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TextileXchange is a mission-driven, social enterprise, that operates a year-round online hub for the textile community and is an extension of the successful Portland Textile Month initiative launched in 2018. Portland Textile Month and TextileXchange are part of a mission-driven social enterprise conceived of, incubated, and funded within Textile Hive to foster community building, collaboration & cross-pollination, cultural dialogue and exchange among the Portland Textile Community and beyond. Eli West-Eli West is an interdisciplinary artist with a love for fiber, specifically felting techniques. In 2021 he received an MFA in Applied Craft + Design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Eli’s practice is a painterly, garish, and joyful reflection on his queer human experience. He primarily works with wool and other fibers to create wall hangings, sculptural pieces, and soft abstractions with a high level of detail and precision. He is currently based out of Jefferson Farms Natural Fibbers, a large-scale paco vicuna and alpaca farm in Salida, Colorado where he teaches, maintains a studio practice, and oversees fiber production.

Support Our Community Programs

In just over 4 years, Portland TextileX Month (PTXM) has turned from an ambitious idea into an engaged community movement. This transformation highlights the power of our mission to foster collaboration, cross-pollination, cultural dialogue, and intergenerational exchange among the Portland textile community and beyond.

This year we’ve organized the PTXM festival with over 40 events and directly sponsored a multitude of FREE programs including exhibits, workshops, artist talks, community events, and more—representing a diverse range of textile interests and practices. This year’s PTXM Regeneration Festival has brought together makers, businesses, teachers, students, institutions, and organizations to gather around shared interests and knowledge-sharing. PTXM would not have been possible without the dedication of event organizers, paid contributors, paid interns, amazing volunteers and the receptiveness of the textile community.

We hope to continue building PTXM and TextileX website as sustainable resources that serve the textile community for years to come, and that’s where you come in.

If you feel a connection to the PTXM mission and what we can accomplish together, please consider making a direct contribution programming. As a direct contributor, your funds will go directly toward programming, lean administrative expenses, and providing paid internships. We appreciate any contribution you can make and your continued support.

Click to Make Your Contribution to PTXM.