chose to donate 15% of the proceeds to Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Niamh said that she has a personal connection to the organisation.

"They are consistently available to help their clients in multiple capacities. Sadly, during lockdown domestic violence cases have risen."

"The DRCC provides a service that’s so important to all survivors and people experiencing sexual abuse," she said.

"Their fundraising events have been cancelled and they need donations to keep this brilliant service running."

Niamh is the Creative Director of Spacey Studio an interior and homeware design studio based in Dublin.

Merging her paintings and textile designs at the beginning of 2020 she launched her first homeware product, the This is Home blanket.

Offering an additional discount to essential workers, you can purchase a mask from Niamh's Etsy here.

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