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Collecting TREEN

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Article by John Adams

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ANY PEOPLE HAVE NEVER HEARD the word treen. It is derived from an old English word that simply translates as ‘made of wood.’ Treen consists as a category of mainly domestic objects such as plates, bowls, cups, goblets, pepper mills, boxes, and the like,...
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Anniversary

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Editorial by John Fleming

ORNAMENTUM celebrates 10 years of publication in 2015 as it continues to record our delight in the pursuit and pleasure of discovering and promoting interest in the decorative arts in Canada. This retrospective adventure maintains our ongoing off-angle approach to the many aspects of the...

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A Prairie Beacon: Gasoline Alley’s Rare Pump

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Article by Sylvia J. Harnden

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ASOLINE ALLEY MUSEUM, in Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village, is home to thousands of artifacts relating to the retail of petroleum products during the first half of the 20th century. Every vehicle, gas pump, globe, sign, and item of ephemera has its...
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Pleasing the Spirits

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Article by Theodore Brasser

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 COAT MADE OF CARIBOU SKIN, length 52 inches, sewn with sinew thread, and decorated with paintings in red, black, and yellow. Chemical tests have identified the red and black as native earth pigments and the yellow as a protein, probably of fish...
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Maple Modern: Next Generation Canadiana

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Article by Peter Fleming

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 REFRESHING NEW GENERATION of Canadian designer/makers has found equal inspiration in global design movements and locally sourced materials. This exciting collision blurs the boundaries between design and craft, revitalizes both fields, and creates new potential worlds of objects and activities. Access to...
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