Written All Over My Face: Meet Your Maker, Erin O’Brien
Erin O’Brien is the fabricator of #VOICEYOURMASK, a cotton, black mask that allows you to change the statement on your mask with your mood!
When the George Floyd protests started up in New York, even after Cuomo had a written statement that everyone needed to wear masks, including officers. Shockingly (not shockingly) the police felt they were above the law and didn’t wear them.
A Twitter account NYPDMaskWatch (that tallies the officer’s names and badge numbers) sparked an idea for Erin. She’s been protesting since a traumatic experience she had back in 2012. She wanted to call the police out, “I would love to say something to these people, but I don’t feel comfortable — I started wearing T-shirts.” However, she wanted her message to change with her mood — enter #VOICEYOURMASK wear. You can interchange a million messages out of one mask.
“Sometimes I wanted to be like ‘fuck you wear a mask’ or I can take the ‘fuck you’ off and simply say ‘wear your mask.’” She even made “fuckin” on its own velcro if she quickly needed to be child friendly, it could all come off in one piece. She wore them to 18 protests (with her partner in crime and dog, Bowie) and she could tell the officers what she wasn’t comfortable vocalizing.
If it’s hard for you to speak up, leave it to your mask!
“My name is Erin O’ — People know me as a Window Artist, Prop Master & Prop/Wardrobe Stylist.
I have been so fortunate to work and live in NYC for 25 years! As a Freelancer one amazing project leads to the next, when you work hard, amazing people take notice and are rewarding in itself.
I have happily been a part of the Bergdorf Goodman Windows Team since 1999 and I am still part of their family to this day. It is here that I have been able to work alongside some of the most talented and successful designers in the industry.
I divide my Freelance Work into TV/Film, Editorial, & Window Design — or anything I feel inspires me to create. My past clients include such greats as Chanel, Barneys, InStyle Magazine, Kenneth Cole, Netflix, HBO, and so many others to name over the past years.
I have met so many icons of Fashion, Film, and Music — BUT it is the People not the project that makes me tick and makes me love what I do, no matter what field of work. Success is Collaboration.”
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