A Collaboration between Sheridan Bachelor of Craft and Design Furniture the Small Arms Society, Indigenous Youth and Codesign, this community partnership saw Sheridan furniture students and Indigenous Youth design and fabricate pieces for a Community Living Room within the Small Arms Inspection Building. The SAIB is situated on territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the traditional homeland of the Wendat, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee nations.
Inspired by the space surrounding and within the Small Arms Inspection Building, Ashely, Catherine and Keelan looked to their connection to the land. Understanding the important role of women in the history of this place, the artists identified the pine seed emerging as a strong symbol for representing voice, women and the integration of the natural place within this built environment. The pine seed form used to create the coat hooks provides a function but also represents healing, and women’s wisdom. Among the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee, the pine tree is the Tree of Peace. Pine needles, sap, bark, and seeds were/are used for medicine, handicrafts, and food. The seeds only come from the female cones, acknowledging the matrilineal nature of First Nations society and the female workforce of the building during WWII. The winged seeds are carried by the wind allowing them to disperse widely and regenerate. Carefully considered and beautifully made, these pieces echo the history of the First Nations people of the land as a place upon which this built space now sits.
Collaborators: Ashley Macdonald, Catherine Beaver, Keelan Patriquin