Collecting, Sorting, Curating

Bonne Zabolotney

My current research involves examining historical everyday Canadian artifacts to determine criteria in building a Canadian Design canon and historical and cultural value. In “Collecting, Sorting, Curating” I have begun a critical examination of my personal collection, as well as the collection of other local designers and historians. In particular I have focussed on the Eaton’s mail order catalogue and its corporate archives to determine design’s role in Canada’s retail and cultural landscape. In my second research project, I will continue this inquiry with interviews with key historians, designers, and curators. Finally, I aim to create design probes and co-creation activities that see sorting and curating as two intrinsic aspects of practice-based research.