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Rudolph Freund, attr., detail of Special Bear hooked mat, c. 1937. Grenfell Mission, Labrador. Photo: Judith Angel, Ken Burris, Carlo Catenazzi

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the CSDA/CCAD?
    The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/ Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs is a national non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the decorative arts and design in Canada. It works to inspire, educate, and promote a broader awareness and appreciation for the decorative arts. Visit CSDA/CCAD for more information.
  • Where can I buy the magazine?
    Ornamentum is available to purchase through the Ornamentum site here or in person at the following retailers. Before visiting these locations please call to make sure they have copies on hand. BRITISH COLUMBIA McNews – North Vancouver BC Salt Spring Books – Salt Spring Island BC Tanner's Books – Sidney BC Munro's Bookstore Ltd – Victoria BC Qathet Art & Wares – Powell River BC Indigo - Granville – Vancouver BC ALBERTA Chapters - West Side – Edmonton AB Indigo - Signal Hill – Calgary AB SASKATCHEWAN McNally Robinson Booksellers – Saskatoon SK MANITOBA McNally Robinson Booksellers – Winnipeg MB NOVA SCOTIA Atlantic News – Halifax NS Chapters - Halifax – Halifax NS ONTARIO Indigo - Barrie – Barrie ON Chapters - Belleville – Belleville ON Chapters - Gloucester – Gloucester ON Novel Idea – Kingston ON News Depot – London ON Chapters - South London – London ON Chapters - Markham – Markham ON Indigo - Square One – Mississauga ON Chapters - South Keys – Ottawa ON Glebe Smoke Shop – Ottawa ON Chapters - St Catharines – St Catharines ON Presse Internationale - Beach – Toronto ON Book City #6 - St Clair – Toronto ON Presse Internationale #1 - Bloor – Toronto ON Type Books - Main Account – Toronto ON International News - Front Street – Toronto ON Words Worth Books – Waterloo ON QUEBEC Chapters - 794 Pointe Claire – Montreal QC Mutimags - Mon-Royal – Montreal QC Mutimags - Monkland – Montreal QC Multimags - Laurier – Montreal QC Multimags - Petir Iotalie – Montreal QC If you’re interested in all things related to the decorative arts and design, consider joining the CSDA/CCAD, membership includes an Ornamentum subscription. For back issues, browse our available print and digital copies.
  • How often is the print magazine published?
    Ornamentum is published twice a year. Our Spring/Summer issue is published in May and our Fall/Winter issue is published in November.
  • What types of design does the magazine include?
    Ornamentum celebrates material culture in all its forms and expressions. The magazine explores a wide range of decorative arts and design, from furniture and furnishings, ceramics, glass, metalwork, graphics, and textiles through to aspects of architecture, industrial, interior and landscape design, craft, and the aesthetics of the everyday.
  • I would like to advertise on the site and/or in the magazine.
    Please contact for any advertising related inquiries.
  • I found an error on the site, who can I tell?
    You can contact us using the contact form on our Contact page. Or you can email Please indicate on which web page and where on the page the error is located. We appreciate your keen editorial eye.
  • How can I subscribe to the magazine?
    Visit our Store page to purchase a subscription.
  • When will I receive my first copy?
    New subscribers will be mailed their first issue of the magazine within one month of purchase. Following issues of the magazine are sent out in May and November.
  • Can I subscribe to the magazine if I live outside of Canada?
    Both U.S. and international subscriptions are available.
  • What forms of payment do you accept?
    We accept Visa and Mastercard.
  • Can I unsubscribe?
    If you wish to unsubscribe, please send an email to A refund will be issued for unmailed issues.
  • How can I pitch an article for the print magazine?
    Please email any pitches to the editor at Pitches should be no more than 300 words. We do not accept fully drafted articles. To get a sense of the work we publish and types of decorative arts we feature, we suggest reading some of our recent articles. Note that our editorial team is very small and cannot guarantee a response, but we will try to get back to you as soon as we can. Upcoming themes: Fall/Winter 2024 - Activating the Decorative Arts. Open to pitches. Activating the Decorative Arts will explore the decorative arts beyond their static façade, but rather as dynamic objects that intervene with the human body and environment. Writers may consider how objects interact with the five senses, the performativity of objects, activating museum collections, and more. Pitch deadline: June 15 Draft deadline: September 6 Release date: November 2024
  • What are your submission guidelines?
    We publish in French and English. Articles are published in the language in which they are written. Authors must also supply print-quality images, with the rights to publish in print and online.
  • How can I contribute to the website?
    Please contact Ornamentum’s online editor: with any pitches for the site.
  • How can I have my artwork featured on the site?
    Please contact Ornamentum’s online editor – – if you’d like to put your name or someone else’s forward for consideration. In your email, include a short bio (no more than 200 words) and a link to the artwork.
  • Do you pay contributors?
    Ornamentum pays a small honorarium to authors. Print contributor fees are as follows: Lead articles 1500-2000 words $250.00 Feature articles 1000-1800 words $200.00 Reviews/Profiles(books/exhibitions) 750-1000 words $150.00 For articles published online only, contributor fees are as follows: Articles under 1000 words $100.00 Articles between 1000-1200 words $150.00


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