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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Highlight from the Exhibition: Screen Printing

Join us this Thursday for a special Curatorial Tour of our summer exhibition Printed Textiles: Pattern Stories, at 6pm in the newly renamed Gallery 241 in McNeal Hall (no reservation required). The exhibition highlights items from our collection and the printing techniques that were used to create them. Throughout the summer we will share some items that didn't make it into the exhibition on our blog. See more printed textiles in the gallery and in our online collection.

Andy Warhol's 1962 iconic image of Marilyn Monroe practically defines screen print; her lips, eyelids, and hair are cannily separated out and printed in brash colors. However, this print technique is thought to have been used in Asia as far back as the 10th century AD. Europeans did not adopt screen printing and engineer it into commercial use until the early 20th century.

marilynpurse.jpg PVC handbag with screen print of Andy Warhol 'Marilyn' by Loop Designs. Gift of Margot Seigel.

While it may seem like this method of printing miraculously transfers images onto fabric, the process relies on rational technology and skill. The basic steps are:

  1. 1. Emulsify screen
    The screen, made from a stretched mesh, is evenly covered with photographic emulsion.

  2. 2. Create the design
    A separate screen will be made for each color being printed. The designer must think in a subtractive way, considering what needs to be exposed and voided in each colored layer to be printed.

  3. 3. Transfer design onto transparency
    This is often done with an inkjet printer.

  4. 4. Burn image onto screen
    The transparency is taped onto the emulsified screen and exposed to UV light. For multi-color prints, screens that will be layered must have the design in perfect alignment from one screen to the next.

  5. 5. Create print
    A squeegee is used to evenly spread ink across the stencil.

Alex Newby (MFA '13) demonstrates screen printing technique in McNeal Hall's surface design studio.

Linen screen printed hand towel, c.1960, gift of Janet L. Johnson.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Have a Sneak Peek at the Pattern Stories Exhibition Installation Process


The team here at the Goldstein is busy installing our upcoming exhibition in Gallery 241 at McNeal Hall. Pattern Stories: Printed Textiles will be open to the public starting this Saturday, June 15, and will run through August 25.

The exhibition celebrates the skill and ingenuity of printed textile designers, both well-known and anonymous. The items in Pattern Stories were made using a broad range of techniques, including block printing, etching, roller printing, screen printing, discharge printing, and digital printing. Whether intended for a wall hanging, a dress, or even a shoe, a printed design can imbue an object with many layers of meaning. Come and explore the stories that these patterns tell!


Jean McElvain (above) putting some finishing touches on an ensemble before it makes the trip down to the gallery. For some fascinating insights on how objects were selected and prepared for the exhibition, join Jean and Kathleen Campbell (co-curators) for a Curatorial Tour on Thursday, June 27, at 6pm in Gallery 241.

Below, Eunice Haugen in the gallery preparing to install a wall hanging. Once this step is complete, labels will be hung and a team will fine-tune the lighting. Then we'll be ready to open our doors to the public!


The exhibition features several printed sundresses. Maybe it will even be warm and sunny this Saturday so that you can wear your favorite printed dress to the gallery!


Monday, June 10, 2013

First Margot Siegel Design Award Presented to Roald Gundersen

l tor: Roald, Margot, Lin, Mark

On May 29th, GMD presented the first Margot Siegel Design Award to Roald Gundersen at Palace Suites in Miami, Florida, where Margot lives. GMD director Lin Nelson-Mayson and CDes development director Mark Hintz presented Roald with the award check for $2,000 and thanked Margot for her philanthropy and support. Over fifty people attended the program and heard Roald talk about his life and work.

Roald is founder, co-owner and principal architect of WholeTrees Architecture + Structures in Stoddard, Wisconsin. He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Environmental Science from University of Minnesota in 1984. Over the last 20 years, he has explored building with small diameter round timber. He co-founded Whole Trees and built round timber assemblies into passive solar greenhouses, residences, an eco-tourism resort, restaurants, educational facilities and an office building.

Of all the nominations received, Roald was unanimously recommended by the Selection Committee, professional designers who are members of GMD's Advisory Board. The Committee noted that Roald's thoughtful and sustainable work embodied the vision of the Siegel Award - to honor designers who demonstrate design excellence and innovation to enhance the quality of life.

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Driftless farmhouse interior

Margot is a 1944 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree from the College of Liberal Arts in journalism. She was the founder of the Friends of the Goldstein and a significant contributor of objects to the collection. She served as guest curator of an exhibition honoring the impact of her mother on Twin Cities' fashion and was herself the focus of a GMD exhibition on fashion and art. In 2009, she was the recipient of the University of Minnesota's Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition to the Siegel Design Award, she also founded the Siegel Apparel Care Fund for collection preservation and care.

Nominations for the second Siegel Design Award will be accepted starting in September 2013.

—Lin Nelson-Mayson, GMD director