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Summer 2022

To our dedicated subscribers,

Summer has finally arrived! While out and about be sure to stop and reflect every once in a while on how decorative arts are incorporated into your summer lifestyle. Do you see garden art? Fancy BBQ shears? Fence designs? Sculptures? Wall designs? Many of these artistic displays go unnoticed but can contribute to beautiful photographs and long-lasting memories.

This season's newsletter will provide you with a roundup of CSDA/CCAD announcements, a new artist spotlight featuring textile artist Destiny Seymour, a list of Canadian exhibitions (including the very apropos Sidney Kelsie's "Right in Your Own Backyard), and some summer shopping, reading, watching, and listening content to keep you thinking about the decorative arts throughout the summer. We've also included highlights to celebrate 2022 as the Year of Glass as well as June as Indigenous History Month.

We hope you all have an enjoyable summer. With best wishes,


Announcements From the Board
Volunteer Opportunities
Are you an advocate for youth in the arts? Do you have skills in social media, websites, marketing, programming, hosting events, or finances? The CSDA/CCAD is looking for volunteers to help out with activities within the organization. Click here to apply.

Applications for New Board Members
The CSDA/CCAD welcomes expressions of interest for positions on our Board of Directors. The Society encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds. We will give priority to the following competencies - Accounting and Finance; Programs and Event Management; Marketing and Communications; and Technology.  The positions will commence at our upcoming in-person and virtual Annual General Meeting on September 23. Positions run for a two-year term. Click here to apply.

In Memoriam
John Fleming (1936-2022)
A note from CSDA/CCAD Chair Henry 
"With the sudden passing of John Fleming on April 3, 2022, the Canadian decorative arts community lost a leading light. John was a director of the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts from 1990 until his recent retirement and an editor and frequent contributor to his beloved magazine Ornamentum since its inauguration in 2006. John will be deeply missed by the CSDA/CCAD, but his legacy will live on through his extraordinary contributions."

Dr. Gary Albach (1947-2022)
Dr. Albach, a valued contributor to the most recent issue of Ornamentum, died on April 4, 2022.  A long-time collector, restorer, and executive member of the Canadian Vintage Radio Society, Dr. Albach will be missed by family, friends and fellow enthusiasts. To learn more about the Canadian Vintage Radio Society, click here.
CSDA/CCAD Symposium
Exterior of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photograph by Michel Dubreu.
CSDA/CCAD 40th Annual Symposium and Annual General Meeting
Between September 23-25, 2022 the CSDA/CCAD will be hosting its 40th Annual Symposium. The topic of this year's symposium is Historical and Cultural Treasures: Decorative Arts in Montreal/Trésors historiques et culturels: Arts décoratifs à Montréal. Talks, tours, sightseeing, and the CSDA/CCAD AGM are all on the itinerary. For the full programme of events, and information to register, click below:
Symposium Information
Johannes Vermeer, Girl With a Pearl Earring, 1665/Han Van Meegeren fake Vermeer, Christ and the Disciples at Emmaus, 1936-7
CSDA Sundays: Han Van Meegeren and the Greatest Art Fraud of the 20th Century
Dr. Carl Benn will explore how Han Van Meegeren made his fake paintings and fooled the experts for a time, and will further consider the larger meanings associated with questions of authenticity.
Date: September 11, 2022 at 3pm (EDT) Register here.

CSDA/CCAD at the Canadian National Exhibition
We are very excited to be at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) this year! Come on by and say hello and bring a friend to our booth on Friday, September 2, 2022 at the Enercare Centre. Click here for more info.

Film still featuring Jimmy Stewart, Virginia Bruce, and a Sparton "Bluebird" radio from Born to Dance (dir. Roy Del Ruth, MGM, 1936) 


The summer issue of Ornamentum is now available! To access the full issue, become a subscriber today. Click here for more info.
Article Highlights:

- The McCord Museum (1921-2021) - 100 Years Young by Guislaine Lemay, available to read here.
- When Television Was the Future by Marc Glassman, available to read here.
- Canadian By Design: Interview with Director Greg Durrell by Charlotte Mickie, available to read here.
Artist in Focus: Destiny Seymour

What inspires your textiles and design practice?

I worked in a local architecture firm as an interior designer for 10 years and was frustrated by the lack of textiles that reflected the history and culture of Indigenous peoples from Manitoba. I wanted to bring Indigenous identity into the public spaces I was designing. It was during one of my visits to the Manitoba Museum when I was inspired by the ancient pottery and bone tools held in storage. Many of the pottery shards being catalogued came from land around my community. It was part of my ancestors' legacy. I wanted to revive these patterns and learn how to create my own textiles that I could incorporate into my architecture projects. Manitoba has a rich ceramics history spanning thousands of years – I wanted to celebrate that.


From your perspective, what does modern Indigenous design and the representation of Indigenous culture within built environment, mean to you?

As a design student, I didn't see textiles or furniture designed by an Indigenous designer. I didn't see any Indigenous designers or their work in magazines. It was challenging to get through school and to begin working full-time when these images didn't exist. As a mother, it means that my daughters can see themselves in our home, in magazines, and in public spaces. They are proud of their culture, language, and community. I want them to be confident and fearless.

