After campus closed in mid-March, staff of the Center for Design and Material Culture got to work to ensure some of their past and upcoming exhibitions could still be available to the public while respecting safer-at-home guidance.
CDMC gallery exhibitions now available online, Kerr TV interview on parenting stresses under COVID-19, Ponto wins data science research grant from American Family Insurance, new food security mapping tool from Bartfeld featured in Mid-West Farm Report, and more.
Dr. Sarah Anne Carter, currently Visiting Executive Director and Visiting Assistant Professor of Design Studies, has accepted an invitation to serve as CDMC’s Executive Director beginning in fall of 2021.
Mat depicting the seal of the United States President, Needle lace in cotton or linen, 1950-1990, United States, 7” diameter. By Nora Renick Rinehart, a first year MFA student in Design Studies. While doing research for an upcoming project on textiles and American politics, this exquisite example of needle lace immediately caught my attention. Created […]
Mathilda Schwalbach, Faces of the Nation Facing the World, screenprinting on cotton, United States, 1968 Samantha Comerford is a graduate student in Art History at University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Collection Assistant in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. In looking through the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection I was immediately struck by this printed […]
Baby Carrier, Thailand, 26 x 17 in. Yenchen J. Xiong is a fourth year student in the School of Human Ecology, majoring in Textiles and Fashion Design. In a world with lurking spirits and soul-stealing demons, of tigers who kidnap young maidens, and zombies who haven’t realized they’ve passed on already, there must be a […]
Stomacher, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 1750-1799, horn, linen, silk, 14×9 in. Jennifer Schlavensky is a recent graduate of the School of Human Ecology, majoring in Textiles and Fashion Design. Stomachers—fabric panels, often decorative, that fit into the front opening of gowns and robes—have been called the “ancestors of the corset.” Stomachers […]
Bag, Idaho, 1900-1929, cornhusk and wool, 23 x 18 in. Dakota Mace (Diné) recently received her MFA in Textiles from the School of Human Ecology and is a Collections Assistant in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. Kendra Greendeer (Ho-Chunk) is a doctoral student in History of Art and Collection Manager for the Little Eagle […]
Gifts will boost both a fall 2019 gallery exhibit and Covering Wisconsin health efforts.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Hat featuring embroidery and applique, silk and cotton, China, late nineteenth century, 7x11x8in. By Katie Larson, a third-year student in the School of Human Ecology. This colorful headpiece contains many culturally symbolic details significant to the history of late nineteenth-century China. I was drawn initially to this item by its unique appearance. In my experience […]
Oona pattern designed by Maija Isola, Furnishing Fabric, Finland, 1969, 55.25 x 29.5″ By Samuel Anglehart, a fourth-year student in SoHE, studying Textiles and Fashion Design. Marimekko is a design house that played an integral role in the world of textiles. Starting in the early 1950s, Marimekko became a household name as they incorporated graphic […]
Dress, Carolyn Kallenborn, 1994, US, 65×18 in By Jessica Inman, a student in Retailing and Consumer Behavior in the School of Human Ecology. When looking at the Hellen Allen Louise Textile collection online, I was immediately drawn to the dress called ‘Metamorphosis,’ by Carolyn Kallenborn, created in the United States in 1994. I was interested […]
Metallic Embroidery, 1960s, India, 5x8x1in. By David Newell, Director of the Ruth Davis Design Gallery, and Marina Moskowitz, Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Material Culture, and Design This elegant purse was one piece in the original bequest of Prof. Helen Louise Allen to form the textile collection that —50 years on— is such […]