Welcome to the TextileX resource guide—a growing effort created to map out and connect the vibrant textile community and resources in the Portland metro area and beyond. The foundation of this guide was built from the diversity of organizations that participate in the Portland TextileX Month festival every October.
Anne Williams was born and raised in Normandy, France where she began to learn traditional upholstery at the young age of 15. She graduated from French upholstery school in 2007 and has been traveling internationally for the past 12 years, to master the skills of upholstery. Some of the major cities where she has worked include Paris, London, Melbourne (Australia), New York City and Portland. Through her background working in each of these cities she has gained a well-rounded skill set, an attention to detail, and versatility in a wide range of upholstery techniques. Now she is the proud owner of Atelier Douce France, a small business that focuses on high-end work for interior design firms and exclusive residential projects.
Alyssarhaye Graciano is a trilingual, POC fiber artist. Once in the tech industry as a linguistic specialist, she left her day job to pursue a creative career. While she mainly knits, crochet, macramé and weaving are also part of her everyday life.
She started BlackSheepMade as a way to fund an internship abroad while in college, but since 2014 it has evolved into large public installations, long-term pop-ups and traveling workshops. You can find her latest mural in her hometown of San Jose, California at The Berryessa Flea. She wove a 15 x 8–foot (4.5x 2.5–m) mural with her dad, Francisco, as an homage to her late abuelita and hometown culture.
In 2018, she ran a two-month long pop-up in downtown Portland via a city-funded program. She was able to test out her idea of a “deli for knits”: choose a style of beanie or scarf, pick your colors and she’ll knit it up in a week. In 2019, Travel Portland and My People’s Market brought Alyssarhaye to Japan to discuss life as an entrepreneur and teach a macrame workshop. In January of 2020, Alyssarhaye published her first DIY knitting book, Chunky Knits: Cozy Hats, Scarves and More Made Simple with Extra-Large Yarn.
Today, she continues her art career as a designer for various fiber brands and local businesses and she teaches fiber workshops in both English and Spanish. Alyssarhaye now lives in San Jose, California where when she’s not knitting, can be found sewing, cycling, or on a hike.
Bolt Fabric Boutique was founded in 2005 to serve our community with high quality, unique fabric and complimentary items that inspire creativity, regardless of your skill level. Since then, the shop has grown to serve both Portland locals and become a popular destination for tourists. We strive to ensure that Bolt is a truly unique experience—when you walk in the door, you will discover fabrics and other delights that you haven’t seen anywhere else.
PURVEYORS OF CURIOUS OBJECTS Authentic, handmade and unique. We support small manufacturers, artists and local merchants.
As founders of Creative Capital Design, we are, at our core, friends who know we are better together. Our success is largely a product of those who mentored, encouraged, and inspired us along the way. We continue to be buoyed up by the enthusiasm and energy, imagination and intelligence, of those around us. Now it’s our turn to share our knowledge and resources with the industry that has treated us so well. We developed Inside Fashion Design, a behind the scenes look into the world of apparel design. A site dedicated to first-year students, emerging designers and industry leaders alike. It’s a place to teach and to learn. A place to bring everyone into the conversation and celebrate what we all love to do. http://www.creativecapitalpdx.com/
Hidden Opulence is a Design House that’s focused in Apparel sustainability and upcycling. We enjoy serving both existing apparel brands and the general public. We feel pride especially serving those who identify as Queer, Non-Binary and/or BIPOC. It’s all about meeting you where you are at in your slow fashion and sustainable journey!
We are your one stop shop when it comes to refreshing or perfecting those cherished items in your wardrobe or from your home. Basic tailoring, mending and altering are a part of our core. Projects that have anything to do with heirloom refurbishing, repairing and re-configuring (garment or textile) touch our hearts. Unfortunately at this time, we do not provide pattern rendering or clothing concept development.
Traditional Techniques Modern Design. Specialists in Vintage Moroccan Berber Rugs collected as modern woven art.
Founded in 2000, Laundry is a multi-faceted design studio in Portland, Oregon specializing in print and pattern design, illustration, graphic design and creative workshops focusing on all of the above.
Based in San Francisco, we offer small-batch, sustainably sourced yarn + fiber goods. We design our collections to spark creativity in makers (that’s you!) while creating meaningful opportunities to support and elevate fiber-producing communities. Our incredibly skilled partner artisans practice their craft in small, family-run workshops in Nepal, Tibet and America's West Coast.
Made On 23rd is a modern design workshop specializing in hand-crafted textiles. Our products are block printed by traditional processes by skilled artists.
