Welcome to the TextileXchange 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 Portland Textile Month.
We encourage you to contribute additional resources through this form and consider becoming a member of the TextileXchange to help further develop this resource guide as well as Portland Textile Month.
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.
The Functional Apparel & Accessories Studio (FAAS) founded by Angela Medlin is the latest Intensive Design Program to partner with Pensole Academy.
Founded by sisters Dawn and Dianne Seymour in 2007, the business represents decades of experience in many forms of fiber arts. Both sisters have a wide variety of experience with needlework, hardanger embroidery, sewing, knitting, crocheting and weaving.
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.
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.
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.
Pensole Design Academy holistically educates and challenges the next generation of product creators to be successful in the industry through classes and competitions.
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.
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 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!
SCRAP PDX is a nonprofit creative reuse center specializing in reused materials for the arts, education programs, birthday parties, and more.