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Personal Iconography through Applique & Stitch
October 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
See how archetypal images and symbols add meaning to textile art; create your own symbolic silhouette with fabric scraps and applique.
Archetypal images and symbols can add meaning to artmaking. This virtual workshop, led by sculptor and arts educator Carolyn Hazel Drake, will review examples of distinct visual vocabularies developed by artists working with cloth and empower participants to explore their own forms of visual meaning-making. Participants will work through a series of exercises to identify personally meaningful words, translate these keywords into imagery, and then design a silhouette that balances positive and negative space to transfer onto cotton and wool. Drake will model integrating scraps as a path to improvisation and innovation, and walk participants through a few stitch techniques to finish their appliqued textiles, which can then be framed or sewn down to the surface of choice.
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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