Multicultural Women's Sewing Group Inc.

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Multicultural Women’s Sewing Group 2021

Every Wednesday and Saturday in Brunswick, a quiet but powerful thing has been happening. Community is being created as women come together to explore the hand-made, to sew and share with each other.

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The MWSG is a free and welcoming space in Inner Melbourne for women and their children from over 53 cultures. Twice a week these women look forward to connecting, sharing stories, learning new skills and laughing together. We provide a trained facilitator and free use of equipment for our women to create everything from household items to face masks, as well as opportunities to collaborate on public art installations and community projects.

Over our 25-year history we have partnered with a variety of community organisations. For example, we have shared our creative skills with newly arrived women from the Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre and have produced bird’s nests and Joey pouches to help bushfire affected wildlife. Our members also enjoy making art and craft to be sold at markets for their own businesses as well as raising funds for our group. This community work not only enhances social connection between some of these marginalised women, it also gives them a sense of purpose and achievement as well.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we moved our sessions online. The group kept in touch with phone calls and Zoomed together. In the isolation of their homes, they sewed scrub caps to donate to the medical staff at Sunshine hospital and made face masks for the asylum seekers at Baptcare Sanctuary in Brunswick. Other sewing projects included making Mad Hats based on a design by Schiaparelli, alternative Halloween costumes and an ongoing project of creating flags that showcase stories about how our women have settled in Australia.

A negative effect of the long-lasting lockdown in Melbourne is that we were unable to raise necessary funds through our regular fundraisers. So, we would value any donation to help us fund our operational costs ($15,000) and cover our Covid Safe expenses to re-establish face to face sessions and rebuild our sewing community in 2021.

Your contribution will allow us to continue to commit to the way creativity builds harmony amongst over 80 women. We have done this for 25 years and we are determined to continue for another 25, welcoming more of Melbourne’s most marginalised women into our safe and welcoming creative space.

For more information please contact:
Luci Tamis, President:

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Twice a week, in a community hall in inner-city Melbourne, women from over 53 cultures come together to sew, share, laugh and create at the Multicultural Women’s Sewing Group.

We provide a trained facilitator and free use of equipment where we sew and create everything from personal items, sewing projects for community benefit as well as collaborating on public art and craft installations.

Over our 25-year history we have partnered with many community organisations including: The Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre; Fund For WildLife Victoria producing pouches and nests for injured wildlife; and during the recent COVID-19 pandemic we’ve collaborated online sewing scrubs for the medical staff at Sunshine Hospital and made masks for asylum seekers of Baptcare Sanctuary Brunswick.

Over the years we’ve been able to fund our activities through government grants in addition to fundraising activities organised by our volunteers. However, in the current COVID-19 climate our sustainability is at risk because we cannot fundraise as we had planned. Hence, we are asking for support using the ACF platform.

We remain proud that we have nourished this community for 25 years and we commit to offering a creative, welcoming, safe space where women of diverse cultures can share in the joy of the hand-made and traditional craft skills.

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