Tag Archives: Textile and Fashion Design

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 […]

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Textile Tuesday: French Child’s Coat

Coat, France, 1870, cotton, pearl, silk on wool, 23 x 17 in. Anna Arndt just completed her third year in the School of Human Ecology, studying Retail and Consumer Behavior. We are riding a wave of changing consumerism. Textiles today are mass produced – both in quantity and viewership. It isn’t enough to buy something, […]

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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: 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: Child’s Headpiece from China

Hat featuring embroidery and applique, silk and cotton, China, late nineteenth century, 7x11x8in. By Katie Larson, a third-year student in the School of Human Ecology. This colorful headpiece contains many culturally symbolic details significant to the history of late nineteenth-century China. I was drawn initially to this item by its unique appearance. In my experience […]

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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 […]

Futon Cover Fragment

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 […]

gold and black zardozi purse

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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Students extend winning streak in fashion industry competition

The global fashion and retail industry just received another strong message from the heartland: The University of Wisconsin–Madison continues to be a go-to place for up-and-coming talent. Extending a long winning streak, UW­­–Madison students again cleaned up in a prestigious national competition sponsored each year by the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund. The New York-based awards are […]

Chinese Lady- Mary Bero

Textile Tuesday: Chinese Lady

Embroidery and Weaving, 1986, United States of America, 11x10in. By Mary Pasko, a third year student in Design Studies, studying Textiles and Fashion Design If one takes a gander at the incredible, intricate, and colorful pieces in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, one might not notice a tiny yet marvelous piece: Chinese Lady created […]

2019-20 schedule

Foundations: An Introduction to the Design Studies IA Program June 18 – August 2, 2019 The Interior Architecture Program is structured on a foundation emphasizing the process and communication of design, as well as the final product. The four-year professional program is accredited by the Council of Interior Design. Students learn to integrate the art of […]

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SoHE News and Events: June 1-7

Burgess-Hull Wins Award | TFD Student Receives AATCC Award | Warmath on Cool Credit Cards Albert Burgess-Hull Wins Postdoctoral Preparation Institute Travel Award Graduate student Albert Burgess-Hull, M.S. was selected for the Postdoctoral Preparation Institute Travel Award from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Resources Program. With this award, Burgess-Hull will be attending the 2018 […]

Aaron Thomas Kellerhuis weaving his textile.

TFD Student Story: Aaron Kellerhuis turns cloth into fashion

  Aaron Thomas Kellerhuis is a senior in the Textiles and Fashion Design (TFD) program with a textile concentration. He came to UW-Madison with an Associate’s in Arts from Madison College, formerly MATC, and graduated in December 2017 with Distinctive Honors. We interviewed him just before his graduation. SoHE: How did you find out about […]

Isaac Cech's work at student showcase

TFD Student Story: Isaac Cech discovering fashion through history

  DISCOVERING FASHION THROUGH HISTORY Isaac Cech is a junior in Textiles and Fashion Design with an apparel track. He transferred to UW-Madison from UW-Whitewater, where he was studying Art History. This is his third year in the program and he is scheduled to graduate in May 2019. SoHE: How did you find out about […]

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. […]

A pair of 100% original Amara Hark Weber shoes along with one some scrap fabric and tools used in her process.

The Art of Shoemaking

Shown in photo: A pair of 100% original Amara Hark-Weber shoes along with some scrap fabric and tools used in her process. Amara Hark-Weber is a unique cordwainer (shoemaker). She’s based out of St. Paul, MN, where she makes unique, custom shoes for her clients. Each pair is made to fit a specific foot, and […]

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Textiles & Fashion Design 2017 Fall Showcase

December 1 – 4, 2017 Special Gallery Hours: Friday, December 1, 10 am – 7 pm Saturday and Sunday, December 2 – 3, Noon – 4 pm Monday, December 4, 10 am – 4 pm Opening reception: Friday, December 1, 5 – 7 pm The Textiles and Fashion Design (TFD) Fall Showcase features the work […]

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2017-18

Experiencing Space: Designs by Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture Friday, June 8 – Friday, August 3, 2018 A selection of design works by upper level students in the Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture Programs at UW-Madison. Both programs emphasize problem-solving skills and critical thinking based on ecological principles, societal needs, and cultural foundations. Design Studies […]

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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 […]

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Past Exhibitions

The Ruth Davis Design Gallery features exhibitions on a broad range of subjects relating to the processes and results of design. Explore a selection of previous exhibitions. Past student work   Past faculty and alumni work    

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Design Studies

The students, faculty, staff, and researchers in the Design Studies Department at UW-Madison consider and produce designed artifacts, and study the process of designing. Through scholarship, analysis, curriculum, and outreach, we advocate design as an encompassing discipline central to every aspect of life. We emphasize and promote a unified, multi-disciplinary, global approach to design, and we […]

sewing machine foot - Textiles and Fashion Design Fall Showcase

Textiles and Fashion Design Showcase

Textiles and Fashion Design Student Showcase Exhibition: 2016 Dec 2 – Dec 5, 2016 The Textile and Fashion Design (TFD) Fall Showcase features the work of upper-level TFD undergraduates. Each student curates his/her own space creating a mini-exhibition of their strongest studio works. Pieces range from garments to woven, embellished textiles, dyed and printed yardage, to three-dimensional […]