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Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch designer has made a DIY face shield for coronavirus protection

Download Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka’s emergency face shield template for free

Kasey Furutani
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Kasey Furutani
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Going outside these days has a cost – we’re all terrified of contracting or unknowingly spreading Covid-19 coronavirus. Under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state of emergency, everyone is taking their own safety measures, from plastic barriers at convenience stores to waiting for face masks to be delivered in the mail. If we must venture out, there’s always a mental checklist – wash hands, wear mask, social distance, and don’t touch face. 

Japanese artist and designer Tokujin Yoshioka has come up with a solution for a simple and practical face shield that helps with coronavirus protection – no over-the-top goggles or balaclavas here. Famous for his minimalist, light-inspired designs such as Kou-An (Glass Tea House) and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic torches, Yoshioka has designed a clear face shield simple enough for anyone to make. 

As medical frontliners around the world are facing a serious shortage of protective gear including masks and face shields, Yoshioka's brilliantly simple solution is helpful as it requires no more than a single sheet of clear plastic, and there's no gluing or stitching necessary. The process only takes three steps – place template on sheet, cut and attach – and can be assembled quickly.

Trying your hand at making the shield? You might also want to tackle these DIY face masks for a full day of crafty protection.  

Find the free template on Yoshioka’s official website.

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