Portland Textile Month at PSU

School of Art + Design Sponsored Events

Portland Textile Month

Large chunk of ice on a beach draped in a textile artwork net by Sarah Nance
Sarah Nance, To reinforce a glacier, 2017. Hand-beaded net, calved iceberg site-responsive installation. Breiðamerkurjökull, Vatnajökull, Iceland.


Portland Textile Month aims to galvanize the local textile community for a month-long festival of events centered around knowledge-sharing and cross-pollination between enthusiasts, artists, businesses, and institutions. We provide an open platform to engage and share ideas, histories, knowledge, experiences, and practices across myriad cultures, viewpoints, and generations.

Portland Textile Month is part of a mission-driven social enterprise conceived of, incubated, and funded within Textile Hive to foster exchange among the local textile community and beyond. Portland Textile Month was brought to life through the contributions of a core group of committed volunteers.

Below is a list of School of Art + Design sponsored events for Portland Textile Month.

  • All events are free.
  • Register in advance using the Eventbrite links.
  • View the complete schedule of Portland Textile Month events at portlandtextilemonth.com
Textile art installation by Shelley Socolofsky

Oct 5-30 | Malleable Pursuits of Protection: Shelley Socolofsky + Sarah Nance

This multi-sensorial, non-hierarchical installation includes two large scale handwoven tapestries, a selection of photographs and prints, and a sonic projection.

AB Lobby Gallery, Art Building, 2000 SW 5th Ave.

Collection of woven textile pieces, each a different color of the rainbow.

Oct 5 | 5-6pm | Steven Frost Artist Talk

Join Steven Frost for a talk on identity, weaving, reuse, and repair. This virtual lecture, hosted in conjunction with Portland Textile Month, features renowned fiber artist Steven Frost whose practice spans not only fiber arts, but also new media, performance, and installation.

Collage of 4 images of textile artworks made from recycled materials

Oct 14 | 5-6pm | GLEAN Reuse & Repair Panel Discussion

Leslie Vigent talks with Lauren Prado, Caroline Hazel Drake, Brenda Mallory, and Vanessa Calvert about their experiences with the GLEAN program and how it has influenced their current practice.

Japanese textile with patchwork pieces and embroidered patches.

Oct 19 | 12-1pm | Andrea Aranow: Textile Hive

Andrea Aranow is a designer and co-founder of Textile Hive, a 40,000 piece collection of fabrics sourced from her decades of travel around the world. In this virtual lecture she will share elements of her collection and discuss the reuse and adaptation of Japanese textiles.