Renee Swink


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Born near Santa Monica, California, Renee Swink is a white middle class woman who moved to the Bay Area in 1998. Growing up in Los Angeles, she sewed costumes as part of a folklorico for ten years. At the start of the pandemic, she began to make masks for NextDoor before joining the Auntie Sewing Squad. She thoroughly believes in giving back to others and supporting the community.

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(00:00:00) Renee Swink explains the purpose of the organization A.S.S as well as shares a little bit about her background, including her childhood and family. (00:05:00) Swink goes into detail about her educational background as well as how she began to make masks for her community on NextDoor. (00:10:00) Swink discusses her time creating ethnic dance costumes for Folklorico along with the diverse community in Los Angeles that influenced her world. Next, she reflects on the 2000 masks that she created for the Auntie Sewing Squad as well as the impact the Squad had on her and the surrounding community. (00:15:00) Swink ends with how she got involved in the organization, her sewing history, and the relationships that were created during her time with the Auntie Sewing Squad.

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Aislynne Chappell; Natalie Searls

Interview with Renee Swink

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