Youth Voice Through Textiles
Presented by Sara Trail Saturday, September 26, 10 am
Online Presentation via Zoom
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The Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is a youth education program founded in 2017; it aims to bridge artistic expression using textile media with activism to advocate for social justice.
Join Sara Trail in this inspiring talk as she shares how youth use quilting as a platform of personal expression through the Social Justice Sewing Academy.
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Sara Trail learned to sew at the young age of 4, and is now a successful author, sewing teacher and pattern and fabric designer. At age 13, she wrote a nationally published book, Sew with Sara that teaches teens and tweens how to sew cute clothes and accessories for fun and profit. At 15, she starred in a nationally published DVD, Cool stuff to Sew With Sara. She then designed two fabric collections, Folkheart and Biology 101, and a pattern collection with Simplicity, Designed with Love by Sara. While attending UC Berkeley, Sara created a quilt in memory of Trayvon Martin and her love for sewing and passion for social justice intertwined. After graduating from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, she founded the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) to be a platform where youth create art that engages and educates communities.
Image Credits: 1. Youth SJSA summer programming at UC Berkeley 2016. Courtesy of the Social Justice Sewing Academy. 2. SJSA community quilt, “Liberation,” made by youth from a high school in Baltimore, MD 2018. Courtesy of the Social Justice Sewing Academy.