Kraków prof comes up with clever DIY origami face masks

The origami masks can be made by using just a paper towel, two rubber bands, and a stapler. Wydział Form Przemysłowych ASP w Krakowie

A designer from Kraków has come up with an ingenious way of protecting yourself against coronavirus – with origami masks made from paper towels.

With April 16th seeing everyone in Poland being required to cover their mouths and noses when leaving their homes, the DIY mask is a cheap and easy quick fix.

A 5-minute video shows how to fold the paper towel and staple it together correctly.Wydział Form Przemysłowych ASP w Krakowie/YouTube

Created by professor Anna Myczkowska-Szczerska from Kraków Academy of Fine Arts’ Industrial Forms Department, to make the single-use origami mask, you need only a few things: a thin paper towel, two rubber bands, and a stapler.

While origami purists may object to stapling, in this case functionality triumphs over staying true to the Japanese art of folding paper.

The end result can limit the chance of passing on the virus if we are a carrier.Wydział Form Przemysłowych ASP w Krakowie

Posting instructions for the mask on their Facebook page, the creators insist however that this is: “A disposable protective mask. To be thrown away after each use.

“Remember, these masks are an emergency protection! They prevent face touching and limit the transmission of droplets.”

In other words, the paper towel face masks can limit the chance of passing on the virus if we are a carrier.

The creators stress that the masks are only to be worn once and then disposed of.Wydział Form Przemysłowych ASP w Krakowie

Still, the simple and utilitarian idea is gaining popularity and has already promoted across the Atlantic by the Polish Radio in Chicago.

Myczkowska-Szczerska, who is head of the Kraków Academy’s Designing Basics faculty, specialises in creating visual communication: posters, book publications, graphic signs, visual identification systems, and papercrafts.

The DIY face masks are the brainchild of professor Anna Myczkowska-Szczerska from Kraków Academy of Fine Arts’ Industrial Forms Department and are already being promoted in the US.Wydział Form Przemysłowych ASP w Krakowie/{SOURCE_MISSING}

The paper towel mask isn’t the only creative invention that has come out of the Kraków Industrial Forms Department, though, as Myczkowska-Szczerska’s colleague, Professor Monika Wojtaszek-Dziadusz, has also designed a mask made from a vacuum cleaner bag.