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Canadian Society of Decorative Arts 'Sunday Maker Series'

The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/Cercle Canadien des arts décoratifs (CSDA/CCAD) announces its next CSDA SUNDAYS online event with the latest instalment of the MAKERS SERIES, scheduled for November 7, 2021.



Canadian Society of Decorative Arts ‘Sunday Maker Series’

Heart, Hand and Eye: A Cabinetmakers’ Conversation

The CSDA/CCAD, in partnership with Crafted Vancouver, will host a live, illustrated conversation with Robert Van Norman, the founder, resident craftsman and teacher at the renowned Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking, based on Keats Island in British Columbia, Canada.

Robert will be joined by Jessie LaFleur, an emerging woodwork artist and recent alumnus of the school, whose Discovery Islands Collection embodies the principles of the Amateur Way.

The conversation will be moderated by Marion Couvreur of Crafted Vancouver and herself a graduate of the school.

Join them as they discuss their approach to woodcraft, the creation of the Inside Passage School, its founding principles inspired by the late James Krenov, and the common thread woven between them. An accompanying slideshow will present Robert and Jessie’s work.

Registration and tickets available for this online event through EVENTBRITE

About the participants

Robert Van Norman is the founder and resident craftsman/teacher at Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking. Robert completed a traditional apprenticeship under master cabinetmaker Erich Janisch, then refined his skills at the College of the Redwoods (now the Krenov School), where he was mentored by the late James Krenov. In 1991, Robert founded a small woodworkers cooperative where he began to make commissioned and speculative pieces of his own design. His work has been exhibited throughout North America, Europe and Japan. He has taught and lectured internationally.

Jessie LaFleur is a Vancouver Island-based furniture maker. His Discovery Islands Collection builds on his experiences at the Inside Passage School in the whimsically titled Impractical Cabinetmaker Program. By exploring methods that highlight the living qualities of wood —naturally occurring shapes, grain, colour and texture— he builds carefully composed cabinetry that captures the imagination of its maker and the audience.

Marion Couvreur left her engineering career to begin cabinetmaking studies at the Inside Passage School, graduating in 2019. She continues to practise her craft as an amateur, and has joined Crafted Vancouver to promote the work of artists, artisans and crafts people in Canada and overseas.

The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/ Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs (CSDA/CCAD) is a charitable organization in Canada founded in 1981 by the generous support of the McDonald Stewart Foundation. CSDA/CCAD provides the decorative arts community with opportunities to meet other enthusiasts, collectors, professionals and students who collectively delight in and give visibility to the diverse spectrum of material culture and design.

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