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Immigrants are a Golden Thread woven through the American Fabric
October 1-October 31
The world-fabric flag component of the installation “Mending the Social Fabric,” honors immigrants, full exhibit opens fall 2021.
Flags made with recycled fabrics from around the world honor immigrants and symbolize the roots of Americans – past and present. With materials sourced from friends and strangers, artist Bonnie Meltzer continues her practice of integrating, repairing, and transforming found objects into social commentary. This Fall the flags hang alone, but next year they will be part of a giant interactive installation, “Tikkun Olam – Mending the Social Fabric,” at the Oregon Jewish Museum. By 2021, A 20-foot diameter parachute will be embellished with the flags, embroidered and crocheted text, and have tears in the fabric that visitors to the museum can mend.
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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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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