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Sunday, October 3, 2021 in conjunction with the CSDA fall symposium, CSDA/CCAD EXPLORE - Young Professionals & Creatives is hosting a talk with Anjli Patel.

CERAMICS ON THE RUNWAY: Exploring the Medium Beyond the Museum

Anjli Patel will explore the work of renowned designers who are creatively inspired by decorative ceramic objects and who incorporate ceramics into their work.

Event Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm (EDT)

Register HERE 

Image detail: Brian Rochefort "the bad boy of ceramics" x Kris Van Assche for Berluti SS21

NOTE: This event is also open to Gardiner Museum Patrons. This event is part of the 2021 CSDA Symposium - Preservation meets Innovation


Anjli Patel is a lawyer and trademark agent who has tirelessly devoted her practice to helping independent designers understand their rights, know their worth, and navigate all areas of the law that impact their fashion business, including contract, employment, and intellectual property. Her legal advice is infused with extensive knowledge of fashion industry structure and business practices, and delivered with discretion, sensitivity, and care, resulting in a truly specialized, value-added service. 

After attending law school at the University of Calgary, articling at Borden Ladner Gervais, and completing Fordham University’s pioneering fashion law course in New York City, she was inspired to merge her lifelong interest in the  business of fashion with the practice of law.

Anjli has written for The Business of Fashion, Paper, and ELLE India, is a mentor at Ryerson University's Fashion Zone incubator, and is a board member at Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. Known locally as a "fashion lawyer", Anjli uses her platform to educate on the value of Canadian design, and, through buying, wearing, and promoting independent designers, she leads by example. Anjli is a current member of the Gardiner Museum's Young Patrons Circle

Young Professionals and Creatives (YP&C) - Based on feedback from members, the CSDA/CCAD initiated YP&C to further its commitment to diversity and to reflect growing interest in areas such as design, architecture, fashion, and environmentally responsible practices.  For those 19-40 - find out more HERE.

Join the CSDA as it celebrates its 39th Annual Symposium and General Meeting on October 1-3, 2021

This year's theme -  'Preservation Meets Innovation' will take us to the beautiful Kitchener-Waterloo region for interactive online talks, tours and lectures from academics, local artists and curators. A special 40th anniversary panel discussion is being planned as well as the popular Marian Bradshaw Lecture.

In-person talks and exhibitions will take place at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery.  As well, a tour of a private 1842 "Georgian Mennonite" home and associated collection is planned for October 2, 2021. (if health restrictions permit)

Detailed program information and registration is open now. Click HERE for access to the program and bios. 

Sunday, October 17, 2021 Join Jennifer Franks for her "Collectors at Home: Artists as Collectors" series presentation 

Fashioning Old into New: A History of Artist-Collectors 

From cabinets of natural curiosities, known as Kunstkammern, to porcelain vessels for tea and chocolate consumption, artists have collected a myriad of ancient to modern decorative objects, reflected in their fine art practices. For the second session of the CSDA/CCAD series “Collectors at Home”, Jennifer Franks will discuss this topic in her lecture “Fashioning Old into New: A History of Artist-Collectors”, followed by a selection of artist guests, who will speak on their collections at home or in the studio.

Event Time: 3pm (EDT)

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Image (top): Still Life, Tea Set, oil on canvas, Jean-Étienne Liotard, circa 1781-1783, J. Paul Getty Museum.

Image (bottom): Art Chamber Closet (Kunstkammer), oil on canvas, Domenico Remps, 1689, Museo delle Pietre dure dell'Opificio, Florence.


Jennifer Franks, decorative arts specialist, scholar and founder of Vertu Art + Design, holds a MA in the history of European decorative arts and design and curatorial studies from Parsons, The New School (New York). She has worked as Researcher, Curator and Executive Director for renowned public and private art collections/institutions. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Toronto.

The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/ Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs was formed, with the generous support
of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, to provide a forum for all those interested in the decorative arts.
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