MADRE is Shay Carrillo and Jeanie Kirk, two women deeply stirred by mothering, both beauty + breakdown, homemaking, and food. We all eat, and we all rest, therefore MADRE strives to offer linens that support food, rest, and our community. Linen napkins are the foundation of MADRE, and we are proud also offer tabletop and kitchen goods, bedding, and other select home essentials. Shay and Jeanie dreamt up the idea for MADRE from a simple premise: to create linen home essentials that are as close to 100% domestic as possible. We are honored to be a part of welcoming flax back to Oregon! MADRE is a feminist brand committed to embodying our aspirations for a feminine economy. We believe we are mutually indebted to each other and to our one true madre: MAMA EARTH. Therefore, we commit to you, to ourselves, and to the plants, lands, and waters, to embrace the obligation of our core values: integrity, honesty, transparency, collaboration, and radical inclusivity.
With continuous support from local craftsmen MAOTA commits to a maintained visible production. We are based only a short distance to our weaving mills, yarn factories, dyeing mills and production factories in Japan, making possible frequent visits and keeping the production local and close to home. We use high quality yarns which are the base to unique textures, shapes and colors. Yarn is the beginning.
Founded by international interior designer Michael Reper in 2009, the Nest Showroom reflects what he, as a designer with thirty-five year’s experience in all aspects of the business, and an in-depth knowledge of design, wanted his ideal showroom to be; a complete and exceptional resource for Northwest designers with staff who understand his obsession for quality.
Over & Over Style is the project of Barbara & Vivian, veterans of the Seattle apparel industry, with shared passions for textile artistry, history & travel, and the transformative power of clothing. In search of our next act, we came across a treasure trove of vintage kimonos (way too beautiful to be hidden away in moth balls) and decided to give them new life. The result, after hours upon countless hours of designing, deconstructing, washing, steaming, cutting & sewing, is a collection of unique home decor and one-of-a-kind garments in a dazzling array of patterns and colors.
PAL is a member-based makerspace for sewn-goods. PAL is a design support team here to get you production-ready. PAL is a collaborative knowledge-sharing community that takes your skills to the next level.
Portland Garment Factory is a full-service design and fabrication studio with expertise in soft-goods design + manufacturing, creative direction, and art fabrication + retail display + experiential marketing design. Led by PGF founder Britt Howard, the zero-waste studio has been upending the factory model for more than 10 years, as a leader in soft-goods innovation, design, and fabrication.
Heidi Leugers created her brand and studio, Reclaimed Wool in 1998 with one guiding principle: to turn her artistic practice into a business only if she could "reclaim" all the waste she (also) had created in the process of making adorable or functional items - whether for exhibition or for sale. Her studio has been zero waste for over two decades. The 8K - 12K hotpads, coasters, holiday ornaments and pincushions she makes, are limited to what she can produce with her own hands and can be found at museum stores, craft galleries, and specialty retailers. In 2007, her zero waste practice received critical, scholarly attention in the college teaching text, "Cycle-Logical Art", by Linda Weintraub. Heidi firmly believes that "zero-waste" is a practice, not a purchase.
The Renewal System takes discarded apparel and textiles and turns them into Renewed Apparel, upcycled materials or recycling feedstock. Data is collected on everything that flows through the system and is given back to our brand partners to help them improve the production and design of future products. It is a zero waste system that recovers the full value out of what has already been created as a way of serving customers, partners and planet.
Revive Designs and Upholstery was established in Portland, Oregon in 2011. Specializing in heirloom furniture, including vintage re-upholstery, mid-century antique commercial design, bespoke product.
Founded on the principals of discovery and education, the Sustainable Fashion Forum is a highly-curated, community-driven sustainable fashion conference held annually in Portland, Oregon. The SFF looks to the future by fostering honest, thought-provoking and in-depth conversations about the social and environmental effects fashion has on our world and what we can do individually and collectively to improve it.
Textile Hive, based in Portland OR, is home to the 40,000 textiles of the Andrea Aranow Textile Design Collection. The collection is the largest fully digitized independent textile collection in the world. Through its membership program the visual database offers access to educational institutions, design professionals and textile enthusiasts. Textile Hive’s mission is to preserve and enable greater access to the rich history, intricate techniques, and stunning visual beauty of the textile collection through immersive physical and digital experiences.
Vicki Ostrom (she/her), is a futurist and trend editor for trendependent.com, a lifestyle trend analysis and consulting company, and for SanMar, a leader in the promotional products industry. With nearly 25 years in design and forecasting, Vicki has honed these skills and shares how trends connect to products. She provides researched, clearly presented materials that help corporations understand what is happening today and forecast what is likely to happen tomorrow. This guidance informs decision-making to deliver a future-proof brand.
