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Textile Tuesday Mesh Purse

Textile Tuesday: Mesh Purse

Mesh purse, metal chain link, United States, early 20th century Shelby Orcutt is a student in the School of Human Ecology, majoring in Textiles and Fashion Design. The artifact that I choose from the collection is a petite mesh bag from the United States dated from the early 20th century. I was so drawn to […]

Mexican Blanket for Textile Tuesday

Textile Tuesday: Mexican Blanket

Blanket, Mexico, 1930-1939, wool. April Hoh-Alfaro is completing her undergraduate degree in Textiles and Fashion Design in the School of Human Ecology; she has also worked as an intern in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. I wanted to write about a Mexican textile because I am Mexican, and have grown up with textiles from […]

Puppet Gloves for Textile Tuesday

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 […]

image of Appliqué and Zardozi

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 […]

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 […]

Alexander Lehr fashion shoot

TFD Student Story: Alexander Lehr shoots for the stars

  Alexander Lehr is a senior in Textiles and Fashion Design (TFD) with an apparel focus, particularly in menswear, and “dabbling” in textiles. He started at UW-Madison in Letters and Science, but landed at the School of Human Ecology after learning about its Design Studies program. His expected graduation is August 2018. SoHE: How did […]

Spiral textile

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. […]

Examples from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

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 […]

Rumi O'Brien quilt detail.

Story Quilts by Rumi O’Brien

Crossing Mountains and Other Adventures: Story Quilts by Rumi O’Brien January 22 – March 5, 2017 Rumi O’Brien is that rare storyteller who can transport you to another time and place, introduce you to a colorful cast of characters, and spin an epic tale without ever saying a word.  Her stories are told with fabric, […]

Linen Bow.

TFD Faculty & Scholarship

Angus, Jennifer Jennifer Angus CV Professor 3210 Nancy Nicholas Hall | 608-263-3122 jrangus@wisc.edu Fairbanks, Marianne Assistant Professor 3220 Nancy Nicholas Hall |608- 890-3327 mfairbanks@wisc.edu Hark, Mary Associate Professor 3208 Nancy Nicholas Hall | 608-262-1367 hark@wisc.edu Kallenborn, Carolyn CV Jane Rafferty Thiele Professor, Textiles and Fashion Design Program Coordinator 3206 Nancy Nicholas Hall | 608-262-4519 cmkallen@wisc.edu Kurutz, Maria […]

Fairbanks’ Research Featured on Big 10 Network

With over 52 million subscribers–yes, you read that correctly–over 52 million subscribers and being ranked top 12 in the most popular programs on advertising-supported cable networking, our very own Marianne Fairbanks is being feature on the Big 10 Network. Fairbanks is an Assistant Professor at SoHE and is quickly being known across campus and the […]

Adinkra maker, Ghana, Mary Hark

Professor Hark receives campus Vilas Associates Award

 Art and Life Bound Seamlessly Together~ The Adinkra Cloth-makers of Ntonso,Ghana “…shining a light on the seamless integration of daily life with this artistic activity by the makers, as well as the ability of the Adinkra symbol language to respond to current events.” Associate Professor Mary Hark Starting in 2006 when she was awarded a Senior Fulbright […]