A two-day gathering

Read a great review of the symposium on Oregon artswatch!


October 26-27, 2019
Speakers Day: 10 am-6 pm
Community Day + Makers Market: Noon-4 pm
Free admission both days
Mediatheque lecture hall at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

Speakers Day, Saturday 10/26

10 am-6 pm (doors open at 9:30 am)

Register in advance at Eventbrite
Doors open at 9:30 am, arrive by 9:45 to claim your seats. First come, first seated. Open seating later in the day on space available basis.

Keynote speakers:
Palestinian embroidery and culture
Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim, 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellow
Wafa Ghnaim author, Tatreez and Tea

Speakers include heritage keepers and innovators, bringing together artists, costume designers, fashion editors, and all those who work with textiles for an exhibit, keynote speakers, panel discussions, and a Pecha Kucha competition.

Photo of Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim by Jen Dougherty

Community Day + Makers Market, Sunday 10/27

Noon-4 pm

The Mediatheque lecture hall at PNCA will be transformed into a Makers Market with dozens of vendors, traditional and new textile tools demonstrations, and information booths for textile organizations. See the list of vendors, artists and textile groups participating.


Textile Connections symposium is hosted at the Mediatheque lecture hall at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). This is an ADA accessible venue.

Sponsors & Funders

Textile Connections symposium is made possible with major support from the following sponsors and funders: Columbia FiberArts Guild with an award from the Fred W. Fields Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), Portland Textile Month, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

We would also like to thank

Make+Think+Code, Marilyn Zornado, Nan Curtis and PNCA’s A/V Team, Pearl Bakery, and Textile Hive.