Soft Texts: Textile Materials from the John Wilson Special Collections


Tue, Aug 27, 2019 to
Sat, Oct 26, 2019

First come, first served.

17th-century Qing dynasty Imperial scroll
17th-century Qing dynasty Imperial scroll

The exhibition is open during the John Wilson Special Collections' hours of operation.

In coordination with Portland Textile Month, the John Wilson Special Collections is exhibiting five extraordinary works on cloth including a unique 17th-century Qing dynasty Imperial scroll from Manchurian China with calligraphy on silk in Manchu and Chinese; a remarkable book from 19th-century France with texts and images entirely woven of silk; a children's book from the 1930s, one of the first batik printed books on cloth; an intimate, one-of-a-kind hand-embroidered cotton soft artist's book made to look like an old-fashioned composition book; and a large-scale edition artist's book made of Jhola bags, inspired by the Ghandi ashram collections in India and featuring the work of 24 artists including Yoko Ono.

This exhibition is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to our library’s leadership, innovation and reach through private support.

For more information contact Jim Carmin, John Wilson Special Collections Librarian at or 503.988.6287.

Target audience:

Adults, Families, Teens

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