Tag Archives: HLATC

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SoHE News & Events: May 3-9

Hartley Fellowship | Jackson & Commencement | Textile Video |Papp Honored| Expert Robb| Lussier Nomination Hartley Receives H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship Congratulations to HDFS Associate Professor Sigan Hartley, one of 11 UW-Madison faculty who received a 2019 H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship. The award recognizes faculty up to six years past their first promotion to a […]

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Textile Tuesday: Peruvian Bag

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 […]

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SoHE News & Events: April 12-18

In Anticipation of Threads 2019 In a few weeks, the Madison Masonic Center will be hosting one of SoHE’s most beloved events Threads: Fashion Show. Threads is a yearly fashion show that showcases Textile and Fashion Design students’ various projects from the school year. Dubbing Helen Louise Allen as the ‘Point of Muse’ for students, […]

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Textile Tuesday: Finger Puppet Gloves

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 […]

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Textile Tuesday: Silver Foil Dress

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 […]

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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: Chrysanthemum Print

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 […]

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2019 Collectors Symposium

A Collection that Counts: The History, Practice, and Future of Textile Collecting This symposium was held Saturday April 6 2019. “A Collection that counts brings knowledge, a losing of self in the sorting and arranging, a huge enjoyment in showing the collection, and the acquiring of many new friends both in making and showing of […]

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Textile Tuesday: Zardozi Purse

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 […]

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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, […]

Examples from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

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 […]

Elena Phipps

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 […]

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News and Events

Golden Anniversary Events 2019 WFAA Grandparents University®  July 11 – July 26 Inspired by Textiles: A Festival of Performing Arts  October 20 Textiles and Commemoration: A Day of the Dead Celebration  November 1 Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture Since 1992, we have sponsored free, annual lecture series featuring talks by textile historians, contemporary artists, museum curators, […]

Examples from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

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 […]

Examples from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

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 […]

Visit the Collection

Specific pieces from the collection can be requested for classes, faculty, and students, as well as independent researchers, individuals, and organizations outside the University. (Please note that a $50 donation is requested for visitors outside the University, to help support our privately funded collection). To schedule your visit, please follow the steps below and submit […]