Magic Chromacity (2014) was a large-scale fabric piece that was draped over the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts building and Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham, AL on the campus of University of Alabama, Birmingham. It was sponsored by the Art and Art History Department and Performing Arts Department of UAB. This site-specific piece was created, sewn, donated and installed by the people of Birmingham, Alabama. The name of the project references the nickname "Magic City" and the metal that was forged at the Sloss Furnaces (Chrome / City).
There is 10,000 sq feet of sewn donated fabric in Magic Chromacity. The fabric was donated by the citizens of Birmingham, AL and was sewn by a collective of volunteers. Students, professors, local citizens and more, helped make this project come together. There were public sewing days held at spaces such as DISCO, AEIVA, and Art Play . Significant groups that helped put this piece together were: The Bib & Tucker Sewing Co-op of Birmingham, AL, who donated the most amount of time to sew this piece together. Their generosity continues in their quest to help the community through sewing. The Art and Art History Department of UAB. This department helped organize and host numerous virtual and in-person sewing days, including bringing students from the Woodlawn High School to sew and volunteer. Sections of the piece were hand-dyed with Japanese indigo to connect with the exhibitions at the Birmingham Museum of Art. This piece was generously sewn by their efforts as well as the many volunteers who trimmed, pinned and sewed. To see more images please visit my facebook page or tumblr page or #magic_chromacity.