Art and design students at UE’s Hamburg campus are turning necessity into a virtue.
After the introduction of compulsory masks in Germany last Monday, students of the Art and Design Department are working together as part of their typography course to produce fashionable masks. Led by Evelyn Solinski, this project is encompassing the motto "good things can work" and uses screen printing to create the masks.
As a first step, the students - who work in small groups in the room in order to maintain hygiene measures - create motifs that reflect the current zeitgeist. In addition, the medium mask is examined for its characteristics and possibilities as a new fashionable product. The project is also an interdisciplinary project in cooperation with Prof. Heike Ollertz and the students of her Applied Image Strategies course.
Part of the course is, among other things, the implementation of a web shop www.corona-hub.net, where the masks have been sold since 1 May 2020.
The 13 students (Sophie Berg, Miguel Ribeiro Da Saude, Marcia Estevez Trautner, Antonia Albert, Erika Görz, Christopher Kauerauf, Schengi Ali, Tosca Mumme, Janne Studt, Louisa Jürgensen, Linda Schmied, Aiym Imangaliyeva and Toni Feldtmann) are supported by the shop Mahler Stoffe, which provides the fabrics.
Wednesday, 27 May 2020 was our donation day. The students, Tosca Mumme, Louisa Jürgensen and David Kern made appointments with the Bahnhofsmission and the Elbschlosskeller to hand over the solidarity masks. Since the lockdown, the Elbschlosskeller has been turned from a bar into a soup kitchen to support those in need.
The initiative was started and organised in the Art and Design department based on an idea by Britta Leusing (Chancellor of UE) and the support of Campus Manager Gerrit Neukam (Hamburg). Subsequently, students from all faculties came together and worked on the production of the masks with the help of sponsorship by mahler.stoffe and the space provided by Christian Pfaff's gallery (Kunstraum OBERFETT).
During this process, the students were actively involved in the development of an artwork in the Typography course taught by Evelyn Solinski, the implementation in screen printing, the conception of a web shop in the Applied Image Strategies course taught by Prof. Heike Ollertz as well as the production using sewing machines and the distribution. The students got to realise a concept with solidary commitment in a practical way.
The skills of all departments (Art and Design, Sports, Media and Event and Business) find a dynamic symbiosis and strength in this project. "For every mask sold, one is donated to the needy" is the concept of the initiative GOOD THINGS CAN WORK. This makes it possible to donate masks produced with careful manual work to the needy. The donations take place simultaneously with the production process. As soon as a certain number of masks have been sold, the students plan the donation campaign.