Social Threads: Making, Mending, and Maintaining Community

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Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery
Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery

Social Threads Online Exhibit

Through design and creation, textile making practices have the capacity to build community, reconcile trauma, share history, and carry cultural heritage and knowledge across generations. It is the practice of making and mending that allows space for listening, growth, and even change. Social Threads: Making, Mending and Maintaining Community brings together objects from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection that exemplify how textiles constitute and sustain communities. Through three central themes, making, mending, and maintaining, Social Threads emphasizes how, through textiles, communities around the globe can share stories and create change.

Social Threads is curated by 18 students from the UW-Madison Art History seminar, Curatorial Studies Exhibition Practice. This exhibition was made possible with generous support from the Anonymous Fund.

Related Programs:
September 21, 2023 – Opening Reception
September 29, 2023 – Knit for a Cause
November 2, 2023 – Exhibition Tour & Visible Mending Workshop
December 1, 2023 – Day With(out) Art

In the News:
Badger Herald – Student-curated textile exhibit threads communities together
Wisconsin State Journal – Mending hearts and old blue jeans come together in 2 gallery shows

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square graphic with a brown, orange, blue, and tan quilt in the background and the text "Social Threads: Making, Mending, and Maintaining Community" in the foreground within an off-white oval