Crafting New Traditions: Canadian Innovators and Influences
Edited by Melanie Egan, Alan C. Elder and Jean Johnson
June 2008, ISBN 978-0-660-19784-5
Mercury Series, Cultural Studies 84
136 pp., 30 illustrations, 17 x 24 cm, paperback
Crafting New Traditions brings together the work of 11 historians and craftspeople to address two questions: “Who has influenced the recent history of Canadian studio craft?” and “Who will be considered as the ‘pioneers’ of Canadian craft in the future?” This publication presents those innovators who have influenced five craft fields: ceramics, glass, metal, textiles and wood. It also includes five essays that look at recent leading-edge activity in the crafts.
Canadian crafts are part of our material culture; and it is through our material culture that we can understand the world around us and the worlds of the past. This publication, planned in collaboration with a symposium at Harbourfront Centre in February 2008, recognizes the accomplishments of Canadian craftspeople.