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A pair of 100% original Amara Hark Weber shoes along with one some scrap fabric and tools used in her process.

The Art of Shoemaking

Shown in photo: A pair of 100% original Amara Hark-Weber shoes along with some scrap fabric and tools used in her process. Amara Hark-Weber is a unique cordwainer (shoemaker). She’s based out of St. Paul, MN, where she makes unique, custom shoes for her clients. Each pair is made to fit a specific foot, and […]

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Technical Design in Action

On September 21, the Design Leadership Symposium class had the honor of welcoming Andrea Pease to their class to speak. Andrea is a fellow UW Madison graduate, with a degree in Textile and Fashion Design as well as a secondary degree through the FIT program. Since then, she’s created a successful career for herself at […]

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SoHE News and Stories: August 28 – September 3

Check out what’s going on in SoHE this week! HDFS Professor Raison Interviewed on MDMA as PTSD Treatment SoHE Professor Dr. Charles Raison was interviewed by Channel 3 news on his research regarding MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, as a possible treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Food and Drug Administration has referred […]

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Student Blog: Attending the Weaving Lab

For the second summer in a row, SoHE professor Marianne Fairbanks has taken over the Image Lab at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and transformed it into the Weaving Lab: Plain Cloth Productions. Community members are welcome to come and learn the basics of this ancient art form. As a dedicated member of the SoHE family, […]

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SoHE News & Stories: May 7 – May 12

Take a look at what’s happening at SoHE this week! Fashion Show Award Winners The annual Threads: Fashion Show, themed Ensemble this year, took place on April 30th. The award winners for this year were: Neil Sekhorn and Jingjing Li with Honorable Mention ($50), Maheen Quarishi with the Fashion Show Leadership Award ($250), Ike Cech […]

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SoHE Repped in New Arts Venture Challenge Presentations, April 28

For the 2017 New Arts Venture Challenge, four finalists/groups (listed below) present their ideas on Friday, April 28 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. SoHE is represented by Luisa Fernanda Garcia-Gomez, a Design Studies Student working on her MFA, and Julia Fillingame with SoHE’s global artisans project, and Erin Tenderholt who is involved with Wisconsin Without Borders. The […]

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Executive Order 13780: Textiles from Countries Affected by the Immigration Ban

The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection’s newest showcase features pieces from six different countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The exhibition, titled Executive Order 13780: Textiles from Countries Affected by the Immigration Ban, aims to honor the rich cultures of the peoples directly impacted by the travel ban proposed by President Donald Trump. The […]

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SoHE News & Stories: March 3 -10

Take a look at what’s happening at SoHE this week! Stacy Igel Receives Forward Under 40 Award SoHE alum Stacy Igel (99’) continues to rack-up UW accolades. This month she was announced as the winner of the 2017 Forward Under 40 Award. The Boy Meets Girl fashion line founder also received the 2016 Wisconsin Idea […]

Stitching History Exhibition Ties Together History and Humanity

Blog by student Meg McMahon, x’17 In 1997, letters posted 1939 Prague were discovered in Milwaukee. They were written by a young Jewish couple hoping to escape German occupation with the help of an American relative living in Wisconsin. Included in the letters were fashion sketches and an appeal to employ seamstress Hedwig “Hedy” Strnad. Hedy did […]

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Student Blog: Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Rug Competition

Written by Aaron Kellerhuis, student in the School of Human Ecology. Textile and Fashion Design students are designing 8’ by 10’ rugs inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and Prairie School architecture as part of a competition sponsored by Sergenian’s Floor Coverings. For background information, a group of us visited the Sergenian’s Madison rug showroom to learn […]

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Retail and Consumer Behavior Students Get an Inside Look to the Buying Side of Retail

Retail and Consumer Behavior Students had the unique experience of partaking in the behind-the-scenes business of buyers and vendors at the largest soft lines group of tradeshows. Students met with various vendors to learn about the business and shadowed buyer/vendor meetings.            The students also attended various industry focused seminars including […]

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Grad Student Bennett: Back to Her Roots

