Speakers schedule

October 26, 2019

Speakers Day offers a forum to discuss the connections between textiles and culture: past, present, and future. Speakers include both heritage keepers and innovators, bringing together artists, costume designers, fashion editors, and all those who love textiles for an exhibit, panel discussions, and a Pecha Kucha competition.

Doors open

9:30 am

Introduction and welcome  

10:00-10:15 am

Keynote speakers: Palestinian embroidery and culture

10:15-11:15 am
Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim, 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellow
Wafa Ghnaim, author, Tatreez and Tea

Palestinian tatreez embroidery is a centuries-old artistic tradition, passed from mother to daughter over a cup of tea. Feryal and Wafa continue the embroidery tradition with workshops for the Palestinian diaspora community, lectures, and a book that illustrates the connections between Palestinian cross-stitch, storytelling, and culture. Their work embodies the theme of the symposium, bridging generations and cultures through textiles.

Presentations: Examining Textile Heritages

11:30 am-12:30 pm
Francisco Bautista, Oaxacan weaving tradition with Bauhaus influence
Sonja Dahl, artist, whitework quilt pattern art installations
Adriene Cruz, visual artist who embellishes fabric and creates public art infused with color and magic
Krista Anara Cibis, PNCA Visual and Critical Studies MFA candidate, moderator


12:30-1:00 pm

Lunch break

1:00-2:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Textiles Now–Continuity and Disruption

2:00-3:30 pm
Jovencio de la Paz, artist and UO Fibers professor
Tricia Langman, sustainable textile designer, founder of Spoogi print studio
Alison Heryer, costume designer, and PSU Art and Design professor
Sara Bernstein, Dismantle magazine editor, PNCA professor
Ophir El-Boher, ethical apparel designer, moderator

Break-out sessions and discussion

3:30-4:00 pm

Awards & Pecha-Kucha: The Future of Textiles

4:00-6:00 pm

Textile Connections Group Exhibition

Featuring current works by PNCA students and alumni, and CFG members:

Frankie ButtonGerrie CongdonAlexis Day, Lynn Deal, Lauren Goding, Karin GravesLulu Moonwood MurakamiMatt PerezLauren PradoSloane White, Marie Murphy Wolfe, and Beverly Woodard.

Curated by Ophir El-Boher

Exhibition statement

Like the weave of a fabric, each one of us is a thread, connected to others by crossing paths. The Textile Connections exhibit presents selected works from artists who currently study or recently graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, paired with works chosen from Columbia FiberArts Guild members. Through curation and conversation, each artist from PNCA is paired with an artist from Columbia FiberArts Guild, building new crossings, new connections. This selection of contemporary expressions of textile arts represents the diverse web of Portland’s creatives who use traditional materials and crafts in new and exciting ways.