Institute for Women's Leadership
A space to celebrate women
Interpretive displays. Takeform designed and built panels to display archival material in a protected way, along with Object IDs (printed panels to appear beside each artifact to explain the archival material).
Three exhibits in one, a new institute aims to educate and inspire a fresh generation of leaders.
When Texas Woman's University in Denton set out to create a new space about women who've made their mark as leaders in the Lone Star State, Takeform joined the collaboration on their ambitious vision. In December 2019, we partnered with the university's Jane Nelson Institute for Women's Leadership on a 2,000-square-foot exhibition space in the recently renovated Old Main building. The space would be named the Sue S. Bancroft Women's Leadership Exhibit and would feature interactive displays showcasing women who've had a major impact on Texas politics and public policy.
Dimensional objects. This portrait of historic figure Minnie Fisher Cunningham was printed on a round acrylic piece and back-painted yellow to provide true depth and dimension to the display.
Inviting interactivity. We built these lift-and-drop graphics using hinged panels to entice visitors to read the top, then lift it to reveal more information within.
Life-size impact. Takeform build pedestal-mounted cutouts of historic figures using the foundational elements of our Moxie product line.
Takeform worked closely with SBL Architects and exhibition maker Amaze Design, as well as the university's own team. Each entrusted us with creating signage and displays whose materials and finish would complement the museum-grade surroundings of three distinct exhibits:
- Pioneering women exhibit–Features Texas women/organizations who were involved in politics and public policy.
- Suffrage exhibit–Commemorates the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment through the focus of Minnie Fisher Cunningham and the Texas woman suffrage movement.
- Civics learning exhibit–A continually updated exhibit that reflects each new major election, it focuses on the Texas women who ran and/or were elected to various positions.
“This was a highly sophisticated project. We had to make sure our work was consistent with the high-end experience of the space. Our engineering team collaborated with the project's exhibit designers and architects from Amaze and SBL. As the fabricator, we had to develop an intimate understanding of how all of the many dimensional, layered and interactive objects and pieces would integrate together perfectly. Next, we translated the design intent into the best selection of materials and finishes. Careful and close collaboration with all disciplines on the project was imperative." - Takeform Project Management
Sprawling visuals. Our Amplify product line provided the ideal basis for large-scale wall coverings throughout the institute, some featuring tromp l'oeil-style scenes that make visitors look twice, they seem so real.
Fine finish. Our Moxie line served the client well for several exhibit displays. We went through several rounds to get the look just right, as Moxie is an ACM product that typically has a black polyethylene edge. With a nicely finished edge and extraordinary digital printing, Moxie rose to the challenge.
Stylish and sturdy. Along with a high-end feel, every piece had to withstand the high traffic of a well-visited public space, particularly the interactive elements. Making them tamper proof yet touchable, with surfaces that would offer projection and be easy to clean without damage to the surface.
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