Weaver House is a yarn shop, textile studio and weaving school located in Philadelphia. We weave heirloom textiles in honor of craft tradition, to regain tactility and a hand-making consciousness within the home and in relation to the body. Our woven practice is forever recorded in cloth, forming a tangible language between maker and loom. We teach mindfulness and mediation throughout all of workshops, and believe that weaving can be therapeutic and healing.
At Ewethful Fiber Farm we create custom made fiber products for flock owners and fiber enthusiasts. In addition we also create our own line of products using locally sourced fiber. We specialize in processing fine animal fibers to our customer’s specifications. Using MiniMills Equipment we are able to process sheep, alpaca, llama, angora rabbit, dog hair, bison and goat in addition to several other fiber animals. We receive raw (unwashed) fleeces from our clients, wash them, dry them and then process the fiber into batts for felting or roving for hand spinning. We are able to custom blend fibers and have a wide selection of blending materials to choose from to create our customers perfect product. In addition we are able to dehair, to separate out course fibers from fine finer and remove vegetable matter from fine fiber fleeces.
It’s not common to find a privately held ranch whose headquarters is a National Historic District. It’s even less common to find one located in Oregon that sustainably produces a wide variety of all-natural products. In fact, the Imperial Stock Ranch is the only one. Our rich history of more than 145 years is deeply rooted in visionary thinking and the implementation of practices that are anything but ordinary. We are proud to offer you something different. Something special and unique. Something extraordinary.
We are a group of dedicated farmers and passionate educators committed to exploring innovative solutions to enliven the current food system, both locally and globally. We work to honor ancient traditions in growing food and connecting to the land as well as to helping to create healthier communities. We are partnering with local schools and youth projects to create mentorship programs as well as green job training possibilities to accompany the hard work and dedication of growing food and learning from one another in a field setting.
Combining a mentor-based approach with an exceptional visiting artists program, students work one-on-one with nationally and internationally recognized designers, makers, and scholars in a self-directed curriculum that challenges them to bring to life the full strength of their ideas and skills.
Established in 1981, the Elizabeth Leach Gallery presents prominent Northwest and internationally established artists working in a wide variety of contemporary media. The gallery's mission is to create a dynamic dialogue between the local community and the global art world.
Fuller Rosen Gallery was founded in 2018 by artists EM Fuller (she/her) and BriAnna Rosen (she/her) as a collaborative curatorial project. The gallery exhibits regional, national, and international emerging artists who address urgent, contemporary issues.
HOLDING Contemporary presents exhibitions and programs by emerging and established visual artists across disciplines. Through a deliberate curatorial vision and a strategic business model, we position ourselves towards challenging the economical and social privilege of the art world.
Nationale is an art space established in 2008 by Owner/Director, May Barruel. Nationale is dedicated to the promotion of culture through exhibitions, performances, and a selection of carefully chosen goods.
Opened in 1996, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART continues to be one of the Pearl District’s most forward-thinking commercial galleries. Representing artists both local and international, owner Jane Beebe strives to mix conceptual work with more personal offerings that are “both intellectually and visually satisfying.” The elegant space, designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture, boasts monthly exhibitions of represented artists as well as the PDX Window Project, a more experimental space viewable from the street.
BASIC NEEDS is about making things whose beauty is intertwined with their utility and sustainability. Sometimes it takes the form of a small collection of unique pieces, like hand felted sheepskins or botanically-dyed textiles, other times it may be a garden, designed and cared for over many years.
Columbia FiberArts Guild is a vibrant group of textile artists celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Our guild provides a network and forum encompassing ALL aspects of fiber art, including art quilting, surface design, sculptural, and wearable art. Fiber artists of all abilities are welcome. Established in 1969 as the Columbia Stitchery Guild, the Columbia FiberArts Guild serves the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas.
At CPALI, we work with rural farmers to develop sustainable livelihoods that support both people and ecosystems. In our approach, we focus on existing resources, local leadership, community ownership and linking partners to global markets.
Five Oaks Museum is a gathering place of vibrant art, culture, history and storytelling — a resource for all who are curious about the world around us. It’s a place for everything from learning and self-reflection to the sheer joy of making art or enjoying cultural traditions together. Since our founding in 1956 as the Washington County Historical Society, we’ve worked to preserve the artifacts and narratives that define the Tualatin Valley’s unique place in the world. By collaborating with others to explore how art, culture and history shape the past and influence the future, we help visitors connect to a collective local history made up of community voices and the important stories they tell. Here, everyone is part of the story.
