Category Archives: Center for Textiles and Design

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Textile Tuesday: Mola Panel

Mola Panel, Panama, 1900-1999, cotton, appliqué and embroidery, 13 x 17 in. Hailee Milton is a student in the School of Human Ecology studying Textiles and Fashion Design. Many textiles serve the purpose of commemorating historical events. For example, the American flag is an important textile whose colors hold important significance. While perhaps less known, […]

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SoHE News & Events: August 2-8

Washington Post Op-Ed: Material Culture & Tariffs| YouTube Children’s Videos | Golf Outing Raises $25K Dr. Sarah Anne Carter; Avocados, Tins, and Tariffs Discussion Dr. Sarah Anne Carter’s recent Washington Post piece uses material culture to relate to today’s US tariff debates. She explores the 1892 presidential campaign when Grover Cleveland used tin cards to […]

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Textile Tuesday: Rabari Headdress

Hat, India, 1900-1977, cotton, silk on cotton, silk, 13 x 14 x 13 in. Katie Slavin is a student in the School of Human Ecology, entering her 4th year as a Retailing and Consumer Behavior major. After flipping through the textiles featured in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection online navigator, I was immediately drawn […]

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Textile Tuesday: Spanish Sleeve

Sleeve, Spain, late 17th/early 18th century, wool on linen, 20 x 17 in. Danielle Philips is entering her final year as a student in the School of Human Ecology, majoring in Retailing and Consumer Behavior. Last semester, I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain, and thought that through this project, I could learn more about the […]

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Textile Tuesday: Apparel Fabric with Metallic Embroidery

Apparel Fabric, Asia, 1800-1829, metallic thread, silk Ellyn Webb is a student in the School of Human Ecology, majoring in Retailing and Consumer Behavior and completing a Certificate in Textiles. This textile is from the early 1800s in Asia, made of silk and metallic thread. We do not know exactly which country it is from, […]

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Textile Tuesday: Silk Dress, Part 2

Dress, United States of America, 1940-1949, silk, 58”x36” Last week’s Textile Tuesday examined the history and provenance of a silk dress in the HLATC collection; this week, a different student examines the same dress from a more personal vantage point. Tess E. Hurley is a student in the School of Human Ecology, studying Textiles and […]

Pink Dress for Textile Tuesday

Textile Tuesday: Silk Dress

Dress, United States of America, 1940-1949, silk, 58”x36” Corinn Ebelis a student in the School of Human Ecology, majoring in Textiles and Fashion Design. This dress, a gift in honor of Milwaukee’s Pabst family, is a beautiful memoir of custom dressmaking and embroidery. It shows superior craftsmanship of its time, and pride in the industry’s […]

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Textile Tuesday: Angelo Testa Furnishing Fabric

Angelo Testa, Yardage: “Textura Prima Solida,” United States of America, 1939 –1960, screen-printed cotton, 26 x 24 in. Christine Weiss graduated in June from the School of Human Ecology, with a degree in Textiles. Her senior thesis work is included in the current exhibit, Studying History, Designing the Future, at the Promega Art Showcase. This […]

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SoHE News and Events: June 21-27

SARMADI DISCUSSES DELTA & LANDS’ END | WI IDEA RIVER TOUR | PROMEGA ART VIDEO Dr. Majid Sarmadi Interviewed on WPR on Lands’ End – Delta Airlines Law Suit Dr. Majid Sarmadi spoke on WPR on the Delta lawsuit against Land’s End. “Consumers want many different properties from our products that they don’t have naturally: […]

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SoHE News and Events: June 7-13

ANGUS EXHIBIT | SOHE STUDENT INTERNSHIP Angus’ New Exhibit at the Florence Griswold Museum Design Studies Professor Jennifer Angus’ exhibition at the Florence Griswold Museum was featured in Ink Magazine. Angus’ exhibit is one of four at the museum under the theme Fragile Earth; The Naturist Impulse in Contemporary Art, where all the artists create […]

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SoHE News and Events: May 31- June 6

