Friday, May 15, 2020
12 – 12:45 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 15, artists Carolyn Wilbourn and Kristina Wong and the museum’s Senior Registrar, Alina Campbell, 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

Carolyn Wilbourn

Carolyn Wilbourn is a multimedia designer extraordinaire who designs to sooth the soul. Her pieces range from haute couture to simple yet stylish protective face masks that are as affordable as they are unique. From roots of a mom and seven sewing sisters, the Wilbourn Sisters have a 40-year history of designing for runway fashion shows, celebrities, and everyday people—all to uplift, enlighten, and inspire. You can find them at or in Los Angeles on Slauson and La Brea.

Kristina Wong

Kristina Wong is an internationally presented performance artist, writer, and elected representative of Koreatown, Los Angeles. Before the lockdown, she was set to embark on a now postponed tour of "Kristina Wong for Public Office"—a campaign/solo show about her road to election. Now she runs the "Auntie Sewing Squad," a group of mostly WOC volunteers who are sewing face masks because the federal government failed to prepare essential workers and first responders with proper PPE. She now spends her time pricing out elastic and 100% cotton fabric while writing "Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord," a new show about going from out of work artist to overlord of a volunteer factory of remote workers in 10 days. | Instagram: @AuntieSewing, @mskristinawong, #AuntieSewingSquad

Alina Campbell

Alina Campbell currently works at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art as Senior Registrar and has taken care of the costume collection for more than 13 years. She is also a freelance fashion designer who has designed for artists such as Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Eve, and Pink for performances, videos, and red-carpet appearances. Instagram: @bibafetts

Additional Sewing Circles

Wednesday, May 13 | 5 pm

Artists  Ginger Alleyne and  Sonia Smith-Kang, and the Lucas Museum’s Director of Collections Management, Alyssa Morasco | 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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