During lockdown the St Chris art department launched the Community Creative Masks competition in place of our annual Inter-School Recycled Fashion Show which unfortunately wasn’t able to take place this year.

Pupils and parents from St Chris and from schools in Hertfordshire including Hexton JMI, Ardeley St Lawrence School, St Thomas Moore RC School and Pixmore Junior School took part in the competition during the Spring.

Entrants were asked to design, create and embellish a mask which could be made from scratch or developed from a plain mask base. They were encouraged to be as creative as possible with no restrictions in terms of the materials used or the type of design or construction.

A huge thank you and well done to everyone who took part: We absolutely loved seeing all the entries!

We asked judges Nicola Skinner and Claire West to help us narrow down the entries to choose the winners of the different categories. Nicola and Claire are a design duo and co-directors of bobandalf: they design and make handmade objects and work with paper, Jesmonite, wood, cork, cardboard.

The prize winners were as follows:

Highly Commended

Chickmo by Merrie, Year 2 (H Group), St Chris

A Mask for All Seasons by Maisie, Age 11, St Thomas Moore RC School

Winner: Most Innovative Mask

Butterflies in the Spring by Grace, Age 11, Hexton JMI

Winner: Maddest Mask

Shark Attack by Will, Age 8, Hexton JMI

Winner: Best Slogan

Be Proud by Sorcha Lucioli, Year 8 (II Grp), St Chris

Joint Winners: Best Mask with a Message

Underwater Paradise by Immy Fraser-Williams, Year 12 (Lower Sixth), St Chris

Lockdown 3.0 Masked Up by Darcie Grace Jackson, Year 8 (II Group), St Chris

Winner: Best Household Bubble

‘Bask’ Bark Mask by Rebecca, Ben, Leo & Felix, St Chris & Ardeley School

Winner: Face to the Future

Jack Hammond, Year 12 (Lower Sixth), St Chris

Winner: Most Innovative Use of Materials

Maya Gomez-Aubert, Year 8 (II Group), St Chris

Winner: Best Overall Design

Issy Hobbs, Year 12 (Lower Sixth), St Chris

Well done and thank you to everyone who took part! Here are a selection of other entries – you can see them all online on our instagram page @thecreativemaskproject