Harvest Ring

Article by John Harbinson
ne of the more interesting aspects of collecting historical artifacts is contemplating their history and the people who may have been associated with them. This large circular flask or harvest ring, as it is sometimes called, is an intriguing example that invites the viewer to turn back the clock. On one face the maker …

Flat Motifs: The Eclectic Designs of the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Vaudeville Sets

Peacock Set

Article by Chloë Catán

hen the Ontario Heritage Trust1 took on the ambitious project of restoring the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres twenty years ago, they were fully aware that this initiative would save one of the world’s last surviving double-decker theatres. What they were not expecting was to stumble upon the largest collection of original vaudeville …

THE DENE IN EDINBURGH: Dè T’a Hoti Ts’eeda / We Live Securely by the Land

Article by Clare-Estelle Daitch and Thomas D. Andrews

I hadn’t seen one like this until I went to Scotland. Only at that time did I find out that something like this was made by the [Dene] people. It’s from way back. Even as a young girl I’ve never seen anything like this.
Rosa Mantla, Fort Rae, 2006

hen …

Textile Artists Embrace a Cultural Icon

Small Block Hook

Article by Gloria Hickey

he hooked rug is a cultural icon in Newfoundland and Labrador. Traditionally made from recycled rags and burlap from food sacks they introduced colour and warmth to outport kitchens and parlors. Over generations, hooked rugs have come to represent the outport woman’s ingenuity and perseverance amid harsh economic circumstances and a climate to match. …