MINI MAKER FAIRE FUN by Britt Howard

These mini makers created flower bracelets from leather scraps! 

These mini makers created flower bracelets from leather scraps! 

PGF's booth at the OMSI Mini Maker Faire 2017 was a blast! Feeling inspired by the boundless creative energy of the kiddos we met over the weekend! 

PROJECT FOCUS: ADIDAS ORIGINALS CRAZY DUFFELS by Britt Howard

Playboi Carti & Young Thung sporting Crazy adidas Originals (note the "Crazy" Lamborghini!)

Playboi Carti & Young Thung sporting Crazy adidas Originals (note the "Crazy" Lamborghini!)

Our most luxurious accessory to date: plush leather duffel bags for the adidas Originals' Crazy 8 ADV capsule collection! The process began with duffel prototypes made from black canvas, and ended with 100 limited edition screen printed leather bags lined with soft satin. Trust us, these babes are truly DELUXE! Click through to see the process unfold:

TYLER GLICKMAN/HYPEBEAST

TYLER GLICKMAN/HYPEBEAST

TYLER GLICKMAN/HYPEBEAST

TYLER GLICKMAN/HYPEBEAST

TYLER GLICKMAN/HYPEBEAST

TYLER GLICKMAN/HYPEBEAST

WEAR THE TWIST FOR HURRICANE RELIEF by Britt Howard

Remember the TWIST DRESS designed & made at PGF? It's one dress that can be worn multiple ways! We're selling the last precious few from our archives to support hurricane relief for both Irma and Harvey. Funds will be divided between All Hands to support Hurricane Irma relief, and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Sizes range from XS–L; $120 (US shipping included. All sales final). The reversible dress, originally $475, is made from comfy curpro from Japan, dyed in LA, and sewn by the PGF team. Send your desired size and shipping address to gabi@portlandgarmentfactory.com. A big thank you to those who have already ordered the twist dress for this fundraiser!  

PROJECT FOCUS: ELLEN LESPERANCE'S W.I.T.C.H. CLOAKS by Britt Howard

The feminist/socialist collective, W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell), first established in NYC in 1968, has emerged in years since in various locales, including a current Portland chapter. The long history of the activist group inspired Portland artist, Ellen Lesperance’s recent project W.I.T.C.H. 1985, on view at the Portland Art Museum through Nov. 5th. PGF was honored to collaborate with Ellen on the 13 black wool cloaks, which before being displayed at the Museum, were part of a series of performances at the Seattle Art Fair. Ellen based the design for the garments on a cloak worn by an activist at the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, which was featured in a scene from the 1985 made for television video, "Can't Beat It Alone."

 Process images and photographs of Ellen’s performance below!

The cloaks in action: W.I.T.C.H. 1985 performance at the Seattle Art Fair (images courtesy of Adams & Ollman). Wooden pentagram pedestal by Jason Rens

The performance continued outside in Seattle's Pioneer Square. Image: @ellenlesperance

The performance continued outside in Seattle's Pioneer Square. Image: @ellenlesperance

WEAVING WORKSHOP WRAP-UP by Britt Howard

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We had a blast hosting an off loom weaving workshop with Bay Area fiber artist, Meghan Bogden Shimek last Sunday. Amazing to see how everyone's weavings, although made from the same material (wool roving), were utterly unique—and so beautiful!

Roving, roving, roving and students in full weaving mode! 

Roving, roving, roving and students in full weaving mode! 

PGF's Britt Howard and Sasha cooking up some fluffy wall hangings.

PGF's Britt Howard and Sasha cooking up some fluffy wall hangings.

This lovely student brought her adorable new born! 

This lovely student brought her adorable new born! 

Meghan also made and installed a few pieces at PGF. Next time your in the neighborhood, stop by to check them out!

GUEST POST FROM PGF'S SUMMER INTERNS by Britt Howard

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Hi! This is a guest blog post from PFG's 2017 summer interns, Hanna and Calli. Over the summer we have been involved in various projects at PGF, and we wanted to share two fun ones we've worked on. 

