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Swoon

 

Braddock Tiles

Swoon

819 people pledged $102,410 to support this project on Kickstarter

Swoon and the Heliotrope Foundation, Braddock Tiles, 2015–ongoing. Photo by January Fredericks.

Swoon and the Heliotrope Foundation, Braddock Tiles, 2015–ongoing. Photo by January Fredericks.

 

How do you restore a neglected landmark building to honor the history of a proud manufacturing town? Together with hundreds of backers, artist Caledonia Curry, also known as Swoon, founded a ceramics workshop in the basement of an abandoned church in North Braddock, Pennsylvania. Braddock Tiles now employs young adults from the surrounding community and teaches them to make colorful roofing tiles in a variety of designs. The finished tiles are being used to make critical repairs to the church’s roof, transforming the building into a communal work of art. Decorative and interior versions are also sold on the project’s website, supporting additional jobs and skills training in the workshop for young people facing barriers to employment.

 
Swoon and the Heliotrope Foundation, Braddock Tiles, 2015–ongoing. Photo by January Fredericks.

Swoon and the Heliotrope Foundation, Braddock Tiles, 2015–ongoing. Photo by January Fredericks.

Swoon and the Heliotrope Foundation, Braddock Tiles, 2015–ongoing. Photo courtesy of the Heliotrope Foundation.

Swoon and the Heliotrope Foundation, Braddock Tiles, 2015–ongoing. Photo courtesy of the Heliotrope Foundation.

Swoon and the Heliotrope Foundation, Braddock Tiles, 2015–ongoing. Photo by Tod Seelie.

Swoon and the Heliotrope Foundation, Braddock Tiles, 2015–ongoing. Photo by Tod Seelie.