American graphic designer Irina Blok plans to fight swine flu with the power of design designer masks.
On her website, she says: “This would make a good Mother’s Day gift, if your mother has a sense of humour about the situation.”
However, the price is nothing to sneeze at. Blok hopes to sell her masks for US$10 (NZ$17.50) plus postage and handling, but proceeds will go to the humanitarian organisation Children International.
On Amazon.com, plain old swine masks are the No4 must-have women’s accessory, ahead of bras.
Not surprisingly, fashion designers are itching to get their hands on this viral fad, with industry insiders saying at least one fashion house is creating jewel-encrusted options for its wealthy clientele.
The fashion conscious in Hong Kong are sporting knock-off surgical masks with brand names like Gucci, Versace, Hello Kitty and adidas and Nike.
The pirated masks were reportedly retailing for a quarter of the price of standard white ones, but one customer was quoted as saying: “They’re less effective but I may as well look good before I get it.”
Kiwis are slow to catch onto the trend. However, for $500 on TradeMe you can buy an artwork called John Key has Swine Flu, or swine survival kits from $10 to $50, or a T-shirt urging everyone to put a mask on your pig.
On Sunday, May 24, 2009 the Auckland Harbour Bridge will be 50 years old. But rather than commiserate half a century of denied access, come out and show your support for walking and cycling access on the Bridge. All the details are attached, in summary…
WHAT: A public walk/cycle over the Auckland Harbour Bridge
WHEN: 9am, Sunday, May 24, 2009
QUESTIONS? See the attached flyer and forward it to your friends, family and workmates. Let’s make this a demonstration of support the NZ Transport Agency can’t ignore!
Keep an eye on www.getacross.org.nz for the latest developments. At present the Police say we will get to march across the bridge (and it is their call) but the NZ Transport Agency are opposed (surprise, surprise!)
Want to get more involved?… we need helpers to distribute flyers, please reply by e-mail.