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 …

Georgia Baths: A Steamy History

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Article by David R. Johnston

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TEAM BATHS WERE ONCE A COMMON PART OF LIFE in Edmonton, popular with European immigrant groups and working men. Edmonton Turkish Baths Limited opened for business in October, 1913. Like today’s health and beauty spas, bath facilities were considered very luxurious. Edmonton Turkish Baths boasted 13 large sleeping rooms, two large hot rooms …

Holding Meaning

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Article by Michael Prokopow

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HILE THERE ARE times when the production of objects results in unprecedented achievements in form and materiality, more often than not most things of everyday life owe historical debts to significant and rarified objects that have been copied for emulative and commercial gain. Take, for example, a two-piece, brown plastic flowerpot made by Jakobsen …

The Spirit of the Drum

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Article by Paula Laing and Fred Roland (Hwiemtun)

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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 elk hand drums with Sheridan students, staff, and faculty. …

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. …