Studio Magazine Vol. 12 No. 1

by Studio Magazine

Spring / Summer  2017

For a while now at Studio we’ve been thinking about education in craft and design. Some of our closest advisors and contributors are academics, so the issues of students and research and guided growth often come into our more general conversations about the processes and purposes of making.

But that’s only a part of the discussion. Education, in its richest sense, can be quite separate from the academies and institutions and can be deeply personal, unstructured experiences.

Unravelling in your workshop or studio, walking through a show or reading a text, smelling something good coming from the kitchen, hearing those spring birds – educating moments can refract off all those surfaces too – and a million others.

In the same way, a nation can be a grand, institutional idea that can have a 150th birthday. Or, just as nebulously, nationhood can have nothing to do with a flag, boundaries on a historic map or words in a document.

In this issue we set about prodding these ideas, seeing what we can learn about our shared experiences in Canada. We discover a common thread in this issue’s articles: that nation-making, like education, is a most natural thing but it is unlikely to happen in a meaningful way without effort and commitment; just like object making. Moreover, craft and design seem to teach us that learning and growing mean continuing to place our experiences into the continuum of our history – the entire horizon of our heritage. In so doing, we grow without the fog of nostalgia but rather with bright historical self-awareness.