Thursday, 21 April 2016

Stubbornly Spring

Last Monday, spring seemed to finally arrive in Toronto, and it was a beautiful evening to stroll the vicinity of University College at the University of Toronto. In a fuller-than-usual Room 179, WMSC board member Dr. Ann Gagné (left) addressed the WMSC on John Ruskin, the founding of the Ruskin Guild, and Ruskin's influence on Morris. Ann gave an inspiring and informative talk, and left most of us wanting to run home and start reading up more on this fascinating topic. Afterwards we retreated to the Prenup Pub for drinks (they have a fantastic beer selection), good food, and excellent conversation (pictured left).

Okay, so spring seems to have backed off a bit here, but we are confident that our St. James Cemetary Walk will be accompanied by warmer weather. Please join us on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. Click on the "Future Events" tab above for all the details (including rain date!). You may recall that last year, this walk was postponed twice and finally shelved for 2016, due to a very rainy start to the summer of 2015.

Anyway, this walk will be followed by a pub gathering in the vicinity, so what's not to love? See you there!



Monday, 11 April 2016

Events into the Summer Just Announced!

Please visit our Future Events page (tab at the top of this page) for great new events from April into June.

These include a lecture by Dr. Ann Gagne, entitled Ruskin’s Guild: Craft, Nature, and the Influence on Morris, which takes place next  Monday, April 18, at 7:30 in Room 179 of University College.

Then in May we are having the walk that had to postponed several times last summer due to heavy rain over many weekends. Former WMSC president John Wichelow will lead us around St. James' Cemetary, on Saturday May 7, starting at 2 p.m. Both April and May events will end up in a local pub for Morris-inspired fellowship and conversation.

On Sunday, June 25, a day-long symposium, Morris and the Natural World, will coincide happily with the a beautiful time of year in Toronto. There may even be a visit to a special Toronto garden!

Please visit our Future Events page for all the details and more as they come in.

Image: Trees in a lane, perhaps at Ambleside (1847) by John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Friday, 25 March 2016

Happy 182nd Birthday William!

Last Saturday, a group of about 70 members came together at University College to celebrate the 182nd birthday of William Morris. Potter and porcelain artist Joseph Panacci talked very engagingly and enthusiastically about his career, collaborations, influences, Morris, and his passion for wood-fired pottery, assisted by his lovely daughter April, who operated the gorgeous slide show.

Joseph had brought some of his wares which was a good thing, as after the lecture, most of us were salivating to see his pieces in the flesh, as it were. Sales were brisk and then Joseph gave a lovely birthday toast in honour of Morris and the cakes (three this year!) were cut.

The birthday cakes were built by the society cake team of Laura, James and Gianna. They were inspired by the "Faith, Hope and Charity" stained glass windows designed by Edward Burne-Jones and built by Morris & Co. for Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, although this same design has appeared in other churches too. The cakes were three layers of devil's food chocolate cake, sandwiched with frosting, covered in chocolate fondant, with the centres removed to house battery-operated lighting. You can see a video of the cakes, which shows the lighting quite effectively, on our Facebook page.




Thursday, 11 February 2016

Join Us!

Check out our Future Events page (click on tab above) for two exciting happenings this winter at the WMSC!

One of those features Joseph Panacci and his remarkable wood-fired clay creations (pictured to the left).

See you there!

Monday, 18 January 2016

Join us for our Next Event!


Presented in conjunction with the Textile Museum of Canada’s 40th anniversary, Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs explores the unique stories and histories that have informed hooked rugs in Canada, the highly recognizable forms of folk art with roots in 19th-century North America. Featuring over 100 hooked rugs from the Museum's rich archive of international material culture, the exhibition represents generations of artisanal entrepreneurship, women’s domestic and collective work, as well as rural development in Canada.

Useful AND beautiful, these rugs are not to be missed. Join us this coming Saturday!


Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue, Toronto
(St. Patrick subway station or Dundas 505 streetcar)
Fee at the door for WMSC members and their guests: $10

Visit the Future Events tab (above) for all the information.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Of Interest

Keep up to date with what's happening of interest to admirers of William Morris by following our Of Interest page (see tab above). There's a lot happening around the world, in Japan, the U.K., U.S. and here in Canada.

And if we've missed something, please let us know!

Left: Photo of May Morris

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Happy New Year!

All of us here at the William Morris Society of Canada wish all our members and readers a joyful, health-filled year, full of discovery, beauty, craft, and Morris-inspired fellowship and inspiration!

Check out our Future Events page (see tab above) for some great events that are being finalized. These include a private visit to Canada's Textile Museum, a stained-glass tour, a full-day symposium, a spring-time walk, more lectures, more pub visits and a Morris birthday celebration (with cake!).

Stay tuned and please follow us on our social media outlets (see the right-hand column for handy links).