To learn more about Destiny's work read her interview on the Ornamentum website and follow her on Instagram here.
Exhibitions in Canada
Ignacio López Aguado. View of the Plaza and Cathedral of Mexico as it was the Year of 1796 (after José Joaquín Fabregat, Vista de la Plaza de México, 1797), 1810. Paper and dark blue sateen mounted on wood and glass, Unframed 32 x 42 cm. On loan from the Hispanic Society of America, New York, NY, on display at Faith and Fortune in The Art Gallery of Ontario.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS 

July 22, 2017 to ongoing
Folk/Funk is a whimsical exhibition that looks at the connections between professional artists and folk artists, both using clay to create social and political statements. Click here for more info.

National Art Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON

September 21, 2021 to November 13, 2022
A large steel pyramidal sculpture by Rashid Johnson has been installed in the lobby of the NAGC and is filled with plants, books, shea butter sculpture, grow-lights and video monitors. The work can be seen as a metaphor for the human brain making connections and acquiring knowledge from surrounding objects. Click here for more info.

Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Sidney Kelsie: Right in Your Own Backyard

March 25, 2022 to August 1, 2022
Sidney Kelsie’s joyful decorated home was a local landmark featuring a dizzying display of visual delight: plywood shapes coloured with vibrant house paint depicting local and mythological animals, whimsical figures, and abstract designs. The exhibition is an homage to a folk-art icon and a reminder that beauty can be all around us, right in our own backyards. Click here for more info.

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON 
Faith and Fortune: Art Across the Global Spanish Empire

June 8, 2022 to October 10, 2022
More than 200 sumptuous objects and works of art from Latin America, the Philippines and Spain, made between 1492 and 1898, are on display. Visitors will see paintings, sculpture, printed books, and textiles alongside each other, revealing their material and artistic connection. The four centuries of art represented in this exhibition provide a unique perspective on the last legacies of colonization. Click here for more info.

OCAD University, Toronto, ON
pi'tawita'iek: we go up river

June 15, 2022 to December 10, 2022
This exhibition and mural by Indigenous artist Jordan Bennett is based on his relationship with Mi'kmaq porcupine quillwork and its graphic patterns, bright colours, and inspiring stories. A free publication, public program of events, and educational tours will activate both projects. Click here for more info.

The University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB 
June 20, 2022 to August 5, 2022
Original and recent sculptural installations plus video material by Nunatsiavut artist Mark Igloliorte are currently on display in this new exhibition. Igloliorte's work intertwines concepts and themes that include observational engagement, skateboard culture and public space, and language. Click here for more info.
In the News
Display of folded quilts. Photo courtesy of Honeybea
To Shop
Honeybea is an online shop working with vintage and heritage textiles to produce comfortable and sustainable clothing. It is based in Toronto, ON. Click here for more info.

Explore IndigenArtsy: an online shop operated by Indigenous women volunteers that is dedicated to the promotion and sales of Indigenous art across Canada. Click here for more info. 

Admire the stained-glass work by La Vie en Verre by artist Stéphanie Couturier. Click here for more info. Couturier was also featured in an Ornamentum interview, which you can read here.

To Watch
Learn more about Leah Allison and her creation of Big Eddy Glass Works a glass blowing company based in Revelstoke, British Columbia. Click here for more details about the company.
Contemplate "Listen to the Flames," a powerful work by glass artist Toan Klein who commemorates nineteen of his family members, all Lithuanian Jews, who were killed during the Holocaust. "Listen to the Flames is on long-term display at the Darchei Noam Synagogue in Toronto, Ontario. Click here for more info about Toan Klein.
To Read
The Textile Museum of Canada has a new CEO: Kristen Camper. Read more about her role and background here.

Learn more about Canadian Indigenous decorative artists through the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada directory. You can access the directory here; it is sorted by medium.

A rare 5000-year-old drum has been found in the UK that and will be on display at the British Museum until mid-July. Read more here. For further information regarding what ancient objects such as these reveal about children, click here.

To Listen
Take a listen to the podcast Everything is Alive which tells stories of objects from their point of view. Click here for more info.

If you're into woodworking, then we recommend Fine Woodworking - Shop Talk Live podcast that provides tricks, tips, and information on everyday activities surrounding woodworking. Click here for more info.

Talking Out Your Glass is timely podcast for this Year of Glass. The hosts interview artists who work with hot, warm, and cold glass. Click here for more info.
New CSDA/CCAD Members
Iris Chu* AB
Kerri Rubman AB
Renee Swtizer BC
Marla Dobson* ON
Richard Fulton ON
David Israelson ON
Kenn Norman ON
Jonathan Walford ON

*Young Professionals and Creatives
Kenn Norman ON
Jonathan Walford ON

Isabelle Weiss MI (USA)

Musée des métiers d'arts du Québec 
Centre des textiles contemporains de Montréal
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Aganetha Dyck is an acclaimed Canadian artist born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, known internationally for her sculptural collaborations with live honeybees and her transformation of domestic objects and processes. Celebrating the beauty of the honeycomb, Dyck is interested in environmental issues, specifically the power of the small and in interspecies communication. Her research asks questions about the ramifications all living beings would experience should honeybees disappear from earth.

Célébrant la beauté des structures alvéolaires, Dyck s’intéresse aux questions environnementales, plus précisément au pouvoir des petits et à la communication interespèces. Ses recherches posent des questions sur les ramifications que tous les êtres vivants subiraient si les abeilles disparaissaient de la terre.
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