Local artist Justin Eagleton has teamed up with founder of PR agency Roland Dransfield, Lisa Morton, to launch a collection of face masks inspired by Manchester.
The ‘Maskchester’ masks feature designs inspired by Manchester landmarks and culture, including the Manchester skyline, famous faces and places, a Factory Records-style mask, and masks showing support for both Manchester United and Manchester City.
The masks are “made by Mancs, for Mancs, for the benefit of Mancs,” say Justin and Lisa, and a portion of sales from the initiative will be donated to Manchester MIND and the GM Mayor’s Charity.
“Following the government announcement around the compulsory wearing of masks, we wanted to launch something that would benefit Mancunians as well as raising money for two hugely important organisations in Manchester,” says Lisa.
“Working with Justin has enabled us to create some truly wonderful designs which embody the spirit of Manchester and what we’re all about here.
“It’s great to be founding Maskchester in partnership with Justin – I can’t think of anybody more suited to the job.”
Artist Justin Eagleton says he wanted to create something a little bit more exciting than the ordinary face masks, which would also have the added benefit of showing some Mancunian spirit.
“There has been a great deal of anti-mask rhetoric, so we wanted to do something slightly different that encouraged people to follow government guidance whilst supporting two hugely important charities that have done so much to support people across Manchester,” he says.
“We do things differently here in Manchester, and these designs show just what makes this city so great.”
Lisa says that the support they have received from the Manchester public since the launch has been great, and they’re looking forward to releasing more designs in due course.
Masks are priced at £10 each and are manufactured locally in the UK. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity and Manchester MIND.