Sunday, 25 February 2018

Boustead Arts and Crafts Home

The Society was treated to a members-only tour of this beautiful Arts and Crafts home this past weekend. Exposed beams and stunning natural light captured our hearts.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Lecture: Time Travel with William Morris and HG Wells

Join us February 22nd, 2018 at  7:30 pm at University College for a lecture by Trevor Lloyd!

Before Edward Bellamy and William Morris, utopias were usually set in distant and unknown lands; after News from Nowhere they have usually been set in the future.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Nunatsiavut Art and Craft

For anyone interested in Nunatsiavut art and craft, and in preparation for our trip to Newfoundland and Labrador this summer, a wonderful overview article, and excerpt from SakKijâjuk by Dr. Heather Igloliorte.

Read further by clicking on the image.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Group Tour of Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles!

Join us for a Curator's Tour at the Textile Museum of Canada,  55 Centre Avenue Entrance 
Saturday January 13th, 2018: 11:00 am

"Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles" presents over 50 textiles and garments from the Textile Museum of Canada’s collection of 19th and 20th century artifacts made in Japan for both everyday and occasional use. Luxurious silk and gold fabrics produced in Kyoto’s professional weaving workshops are juxtaposed with domestic indigo-dyed cotton, plant-fibre cloth, and silk kimonos crafted in an astonishing spectrum of time-honoured techniques.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Support makers, craft, and the handmade!

Support this amazing organization dedicated to promoting craft, makers, and the handmade!

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1106 Queen Street West   
Toronto, ON, Canada
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T 416 921 1721

Morrisian Spotlight: Katrín Jakobsdóttir

Photograph: Katrin Jakobsdottir centre, with current and former Society chairs Martin Stott and Ruth Levitas in a pub in Reykjavik

    Morrisian elected as Icelandic Prime Minister!

    Katrin Jakobsdottir, leader of Vinstri Graen (RedGreen), has served as Minister for Education, Science and Culture in the Green Left Government of 2009-13 and has taught at the University of Iceland where she is a specialist in Scandi crime literature. She is also an enthusiastic Morrisian and gave a lecture to the British chapter of the Society tour in 2013.
    In the lecture, entitled Good Afternoon Mr Morris she demonstrated an extraordinary knowledge both of Morris’s range of contributions to society, culture and politics, but also to their continuing impacts in Iceland. She structured her talk after the time travel of News from Nowhere, around the idea of Morris’s reappearance in present day Iceland, ‘our demented age’, where he joins her and her two brothers in a discussion over dinner.
    The themes of their ‘discussion’ ranged over what she considered to be likely to be Morris’s chief interests on his return; the survival of the Icelandic way of life including the way Icelandic embroidery has influenced modern Icelandic design; the preservation of historic houses and the pressures of redevelopment;  Morris’s views on how to build new businesses based on beauty and quality; the importance of the local as opposed to the mass-produced;  the difficulties faced by socialism, particularly ‘the fragmentation that seems to be a constant of the political left wing, exactly as he experienced in the late nineteenth century’; democracy and the role of the media including social media and the experience of direct democracy in Iceland’s recent history; the chasm between the power of big corporations and the working class; the integration in perspective between ‘domestic beautification’ and the class struggle and equality; sustainability and the intrinsic value of wilderness, and finally his likely views on ‘Game of Thrones’.
    A feminist, socialist, peace activist and climate change campaigner, she leads a coalition of centre right parties who mainly represent fishing and farming interests and are strongly Eurosceptic.

Martin Stott