OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Sewing industry icon to speak at OSU

11/06/2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pati Palmer, founder of the Palmer/Pletsch International School of Sewing in Portland, will discuss how she turned her fashion dreams into a multi-million-dollar international industry during a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Oregon State University.

The free, public event, which is part of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s Entrepreneur in Residence Series, will run from noon to 1:20 p.m. at the Construction & Engineering Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St.

Palmer’s talk is titled “Dreams on Paper.” Brain dumping on paper has been Palmer’s life-long talent, whether it is for books, articles, or designing patterns and writing the guide sheets. She will discuss creativity, timing, promotion, and partnering in an inspiring and sometimes humorous presentation.

Palmer has been teaching sewing for 39 years and was recently inducted into The American Sewing Guild’s Sewers Hall of Fame. In 1985, she established the Palmer/Pletsch International School of Sewing in Portland, where she now trains consumers and sewing educators. She is the author of 10 sewing books and editor/publisher of 23 more books and 15 how-to DVD’s, and creator of eight Palmer/Pletsch sewing notion products, including an interfacing line.

Since 1980, Palmer has designed and written instructions for more than 100 patterns for The McCall Pattern Co. Prior to that she designed for Vogue.

Palmer graduated from OSU in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in clothing, textiles and related arts and a minor in business.

The Entrepreneur in Residence Series at OSU’s Austin Entrepreneurship Program provides the campus and wider community a chance to meet and gain inspiration from a variety of entrepreneurs. Each Entrepreneur in Residence, in addition to giving a lecture, has a chance to meet with faculty, college administrators, and students.

The event is sponsored by the OSU College of Business’ Austin Entrepreneurship Program and OSU’s Department of Design & Human Environment.