The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has released two bespoke colourful and bright face mask designs which are available to music-lovers from today.
With face masks compulsory in Melbourne and Victoria, the two designs enable music fans to show their love for Melbourne’s orchestra and the city’s modern creatives.
Melbourne-based pattern designer and artist, Ellen McKenna has designed a face mask with the MSO at heart, using her statement modernist aesthetic, textured line works, abstract spots and bold shapes, showing playfulness, creativity, passion and colour.
A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Ellen McKenna has featured in products by Australian fashion, textile and homewares clients and earlier this year, the designer was shortlisted as a finalist in The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards.
MSO Managing Director Sophie Galaise said the MSO was delighted to commission a local artist to create an exclusive design for the Orchestra.
‘‘Ellen McKenna’s bold and joyful design will bring cheer to the wearer and passersby. We are living and working in difficult times and any element of spark is what we are all seeking. Whilst you may not be able to see the smile behind the mask, we hope that this colourful design brings smiles to many,’‘ said Ms Galaise.
A second design is also available, created by the MSO’s own Graphic Designer, Katya Dibb. This design incorporates the MSO’s ‘stave line’ motif, which has been elemental in the MSO’s style and brand since 2018.
“At the MSO, it is a privilege to be surrounded by creative arts workers both on and off the stage,” said Ms Galaise. “Katya’s design work has inspired countless audience members over the past three years, and this mask gives the wider MSO community a way of supporting us while we cannot perform.”
The two mask designs are made of 3-ply cotton/polyester blend, have been hygienically handled and come individually wrapped.
MSO face masks start at $25 + postage and are available from mso.com.au/facemask Monday 14 September. All profits will go towards the survival of the MSO in the absence of ticket sales, caused by the pandemic.