Refrangible
Childhood Toys and Our Connections to the Past

Childhood Toys and Our Connections to the Past

June 10, 2022

Whether it’s an alien-fighting space robot or a cherished family heirloom, we all have a special place in our heart for our favorite childhood toys. In this episode of Refrangible, we take a closer look at that connection, and how it shapes us as adults.

 

Thanks to our guests for this episode: Mark Chester, Karla Chester and Nikki Hollander (a.k.a. Grandma Kitschy).

Domestic Classrooms: The Intersection of Home and School

Domestic Classrooms: The Intersection of Home and School

May 27, 2022

From a practice cottage to a home management house, UW-Madison has a long history of live-in learning experiences. In this episode of Refrangible, we examine the university’s history of domestic education, and the lessons 21st century educators can pull from those experiments.

 

Thanks to our guests for this episode (in order of appearance): Barbara Tensfeldt, retired and professional volunteer; and Dr. Elizabeth Hooper-Lane, senior lecturer of art history at UW-Madison and an academic staff member at UW-Oshkosh.

Troubling Objects and the Illusion of Luxury

Troubling Objects and the Illusion of Luxury

May 13, 2022

In this episode, we examine how luxury home goods in southern plantation houses obscured the true ugliness running just under the surface.

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

April 29, 2022

In this episode, we examine what defines a “home” — and what happens when it’s taken away.

Uncomfortable Objects: Art and Death

Uncomfortable Objects: Art and Death

March 21, 2022

Think about an object that makes you uncomfortable. Now, ask yourself: Why do you tend to side-eye that particular thing? 

 

In this episode of Refrangible, we’re talking about objects that may send shivers down our spines.

Commodifying Culture

Commodifying Culture

March 4, 2022

In episode one of this season, we touched briefly on the idea of appropriating – or perhaps, more accurately, commodifying – culture. Who really gets to reap the rewards, financial and otherwise, of a specific culture’s iconography, spirituality and history? In this episode, we’re reexamining the commodification of culture: and what happens when appreciation turns into appropriation.

Clothing and Identity: Revisiting our past, one stitch at a time

Clothing and Identity: Revisiting our past, one stitch at a time

February 11, 2022

In our first episode of season two, we posed a question: Who wears what, and why? We wanted to explore why folks dress the way they do, and what happens when a third party uses clothing to either impose an identity or steal someone else’s. As we were planning out that episode, we realized there was more to this discussion than we could possibly fit in a single episode.

So we decided to break the topic into two segments. So, today, we’re looking at the roots of American clothing and how those roots impact our modern-day relationship with clothes.

Clothing and Identity: Who wears what, and why?

Clothing and Identity: Who wears what, and why?

January 28, 2022

How do you choose what to wear each day? Is it a matter of practicality, social expectations, or cultural identity? Or have you just been putting off doing the laundry, and this just happens to be your last clean shirt?

In episode one of season two of Refrangible, a podcast from the Center for Design and Material Culture, we’re exploring the intersection of clothing, culture and politics. Or, put more simply: Who wears what, and why? 

Our bodies and the lessons they teach us

Our bodies and the lessons they teach us

July 7, 2021

Over the past three episodes, we’ve explored the idea of material culture through a series of inanimate objects. For our final episode of season one, we wanted to take a look at something we all use and have a very personal connection with: our bodies.

The fear and uncertainty of the current pandemic forced us to think about our bodies in new ways. Self-care took on a new meaning and personal choices about what to do with your body had an impact on your entire community.

Sewing and the Art of Necessity

Sewing and the Art of Necessity

June 2, 2021

Textile creation has long been an art of necessity, as makers mended and created clothing and often used remnants of fabric to make quilts. But gradually, the creation of these textiles has grown from necessity to high art.

This month on Refrangible, the object at the center of our discussion is the sewing machine.

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