Tag Archives: Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

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Textile Tuesday: Helen In Thread

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, […]

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Textile Tuesday: Marimekko Furnishing Fabric

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 […]

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Knit-In for the 50th: What a Night!

Members of the Madison Knitting Guild gathered in the Robin’s Nest Cafe on Thursday evening, February 28th, to lead a knit-in, where members of the SoHE community could learn to knit. More than 50 people – students, administrators, colleagues, amateur and expert knitters -came together on a cold night to practice one of the world’s […]

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Textile Tuesday: Metamorphosis

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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Co Design: An International Collaboration

With the now ubiquitous nature of smartphones and internet access, new opportunities to collaborate around the world are possible. During the Fall 2016 semester, students enrolled in a textile design class were paired with artisans in the Kutch district of Gujarat, India. With no opportunity to meet in person, 13 design teams used the popular […]

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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Center for Design & Material Culture

Located in SoHE, the Center for Design and Material Culture (CDMC) is a space for students, scholars, and the public to study, practice, and experience material culture and design as complex relationships between humans and the material world, today and in the past. CDMC works in partnership with SoHE’s Design Studies Department and is home […]

TFD Threads

TFD Student Life

Threads Fashion Show Each year, TFD majors collaborate with UW-Madison students across the campus for the Threads fashion show and design event, a professional production that highlights the work of our TFD students. Design Gallery and Textile Collection TFD students have year-round access to two inspirational, in-house resources. The Ruth Davis Design Gallery provides a […]

IA Study Abroad

IA Student Life

The Design Gallery and Textile Collection SoHE Interior Architecture students have access to two exceptional in-house educational resources. The Ruth Davis Design Gallery provides a premier exhibition space for student portfolio shows and critiques. And, the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is a research resource with more than 13,000 pieces, making it one of the […]

Examples from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection (HLATC) is a teaching collection with over 13,000 textile artifacts spanning 16 centuries and 108 countries. Thousands of pieces from the collection can be explored and researched through an online portal, online and on-site exhibitions from the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery, and through scheduled tours. NOTE: Due to COVID-19 […]