On DIY Cloth Face Masks and Scalar Relationships in Design

Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Andrea Botero, Mille Rosendahl Hansen

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In this paper, we take the case of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) face masks as an entry point to questions of scale and scalar relations in design. We provide two example scalar trajectories that illustrate how DIY face masks - as everyday design artefacts - are in continuous shaping and re-shaping through various forms of active use and design. We also point out how scalar relations manifest in knowledge sharing and circulation of know-how, as DIY masks emerge in a world facing the same COVID-19 virus but within different local realities and relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Nordes 2021 : Matters of Scale . vol. 9
Publication date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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