Jackie MacKay Library

Jackie MacKaySince the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design's (NSCCD) move from Barrington Street to its current location on Marginal Road, the Jackie Mackay Collection, now situated in the multi-purpose studio adjacent to the Mary Black Gallery, is becoming an important resource for the cultural community.

Jackie Mackay was an artist, weaver and Honourary Life Member of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council (NSDCC). Following Jackie's death in 2000, fellow artists Beverley McInnes and Nancy Stevens approached the NSDCC with the concept of a library devoted to the fine and applied arts, to honour the memory of their friend. Susan Hanrahan enthusiastically supported the project, a fund-raising campaign was initiated and with the assistance of the NSDCC, the Jackie Mackay Collection became a reality. The library now includes books about interior design and architecture, art history and individual artists, spinning, weaving and embroidery, pottery and woodworking, jewellery and many other forms of creative endeavor; in short, books covering a wide range of subjects relating to art and craft, including history, criticism and "how to" manuals. Image: Jackie Mackay 1938-2000

Donations to the library include artist Orland Larsen's private collection, as well as many titles purchased with funds donated by family, friends and colleagues who wanted to remember Jackie. JMC committee member and textile artist, Lesley Armstrong, who teaches at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCADU) selected and purchased books recommended by faculty and professional artists.

The NSCCD's librarian, Detta Morrison-Phillips and a volunteer assistant, catalogued, sorted, labelled and shelved the hundreds of new books in the collection. At present the JMC is a reference library, comfortable and inviting for those seeking both information and inspiration. The hope is that in time it will become a lending library for NSDCC members. While this work is ongoing, the NSDCC is pleased to present the searchable online Jackie Mackay Library Collection.

The NSDCC gives thanks to Nancy Stevens for providing the majority of the text on this page in her 2008 article regarding Jackie MacKay.