The Women’s Studies Librarian’s Office was created in 1977 to serve students, faculty, librarians, and administrators across the UW System. Located on the UW-Madison campus, the office reaches out to all UW campuses through its many regular and special publications, reference assistance, and professional presentations and consultation.
In addition to this information and service-based mission, the Women’s Studies Librarian’s Office is known for being a site of wonderful visual art on campus. The new banner you see above was created for the WSLO by Wisconsin artist Christie Dudgeon, and Women’s Studies Librarian Phyllis Holman Weisbard uses it as a backdrop at the WSLO booth at conferences, most recently the National Women’s Studies Association conference. In between conferences, the new quilt banner has a place of honor on the wall of the Women’s Studies Librarian’s Office.
A brief statement from quiltmaker Christie Dudgeon about her work:
Christie is a self-taught multi-media artist who has sewn since she was a child. She started this journey with traditional quilts after finishing an uncompleted quilt she found in her grandmother’s cedar chest. She moved on to art quilts and then started combining elements and supplies from all types of craft and art. Her favorite shapes to build upon are hexagons, circles, and squares, and she likes using collage to create the illusion of layers. As you look at the images she creates, they draw you in, and you will find hidden elements and surprises.
The Library as Incubator Project recently ran a story that delved into a unique project at the Women’s Studies Librarian’s Office to re-purpose old book covers and create meaningful collages | Featuring: The Women’s Studies Librarian’s Office