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Natasha Thoreson

Assistant Curator and Collections Manager Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection
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608-262-1162

“History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed; art has remembered the people, because they created.”

– William Morris

I remember watching my mother embroider, sitting in her chair early in the morning when the house was quiet.  I’d climb up on the arm of the sofa so I could better see the colorful design emerge with each stitch.  A few years later, my mom watched as I worked my own project, carefully pulling brightly colored thread up through the canvas and back down, up and down, over and over.  People often ask me how I became interested in textiles and it strikes me that my answer is likely the same my own mother might give.  Like countless children throughout history, it was my mom who provided that crucial first step.  My continued fascination with textiles centers on this idea of tradition and history as practiced and passed down parent to child, teacher to student through fiber, yarn, cloth, and dye.

HELEN LOUISE ALLEN TEXTILE COLLECTION, Madison, WI

Assistant Curator and Collections Manager, June 2015 to present
GOLDSTEIN MUSEUM OF DESIGN, St Paul, MN

Collections Assistant, September 2012 to May 2015

MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS, Minneapolis, MN

Administrative Assistant, Arts of Africa and the Americas, October 2011 to February 2014

MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS, Minneapolis, MN

Intern, Decorative Arts, Textiles, and Sculpture, January 2011 to September 2012

UCR/CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY, Riverside, CA

Registration Intern and Assistant, June 2009 to August 2010

THE HUNTINGTON ART COLLECTIONS, San Marino, CA

Art Division Intern, March 2010 to August 2010

WEAVERS GUILD OF MINNESOTA, Minneapolis, MN

Office Manager, October 2005 to August 2008

WALKER ART CENTER, Minneapolis, MN

Tour Scheduler, August 2005 to September 2006

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

PhD, Apparel Studies: Dress, History, and Culture, 2012-present

Committee: Barbara Martinson, adviser; Stephanie Zollinger; Karen LaBat; Gail Dubrow

Honors and Awards: Lila Bath Award; Design Graduate Program Grant; College of Design Student Design and Scholarship Excellence Award; Dora Agee Waller Award; Nolte-Miller Scholarship; Mucke/Roff Scholarship for Continuing Education for Women

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE

MA, History of Art, 2010

 

AUGSBURG COLLEGE

BA, English; Studio Art, 2003

Publications 

 

“20th Century Fashion Scarves,” “Snapshot: Vera Neumann,” and “Snapshot: Important Early 20th Century Scarf Designers”

BERG ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD DRESS AND FASHION, publication TBD

“Review of Punk Style (2013)”

FASHION PRACTICE, co-authored with Kim KP Johnson and Laura Scroggs, publication TBD

“Curating Cinderella: A Holiday Extravaganza at Marshall Field’s”

FASHION, DESIGN & POPULAR CULTURE, co-authored with Mary Alice Casto, Marilyn DeLong, Meaghan McKinney, Seoha Min, and Harini Ramaswamy, October 2014

“Review of African Dress: Fashion, Agency, Performance(2013)”

INTERNATIONAL TEXTILE AND APPAREL ASSOCIATION, newsletter, August 2014

“Textiles” and “Metalwork”

VISIONS FROM THE FORESTS: THE ART OF LIBERIA AND SIERRA LEONE, exhibition catalogue, February 2014

“The Reluctant Reformer: May Morris’ United States Lecture Tour of 1909-1910” PROCEEDINGS, Textile Society of America, March 2013

 

 

Courses, Papers & Lectures

 

“The Ethereal Figure: May Morris’ United States Lecture Tour of 1909-1910”
COSTUME SOCIETY OF AMERICA

“Dressing for the Occasion,” Midwest Conference, Presenter, September 2014

“Vera and Beyond: Scarves at the Goldstein Museum of Design”

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE

University of Minnesota, Instructor, June 2014

“Signed by Vera: Vera Neumann at the Goldstein Musuem of Design”

THE WOMAN’S CLUB OF MINNEAPOLIS

Guest Lecturer, June 2014

“Fashioning the Overlook: Costume Design and The Shining”

POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION/AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION

National Conference, Presenter, April 2014

“The Reluctant Reformer: May Morris’ United States Lecture Tour of 1909-1910”

TEXTILE SOCIETY OF AMERICA

“Textiles and Politics,” 13th Biennial Symposium, Presenter, September 2012