TMQ6— Responding to the Lynch Quilts (2020)

Year six of TMQ was based on reactions to a presentation, two workshops, and an exhibit of visiting artist LaShawnda Crowe Storm’s The Lynch Quilts Project. Bib & Tucker was first inspired by the Jefferson County Memorial Project (JCMP), a grassroots coalition that formed to do research and education for the placement of historical markers at lynching sites. Ms. Crowe Storm’s Lynch Quilts Project is also based on research and education. During her residency, she engaged participants in a workshop that touched on the traumas of lynching. Some participants were reminded that modern versions of lynching still occur, while others shared and spoke about personal traumas. During the second workshop, participants created blocks for the eighth quilt in Ms. Crowe Storm’s project named “Lawrence and His Sisters.” Fabrics which would evoke boyhood in the 1910’s were used to form a border around the main subject, the lynched body of 12-year-old Lawrence Nelson. Shortly after Ms. Crowe Storm’s visit came the murders of Ahmad Arbury, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. Their deaths reiterated the vast inequalities across safety, policing, and economics. Furthermore, the Covid-19 crisis underlined inequalities within healthcare. Participants of Ms. Crowe Storm’s workshops drew upon their experiences or what they witnessed across the country to create blocks for TMQ6. A color palette mimicking the one chosen by Ms. Crowe Storm was used to assemble TMQ6. Because the projects are directly linked, the letters “LQP” were pieced and placed in the corner of TMQ6.

'Ms. Annie' Bryant

Co-founder, Consultant

​Ms. Annie has been an entrepreneur long before the word was cool. A dedicated citizen of Birmingham who never meets a stranger, Ms. Annie has always seen the value of creative pursuits for people of all ages.

Prior to focusing on the creation and maintenance of Bib & Tucker Sew-Op, Ms. Annie focused her time and talents on crocheting, ceramics, and her garden. Family and faith have also been focal points throughout her life. When she and fellow co-founder, Lillis Taylor, met in 2010, Ms. Annie was ready to put all of her energies behind the creation of a sewing cooperative where everyone could be a teacher and a student.

The Sew-Op Quilters, also known as the Tuesday Group, is Ms. Annie's primary program of interest, though she believes in teaching children to sew because of the math benefits, as well as economic opportunities to be found in endeavors such as altering clothes.

Lillis Taylor

Co-founder, Executive Director

Lillis Taylor poured over fashion magazines as a child; asking her mother for the September issue of BRIDE so that she could color in the wedding dresses with her markers. Lillis studied Industrial Design in Seattle and spent a short time designing toys that were manufactured in China.

Her short-lived career taught her that she wanted to be a social entrepreneur so as to marry her passion for community with that of product design and small-batch manufacturing at the local level. After returning to Birmingham in 2010 to start a textile and clothing business, Lillis met Ms. Annie and the two women built Bib & Tucker Sew-Op.

Since officially incorporating in 2014, Lillis has worked as executive director. Lillis is proud of the unique programming being offered by the Sew-Op, which is made possible by the diverse community of creatives who make up the Sew-Op membership.   |   @lillisew   |   @trelilli