Saturday, May 16, 2020
11 – 11:45 am 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 16, artists Adrienne DeVine, Phung Huynh, and Jahkonia 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

Adrienne DeVine

Adrienne DeVine is a mixed-media artist based in Pasadena. With standard commercial art supplies, found objects, and the raw material of her imagination, she creates installations, wire sculptures, paintings, collage, handmade books, prints, and more, using a diverse range of materials, techniques, and processes. | Instagram: @adriennedevinemixedmediaart, @adevineartist

Phung Huynh

Phung Huynh is a Los Angeles–based artist and educator whose practice is primarily in drawing, painting, and public art. Her current work of drawings on pink donut boxes explores the complexities of the refugee experience in Southeast Asian communities. Phung Huynh is professor of art at Los Angeles Valley College and served as chair of the community-based Art/Prisons Art Collective Advisory Council, which advises a vital program of California State University, San Bernardino, that provides art courses and workshops to underserved communities and prisons. She completed undergraduate coursework at the University of Southern California, received her bachelor of fine arts degree with distinction from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and received her master of fine arts degree from New York University. | Instagram: @phungxion


Jahkonia is a freelance and behind-the-scenes clothing artist and custom seamstress and designer. Her five-decade career started in manufacturing of high-end garments. Through the years, she has worked on music videos, movie costumes, wedding gowns, prom wear, upholstery, swimwear, lingerie, and more. Her work includes alterations, sample making, and working with other designers on their projects.

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

Friday, May 15 | 12 pm

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