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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

NEH Awards GMD a Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collection Planning Grant

IMG_0656.JPGWe are pleased to announce that the Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD) was award a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collection Planning grant to support the planning process of renovating and refurbishing GMD's largest collection storage area, housing textiles and non-label historic costume (apparel).

The storage area that will be the focus of our planning is home to 13,000 objects or approximately 45% of the collection. Items stored in this area are some of the oldest and most fragile within the collection. The storage area was built out as part of the 1975 building construction which resulted in the museum's gallery and workspace, in addition to this store room. Since 1975, there have been minimal to no environmental updates and objects are stored in cramped non-archival cabinets and acid free textile boxes stacked high on top of cabinets. The re-housing of these collections will significantly enhance their preservation, and facilitate their use in outreach programs.

The goal of the planning project is to develop a construction ready plan. This plan will then be used to seek additional funding for implementation of the renovation and re-housing of objects stored in this area. Planning will take approximately one year and begin in the fall of 2012. As a part of this plan we will assemble a team of specialists to look at all the various aspects of the project. The museum staff will work with an environmental engineer, textile conservator, interior designer, museum cabinet vendor representative and UMN facilities manager to assess the museum's storage needs, environmental systems, set points and policies that address the balance of environmental preservation (reducing one's carbon footprint) and creating a sustainable climate in which artifacts can be stored and preserved for generations to come. Careful planning for this complex project is an important first step in the process and is vital to a successful renovation and re-housing project.

-Eunice Haugen, Registrar

Above: The current space which will benefit from this grant.

IMG_0646.JPGAbove: Current system to store hats.

IMG_0659.JPG Above: The desired outcome of the grant.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hello New Graduate Students!

IMG_3615.jpgIMG_3642.jpgNatasha, PhD student in Apparel Studies, minor in Museum Studies and Art History: I recently completed my MA in Art History from the University of California, Riverside, and am now beginning my PhD in the Apparel Studies program at the University of Minnesota, focusing on dress, history, and culture. However, my true passion is for the textiles that are spun, woven, dyed, and constructed to form those garments. Luckily for me, my position as Collections Assistant at the Goldstein coincides with the start of a new textile storage project. I have been asked to lead a team of volunteers to organize and rehouse the Goldstein's diverse collection of textiles. With over 4500 objects in this collection, I will have the opportunity to learn about everything from blankets and shawls to rugs and table linens. In the meantime, I will assist the Goldstein's fantastic staff with a myriad of special projects and everyday tasks. Each experience - whether it is sharing the collection with my fellow students, researching an object, or assisting with a gallery opening - is an exciting step closer to my goal of becoming a textile curator.


Sharlene, Master of Art student in Graphic Design: I graduated this past May with a degree in Architecture with a minor in Public Relations and Advertising from North Dakota State University. I am originally from Duluth, Minnesota, and am excited to earn my Master of Arts in Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota. This year at the Goldstein I am in the position of the Communications Assistant and will be responsible for anything related to the PR for the museum. My weekly duties consist of updating Facebook statuses, posting the blog, sending out eblasts and also am the person to go to when anything needs to be designed for the museum. I was fortunate enough to start my position over the summer and have learned so much and have worked with some great people already. Working for the Goldstein is such a great opportunity and I am looking forward to what is yet to come for me as the Communications Assistant.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Final Note from the Lila Bath Intern

[Background] Hello all! My name is Issa Mello and this spring I've been selected as the University's Lila Bath Intern. This means I get to spend a week in San Antonio, Texas at the University of the Incarnate Word studying and analyzing all of the culture, dress, and the extensive Lila Bath costume collection. Throughout my trip I'll be posting a couple blogs and plenty of pictures to share my experience with you! To read her previous blogs click, BlogPost1, BlogPost2 and BlogPost3

After coming back home and looking back on the many inspirations from my week in San Antonio, I had a tough time choosing a direction to go in. There are many different facets and styles of Lila Bath and each is so unique, yet cohesive to her personality. I started sketching designs based on some outfits that I was intrigued by. I'm a very hands-on learner, so I also draped some muslin to get a 3-dimensional feel for Lila's work. From draping the pleats, style lines, and details of Mexican and Southern Texan dress, I took some of their design elements and incorporated them with my own personal aesthetic. I was really intrigued by the results in the sketches and beginning draping phases. I was surprised how much of my personality aligned with Lila Bath!


The elements from the Lila Bath collection that I focused on were well-placed and detailed embellishments, pin tucks, and layers of lace or netting. I explored different sides of these elements, but ultimately wanted to focus on the layering effect of lace on top of a fabric. Because I'm interested in childrenswear, I was hoping to design a child's garment as well as a woman's outfit. Dr. Perez had some great feedback with my designs and helped me with deciding between women's and children's designs. Below are the final two designs that I'll be constructing as a capstone project. The girl's dress will have both lace inserts as well as lace overlays, depending on the placement. The woman's outfit has shorts with smaller lace or rick-rack diagonal strips. The top is still up in the air; I may go for a plainer look with the slouched t-shirt with lace hem or the more structured, asymmetrical top. I am hoping to show these two outfits at an event in the fall celebrating the Lila Bath legacy.