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GEORGE STEPHEN

Article by Alexander Reford
A Client and His Commissions

W
HEN WE THINK ABOUT ARCHITECTURE, we most often think about the building and the architect who designed it. Less often do we consider the client or the person behind the commission.

George Stephen (1829-1921) left an architectural legacy that includes four...

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Maritime MEDIEVAL

Article by John Leroux
Building Fragments on the Bluffs

B
ETWEEN 1841 AND 1859, Herbert Minton of Stoke-Upon-Trent, England, presented vast amounts of beautiful inlaid ceramic floor and wall tiles to more than one hundred churches throughout England, establishing one of the most glorious and permanent architectural expressions of an...
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A FOLLY in TIME

Article by Tatum Taylor
Building Fragments on the Bluffs

A
T THE EDGE OF THE SCARBOROUGH BLUFFS, where Toronto meets Lake Ontario, remnants of the city’s past rest in peace. The grounds of Guild Park, a former estate and artists’ community, are scattered with fragments of local buildings that were...
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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

L
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)

S
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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