Gather:Make:Shelter is a new collaborative model of engagement, connecting people experiencing houselessness and poverty (PEHP) with collaborators in creative professional fields. The project builds relationships and ongoing partnerships with PEHP, fostering opportunities through teaching and leadership skill-building. Gather:Make:Shelter was founded in 2017 in Portland, Oregon to create consistent, authentic connections between people which recognize our shared humanity.
The GLEAN Program invites artists to push the boundaries of material exploration. With a stipend to support their practice and seemingly endless materials to work with, artists are challenged to expand their existing studio practice by making work from the materials gleaned from the Metro Central Transfer Station (aka, “the dump”). One of the goals of this program is to introduce established and emerging artists to the wealth of materials available to them through the GLEAN. With the ultimate goal to reduce waste and raise awareness with this program, no prior experience with discarded materials is required. All artists in the Portland area are encouraged to apply.
The Multnomah Arts Center (MAC) provides excellent arts education in the visual and performing arts at an affordable cost to students of all ages. We offer programs in music, movement, dance, theater, woodshop, literary arts, conditioning, metal arts, mixed media, printmaking, drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, and more. Programs run year-round, and scholarships are available. Along with our vibrant arts education program, MAC hosts theatre, music & dance performances, gallery exhibitions, and other special events.
The Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival has grown significantly since its inception in 1997. The Festival includes three days of workshops and a weekend filled with demonstrations, livestock shows, seminars and kids’ activities.
The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is a private museum, archival library, and educational institution headquartered in downtown Portland. It was founded on December 17, 1898, with the purpose of forwarding the “collection, preservation, exhibition, and publication of material of a historical character, especially that relating to the history of Oregon and of the United States.”
The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education is the largest museum dedicated to the documented and visual history of the Jews of Oregon, United States. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation, research, and exhibition of art, archival materials, and artifacts of the Jews and Judaism in Oregon.
We are a group of professional fiber artists located in Oregon and Washington. We primarily work in feltmaking, but enjoy other media as well. We formed to share experiences, to further our understanding and knowledge of felt making, to support one another in our creative endeavors and to act as a resource for others to help them learn this craft we love so much.
Promoting excellence in handweaving, spinning and other fiber arts for over 70 years with monthly programs relevant to the topics of fibers arts.
The Portland TextileX Month Festival was founded and organized to foster cross-pollination among textile enthusiasts, artists, businesses, schools, and cultural organizations. We create programming and provide an open platform to share histories, knowledge, commerce, experiences, and practices, across cultures and generations. We seek to partner with facilitators and organizations, rooted in community building, sharing, accessibility, inclusivity, diversity, and collaboration. By creating and fostering textile programming that champions grassroots collaboration and dialogue, we create meaningful opportunities for change.
ReClaim It, is a place where the creative citizens of Portland can find unique materials to reuse, repair, and reimagine.
SCRAP PDX is a nonprofit creative reuse center specializing in reused materials for the arts, education programs, birthday parties, and more.
Nance is currently Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art at SMU in Dallas, TX. She has previously held professorships in Fibres & Material Practices at Concordia University (Montréal, QC) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA). Nance participated in consecutive artist residencies in Reykjavík and Skagaströnd, Iceland in 2013; much of her research continues to be based in Iceland and northern coastal regions of Canada and the US.
Founded in 2017 by Sankar Raman, who immigrated to the U.S. from India, The Immigrant Story (TIS) is a volunteer-run nonprofit with a mission to foster empathy and build a more inclusive community by sharing stories of immigrants and refugees who often overcame tremendous odds to reach the United States. Sankar, who has experienced violent, racially-motivated attacks, founded The Immigrant Story in response to a Kansas shooting in February 2017 that killed one Indian American man and injured two others.
The Surface Design Association is an international organization focused on inspiring creativity, encouraging innovation, and advocating for artistic excellence as the global leader in textile-inspired art and design. Our mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of textile-inspired art and design through publications, exhibitions, and conferences.
Connecting design thinking to design doing, the MFA in Applied Craft + Design program is grounded in hands-on making, entrepreneurial strategies, and social and environmental engagement. With a curriculum focused on the development of a strong artistic voice, the realization of work for a specific community or client, and entrepreneurism that connects making a living with making a difference, the MFA in Applied Craft and Design is the only graduate program of its kind. Combining a mentor-based approach with an exceptional visiting artists program, students work one-on-one with nationally and internationally recognized designers, makers, and scholars in a self-directed curriculum that challenges them to bring to life the full strength of their ideas and skills. Encouraging a cross-disciplinary studio environment in which the workshop is a lab to collaboratively explore design and making processes, the mentor-based MFA in Applied Craft and Design welcomes students from a wide range of creative backgrounds to make original work with an applied purpose.
