Textiles Talk: Stories From the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection watch here.
Textiles Talk use the textiles in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection at the University of Wisconsin, as entry points into stories that address issues of material culture and global perspectives. The visual strength of the objects teaches lessons in global aesthetics, materials, and techniques. The stories embedded in these primary source materials demonstrate complex interactions between technology, chemistry, commerce, trade, belief systems, political structures, and details about everyday life. The intriguing stories and beautiful videography of the objects in the collection will be augmented by music appropriate to each topic and additional visual materials such as maps, photos, etc. to complete the story.
For the TSA conference, Textiles Talk features two episodes, each 15 minutes long. The first episode is with Professor Henry Drewal who will pull us deep into the mystical world of the ceremonial ensembles and Egungun dancers of West Africa. The second is an interview with author and Professor Emeritus Beverly Gordon, who guides us through the playful, colorful story of Molas from Panama.
La Vida Y Los Muertos
Day of the Dead in Oaxaca Mexico watch here
La Vida y Los Muertos is a visually rich film that captures the beauty, the joy, the sadness and the magic of the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico. From elaborately decorated graves, to frightening demon dancers, to lavish home altars, and enormous sand paintings, the film takes you on a journey through the city of Oaxaca and five nearby villages during the days of the festival. Wandering through the festively decorated streets, homes and graveyards is like passing through hundreds of private conversations between those that are living and those that have passed on. Like the festival itself, the film comes alive as the music dances and interacts with the imagery in a joyous celebration of life.
As an art film, La Vida y Los Muertos is a journey through the city of Oaxaca and five near-by villages during the celebration of Day of the Dead. In the city and in the villages, this beautiful festival of death is very lively. The juxtaposition of music, food and celebration with cemeteries and death is surreal. With little narration, rich visuals and complex soundtrack, each chapter captures the mood and the impression of one particular place.
Contemporary Textiles from Ancient Oaxacan Traditions watch here
Drawing upon the richness of sights, sounds and beauty of the people and landscape of Oaxaca, Mexico, Woven Lives provides a fascinating look at contemporary Zapotec weavers from six different villages. This colorful documentary celebrates their extraordinary textiles and illustrates how the art of weaving cloth has helped the Zapotecs retain their culture and identity for thousands of years. The story traces the integration of ancient techniques with new technologies and explores how the artisans are now looking to the past to help them move forward into the future.
Drawing upon the richness of sights, sounds and beauty of the people and landscape of Oaxaca, Mexico, Woven Lives provides a fascinating look at contemporary Zapotec weavers from six different villages. This colorful documentary celebrates their extraordinary textiles and illustrates how the art of weaving cloth has helped the Zapotecs retain their culture and identity for thousands of years. The story traces the integration of ancient techniques with new technologies and explores how the artisans are now looking to the past to help them move forward into the future. see more
Textiles Contemporáneos de las Antiguas Tradiciones Oaxaqueñas ver lo aquí
Con la riqueza de los sonidos, la belleza de la gente y del paisaje de Oaxaca, México, Vidas Entretejidas provee de una fascinante mirada a los tejedores contemporáneos Zapotecas de seis pueblos distintos. Este colorido documental celebra sus extraordinarios textiles, y muestra como el arte de tejer ha ayudado a los Zapotecas a aferrarse a su cultura e identidad por miles de años. La historia narra la integración de técnicas antiguas con nuevas tecnologías y explora cómo éstos artesanos miran hacia el pasado para construir el futuro.
Vidas Entretejidas examina el arte y el diseño tradicional que desempeñan la sustentabilidad cultural de las comunidades Zapotecas de Oaxaca.
Este documental registra el desarrollo del proceso del tejido desde los primeros
habitantes del valle hasta el presente. Es un una mezcla única de arte, diseño,
comercio, historia, y antropología cultural. Mientras que los textiles son el tema central de la filmación, se resalta también la vida alrededor de la producción, creando un sentido de conexión con la comunidad.
Colloaborative Film Projects
Virtual Altar Project Video
International Virtual Celebration
When the Covid pandemic interrupted the annual Community Altar Project, Kallenborn collaborated with artists in the Madison and Mexico to produce a Virtual Community Altar.
Fifty-three individuals from four countries sent in altars as part of the Virtual Altar project to celebrate and honor those who had passed. The videos, photographs, and artworks were edited together, set to music, and presented as a socially distant event at a large-scale outdoor projection at the Garver Feed Mill in Madison.
Threads 2021: Reality?
The duration of the Covid pandemic canceled the annual student fashion show for two years in a row. In the second year, Kallenborn worked with students to envision and produce a virtual show of their work, which allowed for in-depth storytelling.
Threads 2021: Reality?
This year, reality has changed for all of us. We are physically distant but globally connected. We spend most of our time at home with our families. We see friends and grandparents on zoom. These changes have permeated everything from how we work, how we design, how we think, and how we dream.
Threads 2021: Reality? Virtual Design and Fashion Event was presented as a socially distant, large-scale outdoor projection. Take a step onto the virtual runway with UW-Madison’s Textile and Fashion Design students as they explore their new reality.
Threads 2020: React
Students Addressing Social Issues Through Art & Design
Headlines and history; colors and textures; intellectual explorations and lived experiences all spark our imagination. Through runway, performance, and narrative, React will explore the ways we, as designers and students, respond to the world around us.
Our theme and statement were developed in Fall 2019. We had no idea how well that would fit the situation. In March 2020, the UW-Madison Threads annual student fashion show was canceled because of the Covid pandemic. This year's virtual runway was created in the five short weeks after they shut down. Most of the video, audio, and photos were taken by students on their cell phones, at home, during the first wave of the lockdown. The students use their creative problem-solving to present their work and share their thoughts to recognize the shift to a new reality.
Threads: React 2020 is ground-breaking virtual collaboration which features creative works by 32 students in UW's Textile and Fashion Design program, original music by students in UW’s 18-19 The Studio cohort, and a Video DJ who mixes video clips, images, and music while performing live and within the protocols of social distancing