Welcome to the third annual Portland Textile Month! We are honored to have you join us as we explore our 2020 theme of Repair & Reuse. Given all the challenges 2020 has brought, our programming emphasizes the collective mending of our social fabric, community-making projects, and highlighting the work of marginalized and or underrepresented community leaders and artists. In a moment where many people are isolated, we hope all those who interact with PTM art exhibits, virtual programming, or our distributed community projects feel a connection with our vibrant textile community. We hope all who participate feel a connection to the collective spirit and embedded beauty woven throughout all of this year's PTM programming. Thank you for your support, we couldn’t do it without you!
Help Fund the Next Phase of Development of Portland Textile Month
In a little over two years, PTM 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 exchange among the Portland textile community and beyond.
We've organized 3 festivals with over 170 events representing the diversity of textile interests and practices. And we've galvanized makers, businesses, teachers, students, institutions, and organizations to gather around shared interests and knowledge-sharing.
PTM would not have been possible without the dedication of a core group of committed volunteers and the receptiveness of the textile community. We hope to continue building PTM and TextileXchange 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 PTM mission and what we can accomplish together, please consider directly supporting the next phase of our development. As a direct contributor, your funds will go toward directly towards operational expenses.
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Exhibit | Free
We often need a reminder to acknowledge what is shared among us, rather than what divides us. Brittany Vega reminds us in her Distributed Community Project, "Sky Exchange".
"Sky Exchange" is a call for personally captured moments of the sky as one sees it at any given moment.
Brittany Vega's work embraces the notion of repair as it relates to tensions in relationships and offers sharing perspectives as a healing path forward. She recreates each submitted sky image as a painted ﬂag that will be sent to a different participant. By the project's end, various homes in Portland will be ﬂying an ode to the perspective of another, an ode not to a nation, but to a shared place, a ﬂag for the sky.
Brittany Vega draws inspiration from personal collections of politically charged objects and historical documentation to investigate how these things act as symbols for American-ness, and how they can be misconstrued.
Learn more at https://www.portlandtextilemonth.com/event/sky-exchange/.
Exhibit | Free
Ghost Net Landscape: Sea Stories
"Ghost Net Landscape: Sea Stories" arises from a collaborative, community-involved approach that goes beyond raising awareness of a critical ocean conservation issue.
This project places the power to explore creative transformation directly in the hands of participants.
An iteration of the "Ghost Net Landscape" art installation series, this work centers on the creative reuse of end-of-life ﬁshing gear and "ghost net" lost at sea, a source of plastic that has become a major issue in our oceans and landﬁlls. Through community participation, an installation at the Undersea Garden Collaborative, and an ongoing publicly shared process of creating new artwork with salvaged materials, this project gives voice to individual creativity and the power of collaboration, to create essential space for imagining new solutions.
Multimedia artist Emily Miller collaborates with puppet maker and mixed media artist Shere Colman, artists from the Frogwood Artists' Collaborative, and ecological artist and educator Shelby Silver.
Learn more at https://www.portlandtextilemonth.com/event/ghost-net-landscape-sea-stories/.