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Cotton + Wool
October 1-October 31
A t-shirt is transformed into a warm layer by integrating wool through hand felting.
“Cotton + Wool” is an interactive installation which displays several examples of warm weather clothing transformed into protective, all-weather layers, reflective of the versatility of hand-felting. The ancient technique of hand felting is reimagined as an accessible, sustainable solution to transform second hand t-shirts into water resistant, cold weather layers in just a few hours. The wool is sourced from small farms in Western Oregon and special attention is given to water consumption and biodegradable soap in the felting process.
Felting is further explored by BASIC NEEDS through her animal-friendly sheepskins made using whole raw fleeces.
Portland Textile Month only happens one month out of the year and we have more events than we can list. So the TextileX-change has been created to serve as a year-round companion site. Both community platforms provide a space to share ideas, histories, knowledge, commerce, and practices across cultures and generations.
TextileXchange serves as a primary hub to foster this inspired exchange throughout the Portland textile community and beyond. We hope you’ll join us!
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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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