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Palmarin Merges Artist Talk: Exploring the Textile Hive
October 11, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
This talk will draw upon Palmarin Merges experience during her 3-month Textile Hive residency, where Palmrin accessed the physical and digital collection of 40,000 textiles housed at Textile Hive.
This talk will draw upon Palmarin Merges experience during her 3-month Textile Hive residency, where Palmrin accessed the physical and digital collection of 40,000 textiles housed at Textile Hive. Hear Palmarin discuss her process and see the inspiration behind alongside her new the artworks. Palmarin Merges is an artist whose work draws from the desire to become more sustainable by re-using materials close at hand and by adapting restriction as a generative force for creation. Working primarily in mixed media, printmaking, and painting, common materials formed from the fabric of her daily life are processed then transformed into new work. Raised in Hawaii and California and spending considerable time in Japan, she incorporates the rich visual languages of her experiences with the inspiration of the natural beauty of her adopted home state of Oregon. Each year the artwork that I make changes, depending upon where my interest takes me. For the last several years, I have explored the ideas associated with home. Especially from the desire to clear my clutter and re-value mundane and commonplace objects by re-using materials close at hand and adapting restriction as a generative force for creation. Palmarin Merges holds an MFA Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and has exhibited in Japan, the Philippines, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon. She currently teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Pacific University, the Multnomah Arts Center and occasionally at Atelier Meridian. She can be found wandering her neighborhood with her dog Barney.
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.
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