September 25th, 2010
Haida Made: New Collaborations in Design documents a unique cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration between First Nations artists and Canadian product designers. The exhibition is a record of the project’s first year and weaves together elements of contemporary art, craft production, ethnobotany, anthropology, community development and modern design. Speculative work is presented alongside documentation of traditional forms to investigate the role of design and reveal the process of new product development. In contrast with the familiar, historical presentations of First Nations culture – artefacts preserved under glass – Haida Made presents something much more dynamic: a living, breathing culture with a critical role in Canada’s future.