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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Dress, silver foil, Reynolds Metals Company, United States, 1968, 37×28″ By Gretchen Meyer, a second-year student in SoHE, studying Retailing and Consumer Behavior. While browsing through the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, I was in love with so many of the pieces. When I came across this stunning dress – a beautiful, glittery silver shift […]
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 […]
Futon Cover Fragment, Japan, 1868-1912, 14×13 in By Sophie Downs, a fourth year student in SoHE, studying Textiles and Fashion Design. This floral piece of cloth is a futon cover fragment from Japan from the turn of the twentieth century. A futon (pronounced fu-tone not fu-tan) is a Japanese style of bed that is essentially […]
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 […]
Unknown Yoruba Artist, Masquerade Costume, Nigeria, late 20th century By Richard Lor, a fourth-year student in Design Studies, studying Interior Architecture Traditional clothing and garments have always intrigued me. The traditional clothing of my own Hmong culture has significant meaning attached, and items are worn during specific events. In the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, […]
Embroidered silk kimono, 1930s, Japan, 64×58″ Written by Nghi Tuong, a third year student in the School of Human Ecology, studying Retailing and Consumer Behavior. I chose to write about this Japanese kimono from the 1930s because I have always been attracted to things that are red, so the background color and the beautiful gold […]
Embroidered Jacket, metallic and silk threads on silk ground, c. 1875, China, 21×47 in. 1997.09.001 Written by Yuqi Jiang, a third year student in Design Studies, studying Textiles and Fashion Design. As a student from China, I grew up learning about Chinese history and watched many historical TV programs. I was always obsessed with historical Chinese […]
Coat with tooled leather and buckle 1996, Hungary, 2002.06.001 With winter storms and sub-zero temperatures in Wisconsin, we’re featuring a warm woolen coat for this week’s Textile Tuesday. This beautiful piece is on display until April 14 as part of the Design Gallery show Appliqué to Zardozi: A Celebration Sampler. Warm up with a visit […]
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 […]
Embroidery and Weaving, 1986, United States of America, 11x10in. By Mary Pasko, a third year student in Design Studies, studying Textiles and Fashion Design If one takes a gander at the incredible, intricate, and colorful pieces in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, one might not notice a tiny yet marvelous piece: Chinese Lady created […]
Appliqué, embroidery, paint, and weaving, 1900-1949, China, 8x8x7” By Kayla Caldwell, a fourth-year student in Design Studies, studying Textiles and Fashion Design. Stitch by stitch the details of the ox’s face, its rider, and the colorful creatures and flowers that adorned its head all began to fall into place. The time and care put into […]
Metallic and silk thread on linen, 1400-1499, Italy By Austin Morrow, a third-year student in Design Studies, studying Textiles and Fashion Design. This fifteenth-century Catholic chasuble from the northeastern shore of Italy is an incredible example of many different art forms. A chasuble is a part of the vestment, or ceremonial dress, of a Catholic […]
Foundations: An Introduction to the Design Studies IA Program June 18 – August 2, 2019Designs by current Interior Architecture students learn to integrate the art of design with social sciences concerning the interaction of people and their environment, the history of design, and the physical sciences relating to the effects of materials on the physical […]
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