Girl Action Team Application

Sewing for the Unconventional Artist
GFAC Branch

Meeting Days:

December 6 - May 15, 2024

Girls For A Change Branch
100 Buford Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23235

$50.00 registration fee 

$75.00 sewing machine rental fee or bring your own machine

Our Project Plan

This course will cover sewing basics, including hand sewing and operating a sewing machine, along with tips and tricks for sewing. Participants will also learn how to create their collage designs and patterns.

Key Learning Objectives: Participants will acquire essential sewing skills, including:

  • Threading a needle
  • Threading a sewing machine
  • Loading and replacing a sewing machine needle
  • Choosing stitches on the sewing machine (width, length, tension, needle position)
  • Making flawless stitches
  • Creating patterns
  • Sewing in curved lines
  • Using stitches for artistic effects
  • Designing collage patterns

Sample Projects: Participants will work on exciting projects such as:

  • The Fancy Corner Bookmark
  • The Scrunchie
  • The Black Girl Throw Pillow
  • The Black Girl Tote Bag
  • The final project will be a fabric collage tote bag, designed and crafted by each participant.

Program is Full.

About the Artist:

Austin "Auz" Miles, originally from Durham, NC, is a multidisciplinary painter, designer, and public artist based in Richmond, VA. She holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, majoring in Communication Arts with a minor in Painting and Printmaking. Austin's work combines abstract and figurative imagery to explore themes such as beauty ideals, spirituality, ancestry, and the individual experiences of women within the African Diaspora. She has exhibited in various venues across Virginia, including The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art Virginia Beach, and more. Austin "Auz" Miles is known for her murals and continues to contribute to visual conversations.