Wednesday, May 13, 2020
5 – 5:45 pm PT

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is partnering with LA-based artists and artisans to sew 1,500 masks for local organizations in immediate need.

Since we are dedicated to the art of storytelling, we created a series of online “sewing circles" in conjunction with this project. Sewing circles have long been spaces for free expression, activism, and storytelling across generations—especially for women—with open discussions and community building.

On May 13, artists Ginger Alleyne and  Sonia Smith-Kang, and the museum’s Director of Collections Management, Alyssa Morasco, joined the museum's Managing Director of Education, Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, for a live online conversation about the role of sewing in their work, how they have had to reorient their skills during this time, their family histories with sewing, and more.

About the Participants

Ginger Alleyne

Ginger Alleyne is a 33 year-old QTIPOC, seamstress, maker, and movement artist born and raised in Los Angeles. Over the years, they have expanded their practice after attending Otis College of Art and Design's Fashion Design program. They have curated art shows and worked in yarn stores. Now their primary focus is to integrate their passion for arts and a full-time career in computer science. Instagram: @gingersrootsdesigns

Sonia Smith-Kang

Critical Care RN and fashion designer of Mixed Up Clothing, Sonia Smith-Kang draws from her multicultural heritage in all that she does. An AfroLatina and proud military brat born in Puerto Rico and then stationed on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, Smith-Kang jumped into action and made the pivot from childrenswear to fabric masks, with each mask made from fabric sourced from around the world to celebrate culture and diversity. Mission-driven, her #getbehindthemask offers a “Buy 1, Donate 1” initiative that has donated more than 1,000 masks to health care professionals, essential workers, migrant farm workers, The Sioux Nation, the unhoused, the immunocompromised, and other vulnerable communities. | Instagram: @mixedupclothing

Alyssa Morasco

Alyssa Morasco is currently the director collections management at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. She has spent her professional career overseeing the safety and long-term preservation of museum fine art collections in storage. Earlier in her career she was responsible for creating custom archival storage boxes and containers, allowing her to interact with a variety of artwork while flexing her creative muscles by designing and fabricating custom storage enclosures. Outside of work she is an avid art hobbyist, dabbling in various artforms including painting, drawing, and sewing. Instagram: @amorasco

Additional Sewing Circles

Friday, May 15 | 12 pm

Artists Carolyn Wilbourn and Kristina Wong, and the Lucas Museum’s Senior Registrar, Alina Campbell | Learn more

Saturday, May 16 | 11 am

Artists  Adrienne DeVine, Phung Huynh, and Jahkonia | Learn more

Mask-Making Project

Through our mask-making project, local artists and the museum's staff are sewing masks for organizations in need including  1736 Family Crisis Center,  All Peoples Community Center,  Community Build, Midnight Mission, St John's Well Child and Family Center Health Care Clinic (SLA), and the  WEDC Senior Centers and Transitional Homes.

Interested in sewing masks for the LA community? Send us a message on social media or email us at for information on how you can help.

Already sewing? Post your mask-making photos to social media and tag them with #ISEWFOR and let us know who you are sewing masks for and we will repost them on our page!

You can also follow our mask-making project on our  Instagram,  Twitter, and  Facebook pages.

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