Shannon Welsh is a designer, educator, and fiber activist living in Portland, Oregon.

Collaborative Design

Comfortable? Fabric and the Threshold of Shelter

“Americans have steadily moved away from architecture that actively engages with regional climate conditions. Instead, we have favored a built environment that largely isolates us from the weather, places where temperature, light, and humidity are held constant. Trends in fashion have followed a similar trajectory. Increasingly, the clothes we wear no longer need to make sense as articles of protection, since we are able to avoid prolonged exposure to the elements.

Visitors are invited to question comfort by experiencing fabric as shelter that responds to the elements visibly and dynamically. A team of local architects, makers, and fashion/apparel designers, create a spatial structure in conjunction with wearable articles that illustrate a spectrum of protection while celebrating the sublime climate of the Pacific Northwest.”

Commissioned By: Creative Capital Design in collaboration with Bora Architects and The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art for Design Week Portland 2018

Pieces by Shannon Welsh: Large scale hand-knit merino roving sweater & hand-felted Nuno silk and regional wool sarape

BORA Architects and CCD @ Design Week Portland