Linking Human to Nature and Hand to Machine: Marian Bantjes’s Designs

Article by Brian Donnelly

ISTORY SUGGESTS THAT even the most unexpected twists and turns never come completely from nowhere. Narratives of the career of designer and artist Marian Bantjes always note her sudden rise, “bursting” onto the scene in 2003, an overnight sensation at age 40. Her commitment to pattern and ornament combines in a fresh style that …

The sense of an ending: The shape of canoes from bow to stern

John Summers


here’s nothing like being in a room with more than 400 canoes to start you thinking. To walk through the storage facility and galleries of the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, is to listen in on a host of simultaneous conversations amongst the members of a large, closely knit yet wide-ranging family. But what if …