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 destroy. Each of these objects opens upon multiple perspectives …

Maritimes Weaving Guild

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Article by Jane Tisdale

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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 the history of the Applied Arts program at Mount Allison University. …

Natural History on Display: Victorian Insect Art

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Article by Suzanne Moase

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N 1831, THOMAS BARNETT opened his museum of curiosities and natural history to the viewing public in Niagara Falls. The Niagara Falls Museum, considered to be Canada’s oldest museum, was one of the first substantial buildings along the road that faces Niagara Falls. A guidebook printed in 1835 declared that the museum rooms were …

The Tale of the Three-Bladed Propeller

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Article by Paul Balcaen

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HERE IS AN INSIGNIFICANT-LOOKING grey wooden propeller on a hangar wall at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada in Winnipeg.

It came off a garbage load in 1937 and was stored in a barn until its donation to the museum circa 1977. This unusual propeller of uncertain origin has three 56-inch- [142-cm-] long …

Documentary Calligraphy at Kings Landing

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Article by Darrell Butler

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CCORDING TO MR. WILLIAM GANONG, the collection donor, this is one of two pieces of calligraphy by George Bragg (1783-1859) in the Mary and Walter Ganong Collection at Kings Landing, New Brunswick. It centres on ‘The Eye of the Lord’ in the upper left-hand corner looking down upon the Ten Commandments in the centre, …