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.

Development of and funding for this guide have been provided by Textile Hive with additional funding from a RACC catalyst grant in 2019.

We encourage you to contribute additional resources through this form and consider becoming a member of TextileX to help further develop this resource guide as well as Portland TextileX Month.

  Businesses

Altar

www.altarpdx.com

Altar is a clothing company and retail store with a brick-and-mortar location in Portland, OR. We initially opened a business in 2010 (under another name in the same retail location) with a focus on supporting independent artists from our immediate region, and by 2015 when we became Altar, we had grown that vision into the beautifully curated and ever-changing space it is today. We celebrate independent manufacturers and artists from across North America, with a focus on the stories that are woven into their work. We use the phrase, “objects with meaning” because we believe in sharing the unique stories behind these pieces.

Our clothing brand, Altar Houseline, is proudly made in America using deadstock materials and serves size gradations from size small to 6XL.

Cassie Ridgway opened her shop in 2010 with less than $3000 in the bank and a night job. Owning and operating this small business has been defined by labor of love and perseverance. Cassie's passion for sustainably produced and ethically manufactured apparel was a driving force, and has kept her laser focused on making this company better by the year. Her aesthetic sensibilities are always sort of changing (ok, sometimes all over the place), but she has always consistently been inspired by desert color-stories, moody floral motifs, art deco filigrees, and modern art.

 fashion  sustainability  textile reuse

  Studios

Aradhita Parasrampuria

aradhitaparasrampuria.net

Aradhita Parasrampuria is a materials designer originally from India, based in New York. Parasrampuria combines synthetic biology with fashion to create sustainable, scalable textiles to replace toxic petroleum-based materials. She works primarily with raw materials such as Microalgae, Escherichia coli, and Cellulose. Parasrampuria received recognition on Indian Forbes 30 under 30 2023 list in the climate change category. She has also been awarded the Swarovski Foundation's "Creatives For Our Future" grant and the Aronson Fellowship from Tishman Environment and Design Center. Her work has been showcased in prominent events and publications such as United Nations, COP27, Vogue, L'officiel Brazil, CFDA, Dezeen, No-Kill Magazine, New York Design Week, and Portland Textile Month.

 fashion  science  sustainability  textile design

  Organizations

BASIC NEEDS food shelter clothing

foodshelterclothing.squarespace.com

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.

 felting  sculpture  sustainability  wool

  Studios

Fuchsia Lin

www.fuchsialin.com

Fuchsia Lin is a Taiwanese-American artist, fashion/costume designer and  filmmaker, called a visionary by the Seattle Times for the imaginative art  and performance work she has produced.  Fuchsia began her career as a fashion designer, studying at Parsons  School of Design in NYC. Years later, Fuchsia turned to the medium of film  to showcase her fashion and costume designs in motion. Her first short  film, Crystals of Transformation, went on to win her a scholarship award to  study fashion filmmaking at London College of Fashion, one of two  universities in the world that teaches fashion filmmaking.   Fuchsia is currently finishing up her second film, Future Cosmos Flow, a  fantasy drama film. This film features more than 40 custom couture pieces  made from sustainable materials Fuchsia designed especially for the film,  worn and set in motion by award-winning performers.  Future Cosmos Flow is a genre-bending film and magical fairy tale inspired  by mythology and the natural elements. An exiled royal family must learn  to harness a mystical water-power to subdue a tyrannical Uncle who  threatens the ecological survival of their Kingdom. It relates to our modern  day need for the renewed care of our environment.  Fuchsia will speak about her journey from costume designer to filmmaker.  She will share how she uses the medium of film to show fashion in motion  and tell a story through textiles. And she’ll show excerpts from her new  film, Future Cosmos Flow, which will be screened at a special event at the  Portland Art Museum in 2024.

 costume design  fashion  film  sustainability

  Organizations

GLEAN

www.gleanportland.com

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.

 residency  sustainability  textile reuse

  Organizations

Green Anchors PDX

www.greenanchorspdx.com

Green Anchors is a center for community engagement through the arts, business, and ecology. Situated on a historical shipbuilding site along the Willamette River, our 7-acre property is a model for brownfield remediation through ecological restoration. We are a local business incubator, collaborative arts center, educational forum, and site for eco-innovation.

 community  sustainability

  Businesses

Hidden Opulence Design House

www.hiddenopulence.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.

 fashion  sustainability  tailoring

  Studios

Keeva Moselle

www.instagram.com/realmandreigndesignstudio

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.

 fashion  sustainability  textile reuse  vintage textiles

  Businesses

Love Fest Fibers

lovefestfibers.com

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.

 natural fibers  sustainability  yarn

  Businesses

Mujer Woo

www.mujerwoo.com

Youkyung Kaycee Woo was born in South Korea, achieved a BFA diploma at Parsons School of Design as a fashion design student in New York. Also, Kaycee studied textile design at Central Saints Martin in London UK for almost one year. She has been working as a textile and fashion designer since she graduated in 2019. Besides, she opened her textile workshop in New York City. Currently, she is working on tufting art installations for exhibitions and several art projects in New York and South Korea. Also, she opens workshops for art and textile students who want to learn tufting techniques. MUJER WOO, Youkyung's fashion and home interior design brand, embraces time-honored techniques with her bold but feminine textile design and a modern sensibility to create unique and feminine pieces for all different ages of women. Indeed, MUJER WOO's priority is producing sustainable living products and tufting artwork. All the tufting works are hand-made and made with 100% New Zealand Tex wool. Also, the brand has sustainable and unique shapes of soap for a zero-waste living. The designer wants customers to be intelligent, confident, and love themselves through the contemporary feminine garment and sustainable products, consider the environment, and love other people.

 fashion  interior design  sustainability  tufting  wool

  Businesses

PLACE

place.la

PLACE is a design studio engaging landscape architecture, art, and urban design to make the world a better place. As a partner of 1% for PLANET, our impact is reflected in prestigious accolades including the 2021 ASLA Landmark Award and the inaugural Architecture MasterPrize Landscape & Urban Design Firm of the Year.

 landscape design  sustainability  urban design

  Schools

Portland State University Textile Arts Program

www.psutextilearts.com

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.

 community  fashion  sewing  sustainability  textile art  textile design  textile history  weaving

  Organizations

ReClaim It!

www.reclaimitpdx.org

ReClaim It, is a place where the creative citizens of Portland can find unique materials to reuse, repair, and reimagine.

 sustainability  textile reuse

  Businesses

Reclaimed Wool

www.reclaimedwool.com

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.

 sustainability  textile reuse  wool

  Businesses

Revive Upholstery

www.revivepdx.com

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.

 interior design  sustainability  textile design  textile reuse  upholstery

  Organizations

Rewild Portland

www.rewildportland.com

Rewild Portland is an environmental education focused non-profit organization serving Portland, Oregon and the surrounding wild and rural communities. Our mission is to create cultural and environmental resilience through the education of earth-based arts, traditions, and technologies. This mission comes to life in the form of educational workshops and programs, community-building events, and ecological restoration.

 community  sustainability  workshops

  Businesses

Sustainable Fashion Forum

www.thesustainablefashionforum.com

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.

 fashion  sustainability  talks

  Businesses

Trendependent

www.trendependent.com

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.

 sustainability

  Studios

Tricia Langman

www.tricialangman.com

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. Projects include work featured at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of New York City, and a hand-painted designer gown for Celine Dion for her performance at the Grammy Awards ceremony of her Oscar winning song “My Heart Will Go On”. Founder and design director of the successful international Textile Print design studio Spoogi, while concurrently adjunct lecturer at the Art Institute of Portland.

 sustainability  textile design