Waste Not, Want Not: Creating Through Recycling

This exhibition of quilts from the Rosenberg Quilt Collection and contemporary garments designed by Lauren MacDonald from recycled materials, examines the relationships between textile reuse in the Great Depression and textile reuse today.

This exhibit was created by Clothing and Textiles student Lauren MacDonald as part of her Human Ecology Independent Study course completed in June 2011. Under the supervision of Dr. Arlene Oak and Vlada Blinova, Lauren studied the commodification of hobbies during the Great Depression, with a focus on quilting. The exhibit is an offshoot of the larger project, as it focuses more specifically on how perspectives of recycling are revealed through material reuse in the Rosenberg Quilt Collection. It looks at relationships between the reuse of textiles and social views on recycling and reuse. It examines how perspectives have changed in the past 80 years.

The exhibit runs to March 12, 2012 in the lobby of the Human Ecology Building on campus. The exhibit is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from noon to 4 p.m. on weekends.