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Plarn Lab: A Citizen Design Event
October 14, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join Portland Textile Club for a day of creative tinkering & trash R&D. Sponsored by SCRAP PDX and PNCA Make+Think+Code. Plarn is a D.I.Y. fiber made from plastic bags. What will you make with plarn?
Bring your household plastic film and we’ll show you how easy it is to make plarn. We’ll also share simple textile techniques anyone can learn. No prior textile skills needed, just a desire to get plastic out of our trash and put plarn to work. If you’re a fiber artist, knitter, crocheter, sewist, maker or designer, we want you too!
Why Upcycle Plastic Film?
1. It’s Hard to Recycle.
Did you know that Portland’s curbside recycling doesn’t take plastic bags? Every bag that goes into the blue bin clogs up the machines used to sort the city’s recycling.
2. Recycling Doesn’t Happen Without Buyers.
Our modern industrial recycling is driven by market demand; without buyers, recyclers stop taking material (plastic bags don’t make the cut).
3. It’s Everywhere, Even in a No-Bag City.
Portland is known as a city that bans plastic bags, however, the ban only targets the largest supermarket chains. Despite our best efforts, our households still have plastic film from many other sources.
This is a free event, but space is limited to 12 participants.
Unfortunately this event has been sold out, you can still sign up for the waitlist and event an ticket opens up we will notify you. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you find other events to attend at Portland Textile Month.
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All ages are welcomed (children must be over 6 years old); all children must be accompanied by an adult (registration is not needed for the accompanying adult).
Thanks to our sponsors SCRAP PDX and PNCA Make+Think+Code.
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.
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