The first project was well-suited for PGF's commitment to reduce the amount of fabric waste in the clothing industry. Together we collaborated on a few pieces of clothing made from fabric scraps. 

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"I like the challenge of working with the limited nature of piecing together scraps into something wearable, functional, and fashionable."
~ Calli

First, Calli went through the scraps and found some that she wanted to work with, then she sketched out ideas for what the scraps could become. 

The next day, we settled on a design, which was a coat that had panels of large white mesh, and sleeves of tighter mesh with variations on the mesh throughout the piece. We also wanted to make a slip dress from some satin we had found to compliment the coat. We started by overlocking the fabric squares for the coat. 

Then, we adjusted the panels on a dress form to find the fit we were looking for and made alterations.

This went back and forth until the panels were where we wanted them, and then we worked on the sleeves. 

And behold the finished look! 

Another project we worked on this summer was preparing for PGF's booth at OMSI's Mini Maker Faire (September 16–17). Our booth activity involves making wearable and usable items from leather, metal snaps, and fringe, so stop on by! Calli prepared the leather for our activity, and made some samples of the finished products. 

Our booth decoration is very... flower-y! Hanna cut out all the pieces and combined sewing with iron-on glue patches to complete our photo booth. 

"During my time at PGF I really enjoyed discovering the hidden gems within the scrap bins and making projects like these flowers come to life!" 
~ Hanna

LADIES GET PAID upcoming town hall by Britt Howard

We're nearing 2020—flying cars are on the horizon, and we're still dealing with a gender pay gap?! Women earn 83% of what men earn, and although women comprise 60% of today's college graduates, less than 22% move into upper management. Apparently, the "business woman's special" ain't so special. 

As a woman owned and powered company, PGF is thrilled to get involved with Ladies Get Paid, a supportive network promoting female leadership and helping women advocate for what they need and deserve at work. Join PGF's Britt Howard and a panel of rad women at Swift Agency on August 30th (6:30–9pm) for a Women & Money Town Hall. Ladies, come share your experiences! 

Color Study: Mauve by Britt Howard

Color Study: Sky Blue by Britt Howard

POP UP EXHIBITION WITH MEGHAN BOGDEN SHIMEK! by Britt Howard

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weaving by Meghan Bogden Shimek (detail)

Nationale and Portland Garment Factory (PGF) are excited to announce a one night pop-up exhibition with Bay Area fiber artist, Meghan Bogden Shimek on August 13 (5–8pm) at PGF. Working primarily with thick wool roving, and using traditional tapestry and Navajo techniques, Shimek’s abstract wall weavings explore shape, texture, and color. With a focus on process, the downy and luscious work is also an expression of the artist’s physical and organic interactions with raw materials. For one evening only, come meet the artist and experience her alluring, tactile weavings. 

This pop-up exhibition directly follows Shimek’s Off Loom Roving Weaving Workshop (1–4pm) also at PGF. Space is limited, so please sign up in advance to secure your spot.

Meghan Bogden Shimek is a weaver, fiber artist, and tarot reader living and working in Oakland, California. She is inspired by loss, movement, healing and the acknowledgment of uncomfortable feelings. Meghan integrates the natural beauty of her surroundings, the memory of quiet snowy nights, and the sound of the stream running under her home into every weaving. Meghan has studied several weaving techniques, including tapestry weaving with Tricia Goldberg, Navajo weaving, rigid heddle, and floor loom weaving. She has been teaching weaving workshops for over two years across the United States. 

Meghan Bogden Shimek Pop-Up Exhibition @ PGF
August 13, 2017 (5–8pm)
408 SE 79th Ave
Portland, OR 97215

Color Study: Lime Green by Britt Howard

MONTAVILLA FLEA MARKET @ PGF by Britt Howard

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PGF is excited to host The Montavilla Flea Market on Sunday, July 30 (11–4)—the same day as the Montavilla Street Fair! This lively community event will take place in PGF's parking lot. Stop by to find an array of amazing & affordable vintage clothing and objects, as well as a curated selection of handmade goods. You never know what treasure(s) you'll go home with and what friends you'll make & see!