WOODLAWN SEWING TRAINING
The Sew-Op competed in UAB’s 2015 Community Health Innovation Awards and was awarded $13,000 to develop a sewing training that prepares trainees to take on piece-work and small-batch manufacturing jobs. As of September 2016, the pilot is halfway completed and four trainees are becoming proficient on sewing machines donated by the Wisconsin-based organization, The Sewing Machine Project. We are seeking funds to train twice as many people in 2017 and will add alterations to the skills taught.
THE MARCH QUILTS
Each year the Sew-Op picks a different theme of human or civil rights for this community art project and facilitates sewing sessions with partners such as the Birmingham Museum of Art, UAB’s Department of Art and Art History, The Birmingham Public Library system and more. In its inaugural year, the project celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Mongtomery marches and made three quilts from the 461 blocks that were submitted by participants. 2017 will mark the project’s third year.
SUMMER CAMP at the SEW-OP
The Sew-Op tested a one-week camp with ten campers with 30 hrs of programming. We were able to compensate four visiting artists, a camp leader, one camp counselor and the Sew-Op director.
Quilting Activity Resource Kit teaches elementary-level math fundamentals through sewing and the principles of art such as pattern, shape and color. After presenting as a finalist during Design Week Birmingham’s 2015 FEAST, the Sew-Op began raising funds to implement the idea. Designer, Hilty Hazzard is currently working on QUARK’s print elements and we will have QUARKs ready to sell and donate to Birmingham City School children by the end of 2016. We will test the kit with students, make adjustments and start selling QUARKs in local stores and online. We hope for this product to be an income generator for the Sew-Op.