Textiles Reimagined

ArtXchange Gallery presents Textiles Reimagined, a group exhibition showcasing three Pacific Northwest artists who bring the influence of textile and surface design into new mediums and dimensions. From works that reference pattern and historical traditions, to exploring the sculptural qualities of fabric, this exhibition highlights the ways that textile traditions continue to fascinate and inspire artists.


Romina Del Castillo showcases a series of new work from her series, Maimantataj Kanki? (Quechua for “Where are you from?”). Born in Peru, and now living in Portland, OR, Del Castillo draws inspiration from traditional Andean aguayos (distinctive Peruvian woven textiles). Del Castillo renders these intricate designs in straw marquetry on wood panel, learned during her time as an assistant to the French artist, Paulin Paris. Originally developed in 18th century Europe and kept alive by Paris and Del Castillo, this detailed technique consists of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. Del Castillo brings her own invention and sensibility to the tradition, while also carefully drawing inspiration from historical textile works, yet never the work of living textile creators.  

Robin Mallory presents a series of lighted sculptures that contrast the delicacy of cotton fabric with geometric shapes, hand-dyed color and illumination. Inspired by the natural world and a lifelong interest in pattern and textile design, Mallory’s work explores balance and juxtaposition, bringing a variety of materials into relationship with fabric to create artwork that affects a space through color and light. A graduate from the Interdisciplinary Visual Arts program at the University of Washington, Mallory explores the relationship between fabric, light and dye through both site-specific installations and wall-hung artworks.   

Joan Wortis’s artwork is rooted in a sensibility born from her past careers as a modern dancer and choreographer. In her artwork, Wortis consistently explores new mediums and dimensions to push the boundaries of what fabric can do, such as using fabric to create uniquely textured monotypes or utilizing pleated fabric to create undulating sculptural works. In Textiles Reimagined, Wortis presents work in a variety of techniques utilizing fabric and monotype.