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CSDA Sundays: 'Makers Series' with Metalsmith Wesley Harris, RCA

Sunday, March 7, 2021 3pm to 4:30pm EST 

Beginning with definitions of Silversmith and Goldsmith, in the first half of his presentation Wesley illustrates two smithing techniques as seen in the creation of his tea service (pictured here).  In the second half, Mr. Harris discusses Nature as a source of inspiration and how it appears in his work. (Please note that this event will be recorded) 

You can purchase Wesley's book ($57.45 including shipping within Canada) 

Mentor & Metalsmith: The Silver Art of Arthur Brecken & Wesley Harris  


Contact Wesley directly at : metalsmith@wesleyharris.ca to place an order.


Wesley Harris began silver work during high school.  In 1981, he graduated with an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  He worked as a commercial silver designer in the U. S. until 1986, then returned to Canada and began his career as a freelance silversmith.  In 2015, Wesley was inducted into the RCA (Royal Canadian Academy of Arts). Wesley currently lives and works in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. 

Register through Eventbrite here. A Zoom link will be sent to all attendees prior to the Event


Mary Samuellie Pudlat (1923 – 2001), Fish and Shadows; linen screen printed; 88 x 118 cm. On loan from the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative. Reproduced with the permission of Dorset Fine Arts.

Photo: Darren Rigo

Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios mounted by the Textile Museum of Canada.

Saturday, March 27, 3pm EST

The exhibition 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.

The cotton and linen fabrics with bold designs are a physical record of a relatively short-lived experimental initiative undertaken during the early days of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative when Kinngait’s famous print program was just beginning

Lead Curator Roxane Shaughnessy will speak about the history and impact of the fabric printing initiative and its continued relevance today.


Roxane Shaughnessy, Senior Curator | Manager of Collection at the Textile Museum of Canada, leads the development and research of the Museum’s permanent collection of over 15,000 textiles, and manages the digital assets. She has over twenty years of experience curating exhibitions from the collection, most recently Printed Textiles from Kinngait (Cape Dorset) Studios (2019), and Ancestry and Artistry: Maya Textiles from Guatemala (2013). She holds a Master of Arts in anthropology and previously held positions at the Royal Ontario Museum and as President of the Textile Society of America.

Registration (CSDA Member - free)  HERE 

Purchase catalogue  HERE 

"Collectors at Home"

The CSDA/CCAD will be highlighting some of the beautiful, rare and/or sentimental pieces our members enjoy behind closed doors. To participate in the 2021 virtual presentationsplease contact info@csda-ccad.org

This is a members event, so if you are not a member and would like to participatejoin the CSDA  to receive our magazine Ornamentum and access to more events like these.


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