Tag Archives: Ruth Davis Design Gallery

Lace Seal with United States Seal

Textile Tuesday: Lace Mat

Mat depicting the seal of the United States President, Needle lace in cotton or linen, 1950-1990, United States, 7” diameter. By Nora Renick Rinehart, a first year MFA student in Design Studies. While doing research for an upcoming project on textiles and American politics, this exquisite example of needle lace immediately caught my attention. Created […]

Textile Tuesday Beaded Dress from 20s

Textile Tuesday: Roaring 20s Beaded Dress

Dress, North America, 1920-1929, embroidery, tambour work, 40 x 23 in. Allison Gorniakis graduating this week from the Textile and Fashion Design program in the School of Human Ecology. For this week’s Textile Tuesday, graduating senior Allison Gorniak takes a fresh approach to a silk “flapper” dress, using creative writing to imagine the meaning of […]

Center for Design and Material Culture logo

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ruth Davis Design Gallery

Ruth Davis Design Gallery

Located in the School of Human Ecology, the Ruth Davis Design Gallery is an exhibition space focused on the processes and results of design. Exhibitions include national, international makers, and design students at UW–Madison. Visiting the gallery is free and open to the public. NOTE: Due to COVID-19 campus restrictions, the Ruth Davis Design Gallery […]