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Mizzou Paisley

Art professor designs signature Mizzou paisley for 175th anniversary.

Mizzou paisley

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Art Professor Deborah Huelsbergen is always doodling — at conferences, during her daughter’s piano lessons, while waiting in line. The margins of her notebooks are full of crazy, tangled drawings. So, in early 2014, when MU commissioned a signature Mizzou paisley in honor of its 175th anniversary, Huelsbergen jumped at the chance to design it.

Deborah Huelsbergen

Deborah Huelsbergen is designing a Mizzou paisley in honor of the university’s 175th anniversary in 2014. Two patterns will go public this fall.

Paisley’s distinctive characteristic is its colorful, curved, abstract pattern. “There are icons associated with Mizzou — Jesse Hall, the Columns, tiger stripes — that lend themselves well to repetition,” Huelsbergen says. Like the Mizzou plaid created by Lauren Drufke-Mahe, BS HES ’06, while a student in the College of Human Environmental Sciences, the paisley could be used on anything from neckties, bow ties and scarves, to ID holders and pajamas. “The idea is that when you look at it, you see paisley, but when you get up close, you would notice that it’s the Jesse Hall dome.”

Huelsbergen spent the summer researching the history of paisley, sketching patterns, and playing with how the capitals of the Columns and the Jesse Hall dome repeat. She designed two patterns, one predominately black and another gold. The final designs were unveiled in September 2014.

Mizzou paisley

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