In good hands [electronic resource] : the women of the Canadian Handicrafts Guild /
Ellen Easton McLeod.
Montreal ; Ithaca : Published for Carleton University by McGill-Queen's University Press, c1999.
xiii, 361 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
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Montreal ; Ithaca : Published for Carleton University by McGill-Queen's University Press, c1999.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-341) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Ellen Easton McLeod has her MA in Canadian Art History from Carleton University. She lives in Ottawa.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-09-01:
In the wake of the arts and crafts movement taking place in other parts of the world toward the end of the 19th century, a group of Montreal women, led by Alice Peck and May Phillips, started a handicraft guild. Part of the larger organization of Women's Art Association of Canada, this group aimed to preserve the Canadian crafts heritage, promote art and craft, and create employment in rural areas. McLeod, a researcher in art and social history, documents the history of this handicrafts movement from its beginning in 1905 up to 1936. Basing her account on such primary source materials as minutes and yearbooks of the National Council of Women of Canada, McLeod begins with the personal histories of Peck and Phillips and continues by documenting the activities, outreach, and the organizational and social evolution of the guild in its time. Not only does this volume offer an important record of the Canadian handicrafts movement, it also makes a significant contribution to the discourse on the roles of women artists and craftspersons in the history of art. The fluent and profusely annotated text is illustrated by period photographs. Appendixes; extensive bibliography. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. M. Tulokas; Rhode Island School of Design
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Main Description
The Canadian Handicrafts Guild broadened the definition of art and the artist in Canada. Linking decorative arts with home arts and handicrafts, the Guild consistently showed them together at annual exhibitions at the art gallery in Montreal and formed a permanent collection documenting old and contemporary crafts. The Guild women combined creativity and philanthropy, voluntarism and an entrepreneurial spirit, education and concern with quality, in a movement that provided income and recognition to craftspeople and a craft legacy to Canada. In Good Hands is alive with the interplay between art and social history, and the issues this dialogue raised at the time and those we bring to it now constantly overlap. It deals with noblesse oblige and the era's patronizing attitude to cultural difference, but shows how the Guild consciously fostered an inclusive national feeling by exhibiting and selling crafts of all Canadians on an equal footing. It also draws a much broader perspective of women's roles in shaping our culture than has been the norm in Canadian art history.
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McLeod, an independent researcher in art and social history, combines these interests in her examination of the interplay between art and society in early 20th century Canada. She explores issues such as the patronizing cultural attitudes of the era in contrast with the ways that the Guild exhibited and sold the crafts of all Canadians on equal footing. Dozens of b&w photographs display the work of these women, and others including Canadiens, and indigenous Canadians.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. x
List of Abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. I
Remarkable Womenp. II
Arts and Crafts Movements and Women in Britain, the U.S. and Canadap. 50
Attempts to Promote Crafts in Canada: 1880-1902p. 72
Montreal Stakes its Claim for Handicraftsp. 90
Breakaway: 1904-1907p. 114
The Canadian Handicrafts Guild: Establishing a Reputationp. 140
National and International Exposurep. 167
Embracing the "Other"p. 203
The Guild's Multicultural Mosaicp. 234
The Saga of the Guild's Book on Craftsp. 250
Crafts Come Into Their Own: 1920s to 1940sp. 261
The Legacyp. 280
Conclusion: Something Worthwhilep. 296
The Constitution and By-Laws of the Canadian Handicrafts Guildp. 301
Presidents of the Canadian Handicrafts Guild: National Guild and Quebec Branchp. 307
Bibliographyp. 309
Indexp. 342
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