The Kroeger Clocks Heritage Foundation – Brand Development and Virtual Museum

'The Virtual Museum of Mennonite Clocks' is a multi-year project including the creation of an on-line museum featuring Mennonite timepieces. With the support of Kroeger Clocks Heritage Foundation, the website features more than six videos, five in-depth clock stories, a community-based blog, and an exhibit of Mennonite clocks. An online database is nearing completion. Objectives include:

  • initial project conceptualization
  • brand development including logo creation
  • overall project organization
  • assembling a project team including; exhibitions developer, researcher, editor, photographer, videographer, digital re-touch specialist, consulting historians and conservationists
  • on-line museum website development and design
  • writing, editing and creative conceptualization
  • art directing photography and videography
  • exhibition design

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The Kroeger Clocks Heritage Foundation logo is based on the original Kroeger Clock and Motor Works factory, circa 1910.

A virtual museum with stories, videos, blogs and exhibits.

 

THE ART OF MENNONITE CLOCKS – Temporary Exhibition

This stunning temporary exhibition, a collaboration between the Kroeger Clocks Heritage Foundation and the Mennonite Heritage Village, showcases more than thirty-three handmade Mennonite clocks and their stories.

“I want each of you to know that you have done very good work for MHV in designing and unveiling this exhibit, ‘The Art of Mennonite Clocks’. The exhibit itself is stunning, to say the least.”

– Barry Dyck  Executive Director, Mennonite Heritage Village

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The exhibit opening attracted a large crowd including clock owners who generously loaned their clocks for the exhibit.

 

THE russian Mennonite Story – Publication Design

Art direction and graphic design of a 106-page, full-colour book, ‘The Russian Mennonite Story’, published by the Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies at the University of Winnipeg. The design focus was to showcase and highlight nearly 100 archival photos, many of which the public had never seen before. The images tell the story alongside well-crafted text. Carefully scanned archival maps, retouched historical photographs, and a unique print technique combined to make this a stunning publication. Purchase here. 2018

“Thanks for your creativity and hard work. Your design of this book is incredible and made it into something that is truly special. It has been wonderful to work with you."  

– Dr. Aileen Friesen  Executive Director, D. F. Plett Historical Research Foundation, Assistant Professor at the University of Winnipeg

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‘SPIRIT LINES‘ NORTHERN OUTREACH PROGRAM – Educational book Design

‘Spirit Lines’ is a book and audio project produced by the Manitoba Museum resulting in an educational tool kit for use in two Northern communities in Manitoba. Important oral histories were recorded in English, Cree and Oji-Cree by prominent figures from the community. Along side the audio stories, books were designed to provide transcripts in all three languages to facilitate language teaching. 

The Spirit Lines project was awarded the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Museums: the History Alive! Award, and was showcased at the 20th Anniversary of the Interior Design Show in Toronto in 2018 which aims to represent the best of Canadian design.

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Assiniboia Residential School – Interpretive Signage

Led by the Indigenous Relations Division, this exhibit represents one of the City of Winnipeg’s responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Responsibilities included art direction and graphic design for nine interpretive panels and banners telling the story of survivors’ experiences in the Assiniboia Residential School from 1958 to 1973. They are showcased in Winnipeg’s City Hall and the in Millennium Library in downtown Winnipeg. 2018

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“The work you have done…will help to share a hidden local history and help educate Winnipeggers on the legacy of residential schools. Chi meegwetch!” 

– Carole Fréchette  Indigenous Relations Division Community Projects and Initiatives Assistant at City of Winnipeg

 

‘Storied Places’ Exhibit – Temporary Exhibit

The temporary exhibition ‘Storied Places’, at the Mennonite Heritage Village, is about immigrants, their descendants, and how they relate to the concept of 'home'. Art direction and graphic design for ten interpretive panels printed on a beautiful transparent substrate, which hung in the gallery, illustrate the stories. 2017

A heritage colour palette was used to 'tint' the photographs which were printed on a transparent substrate and illuminated from behind with gallery lighting.

 Over-size transparent banners with beautifully tinted images hung in the gallery

Over-size transparent banners with beautifully tinted images hung in the gallery

 

Mennonite Floor Patterns Field Journal

Since 2001 Margruite Krahn has been involved in the restoration and documentation of Neubergthal, a late-nineteenth-century Mennonite street village and National Historic Site in Manitoba. While visiting several historic housebarns, she uncovered hand-painted patterns on the floorboards. She proceeded to recreate these historic floor patterns which are featured in this field journal. Pages have room for sketching and writing. This project accompanied her exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and required design, production management, photography art direction, and overseeing the print process. 2017

The field journal has a 'stitched' spine and therefore opens flat for sketching and writing.

This book make a great gift, contact me for more information!

 A replica of the Sommerfeld housebarn floor pattern, at the Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach, Manitoba, handpainted by M. Krahn, 2010.

A replica of the Sommerfeld housebarn floor pattern, at the Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach, Manitoba, handpainted by M. Krahn, 2010.

Detail of a historic Mennonite floor pattern.

Floor pattern detail.

Pages in the book have either ruled lines for journaling or blank pages for sketching.

 Each floor pattern is featured at the back of the book information on the origins of the pattern.

Each floor pattern is featured at the back of the book information on the origins of the pattern.

 

Winnipeg youth Chorus

The Winnipeg Youth Chorus has been steadily increasing its membership and needed an identity upgrade. Identity design including; logo, flyers, banners and business cards. 2017

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 Front and back of flyer design.

Front and back of flyer design.

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 Front and back of pop-up banner design.

Front and back of pop-up banner design.

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