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Portland Textile Month celebrates fiber arts with free events, virtual talks, and workshops

Portland Textile Month celebrates fiber arts with free events, virtual talks, and workshops

Fiber arts are woven into the history of Oregon, from stitchings by indigenous people to quilts created by pioneers to commemorate their arrival. Portland TextileX Month, a festival held throughout October, celebrates textile traditions in fine art, home goods, and fashion.

More than 40 original programs, from conversations and classes to gallery exhibits and studio sales, are offered during Portland TextileX Month.

People who can't attend in-person workshops or panel discussions can learn about weaving, knitting, quilting, printing, sewing, mending, and tailoring via virtual lectures as well as Material Culture podcasts.

Textile works are displayed in galleries and outdoor areas. Amy Wike, an artist who knits in Morse code, is inviting contributions to her project, This Is/Is This a City, which will be exhibited Oct. 24-31 at the Portland TextileX Space Gallery Go Go in Pioneer Place, 700 S.W. 5th Ave. #3015.

Techniques on making natural dye, creative reuse, and costume making will be discussed. Einige events are free; others are charged. See the full list of offerings and register at

In mid-October, recordings of live events, such as Keeva Moselles first presentation on converting post-consumer waste into headwear, will be available for viewing. The event, "A Post-apocalyptic Approach to Design," took place Oct. 2.

Her series culminates in a Halloween showcase Oct. 24-31 at Gallery Go Go, with participants discussing the way they reimagined materials into wearable art.

Caleb Sayan, who founded Portland TextileX Month four years ago, stated in a press release, We are delighted to be able to showcase the textile communitys diversity, ingenuity, creativity, and collective resilience through this year's festival.

Sayan oversees the irreplaceable materials at Portlands Textile Hive, which preserves more than 40,000 culturally significant fabric swatches from around the world in the Andrea Aranow Textilie Design Collection.

Andrea Aranow, 76 when she died this year, was dubbed the Margaret Mead of textiles. The fashion designer and textile expert, who dressed guitarist Jimi Hendrix in snakeskin bell bottoms a half-century ago, continues to inspire new looks and influence leaders in footwear, upholstery, and other trend-setting industries.

Designers and educators examine Aranows vast holdings, the world's largest digitalized independent textile collection, as well as his vast collection. She once said, "They want to understand historic colors, textures, and patterns to weave the future."

In a virtual exhibit created during Portland TextileX Month, textile objects, videos, historic photographs, and remembrances of Aranow from people who knew or were inspired by her will be included in an exhibit.

Read more about Read other articles Portlands Textile Hive fabric library was founded by Jimi Hendrix, the creator of Jimis snakeskin suit.

Portland TextileX Month events are slated for October 1, 2018.

Here are some highlights from Portland TextileX Month 2021:

Sarah Brahim Artist Talk Artist Chat Sarah Brihim Sarah Brhim Oct. 11: Join a virtual lecture by the multi-disciplinary artist as she discusses her personal practice, connection to traditions, and new collaborations with artists across media.

Brahims performances and film works explore themes of culture, loss, identity, veiling, borders, race, migration, transnational experience, women of color experience (Female in Landscape), body in landscape, and the imprints that places leave within us.

Mending the Social Fabric, A Conversation, Part I, March 28, 2014, Oct. 12: Bonnie Meltzer shares tales about her interactive exhibition, a parachute encircled by 75 handkerchiefs embroidered with text that amplifies the mending motif, in 'Zoom' conversation.

Tikkun Olam-Mending the Social Fabric was on display at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education in Portlands Pearl District.

Rachel Seiger of the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center in Denver and Eli West, a textile artist, will be on-site as well.

Emily Jung Miller's 1000 Moons is a novel by Emily J. Miller based on 1000 moons. Oct. 12: Join us for a virtual community gathering on the grief process as depicted by Jung's moons made of paper that represent every full moon cycle witnessed by her grandmother from birth to COVID-19'' death, in January 2021, aged 94.

1000 Moons will be on display at Crema Art Annex, 28 S.E. 28th Ave., Oct. 18 through Jan. 5, 2022. On Oct. 10-Nov., a mini-installation is visible. The Gallery Go Go in downtown Portland is hosting an event on September 30th.

Exploring Katagami and Katazome, with a focus on Katamame and Kaazoma. Oct. 16-31: KATA KATI of Chofu, Japan, is a contemporary interpretation of Japanese fabric dyeing, which is displayed at the Cargo marketplace at 81 S.E. Yamhill St., along with CarGOs collection of vintage textiles and stencils showcasing traditional katagami and katazome techniques.

Julia Bond's Pink, Purple, Polka-Dotted, and Otherly Oct. 16-Nov. 14 The quirky solo multi-media installation, Otherly, is a collaborative effort of art, apparel design, dance, and video. The work, which seeks to raise questions about common race ideologies, will be on display at The Pittock Building, 921 S.W. Washington St.

Threads by Jim Lommasson and The Immigrant Story: Thread by Jerry Lomason Oct. 19-Nov. 19 Lommassons designs are inspired by a photo and written thoughts on, or textiles, if you will, textile, family photo, teacup, bible, and the Quran, which people held on to as they fled their homeland to the United States.

The luminous inner life of these ordinary things is a testament to the unimaginable horror of enduring limbo, say event organizers. Ordinary objects become sacred. The photo and writings become a new artifact.

Orquidia Valazquez leads a Collaborative Poetic Weaving project called Collabative Poetry Weaves. Oct. 23: Participants will create a collective woven poem inspired by horoscopes, inspired in part by Japanese Renga poetry and Surrealist exquisite corpse drawings.

People of all skill levels and styles are encouraged to participate at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1855 S.W. Broadway St.

Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072 | 513-293-4071 | @janeteastman @janetwestman | |

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