After a brief hiatus, Fiberworks is back! We are pleased to welcome our new Fiberworks Artist Coordinator, Rasha Hassan, to the program and staff. Rasha has lived in the United States for 14 years and brings many artistic skills to the position from Iraq. Rasha will lead this woman’s arts and educational group to help immigrants integrate into our society. Women share their interest and talents in Fiberworks and use their final pieces of art to sell to the general public to add financial support for their families. Final pieces will include many types of art, whether crochet, knits, quilts, or sewn masterpieces, there will be a lot of ways to express talent and, at the same time, have fun. Conversations during the meetings will also help members to practice their English-speaking skills.
Women members will be able to showcase and sell their finished art pieces at numerous fairs, festivals, and other venues. Women are invited to join the group on Fridays from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
We need volunteers to help with childcare on Saturdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Volunteers should have experience working with kids and preference will be given to women for the comfort of Fiberworks participants.
Today is the day! In Kentucky, March is Sexual Violence Awareness Month and Denim Day, a day of awareness and advocacy for sexual violence, is celebrated today, March 27th. If you would like a little more background information on Denim Day, please check out our previous blog post by clicking here.
Americana Fiberworks made Denim patches by block printing and hand painting on donated blue jeans. Today, we went to the Louisville Metro Services Building located at 810 Barret Avenue to spread some awareness about Denim Day and give away the patches for donations to the Center for Women and Families. CFW is a great organization that helps victims of abuse and sexual violence become survivors, advocates, and educators for the community. For more information, check out their website by clicking here.
This was a great opportunity for the women to engage in their community and give back to Louisville. The amazing Kathryn Tillet from Louisville Metro Office for Women also gave our women a tour of building because it houses many offices for services that our women could benefit from. We were also able to spread the word about the Fiberworks Program and Americana Community Center. It was a great success and we were able to raise $50 for the Center for Women and Families.
Chris and Kathryn from Louisville Metro Office for Women wearing their Denim Day Patches
- Kristin, ACC’s program director, and Odette sit at the Fiberworks table
Denim Day Patches
Getting a tour of 810 Barret – Louisville Metro Services Building
Fiberworks members on a tour of the offices of 810 Barret
WaWa and Mah Mae, both from Burma cut fabric together to begin sewing little zipper pouches
“I dreamed since I was a young girl to be able to sew and be an expert in fiberworks… now I think it is the right time to make my dream come true” – Amal B.
Here is Amal, seated center, working in the Fiberworks Room at ACC
Today our conversation in Fiberworks centered around why each of us decided to be a part of Americana Fiberworks. Many of the women gave very practical answers like wanting to learn how to sew and knit so that they could make clothes, household items, and gifts for themselves and their families. Others said that they first came to Fiberworks to practice English or meet other women. A lot of the women mentioned that prior to starting Fiberworks, they spent most of their days at home. Since joining Fiberworks, Asma said that she has something to do each afternoon when she gets out of ESL class and has somewhere safe to spend time with her friends from class. It was great to hear that Fiberworks was fostering a supportive network of women and that it meant so much to them to have Fiberworks class during the week. As we continued talking, one answer really stuck out in my mind. Amal, who is from Algeria, joined Fiberworks in February of 2013.She said, ” I dreamed since I was a young girl to be able to sew and be an expert in fiberworks. I was very busy before, but now I think it is the right time to make my dream come true.” Amal is also a member of our Family Education Program with her lovely daughter Sara. Amal never misses class and her sewing skills have improved greatly since she started with Fiberworks. She has made bags, a baby quilt, curtains, and most recently a new shower curtain for her bathroom! I am so happy that Americana Fiberworks is available to her to help make her dreams of being a Fiber Artist come true.