With a curriculum focused on the development of a strong artistic voice, the realization of work for a specific community or client, and entrepreneurism that connects making a living with making a difference, the MFA in Applied Craft and Design is the only graduate program of its kind.
Audrey Moore has been teaching Navajo-style weaving for 50 years and is the owner of Damascus Fiber Arts School, formerly known as Damascus Pioneer Craft School. Terry Olson, once Audrey's student, has taught Tapestry-style weaving at Damascus for 20 years. Tammy Rosecrans is a current student, going on her second year with DFAS, who focuses primarily on Navajo-style weaving.
Leatrice Eiseman is Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and founder of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training where her work includes color consulting for industry and forecasting. Lee also teaches online color training programs for career enhancement. She is the author of ten books on color and presents color seminars internationally. Lee contributes to a color forecast for professionals, Pantone View Home, on a yearly basis and contributes to the Pantone View Color Planner twice yearly. Seasonally, she contributes to Pantone’s Fashion Color Report and the selection of Pantone’s Color of the year. She is a member of Fashion Group International, Industrial Design Society of America, an associate member of American Society of Interior Designers and a founding member of The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and the American Film Institute. Fortune Magazine has featured her as one of the top decision-makers for her work in color.
Stephanie Thornton Plymale is the owner and CEO of Heritage School of Interior Design. Heritage is headquartered in Portland, OR, and also operates in Denver, CO and most recently expanded to Seattle, WA. Heritage School of Interior Design is an intensive program designed to be completed in as little as six months and fully equip students for a career in interior design by combining a hands-on education with a full complement of technical courses.
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. This private fine arts and design college, founded in 1909 in Portland, Oregon, offers eleven Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) degrees, seven graduate degrees including Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Arts (MA) degrees, a Post-Baccalaureate, and a range of Community Education programs for adults and youth.
Portland Sewing started business in 2002 with a beginning sewing class for four students. The business grew to add classes in intermediate and advanced sewing. In 2010, Portland Sewing added classes on the business of apparel. In 2016, Oregon made it a licensed career school. Thus Portland Fashion Institute was created to offer three certificates and give people the skills to start businesses and get jobs at apparel companies. Yet PFI still offers classes to people who just to take one or two just for fun. We offer sewing classes for the beginner to the advanced stitcher wanting to learn something new, from sewing basics to patternmaking, draping, tailoring and couture. No matter the class, our job is to make sure you gain skills, create a project you like, build your confidence — and have a good time doing it!
The Textile Arts program provides a critical investigation of clothing and textiles with a focus on craft, sustainability, and community engagement. Students learn techniques in weaving, surface design, and sewn construction towards fashion, costume, and contemporary art.
Sara Trail learned to sew at the young age of 4, and is now a successful author, sewing teacher and pattern and fabric designer. At age 13, she wrote a nationally published book, “Sew with Sara” that teaches teens and tweens how to sew cute clothes and accessories for fun and profit. At 15, she starred in a nationally published DVDs, “Cool stuff to Sew With Sara.” She then designed two fabric collections, Folkheart and Biology 101 a pattern collection with Simplicity, “Designed with Love by Sara.” Her pattern collection features prom dresses, backpack patterns, hoodies and jackets as well as aprons and tote bags. While attending UC Berkeley, Sara created a quilt in memory of Trayvon Martin and her love for sewing and passion for social justice intertwined. After graduating from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, she founded the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) to be a platform where youth create art that engages and educates communities.
WildCraft Studio School offer workshops for adults (16 & over) in the practices of traditional craft, textiles, Native American arts, foraging, and herbal medicine. The motivation to combine these practices stems from our belief that resourcefulness, creativity, and a meaningful relationship to place are integral parts of the human experience and deserving of more space in contemporary life. From our Portland, OR studio -- as well as from the farms, forests, beaches, and deserts that make up our off-site classrooms -- WildCraft strives to awaken creativity and deepen an understanding of place through hands-on experiences in making.
Drawing inspiration from many sources, I have built a dedicated clientele. My skill and esteem as a designer and creator of clothing has garnered me collaborations with the Portland Art Museum, Contemporary Craft Museum, and Oregon Ballet Theater. My garments are known for their clean lines, tailored silhouettes, timeless appeal, and impeccable construction.