Hannah O’Hare Bennett, MFA Candidate Design Studies Hannah O’Hare Bennett remembers the day Textiles & Fabric Design Professor and Coordinator Jenny Angus sent her the news she’d been awarded a fellowship to attend SoHE’s MFA program in Design Studies. “I was just so happy,” Bennett says. “It’s so flattering and such a surprise. And it […]

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WID Summer Weaving Lab Being Lead by SoHE’s Marianne Fairbanks

Weaving Lab: Plain Cloth Productions Interconnectivity is at the foundation of weaving. Textiles rely on the principle that multiple entities that were once separate, like fiber or thread, can become interwoven together into one whole. In their weaving lab, Design Studies professor Marianne Fairbanks and her small team of students take the interconnectivity of weaving […]

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Kevin Ponto Collaborates Home3D with UW Health and Epic

  Press Release from Wisconsin Institute for Discovery 07 March 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UW and WID Pioneer Clinical Research with Epic [Madison, Wisconsin] – Reflecting a unique opportunity for collaboration between UW Health, Epic and UW-Madison, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery’s (WID) Living Environments Lab (LEL) was awarded a $100,000 clinical research project grant to explore the […]

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SoHE Student Transforms Damaged into Design

Allison Nicole Kelsey is a senior SoHE Textile and Apparel student who is taking a whole new perspective of damaged, repairing the distressed items and revamping them into a brand new apparel design. Using natural dyes and beadwork, she is able to embellish over 400 donated damaged items from Shopbob. Allison will be featured at The […]

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Insects Make Pattern & Become Beautiful

Insects. Bugs. Pests. It depends on perspective. For professor and artist Jennifer Angus, insects are the medium through which she expresses a rich curiosity and life-long interest in pattern. Not unlike a sculptor using clay, or a painter choosing watercolor, Angus sees beyond material – in this case insects – and creates an experience that […]

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Wearable Technology: Where Design & Function Connect

Launched in Fall 2013 by Assistant Professor Kevin Ponto, the Wearable Technology course is the nexus of design, innovation, imagination and function. Dr. Ponto has a joint appointment with the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and his research objectives aim to “develop techniques to better the experience of virtual reality through new devices, interfaces, and techniques.” Dr. Ponto recently sat down with […]

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Sarmadi Tracks “Hunt Pink”

SoHE professor and color scientist Majid Sarmadi made state and national news this week with his comparison of blaze pink and orange when it comes to hunting safety. Read more about how Sarmadi is blazing state legislative discussions in just a few of the articles.   Blaze pink would be in fashion for hunting under […]

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A Bugs Life: A Look into Entomological Textile Patterns

Jennifer Angus, professor and coordinator of the Textile and Apparel Design program, has made her name by using an unusual medium in her art exhibits. Creepy, crawly bugs. Angus just opened an exhibit in the Joan Mondale Gallery at the Textile Center in Minneapolis. The exhibit features thousands of real insects, preserved and pinned directly […]

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UW Alum Iris Apfel Changing Fashion Norms

Trend Watch: UW-Madison Alumni Iris Apfel, 93, is making waves in the Kate Spade Spring 2015 campaign. Apfel attended UW-Madison in 1943 before transferring to New York University. She began her career writing for Women’s Wear Daily and traveling the world with her husband but what we know Iris for today is her signature style […]

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Concept Design for Students and for Clients

by Julia Mack (BS ’85), NYC-based interior designer for residential and commercial spaces and owner of Julia Mack Design, LLC It was second semester of my freshman year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and I was suddenly bit by the design bug. Winter hangs on in the Mid-West making spring slow to arrive but I […]

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Lands’ End Design Challenge Winner!

Our partners from Lands’ End came to Nancy Nicholas Hall yesterday for the bi-yearly design case competition.   This semester, the TAD students in Maria Kurutz’s class were asked to design accessories for the brand, and to present their vision and products to a panel of judges. Megan Schroeder took 1st place with her navy shoulder bag! […]

Wearable Computer Showcase

Students showcase wearable computing projects, design thinking

Imagine gloves that transmit data from your phone, keeping your hands free. Or a running jacket that monitors your heart rate and lets you know when you’re being followed. What if a garment could respond to its environment? Students in the School of Human Ecology’s new Wearable Computing course brought these imaginations to reality as […]