Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design

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Vancouver, British Columbia
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flag and a Badge
April 20, 2007
Vol. V, p. 137

Arms of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design
Arms of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design
Flag of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design
Badge of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design
 
Arms of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design

Arms of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design

Blazon

Azure six piles reversed throughout Argent, three in bend meeting in point, three in bend sinister meeting in point, all counterchanged;

Symbolism

The colours are those associated with the Institute and its setting. The pattern on the shield is a geometric allusion to perspective, both in its literal sense, as interpreted by artists over many centuries, or in the much wider sense of the different points of view each artist brings to his or her own work. As well, it symbolizes how the various forms of art challenge us to see things in new ways.

Crest

Blazon

Issuant from flames a Coast Salish spindle whorl charged with a raven all Argent embellished Azure;

Symbolism

The Coast Salish raven styled by Susan Point represents, as it does in many West Coast First Nations cultures, transformation and cleverness. In this instance, it represents Emily Carr’s interest in the First Peoples as well as the idea that the artist transforms materials to give them new shape and meaning and that art can transform the way the viewer perceives the world. The flames symbolize the idea that the Institute’s professors liberate what burns in each student and what sets them on fire.

Supporters

Blazon

Two crows Azure standing on a rock Argent above barry wavy Argent and Azure;

Symbolism

The crow is the smaller cousin of the raven, but unlike the raven is at home in urban areas. Here the crows represent the Institute’s urban setting on Granville Island next to the waters of False Creek. As well, they are noted for their intelligence, and thus symbolize the intellectual quotient in all aesthetic endeavours.

Motto

Blazon

EYE MIND AND HAND;

Symbolism

These words signify the linking together of the perception and visualization of the world through the eyes, the operation of the artist’s mind in the creative process, and the use of hands to bring an idea to life.

Flag of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design

Flag of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design

Blazon

A banner of the Arms;

Symbolism

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Badge of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design

Badge of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design

Blazon

A Javanese monkey sejant affronty Azure holding a billet Argent;

Symbolism

The monkey is a reference to Emily Carr’s pet, Woo, and therefore to the Institute’s namesake. The rectangle represents a piece of paper, a computer screen and hence multi-media as well as a mirror, referring to the idea that artists hold a mirror up to the world.

 

Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the letters patent was made on October 6, 2007 in Volume 141, page 2826 of the Canada Gazette.

Letters patent granting heraldic emblems to the Emily Carr Institute of Art and DesignLetters patent granting heraldic emblems to the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design

Additional Information

Creator(s)

Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter

David Farrar

Calligrapher

Shirley Mangione

Recipient Type

Civil Institution

Other Information

One or more entries related to this Recipient's emblems appear elsewhere in the Register: Volume V, p. 332.