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Keynote speakers Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim and Wafa Ghnaim photo: Sarah Randall

Textile Connections Symposium

Oct 26, 2019 - Oct 27, 2019


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design


Community Events

511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

Textile Connections brings together artists, designers, writers and all those who work with textiles for conversations and inspiration.

This free two-day event that includes a Speakers Day and a Community Day with Makers Market. See complete program at

Speakers Day is Saturday, October 26, 10am - 6pm; doors open at 9:30 am, first come, first seated. And Community Day + Makers Market is Sunday, October 27, 12-4pm.

Day One: Speakers Day

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 others who work with textiles for an exhibit, keynote speakers, panel discussions, and a Pecha Kucha competition.

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

Day Two: Community Day + Makers Market

The public is invited to shop at a textiles Makers Market with dozens of vendors, watch traditional and new textile tools demonstrations, find information for textile organizations and the opportunity to connect with people who are passionate about textiles.

This event is part of Portland Textile Month.


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