Harlem native Adriene Cruz creates brilliantly colored fabric art embellished in rhythmic improvisational arrangements of cultural beauty. Her creative vision has garnered invitations to create beyond fabric to public art in Portland allowing her imagery to flow from textile creations to concrete fabrications. Adriene has exhibited her textiles internationally in Brazil, Costa Rica and South Africa and Nationally at the Smithsonian, The Folk Art Museum, NY, American Craft Museum , NY, The Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, The National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, and the Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA. to name a few. She’s included in collections at the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, Haborview Medical Center, Seattle, Portland Community College, Reed College and numerous private collections. Locally , permanent works can be seen at Tri Mets Intersate line, KILLINGSWORTH STATION. Also the 20 year old landmark exterior design of the Northeast Health Center at NE Killingsworth and Martin Luther King Blvd, Currently under restoration.
Ariane Mariane is a German fiber artist living and working in Paris. Trained in architecture and graphical textile design she felt in love with textile arts in 2004. Since 2008 she runs her own textile art studio, creating wall-hangings, sculptures, home decor, wearable art and accessories. In her work she combines graphical design and several textile techniques to make outstanding pieces in a fancy and playful style. She paints with powerful colored fibers and creates little stories in a poetic and humorous way. Each item is unique: created by hand, in a time-consuming and artistic process. In each piece Ariane Marianeexplores new techniques, association of colors and materials. She describes her process as involuntary, deconstructed and messy. "My workshop is filled up with fabrics, wool fibers, pigments, papers and findings of all kind. It’s my kingdom from where I travel to imaginary countries, enjoy great adventures and often come back with marvelous treasuries. My best creations "just happen or as Picasso pointed out:"Inspiration exists but it must find you working."” In Ariane Mariane’s world, clothes and accessories stand side by side to wall hangings and sculptures. "I do not see any difference in making a garment or a picture," she explains. "My approach is always graphical and somehow storytelling: a combination of colors, shapes and materials. In the beginning“ making art for art seemed pretentious to me and I needed a function to authorize myself to create. Nowadays I play around with both. I may even feel freer when doing wall hangings and sculptures. On the other hand it’s so exciting to see a creation transformed by another human. I love the sparkling eyes when a woman tries out an art vest, a hat or accessory. Something’s happening –the art work and the woman are transformed.” The artist’s goal? Spread good vibes and color life.
Blue is a trans-disciplinary artist originally from Southern Appalachia, currently based in Portland, OR. They make fantasy-industrial cast sculpture, dance, textiles, and paintings. They choreograph for hyperpop and metal musicians, most recently directing a video for Jan Julius' album Meat Shot Idyllic. They are currently writing an experimental multimedia novella set in a factory about sex, labor, and revolt.
Crossing both visible and invisible boundaries of nationality-ethnic background, the traditional-the contemporary, art-craft Agus Ismoyo (Indonesian) and Nia Fliam (American) have been working collaboratively to produce contemporary textiles in their fine art batik studio, Brahma Tirta Sari in Yogyakarta, Indonesia since 1985. Ismoyo’s ancestors were batik makers in the court city of Solo in Java. He was trained in industrial management at the Industrial Academy (AKPRIND) in Yogyakarta. Nia originally explored dye resist techniques from Africa and Asia in America. She completed her fine arts degree at Pratt Institute in New York City before coming to Indonesia in 1983 to study traditional batik. ‘This collaborative art team is renowned for their intricate, nuanced and time-intensive contemporary fine art textiles. They have exhibited at many prestigious exhibitions around the world and worked with world distinguished curators. Since 1994 they have explored and worked in collaboration with Australian Aboriginals, American Indians and various Asian and Australian artists, They have received critical acclaim for their successful use of traditional textile techniques in exploring their own realm of creativity while pursuing an understanding of the value, role and meaning of tradition in the development of our world culture.’ Christine Cocca, Antenna Projects, Yogyakarta Indonesia. Their studio produces not only fine art batik and paintings but a range of wearable art products and craft as art interior items. Brahma Tirta Sari (BTS), which means ‘creativity is the source of all knowledge’, was founded on the belief that there are many relevant traditions rooted in cultures throughout the world.
Cydni is a place-based artist and designer based in SE Portland. Recently graduated with her MFA in Applied Craft & Design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Cydni has a passion for working with her hands and the slow processes that come with traditional craft work. Raised in the Pacific Northwest Cydni comes alive in nature; it is where she feels most grounded and finds infinite joys and curiosities. Her work uses the crafts of natural dyeing and foraging as methods of connecting deeper with the self and the world that we inhabit.
Megan Rothstein is a production weaver of scarves and shawls and focuses on the use of natural dyes and natural fibers in these pieces. She also creates textiles highlighting re-used and re-purposed materials.
Fuchsia Lin is an international artist and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. Fuchsia began her career as a textiles artist, fashion and costume designer. She received a Fashion Design degree from Parsons School of Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in textiles and surface design at the University of Michigan.
