Meet Our Team

Viola Ratcliffe

Interim Director

As the newly named interim director, Mrs. Ratcliffe has managed programming for Bib & Tucker Sew-Op since 2018. She brings her work as an art historian to the position, primarily focusing on the historical context of textile traditions in relation to Alabama. Mrs. Ratcliffe also promotes the tangible educational benefits of everything the Sew-Op provides, especially for school-age children between the ages of 5 and 18. Thanks to Mrs. Ratcliffe's broad network within the textile world, the Sew-Op has been able to host artists such as LaShawnda Crowe Storm and her decades-long work, "The Lynch Quilts Project". Mrs. Ratcliffe believes that people who are empowered to create can affect the societal change they wish to see in their communities.

elynnrose.com | @elynnandrose

Lillis Taylor

Chief Financial Officer

Birmingham native Lillis Taylor received her BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Washington, Seattle. She returned to school for a master’s degree in China Studies after serving as product developer for a toy company that manufactured products in China. Mrs. Taylor returned to Birmingham in 2010 to start a textile and product design company in collaboration with her father, but soon met “Ms. Annie” Bryant and the two founded Bib & Tucker Sew-Op. Mrs. Taylor served as executive director from 2014 through 2021 and has stepped down to help with finances for the organization, but also to pursue her design career. Mrs. Taylor is proud of the social entrepreneurship cultivated by the Sew-Op, as it is a reflection of her own journey towards ethical and human-centered production practices.

lillistaylor.com   |   @lillisew   |   @trelilli

Sonya Muhammad

Project Lead: Magic City Seams and Bib & Tucker Sew-Op Youth Programs

Mrs. Muhammad brings 20+ years of garment-construction expertise to her work as project lead for most of the Sew-Op's manufacturing and youth programming. She also teaches various sewing workshops and takes on occasional commission work.

@fancywork20

Miriam Omura

Project Lead: The March Quilts

Mrs. Omura is a talented fiber artist, weaver, and textile designer who brings her past museum experiences as a collections manager to The March Quilts (TMQ) program, by managing exhibitions of the TMQ collection, as well as conducting oral histories and other administrative work on the Sew-Op's behalf.

@miriamomura | @momuradesigns

Journey King

Student Intern

Journey King is a sophomore fine arts student at Jefferson State Community College. Ms. King is a talented sewist and she enjoys sewing her own clothes and experimenting with a wide range of fabrics. Ms. King is also a former student of Bib & Tucker Sew-Op and participated in our 2019 Magic City Seams Jr program.