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design like mad

I applied to Design Like Mad for production assistance with the Madison Public Library website Teen Bubbler. The website was created to showcase the creations of underserved Madison teens in conjunction with Making Justice, a community-building makerspace iniatiative. Teen creations…

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balenciaga behind the scenes

I had the privilege to work with conservation staff at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum to prepare a Chicago History Museum gown for the 2017-18 exhibition Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. Known as “the master” of haute couture, Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972) was…

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corporate commissions

I was commissioned to facilitate conservation and reinstallation of several monumental “textile walls” created by internationally renowned artist Sheila Hicks for Milwaukee’s Mortgage Guarantee Insurance Corporation (MGIC) in the early 1970s. Hicks designed the walls in collaboration with interior architect…

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making justice

Making Justice is a makerspace initiative that is building community in Madison, Wisconsin. Despite Madison’s reputation as America’s most livable mid-sized city, it is home to one of the nation’s widest black/white educational achievement gaps and highest per capita black…

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extraordinary remedies

I’m currently remediating my book project Extraordinary Remedies: The Court of Chancery and Equitable Justice in Chicago as a graphic history. As I engage more deeply in public projects, I am decidedly less interested in publishing a traditional monograph. And…

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columbus discovers chicago

As someone who delights in Chicago's metropolitan implications, I love this postcard of Columbus' caravels parked off the city's South Side. Spain donated the replicas for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. On the final day of the fair, the Nina,…

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map your world

  Martinez Zea, Map of Wireless Networks, Favela da Serra, Brazil Sociolegal scholars could learn much from cartography, suggests Boaventura de Sousa Santos. The relationship between law and social reality resembles that between maps and spatial reality. Indeed laws are maps:…

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something to send home

  As an interdisciplinary historian studying lawmakers and cultural brokers, I have a special affection for this lavishly illustrated nine-volume codex of eighteenth-century Peru, sent home to the King of Spain by Baltasar Jamie Martínez Compañón, aka the Bishop of…

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