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Hibicus Jazz owner Ali Norton sews a facial mask out of textiles of her own design.

As a home decor artist, Ali Norton was uniquely poised to find success in the time of coronavirus. She had the fabric featuring her own watercolor designs. She had the sewing machine. All she needed was the inspiration, which would come in the form of a simple request.

“My boyfriend asked me to make him a mask and I got up one morning, watched a tutorial, and made one for him,” said Norton. “He’s a bit of a social media guy so he posted a photo of himself wearing the mask and everyone was like, ‘I need one. Where can I get it?’ We just went from there.”