Revisiting internship work
In 2012, I had a chance to complete a high school-level internship with Priority Designs in Columbus, Ohio. The goal of the program was to introduce students to potential career fields.
Working with the excellent designers and fabricators at PD, I conceptualized a ski and snowboarding mask aimed at solving the problem of having a soggy face covering.
The soft goods team helped me sew a prototype (above) which utilized hard panels that allow a user to fold the mask open or closed, increasing breathability and reducing dampness.
Almost a decade later, advancements in 3D knitting inspired me to reconsider the mask’s execution. I envisioned a base layer with open, breathable weaves over the mouth and nose.
When faced with wind or cold, a thermal wind shell magnetically attaches, allowing the user to adapt to environmental changes on the fly.
I created a prototype to prove that the magnetic attachment system is feasible. This video shows how easy it is to remove the wind shell with a single hand.
Thermal wind shell with 3M reflective piping.