Portland Studio

WildCraft West: our Portland OR studio opened in March 2016. This 3000 sq ft space is also the showroom & shop of Fieldwork Design & Architecture.
WildCraft West offers 4-week evening courses and weekend workshops in contemporary craft skills, traditional textile practices and fresh perspectives on art-school classics. If you’d like to stop by the studio, please do so on weekends between 11am-3pm. 

WildCraft West
601 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR

Classes at Portland Studio:

Moku-hanga: Traditional Japanese Woodblock Printing

Saturday April 18, 2020 - Sunday April 19, 2020

Students will learn the proper use of traditional tools and materials, carving, basic registration, and vocabulary associated with moku-hanga printing.

Indigo Patterning: Shibori & Resist Methods

Saturday April 25, 2020

In this class, students will gain in-depth experience in textile patterning with resist methods and traditional Japanese patterning techniques.

Textile Marbling (April 26)

Sunday April 26, 2020

Swirling patterns, organic shapes and natural formations: marbling offers a playful, no-pressure approach to textile surface design.

Mycology & Color: Mushroom Dyes

Saturday May 02, 2020

WildCraft is pleased to offer this rare chance to explore mushrooms as a source of natural dye.

Visible Mending: Patching & Darning

Sunday May 03, 2020

WildCraft is pleased to host Nina & Sonya Montenegro of The Far Woods to share mending techniques, including different kinds of patching and darning.

Mama and Child Natural Dyes!

Saturday May 09, 2020

We’re celebrating the sweetest holiday of the year: Mother’s Day with a super special Mama & Child natural dye class!

Wooden Spoon Carving

Sunday May 10, 2020

Learn how to select an ideal wood for carving, how to use simple hand-carving tools to create a handsome and useful spoon.

Hand Woven Beaded Jewelry (May 10)

Sunday May 10, 2020

Jeweler and artist Sofija Olson of Studio Oma brings us a day of instruction around the tradition and technique of woven beadwork.

Sashiko Japanese Mending

Saturday May 16, 2020

Used for centuries by rural people in Japan to mend and repair clothing, Sashiko evolved into a decorative yet thrifty way to reuse and recycle fabric.

Japanese Natural Dyes

Sunday May 17, 2020

Ai (indigo), beni (safflower), akane (madder), and murasaki (alkanet) are among some of the quintessential Japanese dye plants we will cover in this class.

Post & Rung Stool Building

Friday May 22, 2020 - Sunday May 24, 2020

In this class, students will build a post-and-rung stool out of sustainably harvested Oregon White Oak.

Screen Printing with Natural Dyes

Saturday May 23, 2020

Join us for a full-day intensive focused on the art of printing with natural dyes.

Spring Color: Natural Dyes of Portland

Sunday May 24, 2020

Come explore the hidden dye plants that dot the urban landscape of Portland, Oregon!

Pine Needle Basketry

Saturday May 30, 2020

In this workshop, students will create a small basket using all-natural hemp and pine needles.

Hand Carved Rings: Wax to Bronze & Silver (May 31)

Sunday May 31, 2020

Beginning with a piece of jeweler’s wax, students will learn to carve, melt, drill & saw, forming a custom and uniquely shaped ring.

In-Depth Mordanting for Natural Dyeing

Saturday June 06, 2020

Students will take a deep dive into the world of natural color-modifiers and color-binders known as mordants.

Blackberry Vine Basketry: Harvesting, Processing, & Weaving

Sunday June 07, 2020 - Sunday June 07, 2020

Students will learn how to harvest, process, and weave Himalayan Blackberry skins for both cordage and basket weaving.

Adirondack Pack-Basket Weaving (June 13-14)

Saturday June 13, 2020 - Sunday June 14, 2020

Learn to weaving an Adirondack pack-basket in this 2-day intensive.

Experimental Indigo: Shibori & Wax Resists

Saturday June 13, 2020

Learn to create their own plant-based indigo dye vat as well as how to create patterns using wax resist, stitch resist and pole-wrapping techniques.

Hand-Stitched Geometric and Sashiko Patterns

Sunday June 14, 2020

learn the meditative and mindful properties of hand-stitching and how to create patterns improvisationally with sashiko thread and naturally dyed fabric.

From Tree to Table: Cutting Boards, Cheese Boards & Tea Trays

Saturday June 20, 2020 - Sunday June 21, 2020

Learn to make a simple, functional, and handmade cutting board, cheese board, or tea tray straight from the tree.

Batik: Ancient Technique, Contemporary Textiles

Saturday June 20, 2020

The practice of batik is one shared by cultures across the globe, from the Far East to Middle East, Central Asia to India.

Urban Botanical Inks

Sunday June 21, 2020

Learn how to prepare natural pigments and plant materials for botanical ink-making.

Big Baskets: Weaving with Reed & Rattan (Jun 27-28)

Saturday June 27, 2020 - Sunday June 28, 2020

Explore structural design and plaited weaving techniques to create unique, large baskets. 

Woven Leather Baskets

Saturday June 27, 2020

Students will learn how to transform leather into beautiful usable objects through measuring and cutting strips to weave together into a 3D form!

Summer Color: Natural Dyes of Portland

Sunday June 28, 2020

Portland is in full bloom this time of year, and with a bright array of dye plants at our finger-tips to use as natural dyes.

Big Baskets: Weaving with Reed & Rattan (July 11-12)

Saturday July 11, 2020 - Sunday July 12, 2020

Explore structural design and plaited weaving techniques to create unique, large baskets. 

Weaving with a Natural Palette

Friday July 17, 2020 - Sunday July 19, 2020

Weaver and textile artist, Kayla Powers, comes to us from Detroit, MI for this 2.5-day Natural Dye + Weaving intensive!

Hand-Drawn Repeats: Pattern Design

Saturday July 25, 2020

Students will explore patterns using different scales, line weights, and a variety of other design elements to achieve one-of-a-kind repeat patterns.

Botanical Cyanotypes

Sunday July 26, 2020

Harnessing the power of UV light, we will arrange botanical specimens, found objects and photo negatives on various materials to create beautiful prints.