Made in Canada

Made in Canada

Craft and Design in the Sixties

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Univ of Toronto Pr
Leading artists, curators, and art historians from Douglas Coupland to Paul Bourassa look at design and Canadian identity in the 1960s. The decade began with government programs that presented Canada as a sophisticated and autonomous nation. Design initiatives such as modern airports, space satellites, and a new national flag culminated in one last, great expression of optimism: Expo 67. As Canada celebrated its centennial, it was also rocked by struggles for identity. Canadians embraced this heightened sense of individuality and demanded products as unique as they were. The essays in this volume look at how designers and craftspeople responded with solutions that were made in Canada.

McGill Queens Univ Pr
Leading Canadian artists, curators, and art historians from Douglas Coupland to Paul Bourassa look at questions of design and national identity in the 1960s.
The red maple leaf is the quintessential symbol of Canada and the flag that popularized it throughout the world was designed in the 1960s as a result of government legislation aimed at creating a vital, new Canadian national identity through objects, events, and building projects. Made in Canada looks at the development of Canadian craft, design, and culture through ambitious government programs meant to reinforce the country's identity as a modern, sophisticated, and autonomous nation. As well, it documents the demise of a singular notion of modern life and its replacement with a focus on personal identity and consumerism. Changes in the 1960s included the building of modern airports, first space satellite, and new national symbols such as the maple leaf flag. Canadians embraced this heightened sense of individuality and demanded products that were equally individual. As a result pop culture objects sat on cool furniture influenced by Scandinavian modernism while handmade crafts reflected a growing concern with environmental issues. Expo 67 was the turning point - one final expression of optimism before Canada was rocked by social change and varied struggles for identity. Made in Canada examines national dreams and expressions of individuality in thoughtful and illuminating essays.Contributors include Sandra Alfoldy (NSCAD University), Paul Bourassa (Musée des beaux-arts de Québec), Brent Cordner (designer and educator, Toronto), Douglas Coupland (artist and author, Vancouver), Bernard Flaman (Government of Saskatchewan), Rachel Gotlieb (freelance curator and writer, Toronto), Michael Large (Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning), and Michael Prokopow (Design Exchange).

Publisher: Montrâeal [Que.] : Published for Design Exchange, Toronto in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Civilization by McGill-Queen's University Press, Ă2005
ISBN: 9780773572744
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 128 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color), portrait


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