These Glitter-Bombed Face Masks

We are all face-mask experts at this point. It was about mastering the look, not just about learning the basics.

We know that masks will be around for quite some time so we asked: Why not make them even more beautiful this summer? We have a complete series of masks for you if you are looking to add some spice to your collection. Hint: You’re reading it now! These glittery masks by Sarah Boll, local costumer designer, should be at the top of your wish list. We are enchanted by Sarah Boll’s mask energy.

Boll is a local performer, designer and has a background in costume designing. Boll tells us she made masks to help her community and be creative at the start of the pandemic.

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Boll has perfected the balance of breathability, fit and filtration. Boll’s combination of creativity and thorough research into the best materials to protect against Covid-19 have attracted attention locally. She even received a Senator Scott Wiener design award for her creations.

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Boll was on hand to answer our questions about her creative process and where you can find her masks. This interview has been edited for clarity.

The Bold Italic Sarah! Please tell us about yourself

Sarah Boll: I have lived in the Bay Area since 1995, 15 years ago after I moved from Boston to work in the theater. My career began as a costumer. Since then, I’ve moved into the fashion industry. However, I still love to make and wear costumes whenever I can. Pre-Covid, I was active in nightlife and performing. My closet is filled with non-practical and sparkly outfits. My obsession with glitter led me to create my Etsy shop Glitter Disaster, glamorous accessories for sparkle connoisseurs.

What made you decide to make masks?

Masks were in short supply at the time of the pandemic, so I was able to assist. Early on, I made the decision that quality was more important than quantity. I took my time and did a lot of research. I read every scientific article and compared every chart to see how mask materials compare in terms of fit, breathability, and filtration. My current design includes an electrostatic polypropylene filter, high thread count cotton, and a nonwoven interfacing. My masks are praised by many of my customers as the most comfortable. After I was confident in my science, it was time to make them beautiful. This was the hard part!

We would love to hear about your inspirations and how you create them

My creative process usually starts with a theme. It could be a holiday or event, or something that inspires me to make something. My entire craft area (or sparkle cave, as I prefer to call it) is filled with glitter, sequins and other sparkly bits and pieces. Once I start to play, I have a lot of materials I can pull from. During the pandemic, there have been many opportunities for self-expression. I believe it is more important than ever that you take advantage of these little moments of joy. Although I might not wear a sparkling head-to-toe costume every weekend, I can still feel fabulous in one of my rhinestone masks. Because I know that people are in dire need of it, I want to share this feeling with them.