The Georgine Clarke Alabama Artists Gallery

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op quilt block with logo


10 Years of Bib & Tucker Sew-Op

A Visual Survey

November 10, 2021 - January 5, 2022
Open House: Saturday, November 20 @ 10 a.m.

 

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op is an arts organization serving the Birmingham area and beyond. Their mission is to cultivate skills for those who sew or want to sew where everyone can be a teacher and a student. Visit them online at bibandtuckersewop.org.

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op aims to be a hub for sewing activities that promote empowerment, education, and economic opportunity. They achieve this goal through programs such as The March Quilts Project, QUARK (Quilting Activity Resource Kit), and Magic City Seams. Each of these programs is represented in this exhibition. Co-founded by multi-generational and multi-racial Birmingham natives, "Ms. Annie" Bryant and Lillis Taylor, the Sew-Op was built on the foundation of their friendship. Ms. Annie and Lillis met in 2010 and became thick as thieves, finding lots to talk about and learn from one another around the modality of sewing. Shortly after their first encounter, they started swapping skills and stories at Inglenook Library every Tuesday morning. When their group became too loud for the library, they moved to Woodlawn – the group has been sewing together ever since. The Bib & Tucker community is connected by a belief in the transformative power of sewing and how it can be a tool for activism or a comforting self-care practice.

Over the last decade, the Sew-Op has brought together more than 1,000 quilt blocks made by Alabamians that illustrate seven different themes of civil or human rights. This exhibition showcases three quilts from the 13 quilt collection of The March Quilts.

We are excited to see ten years of creation in one gallery, and we hope you will enjoy this visual survey of the hard work of the members of Bib & Tucker Sew-Op. Happy sewing!

While enjoying the exhibition, please wear a mask or face covering and maintain a six-foot distance from others. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the gallery space for the convenience of visitors and staff.

Free and open to the public Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Visit us on the first floor of the RSA Tower, located in downtown Montgomery at 201 Monroe Street, Suite 110.

Open House & Workshop

Stop by the Gallery on Saturday, November 20, from 10 a.m. until noon for an open house and pop-up market featuring handmade items thoughtfully crafted by Sew-Op members. This is an excellent opportunity to get some holiday shopping done while supporting Alabama makers! 

Following the open house, join Bib & Tucker Sew-Op, in collaboration with the Council on the Arts, on Saturday, November 20 at 1 p.m. at the Alabama Department of Archives and History for “Mending Our Stories: Art Expression for Veterans and Their Families.”

During this workshop, veteran spouse and Community Arts program manager Dr. Jacqueline Viskup will discuss different types of art projects veterans participate in to amend misconceptions, mend their own selves, and communicate with their communities. Sew-Op facilitators will help participants create quilt blocks that illustrate their unique experiences with military life. These blocks will join others made throughout 2022 and will become part of the March Quilts collection. All are welcome to attend – however, the focus will be on those who have a personal connection to military service, including extended family members and arts organizations working with the military community in and around Montgomery. To learn more and register, visit bibandtuckersewop.org/upcoming-events.html.

For additional information, please contact: Amy Jenkins, Visual Arts Program Manager and Manager of the Georgine Clarke Alabama Artists Gallery, at 334-242-5150 or amy.jenkins@arts.alabama.gov.

Past Exhibitions in the Gallery

For information on past galleries and exhibitions featured in the Alabama Artists Gallery, click here.