Beyond Vancouver BC

Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Steveston BC

I was delighted to accept an opportunity to research in the Gulf of Cannery, a National Historic site, in Steveston BC . My original plan was to base my work on the structure but it was the machinery that fascinated me. The site is bitterly cold all year round: naturally cooled by the chilly waters below, an ideal site for working with fresh fish. In the days of original produvtion, the cannery was far removed from easy access to machinery so the many adaptive re-uses reflect inventive thinking of those times.

Besides drawing machines, I clambered over pieces in storage, taking note of manufacturers and places of origin. Machines included Lister from England, various from Sweden and USA – + Smart Turner from Hamilton. Some unique rubbings, I used in collages with drawings, adding facts and information to the pieces. (see example next week)

Published by Jo Scott-B

Exploring medieval design and fascinated by leaf patterns *Founding member of Heritage Vancouver, *Served on The City of Vancouver’s Heritage Commission *Heritage Award for her paintings of grocery stores built in Vancouver in the 1930s and earlier * Artist in Residence at Cannery in Steveston BC

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