Heather Watkins’ work explores the nature and possibilities of the drawn line – materially and symbolically. Working with ink, cord, thread, cloth, and paper, she submits these materials to many cycles of saturation, compression, intertwining, and transference. Through these physical processes, she investigates phenomena such as flow, stasis, circulation, and gravity. Her work takes many forms: sculpture, drawing, text-based work, printmaking, and artist’s books.
Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, at venues including: PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; Planthouse Gallery, New York, NY; the lumber room, Portland, OR; Front of House, Portland, OR; The Art Gym, Marylhurst, OR; and Nine Gallery, Portland, OR. Her work is held in private and public collections including the Portland Art Museum, the Miller Meigs Collection, the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s Portable Works Collection, the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, Portland State University, Reed College, and Rhode Island School of Design Artist’s Book Collection. She has been the recipient of grants from Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation, and Regional Arts & Culture Council, and has been awarded residencies at Caldera; Sitka Center for Art & Ecology; Oregon College of Art and Craft; and at Em Space Book Arts Center. Watkins holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is represented by PDX CONTEMPORARY ART.
Sustainable focused alterations service specializing in upcycling, mending and tailoring and small batch production to local designers based in Portland
Jens Pettersen b. Arendal, Norway, 1998 is a multidisciplinary artist and image maker living in Portland, Oregon. His work alludes to coyness, bumper stickers, highway road signs. Codes and messages for people to see, ways of communication, a cry for help and things that might be hidden in plain sight. Pettersen is a 2021 BFA graduate from Pacific Northwest College of Art. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions at Oregon Contemporary, Portland, OR, Ghost Gallery, Portland, Oregon and Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal Norway.
Jessica Bardsley is a weaver and textile artist living in Portland, Oregon. Primarily self-taught, Jessica is interested in exploring weaving and other textiles as a way to connect to culture, history, and heritage, and using it as an avenue to build community and connections across generations.
Jim Lommasson is a freelance photographer and author living in Portland, Oregon. What We Carried: Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization, about Iraqi and Syrian refugees was published in 2016 by Blue Sky Books. Lommasson is a 2012-2016 Oregon Humanities Conversation Project Grant Recipient for his public discussion "Life after War: Photography and Oral Histories of Coming Home." Lommasson was awarded a Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant for his current project: What We Carried: Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization.
Jo Hamilton’s crocheted portraiture and landscape works are a fascinating combination of traditional technique with contemporary subject matter. A native of Scotland, Hamilton earned a degree in painting and drawing from the Glasgow School of Art, but after moving to Portland, she translated her artistic vision into the medium of crochet, which she had first learned as a child from her grandmother. Her work is included in the collections of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene; Portland Community College and the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; and the City of Seattle, among others.
Growing up Keeva Moselle made all of her Halloween costumes from age nine on, repurposing items from around the house. Keeva learned to work with her hands and a myriad of materials and techniques to create wearable art. These skills eventually translated into fashion design and garment construction. Today Keeva is a Portland native artist creating large scale interactive art installations, immersive beauty experiences, costumes, and multimedia art. All of her endeavors primarily use post-consumer waste & salvage materials. Keeva is a graduate of Oregon State University Graduate School, where she studied socio-political ethics. Keeva is an environmentalist and a Black Feminist thinker and author; her art reflects that same powerfully dynamic voice. In 2011, Keeva created an original character “The Queen of Unicorns”, as a public persona to inspire imaginative play and give young girls, especially those of color, representation in the cosplay and festival community.
Lehuauakea is a māhū mixed-Native Hawaiian interdisciplinary artist and kapa maker from Pāpaʻikou on Moku O Keawe, the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. Through a range of craft-based media, their art serves as a means of exploring cultural and biological ecologies, spectrums of Indigeneity, and what it means to live within the context of contemporary environmental degradation. With a particular focus on the labor-intensive making of ʻohe kāpala (carved bamboo printing tools), kapa (bark cloth), and natural pigments, Lehua is able to breathe new life into patterns and traditions practiced for generations. Through these acts of resilience that help forge deeper relationships with ʻāina, this mode of Indigenous storytelling is carried well into the future.
Jessica Sutton is a multi-disciplinary artist that recently relocated to the PNW from TX. She has worked with fiber arts since she could reach her grandmother's sewing machine pedal. She enjoys learning new tedious crafts and teaching fiber arts workshops to others. She believes that crafting can bring healing and meditation to all.
