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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.