Angus’ New Gallery For the past three months, Jennifer Angus has been preparing for her new exhibit Fragile Earth a group show by ecologically concerned artists advocating for environmental causes. Angus’ and other artist installations reflect environmental vulnerability Currently on display at the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut, the exhibit will be up until September […]

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Textile Tuesday: Mesh Purse

Mesh purse, metal chain link, United States, early 20th century Shelby Orcutt is a student in the School of Human Ecology, majoring in Textiles and Fashion Design. The artifact that I choose from the collection is a petite mesh bag from the United States dated from the early 20th century. I was so drawn to […]

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Textile Tuesday: Mexican Blanket

Blanket, Mexico, 1930-1939, wool. April Hoh-Alfaro is completing her undergraduate degree in Textiles and Fashion Design in the School of Human Ecology; she has also worked as an intern in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. I wanted to write about a Mexican textile because I am Mexican, and have grown up with textiles from […]

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SoHE News and Events: May 24-30

WEAVING LAB LANDS IN CHICAGO | Fairbanks’ Weaving Lab in Chicago this June Associate Professor Marianne Fairbanks takes her Weaving Lab project to Chicago with the exhibition A Deliberately Non-Straight Line Compound Yellow, June 2-30, plus an opening reception on June 2, 2-4 pm. Weaving Lab ran for two summers in Madison. In 2019, it […]

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Textile Tuesday: French Child’s Coat

Coat, France, 1870, cotton, pearl, silk on wool, 23 x 17 in. Anna Arndt just completed her third year in the School of Human Ecology, studying Retail and Consumer Behavior. We are riding a wave of changing consumerism. Textiles today are mass produced – both in quantity and viewership. It isn’t enough to buy something, […]

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Human Ecologist for Life: Sydney Sua

Sydney Sua (Textile and Apparel Design ’14) is a Content Strategist for Google in San Francisco, CA. “I want other students to have the experience I had” Sydney Sua’s journey from graduating with a degree in textile fashion to working with Google, is not one you hear often. It began with an internship that turned […]

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Textile Tuesday: Carpet Fragment

Carpet fragment, United States of America, 1880-1889, jute, approx. 2”x4” Samantha Barris a fourth year student in the School of Human Ecology, studying Interior Architecture. This semester, I have been investigating the recent history and current practices of textile production and design, as well as looking at sustainability. A visit to the Helen Louise Allen […]

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Textile Tuesday: Roaring 20s Beaded Dress

Dress, North America, 1920-1929, embroidery, tambour work, 40 x 23 in. Allison Gorniakis graduating this week from the Textile and Fashion Design program in the School of Human Ecology. For this week’s Textile Tuesday, graduating senior Allison Gorniak takes a fresh approach to a silk “flapper” dress, using creative writing to imagine the meaning of […]

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Textile Tuesday: Peruvian Bag

Woven bag, alpaca, Peru, 1930s, 6x6in Molly Burki is a second year student in the School of Human Ecology studying Textiles and Fashion Design. While exploring the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, a small woven bag, about the size of my palm, caught my interest. The design is delicate but complex, a weaving filled with […]

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Textile Tuesday: Peruvian Armlets

Armlets, Peru, 1900-1968, 12 x 7 in. Maddie Boxer is a fourth year student in the School of Human Ecology, studying Retailing and Consumer Behavior. I was drawn to this textile because of the bold designs against the black fabric. This armlet was produced in the early to mid-twentieth century in Peru, and is 12 […]

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Textile Tuesday: Finger Puppet Gloves

Puppet Glove, Denmark, 1968, 8 in. x 8 in. Alissa Donovan is a 3rd-year student in the School of Human Ecology, studying Textiles and Fashion Design. Textiles enrich our daily lives in many ways, and have been doing so since the beginning of civilization. Textiles have served as protection, beauty, practicality, and art. Possibly the […]

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Textile Tuesday: Helen In Thread

Happy Birthday Helen Louise Allen! Professor Allen spent her life teaching, traveling, and collecting the thousands of textiles in her legacy collection—a sample of which can be seen from now until April 14 in both the Design Gallery and Mecklenburg Textile Gallery. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Allen’s initial gift of 4,000 pieces, […]