Q&A: Amanda Browder’s Project 1 Installations

Magic Chromacity by Amanda Browder. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Project 1 artist, Amanda Browder, will transform spaces across Grand Rapids into multi-colored textile sculptures this fall. Since announcing her participation in the exhibition, a few questions have bubbled up, and we wanted to take a moment to gather them here into this handy Q&A.

How can I get involved?

We’re so glad you asked. There are myriad ways to help Amanda realize her vision for Project 1. You can donate fabric and thread, sign up to pin and sew with us, and spread the word on social. Get details about each of these opportunities throughout the Q&A below.

Where can I sign up as a Sewing Days volunteer?

Sewing Days details + sign ups for May are now available on Volunteer Hub.

What if I don’t know how to sew?

Sewing Days aren’t just about sewing! Absolutely no experience is required to come volunteer with Amanda, our team and people from our community. Everyone of all ages and abilities are welcome to join. At each Sewing Day, you’d have the opportunity to:

  • Organize fabric by color
  • Place fabric on the tables for pinning
  • Pin the fabric
  • Sew the pinned sections together
  • Maintain the sewing machines and be there if someone needs help
  • Organize the fabric as it’s sewn

Read more about Sewing Days here.

What types of fabric are you looking for?

We’re collecting colorful, non-stretchy fabrics in opaque materials such as cotton, rayon and velvet, as well as threads of all kinds to support the creation of Amanda’s work.

What size should the fabric be?

Anything over 12-inches square is great.

Where can I donate fabric?

Send your fabric remnants and bolts to 41 Sheldon Blvd SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503, or stop by Monday-Friday, 9a-4p. More donation locations will open soon.

What happens to the fabric after the exhibition closes?

Everything is saved. Many times the work is shown at other locations or museums, honoring all the people who helped sew and volunteer their time.

Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments below.