Canadian textile artist Thor Hansen

Danish born Canadian artist Thor Hansen (1903-1974) created amazing prints for household textiles in the 1950s and 1960s. Settling in Saskatchewan in 1927, he eventually found work at the British American Oil Company’s Regina office. In 1938, he was transferred to Toronto and in 1951 was hired to create the decor for the company’s new head office.

Inspired by the works of the Group of Seven, Hansen frequently incorporated Canadian imagery into his works.Most of Hansen’s textiles were hand-screened and made by Kitchener Ontario upholstery manufacturer A.B. Caya Ltd. The Huronia Museum in Midland, Ontario has the largest collection of his work.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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