Tag Archives: Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

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Textile Tuesday: Yoruba Costume

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, […]

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Textile Tuesday: Red Kimono

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 […]

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Textile Tuesday: Chinese Ox Hat

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 […]

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Mecklenburg Textile Gallery

The new Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery provides a space dedicated to year-round, rotating displays of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, making the collection even more accessible to the public. The opening of the gallery on January 27 2019 launched a yearlong anniversary celebration. For 50 years, this nationally-known collection has inspired and informed thousands […]

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Appliqué to Zardozi

A Celebration Sampler January 27 – April 14, 2019 Appliqué to Zardozi: A Celebration Sampler, is the first of two major anniversary exhibitions celebrating the breadth and depth of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, and featuring an international selection of textile-making techniques. The exhibition’s subtitle, A Celebration Sampler, references historic hand-embroidered samplers traditionally made by […]

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2018: Marina Moskowitz

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture Thursday, November 1, 2018 7 – 8 pm, Room 2235 Nancy Nicholas Hall 1300 Linden Drive, Madison The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is pleased to host Prof. Marina Moskowitz as its 2018 Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecturer. Prof. Marina Moskowitz is the Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Material Culture, […]

Flower Power: Threads from the 1960s on Display Until July 27th

The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is housed right across from the Ruth Davis Design Gallery on the first floor of Nancy Nicholas Hall. Every 10-12 weeks, the displays in the large windows are rotated out and a new textiles are unveiled. On May 7, floral prints from the 1960s were displayed. Helen Louise Allen Textile […]

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How to Collaborate

Center for Design and Material Culture The Center for Design and Material Culture (CDMC) invites collaboration opportunities from UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students as well as off-campus community members.  We give special consideration to proposals that encourage engagement with art, design, built environments and modified landscapes and rely on designed objects as primary sources.  Successful […]

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Gigantic! British Textiles on display through May 13

Walk by the large window displays on the first floor or Nancy Nicholas Hall, and you’ll see the current exhibit of large-print British textiles from the late 60s and early 70s. According to Natasha Thoreson, Curator and Collections Manager at SoHE, the bold prints represent the Avant Garde style popular at the time in London. […]

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Center for Design and Material Culture Affiliation

The Center aspires to be a hub for exchanging ideas, building skills, and broadly promoting the value of objects to enrich our understanding. Our affiliates form a community and are an essential part of our mission!  We hope our affiliates will contribute to, participate in, and benefit from our Center programs and join us in […]

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HLATC Tour Request Form

Request to view items in Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection To schedule a visit to the Collection, please fill out and submit this form. Requests need to be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to preferred date of visit. Confirmation of availability will be sent within 3-4 business days. This Collection is open Monday-Friday. Fields […]

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2017: Noa Raviv

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture Monday, November 6, 2017 7 – 8 pm, Room 2235 Nancy Nicholas Hall 1300 Linden Drive, Madison The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is pleased to host Noa Raviv as its 2017 Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecturer Noa Raviv, an emerging Israeli fashion artist and designer, will speak publicly on “The Power […]

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2013: Lia Cook

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture — Weaving and Innovation Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:30 – 6:30 pm Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences Building 1550 Linden Drive, Madison The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is pleased to host Lia Cook, Professor of Art from the California College of the Arts, as its 2013 Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecturer […]

Patrice George

2014: Patrice George

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture — Seven Fibers that Changed the World Thursday, March 6, 2014 5:30 – 6:30 pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L160 University of Wisconsin — Madison 800 University Drive, Madison The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is pleased to host Patrice George, Assistant Professor in the Fashion Institute of Technology, New […]

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2015: Elena Phipps

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture Global Color: Textiles, Dyes, and Colors in the Interwoven Globe, 16th-18th centuries Thursday, March 12, 2015 6 – 7 pm, Room 2235 Nancy Nicholas Hall 1300 Linden Drive, Madison The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is pleased to host Dr. Elena Phipps, Senior Research Scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, […]

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2016: Rowland Ricketts

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture — Making: A World of Blue Wednesday, February 24, 2016 6 – 7 pm, Room 2235 Nancy Nicholas Hall 1300 Linden Drive, Madison The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is pleased to host Rowland Ricketts, textile artist and associate professor of textiles at Indiana University, as its 2016 Ruth Ketterer Harris […]

Design Studies MFA student Mali Mrozinski researching WPA Milwaukee Handicrafts Project textiles. Block printed wall hanging, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1935-1943, HLATC P.D.US.0030 Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, Spring 2014.

Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection Awarded CAP Grant

CAP Grant The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection was one of 75 national museums and libraries selected to participate in the inaugural year of the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program. Administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works, CAP assists museums in improving the care of their […]

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News and Events

Golden Anniversary Events Madison Knitters Guild: Knit–In at the Link  February 28 5:30- 8 pm REGISTRATION REQUIRED – CLICK HERE Happy 117th Birthday, Helen Louise Allen! March 24 Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection 50th Anniversary Symposium:  “A Collection That Counts”: The History, Practice, and Future of Textile Collecting  April 5 – April 6 Points of […]

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Collection Overview

Mission The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection advances understanding of cultures and their history through engagement with textiles for the creative, technical, and educational benefit of scholars from the University and beyond. It is a teaching collection, with over 13,000 textile artifacts spanning 16 centuries and 108 countries. The nucleus of the Collection was a […]

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Visiting

Only a small number of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection’s 13,000 objects are on display at any given time. The majority of our holdings are carefully stored in a state-of-the-art storage facility adjacent to an environmentally-controlled classroom that is reserved especially for study visits. Like any campus archive, any UW-Madison faculty, student, or staff […]

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Center for Design and Material Culture

About the Center The Center for Design and Material Culture (CDMC) is one of five Centers of Excellence within UW-Madison’s School of Human Ecology (SoHE) that promotes human-centered scholarship.  In partnership with SoHE’s Design Studies Department the CDMC serves diverse communities of scholars who study, practice, and experience material culture and design as complex relationships […]