Monday, 23 September 2019

William Morris Tattoos

At our recent AGM, there was a brief discussion on Morris patterns coming back into fashion, and taking surprising forms.
Looking to William Morris-inspired tattoos, their depictions and interpretations are unique and lovely.

Minimalist design

Delicate with colour!

Bold statement

Vibrant colour!

Arm sleeve

A stunning use of colour

Monochromatic beauty

A stunning portrait from the National Trust (UK)

A wee Strawberry Thief

"Love is Enough"

Brilliant use of colour

Beautiful blue foliage

This mannequin design is perfect for a tattoo idea!

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

AGM and A Talk on African Textiles

A Reminder about our Annual General Meeting
Monday September 16th, 2019. 7pm

Location: Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue, Toronto 

A presentation on African Textiles follows:

Tent blanket from Mali

Following the Annual General Meeting, a presentation by Barbara McCann focusing on the historical background of cloth trading and migration of people, the use of cloth to express cultural values and important events, socio-economic issues including gender-based roles which have influenced textile development, as well as amazing innovations and use of recycled materials.

Getting there: St Patrick subway station

Monday, 26 August 2019

Summer Book Club: Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang

Our summer reading is Kristy Stonell Walker's Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang. Featuring "Fifty Makers, Shakers and Heartbreakers from the Victorian Era," this book highlights the women that were integral to the Pre-Raphaelite movement. 
A fun, accessible read, it has humour and some great details!

Have you read it? Let us know your thoughts!

Monday, 8 July 2019

John Ruskin and the Beginning of the Arts & Crafts Movement

Hello to WMSC Members and Friends

The Roycroft Campus at 39 South Grove Street
East Aurora, NY 14052  (30 km SE of Buffalo)
announces a special event on September 13 and 14, 2019
celebrating the life of John Ruskin, 200 years after his birth

(  --  Please note this conference is NOT a WMSC event  --  )

There is no fee to attend the program of this Ruskin/Roycroft event 
which is co-sponsored by the 
North American Chapter of the Guild of St George 
and the Roycroft Print Shop.

Overnight accommodation, meals, etc. 
are at your own arrangement and expense.

Below are details about the program and registration.

The Guild of St George and The Roycroft Print Shop would like to invite you to our
celebration of John Ruskin’s 200 th birthday on September 13-14, 2019. It is much more
than a birthday celebration, however. We are gathering together the resources of the
Guild and Roycroft, and offering to our new century, as both organizations did at the
beginning of the 20th Century, a way to proceed. We would like you to be part of this
celebration, and also part of great things we plan for the future. Hear about the workings
of the Guild in England. Hear about Roycroft and how it works every day to strengthen
the Arts and Crafts Movement in America. Hear about and tour the Roycroft Print Shop,
the only print and graphic arts organization in the world devoted exclusively to the work
of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

The program, FOR WHICH THERE IS NO CHARGE, will open at 630pm on Friday night,
September 13th , with refreshments, a reception and a keynote address by Dr. James
Spates. Dr. Spates, who was a Professor of Sociology at Hobart and William Smith
Colleges for many years, is a world-renowned speaker and advocate of the ideas of John
Ruskin. Earlier this year, he gave a similar talk at the annual Arts and Crafts Conference in
Asheville, North Carolina. If you missed that lecture, you can now hear a similar
presentation. If you heard it, you will now be able to speak with Dr. Spates and ask you
own questions.

On Saturday, starting at 9am, you will hear a very interesting variety of presentations.
Peter Potter, a Roycroft Renaissance Artisan in Photography, will introduce you to his Arts
and Crafts Photography. This is important since, as some of you know, John Ruskin was an
avid photographer at a time when this field was first developing and allowing people to
record nature and the important works of man exactly the way they existed. Paul
Dawson, a very active member of the Guild of St George in the UK, will be giving an
important lecture on the work of George Allen, who was John Ruskin’s personal
publisher, and about William Morris who established the Kelmscott Press, and their
pioneering work in the Private Press Movement. This will be a unique lecture in the fields
of printing and publishing and the material covered may not be readily available
anywhere in the US. Professor Kay Walter will tell us how she is teaching and promoting
the work of John Ruskin today in rural Arkansas. You will be introduced to the workings of
the Roycroft Print Shop and see how we use some of yesterday’s techniques to get our
messages out today. There will then be a panel discussion, with audience participation,
where you can ask questions and state you own ideas for our Arts and Crafts Movement
of the future.

The North American Branch of the Guild of St George
and The Roycroft Print Shop

Please print the REGISTRATION FORM here.

See the FULL PROGRAM here.

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Canadian Society of Decorative Arts Symposium

Thursday September 26 - 29th, 2019, 
Kingston, Ontario
Agnes Etherton Art Centre

An invitation from our friends with the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts
Join the many decorative arts collectors, experts and enthusiasts who plan to be among the delegates in Kingston, September 26-29th.  Early bird rates end June 30th!

Honouring the past and learning about current practice in the decorative arts is reflected in this year’s theme: Trends and Traditions. To that end, the CSDA/CCAD Programming Committee has been hard at work planning and delivering an exceptional line up of lectures and events led by a stellar group of regional, national and international scholars, experts, curators, collectors and leading contemporary makers of decorative arts. Symposium delegates will also enjoy exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to private and public collections and studios, and visits to important sites and cultural attractions in the area on guided walking tours.

For more information:

Monday, 17 June 2019

Evergreen Brick Works Tour!

 The Brick-Making Machine


Our guide

Purple-Eyed Susan Sculpture on the side of the building

Old photograph of Toronto

Photos courtesy of WMSC member Heather Johnson.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Tapestry of Spirit: The Torah Stitch By Stitch Project

Rona Kosansky; cross-stitch on aida cloth; 13” wide; “Just before his death Moses views the Promised Land from Mt. Nebo. God would not allow him to enter because of an earlier transgression (Deuteronomy 34:1-4)”. Design courtesy of Ann Logan; image courtesy of Torah Stitch by Stitch.

The Textile Museum of Canada presents Tapestry of Spirit, from June 12 – November 17, 2019

Tapestry of Spirit presents the ambitious and inclusive social project to cross stitch the first five books of the Bible as well as selections from the Scriptures and Qur’an, reflecting on the theme of creation. It is an immersive installation that has been collectively created by almost 1500 volunteers of many faiths, under the artistic leadership of Temma Gentles (Toronto). Visitors will journey through nearly 1000 panels in three languages (Hebrew, Greek and Arabic) including illuminations and embellishments by stitchers from 28 countries who have interpreted these ancient narratives into contemplative, often highly personal expressions.
The award-winning documentary short film Stitchers: Tapestry of Spirit (directed by Tassie Notar and produced by 90th Parallel) will play throughout the exhibition.
Opening reception: Wednesday June 12, 5 - 8:30 PM. All are welcome!