New BEGINNINGS

Article by Tanya Bouchard
THE CANADIAN MUSEUM OF IMMIGRATION AT PIER 2I IN HALIFAX IS CANADA’S NEWEST AND SIXTH NATIONAL MUSEUM. THE NEW CROWN CORPORATION WAS ESTABLISHED IN FEBRUARY OF 20II, AND TOOK OVER THE OPERATIONS OF ITS PREDECESSOR, THE PIER 2I SOCIETY. WITH THE NEW INSTITUTION CAME THE NATIONAL MANDATE TO EXPLORE IMMIGRATION TO CANADA FROM ALL POINTS OF

The Clarion Call of the CALLIOPE

Article by Noelle Grosse and Ruth Bitner

T
HERE’S NOTHING LIKE THE SOUND of a calliope to lend a festive air to a parade. For the parade-goers of Saskatchewan, the whistles of the calliope owned by the Western Development Museum have been a familiar sound for decades. Indeed, Calliope in Greek mythology was the Muse of epic poetry and literally

La Terrine du SEIGNEUR DE ROUVILLE

Article by René Villeneuve

C
Le 7 décembre 2015, la communauté des arts décoratifs canadiens était fébrile car ce soir-là, une pièce capitale était offerte aux enchères chez Waddington’s, à Toronto. Le lot 248 décrivait A Canadian Treasure : Laurent Amiot’s Soup Tureen with the Arms of the Hertel de Rouville Family (Fig. 1), illustré en couverture du catalogue de

THE ART OF QUILTING

Article by Sandi Wingrove
One Piece at a Time

I
had no intention of ever becoming a quilter.

My grandmother and several friends got together weekly, when their busy lives allowed, to piece and stitch, and to trade fabrics, stories, and political views. Their output was about two and-a-half quilts a year, so each woman brought home a finished quilt

FITTING CLOTHES for Louis Riel

Article by Frann Harris

W
HEN THE OPENING NIGHT OF LOUIS RIEL loomed on Gillian Gallow’s calendar, she considered how the wardrobe team could complete the costumes in time. The costume designer for the Canadian Opera Company’s new production realized that, in particular, embroidering the costumes would be extremely time-consuming. She also wanted the embroidery to look authentic, to create

The Red Clay of PEI and the Career of MARY ALLISON DOULL

Article by Leanne Gaudet

A
CURIOUS TURQUOISE, white, and navy coloured earthenware vase currently resides in the collection of the Eptek Art and Culture Centre in Summerside, Prince Edward Island (PEI). Upon first inspection, the vase might leave viewers feeling unimpressed: the navy glaze is smudged, causing the design to appear blurry and unrefined, while the underlying turquoise glaze drips