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Personal Encounters with Decorative Objects

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A 10th-Anniversary Collection

Editorial by John Fleming

THIS ISSUE OF ORNAMENTUM follows the technique of mosaic construction through the material history of the decorative arts in the production of objects. The picture it provides leads in many directions into the imaginative and creative things we make, collect, preserve, discard, and...

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Maritimes Weaving Guild

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Article by Jane Tisdale

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ABELS PROVIDED BY the Canadian Handicrafts Guild were sewn onto woven items made at the Mount Allison Handicraft Guild in Sackville, New Brunswick. An unused roll of these labels was recently discovered during research for an exhibition at the Owens Art Gallery about...
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The No-Face Cornhusk Doll

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Article by Elizabeth Doxtater

T
he soft husk of the corn plant
was used to make a beautiful cornhusk doll.
She was instructed to play
with the children and keep them entertained.
She travelled to many villages and the children loved her.
Many people would comment on her...
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Illuminating Art

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Article by Mark Raynes Roberts

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ARRIVED IN TORONTO in 1982 as a newly minted gold and silversmith from Birmingham, England, with my specialty being the fine art of hand engraving. Although I still occasionally incorporate silver and gold into some of my creations, my focus and...
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The Spirit of the Drum

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Article by Paula Laing and Fred Roland (Hwiemtun)

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HERIDAN COLLEGE’S Aboriginal Initiatives Office had the distinct privilege and honour of hosting Hwiemtun (English name, Fred Roland) Knowledge Carrier from the Cowichan First Nation, British Columbia, in February of 2015. Hwiemtun shared his craft of making traditional...
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Holding Meaning

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Article by Michael Prokopow

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HILE THERE ARE times when the production of objects results in unprecedented achievements in form and materiality, more often than not most things of everyday life owe historical debts to significant and rarified objects that have been copied for emulative and commercial...
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Crushing Beauty

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Article by Elizabeth Semmelhack

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HIS CLOG PRICKS the imagination. Was it an implement of medieval torture or was it perhaps a weapon? Its form does, in fact, follow its function, but first impressions are not always correct. The long, menacing-looking serrated tines were actually designed for the...
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Georgia Baths: A Steamy History

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Article by David R. Johnston

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TEAM BATHS WERE ONCE A COMMON PART OF LIFE in Edmonton, popular with European immigrant groups and working men. Edmonton Turkish Baths Limited opened for business in October, 1913. Like today’s health and beauty spas, bath facilities were considered very luxurious....
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