Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Textile Museum Tour - Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios

Our first event of 2020 is coming up on January 18 at the Textile Museum. 

Tour of Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios

Location: Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue (Dundas St. W & University Ave., St. Patrick subway)
When:  Saturday, January 18, 11:15 am tour of exhibit 
(Meet at 11 am, when the Museum opens).
Cost:  $12 (Payable to the Museum when you arrive at 11)

Printed Textiles from  Kinngait  Studios  presents the little-known story of a group of Inuit artists and printmakers who produced a collection of graphic textiles in Kinngait, (Cape Dorset, Nunavut) in the 1950s and 60s – a period of social change that disrupted traditional language and relationships to the land. 

Made for interior décor during a period when artist-designed textiles were popular in North America and Europe, these mid-century designs depict legends, stories, and traditional ways of life. They provide vital points of connection between contemporary Inuit community members and the creativity and resourcefulness of previous generations.  

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Lecture: Guild Park and Gardens

Guild Park and Gardens: Past, Present, and Future
Thursday November 21st, 2019. 7:00pm
University College, University of Toronto, Room 140
15 King's College Circle, Toronto
(Queen's Park Subway station)

John Mason will present an illustrated lecture on the history and future of Guild Park and Gardens (formerly known as Guildwood Park) including the inspiration its founders drew from the Arts and Crafts movement and their own passion for natural and architectural heritage preservation. 

Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, Rosa and Spencer Clark in 1932 decided to model their recently purchased property into the Canadian equivalent of Roycroft. They duly founded the “Guild of All Arts” on the Scarborough bluffs, providing a home and a forum for artists and artisans. Many of these were contemporaries or students of members of the Group and Seven whose influence is evident in the work produced on the site. Over ensuing decades, the Clarks built a reputation as patrons of the arts and preservationists, amassing a huge art collection and preserving architectural fragments from dozens of demolished buildings in Toronto.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Loewe: William De Morgan Collection

Premiering November 14, 2019.

 The work of British ceramicist William De Morgan is celebrated in LOEWE's new capsule collection conceived as a world of colour, texture and playful imagination.

De Morgan was renowned for his Arts and Crafts tile designs. Now his fantastic creatures and floral arabesques are reimagined in this capsule collection of ready-to-wear, accessories and charms for both men and women. Certain details are enlarged on coats and bags, while others are hand-stitched onto oversized scarves and knitwear. Some garments, such as a woollen dragon’s tail, or a horned knitted beanie, remake the wearer as a monster themselves. This is a collection in which the imagination is set free, and the magical is blended with the everyday.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts

A new series by the BBC!

In a timely social experiment, six modern day craftspeople are sent 'back in time' to live in a remote country house where they immerse themselves in the idealistic dreams of Arts and Crafts visionaries.
A group of 21st-century crafters move in to a late-1800s Victorian Arts & Crafts commune in the Welsh hills to renovate four of the key rooms in the house.

Find it online HERE, or it will air in Canada on TVO Wednesday December 25th at 7pm.

Monday, 28 October 2019

Holiday Dinner!

Mark your calendars!

This year the WMSC will once again hold its annual Holiday Dinner at the UofT Faculty Club's Wedgwood Room!

UofT Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street
Wedgwood Room

December 17th, 2019
5:30 pm

The buffet dinner will include Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options.

Cost is inclusive of all taxes but excluding the bar.
$60 for Members
$65 for Non-members.

Download forms here and mail them to us with cheque enclosed.

Or fill in the Google form AND pay online:


Questions? Email us at info@wmsc.ca

260 Fingers


Opening/Vernissage: Friday, November 8 6-9pm
Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10, 10am-5pm

Vernissage: vendredi, le 8 novembre de 18h à 21h
Samedi et dimanche, les 9 et 10 novembre de 10h à 17h

Free Admission Entrée libre


The Glebe Community Centre
175 Third Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1S 2K2

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Call for Emerging Scholar Speaker Series

The William Morris Society of Canada is looking for proposals from young and emerging scholars on the broad subject of the Arts and Crafts.
The topics may include, but are not limited to: the Pre-Raphaelites, William Morris (life and works), the handmade, craft, literature, poetry, textiles, furniture, ceramics, intersectional feminism, woodcarving, fashion, Socialism, popular culture, etc.

The WMSC asks that you submit a 250 word proposal to info@wmsc.ca with the subject headline: "Emerging Scholar Speaker Series".
If you are an undergraduate, we ask for a 20-minute presentation. Graduate students and emerging scholars (within the first 5 years of your career) we ask for a 1-hour presentation.
Presentations will be given in Toronto, scheduled in 2020.

Due date is November 15th, 2019.