Mo Geiger is an artist. Her work includes sculpture, performance, and experimentation, with a focus on interdisciplinary processes. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Art and Social Practice at Portland State University, and lives between Boiling Springs, PA and Portland, OR. Trained as a theatrical designer and technician, she values tactile learning in collaborative environments. Living material histories, scavenge, discard, and transformation connect all of her artwork and research. She develops projects using context-specific perspectives, which consider active and potentially overlooked elements wherever she is. Her artwork has been seen at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Susquehanna Art Museum, The Schuylkill Center, Area 405, Ejecta Projects, Carlisle Arts Learning Center, and Legend Galleries, among others. She has participated in residencies at Vermont Studio Center and The National Park Service's Mojave Preserve. Along with developing artworks, she continues to freelance in theatrical design, fabrication, and architectural restoration. She is a co-founder of south-central Pennsylvania performance collective Valley Traction.
Niky moved to Portland to study Craft and Design at PNCA in August 2019, and finished her MFA in June 2021. She designs workshops to share her passion and belief that hand work positively impacts the maker and everyone should have an access point to the techniques. She identifies as differently abled resulting from a brain injury and experiences life through the lens of a low income individual. These are her motivators for designing free and inclusive workshops to invite a broader audience that may have felt discouraged to learn craft techniques due to cost or ability. Niky believes that we can create a stronger community through the act of making together in the same way our ancestors had. She wants to encourage folks to reconnect with their hands to discover an outlet for exploration, creativity, and a space for connecting with those who share our world.
Opulent Fibers is a studio operated by felt artist Kristi Kún. Kristy Kún is a studio artist working in hand made wool felt with an innovative approach to construction methods, material combinations, and craftsmanship. Kristy believes strongly in collaboration and community building through Craft and has hosted local and international instructors, each experts their practicing form of textile art, and has presented at free community events, demonstrating techniques and sharing her passion for wool.
Orquidia Violeta is a Salvadoran-American textile artist. She migrated to the US in the 1980s as a child-refugee from civil war in Central-America. Using vivid colors and contrasting textures, she sews exuberant artwork with a joyful visual style and clever material design. Orquidia uses salvaged materials and sustainable practices, transports her body and work by bicycle, and sews on reclaimed machines. The imperfect beauty and infinite diversity of our world inspires Orquidia to create bold artwork.
PenFelt Studio provides delightful, original projects and high-quality materials for felters who appreciate consciously-sourced materials, good design and a sense of fun. Founded in 2004 by artist and felting instructor LeBrie Rich. Known to some as Duchess of Felt, LeBrie is best known for her highly realistic sculptures of food packaging rendered in felt.
R A W Textiles is a production dye studio in Portland, Oregon, that specializes in natural dyed, shibori, and rusted textiles.
Born and raised in Taiwan, Shu-Ju Wang is a painter and book artist now based in Portland. Through careful research and community outreach, her art practice is a path to gain deeper understanding of the world and our relationship to each other—the land, the water, and all the beings that call this place home—our experiences and transformations form a complex tapestry of shared interests and conflicts. While her work is largely focused on the radical and sometimes catastrophic shifts of our lives, she find tenderness in our efforts to continue life on this planet, hope in our willingness to work together, and humor in our flaws.
The Japanese textile tradition dates back to the Yayoi period (300 BCE - 300 CE) where the primitive yet ubiquitous backstrap loom weaving method was employed in the Japanese regions. In her own art practice, Terumi Saito explores the spiritual and existential by way of employing these traditional and ancient techniques; techniques which involve rudimentary modes of textile production including the mechanisms constructed only from sticks and yarn. Despite this, her complex textile work still involves particular care and detail in every part of the extensive process including weaving, dyeing, and coiling.From 2019 to 2021, Saito traveled to Peru, Guatemala and Japan conducting research in these countries' respective indigenous textile traditions whose weaving and natural dyeing techniques she employs in her practice today. The synthesis of this research now embodies an art process which aims to not only produce a contemporary hybrid craft derived from these traditions but to also preserve and honor its extraordinary significance.
THAT YEAR is a creative studio and clothing label, developing products, events, design, direction and digital and physical media.
Tiny Pricks is a public art project created and curated by Diana Weymar. Contributors from around the world are stitching Donald Trump’s words into textiles, creating the material record of his presidency and of the movement against it. Tiny Pricks Project holds a creative space in a tumultuous political climate. The collection counterbalances the impermanence of Twitter and other social media, and Trump’s statements as president through the use of textiles that embody warmth, craft, permanence, civility, and a shared history. The daintiness and integrity of each piece stand in stark contrast to his presidency.
Tricia Langman has over eighteen years experience designing for prestigious fashion companies worldwide, including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Halston, Kashiyama, Donna Karan, Nicole Miller, Anthropology, Banana Republic and Target.