The truth is powerful

Local artist stitches politics into handmade masks

Elizabeth Abraha stitches a new mask at her home on Monday, Nov. 30.

Elizabeth Abraha started a business selling face coverings embroidered with powerful political statements on Instagram. “I’ve always been a creative person, and now this is my way of making my thoughts real.” In the past eight months, masks have evolved as a new medium for self-expression.

Whether it’s designs bought online or personal pieces made at home, state-mandated face coverings are now another piece of the outfit to be considered before venturing out into the world. Minneapolis-based artist, Elizabeth Abraha, is taking this even further by showing that a mask can be more than a precaution for preventing the spread of COVID-19 — it can also be a canvas.

It has been just over a month since Abraha launched the Instagram page for her mask-making business, and she has quickly begun to accumulate a following. Under the name @thatcurlyhairedstitch , she showcases and sells hand-embroidered masks to the public weekly.

Each of her masks is made in unique styles and letterings, the majority of which display powerful political statements. “ACAB,” “Say their names” and “Burn it down” are just a few examples of the designs made […]

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