HERE"S THE DESIGN - MAKE YOUR OWN!
My Dad started it by understanding that there are rated furnace filters made with electrostatic, tightly woven material that can be effective against the COVID-19 virus. After lots of research, he sourced the actual filter material, and my sister (the anesthesiologist who is working with a team at her hospital) advised on the mask design, and I made prototypes that a few nurses and doctors have tried and approved.
BTN masks are different from cotton masks because they incorporate a layer of filter fabric rated with a tightness of weave of MERV-13 or higher which is designed to catch particles as small as .3 microns. The COVID-19 virus is approximately 0.125 Microns in diameter. However, when combined with the moisture particle that helps transmit it (in saliva, for example), it ranges in size from 0.5 to 3 Microns making the MERV-13 or higher fabric Better Than Nothing for protecting against COVID-19 transmission.
The final version of the mask is simply a variation on a pleated cotton face mask version but adding in a wire nose piece (for more snug fit) and a filter insert rated at MERV13 or higher. We are calling this the Better Than Nothing (BTN) design and it offers a higher level of protection than the cotton fabric version. The filter is removable so the mask can be washed / disinfected and the filter replaced.
All that you need should be here. How To Make a BTN Filtered Face Mask
Consider this an Open Source concept - share the links, spread the word, tell the world and lets get these filtered masks out to those who deserve more protection.
Stay home, Stay safe! We'll get through this together!
Serenity & Elsie, Founders of Nimble Arts
PERFORMANCES & WORKSHOPS. ELEVATING CIRCUS ARTS.
ACTS & SHOWS
If you are looking for a full theatrical stage show, or stunning acts for your special event, a ringmaster to enliven your auction or a customized production for your community event, we can help you! Acts for Booking
I LOVED the performances. . . so classy, funny, artistic, and just the right mix and timing for each act. Vicky Pittman, Colonial Theatre, Director of Education & Community Engagement
If you are looking for top level, in-depth trainings in aerial and circus arts, for creative movers and the teachers who support them, we can help you! Workshops
You are hands down the best aerial coach I have ever had the opportunity to work with. A. Funk, Montreal
Nimble Arts was founded by identical twin aerialists Elsie Smith & Serenity Smith Forchion to create inventive works of theatrical circus. Their own performing resumes include duo swinging trapeze with Cirque du Soleil, aerials and acrobatics with Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey, the Pickle Family Circus and many other traditional through contemporary style circuses around the world including guest performance at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival,. They are Bronze Medal winners at the Albacete Circus Festival, and received a Special Award at the invitational Wuqiao Circus Festival in China for their unique spinning duo trapeze act. Their Nimble Arts ensemble includes performers formerly with Cirque Eloize, Circa, Big Apple Circus, Pilobolus and others. Elsie & Serenity received the Vermont Governor's Walter Cerf Excellence in the Arts Award and the American Circus Educators Excellence in Education Award.
Fee support is available through the New England States Touring (NEST) program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Visit www.nefa.org for more information.
See a time lapse video of us setting up our freestanding aerial rig which can go on stage or outdoors and pretty much anywhere!
Nimble Arts freestanding aerial rig
NEW ENGLAND CENTER FOR CIRCUS ARTS
In 2007 Elsie & Serenity founded the New England Center for Circus Arts. for recreational and professional students.
AERIAL EQUIPMENT: TRAPEZES & SILKS, etc
Nimble Arts builds aerial equipment & offers instructional DVDS that are 'by aerialists, for aerialists'. See our Aerial Equipment sales page for Fabrics, Trapezes, Aerial Yoga Hammocks and rigging specific to these apparatus.
See Elsie and Serenity in Lifetime TV Networks series Her America! Lifetime hit the road to hear from women in every state—Elsie and Serenity among them—about "what’s important to us and to get a window into your world." The result is Her America, and we’re so excited to share it with you. You can see our story (and explore others) at heramerica.com