Donald A. Stuart - Custom Designer - Goldsmith, Midhurst, Ontario, Jewellery, Corporate Gifts, Architectural Installations
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  In 1969, Stuart initiated the unique weaving project for Inuit women at Pangnirtung, on Baffin Island, Nunavut. This environment is the source of inspiration for many of his designs. Today, this project thrives as a very successful enterprise and is the largest hand-weaving studio in Canada. The Canadian Museum of History mounted a major 30-year exhibition of the Pangnirtung tapestries in February 2002 which then toured through 2008. In 1995, Pangnirtung honoured Mr. Stuart with a community feast and a Recognition Award for his “dedication and contribution to the people of Pangnirtung”. In July of 2010, he was invited for the 40th anniversary celebrations where he witnessed just how important this enterprise has become for the Inuit people.

In 1972 Stuart joined the Design Arts faculty at the Barrie Campus of Georgian College. The first program he initiated was in weaving, and then in 1989, he launched the unique Jewellery and Metals Program. It was the only college jewellery program in North America to incorporate co-operative education (paid work terms) in its curriculum. His passion for excellence resulted in many national and international honours for his students. His graduates in both weaving and jewellery have gone on to significant careers and are making their own impact and contributions to Canadian culture. In 1990, Georgian College awarded him the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching and upon retiring from full-time teaching in September 2001, he was further honoured by being made the College’s first Professor Emeritus. Stuart took early retirement to concentrate on his freelance studio work. Since 2003, he has had 5 major exhibitions including Homage, which has been travelling in Canada.

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