5th Workshop: Trolley Station Oral History Center with Tina Brewer and Penny Mateer

On May 18, VACOP artists traveled to Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood to work with fiber artists Tina Brewer and Penny Mateer. Adrienne Heinrich also kindly volunteered her time and expertise to help with student projects. Tina spoke with the students about the symbolic narratives she uses to compose her intricate quilt work. Tina and Penny talked about their processes and political topics, often revolving around race, that they address in their work. Students then laid out and sewed their own fabric collages from reused fabric remnants. The VACOP artists carefully selected fabrics to layer, cut, and reconfigure to communicate their individual personalities and stories. Tina, Penny, and Adrienne taught the students how to use sewing machines to complete their pieces.

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