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Welcome to the Portland TextileX Month

New Traditions Festival!

After two and a half short years and three successful iterations of Portland Textile Month with you all, this October we are reaching further to broaden participation, diversify perspectives, and increase our reach to include other cities and textile communities throughout the world as Portland TextileX Month.

As we think about New Traditions, we’re considering the questions that shape this contemporary moment and its broad implications. 
 
In this moment of rapid transformation what traditions do we preserve and build upon and what do we rethink and rebuild anew? 
 
How can we transform our textile practices, collections, materials, businesses, institutions, and educational systems to serve a more inclusive, equitable, sustainable, and connected purpose
 
What is the future we want to weave and how do we build it together? 
 
Our continued goal for next year’s festival is to engage, share ideas, histories, knowledge, experiences, and practices across myriad cultures, viewpoints, and generations. We are excited to explore this topic with you and see what New Traditions we can create together.

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Multi-Day Event:

9.30

10.30

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Exhibit, Exhibit Window, Lecture/talk | Free

Threaded Rituals

Adriene Cruz offers a mini altar installation honoring her love of cross-cultural needlework.

Thursday, September 30 Saturday, October 30

greenHAUS Gallery

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Multi-Day Event:

10.1

10.31

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Virtual Workshop | Free

#Textiletober

A daily prompt textile challenge to encourage creativity.

Friday, October 1 Sunday, October 31

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Date of Event:

10.2

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Community Distributed Project, Virtual Lecture, Workshop | Free

Sourcing Materials: A Post-apocalyptic Approach to Design

Series: lecture, workshop, and showcase, Sourcing Materials will teach attendees how to salvage materials and create wearable art.

Saturday, October 2 1:00pm-2:30pm

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Date of Event:

10.3

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Virtual Workshop, Workshop | Free

Story Crafting: A New Community Tradition

Story Crafting provides prompts to shape to share a story about a valuable experience in small groups once a week.

Sunday, October 3 3:00pm-5:00pm

Diggity Dog Textiles


Multi-Day Event:

10.5

10.31

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Exhibit, Lecture/talk | Free

Joint Ecology

Joint Ecology features Native Hawaiian kapa (bark cloth) and works on paper about ecology.

Tuesday, October 5 Sunday, October 31

Waterstone Gallery

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Date of Event:

10.5

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Virtual Lecture, Virtual Workshop | Free

Jean Pierre Nugloze of N’Kossi Boutique: Couture African Fashions

Founding designer of N’Kossi Boutique, Jean Pierre Nugloze talks about African fabrics and cultural appropriation in fashion.

Tuesday, October 5 5:00pm-6:30pm

Multi-Day Event:

10.7

1.30

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Exhibit | Free

Tikkun Olam – Mending the Social Fabric

Mending the Social Fabric, made specifically for OJMCHE, is guided by the Jewish principle “Tikkun Olam,” which means “rep…

Thursday, October 7 Sunday, January 30

Date of Event:

10.7

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Virtual Lecture | Free

Divining Color: An Interview with Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute

Learn about the science behind the color trends that impact our world in an interview with Leatrice Eiseman.

Thursday, October 7 6:30pm-8:00pm

Multi-Day Event:

9.1

10.9

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Exhibit | Free

still—moving | Heather Watkins at PDX CONTEMPORARY ART

still—moving brings together a series of intricately-stitched textiles and a text-based video projection. This constellati…

Wednesday, September 1 Saturday, October 9

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Date of Event:

10.12

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Virtual Panel | Free

Mending the Social Fabric, A Conversation

Bonnie Meltzer tells stories about her interactive exhibition Tikkun Olam - Mending the Social Fabric with a panel discuss…

Tuesday, October 12 12:00pm-1:30pm

Date of Event:

10.12

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Virtual Lecture, Virtual Workshop | Free

1000 Moons by Emily Jung Miller

A virtual community gathering and grief process visualizing the timespan of a life through every full moon cycle in 94 years.

Tuesday, October 12 5:00pm-6:30pm

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Multi-Day Event:

10.14

10.31

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Exhibit | Free

Pink, Purple, Polka-Dotted

Joined by a live dance on opening night, Pink, Purple, Polka-dotted is a colorful installation that challenges racial ideologies.

Thursday, October 14 Sunday, October 31

The Pittock Building

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Date of Event:

10.14

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Virtual Lecture | Free

Why We Make Our Own

An interactive discussion on maintaining creative control by designing and making our own pieces, led by radical educator Vo Vo.

Thursday, October 14 5:00pm-6:30pm

Praxis Fiber Workshop

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Multi-Day Event:

10.16

10.31

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Exhibit | Free

Exploring Katagami and Katazome

Explore Japanese dyeing techniques through the textiles of KATA KATA and Cargo’s collection of vintage Japanese textiles a…

Saturday, October 16 Sunday, October 31

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Date of Event:

10.16

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Workshop | Free

Drop It Like It’s Hot!

An introduction to making and plying art yarn.

Saturday, October 16 12:00pm-1:30pm

North Park Blocks

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Date of Event:

10.20

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Virtual Lecture | Free

Fabiola Jean-Louis: Beyond Rewriting History

Fabiola Jean-Louis describes her work as visual activism, and will talk about her recent projects.

Wednesday, October 20 12:30pm-2:00pm

Date of Event:

10.23

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Workshop | Free

Collaborative Poetic Weaving

Inspired by Japanese Renga poetry and Surrealist Exquisite Corpse drawings, participants will create a collaborative woven poem.

Saturday, October 23 12:00pm-1:30pm

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

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Date of Event:

10.27

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Lecture/talk, TextileX Conversation Series, Virtual Lecture, Virtual Panel | Free

TextileX Conversation Series with Jovencio de la Paz and Sonja Dahl

In Conversation: Jovencio de la Paz and Sonja Dahl.

Wednesday, October 27 6:30pm-8:00pm

Date of Event:

10.29

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Virtual Lecture | Free

Virtual Artist Talk | Billie Zangewa

Join us for a conversation with artist Billie Zangewa and curator Dexter Wimberly, presented by the Museum of the African …

Friday, October 29 12:00pm-1:00pm

Museum of the African Diaspora


Date of Event:

10.30

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Virtual Workshop | Free

The Art of Sashiko Mending

Learn how to mend using the traditional Japanese technique of Sashiko in this virtual workshop.

Saturday, October 30 10:30am-12:00pm

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