Pucci (Paper) Patterns

I had the pleasure of writing about Emilio Pucci’s licensed commercial sewing patterns for Dress: The Journal of the Costume Society of America. “Pucci (Paper) Patterns, 1956–73” is online now and will appear in the next print issue of Dress, vol. 48, no. 1, in Spring 2022. Update (May ’22): Full bibliographical reference: Sarah Sheehan,…

Save a building, fight climate change

I wrote a CBC opinion piece on adaptive reuse, the climate crisis, and how we can rethink architectural waste and obsolescence. Online: “Save a building, fight climate change,” January 26, 2022. With thanks to Jim Brown, Chris Wiebe, and Eva Salinas. Mark Thompson Brandt’s comments via the National Trust for Canada’s December 2021 Gathering of…

The Green Knight

With my background in medieval literature, it was a great pleasure to review David Lowery’s The Green Knight (2021) for Cinema Scope. Find my review in the Fall issue with Tilda Swinton on the cover. With many thanks to Andrew Tracy, Kate Parkes, and Abby Clinton. Andrew Droz Palermo’s comments thanks to Filmmaker Magazine and…

Checking in on the Connolly

My Saturday op-ed on the Connolly and James Street Baptist, the partially demolished former church in downtown Hamilton. Print: “Checking in on the Connolly,” February 13, 2021, A17 | online: “Hamilton’s infamous church facade: a check-in on the Connolly,” February 12, 2021 With thanks to Paul Wilson, Lucasz Wywrot, John Wilcox of Vitreous Glassworks, Samantha…

A labour of love in glass, brick, and stone

I interviewed local residents about the former St. Giles in east Hamilton. The city’s first United Church, it was designed by architects Stewart & Witton. The 1912 church is at risk of demolition by its owner, New Vision United Church. Update: New team announced Feb. 11: KPMB Architects and Savira Cultural + Capital Projects with…

Designation in the core, demolition in the east: whose history matters?

My Saturday op-ed on church conversions as affordable housing and community spaces, and the former St. Giles in east Hamilton. St. Giles is at risk of demolition by its owner, New Vision United Church. Print: “Let’s not bulldoze the plague saint’s church,” December 12, 2020, A19. With thanks to Howard Elliott. Vonny Sweetland comments via…