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Written by Michael LeBlanc   

screen_shot01Justina Chong at McMaster University has transcribed a collection of letters from Eric Aldwinckle to Harry Somers, and wrote a case study detailing her findings:

Aldwinckle's letters to Harry Somers and Ruth Somers (Harry's mother) poetically explore his experience as an agent of creativity in his various roles: as mentor to the blossoming Harry, as a writer acutely aware of his reader, and as an artist struggling to express the strange dynamic of war while meeting the demands of his higher-ups. Sixteen years Harry Somers' senior, Aldwinckle's close friendship with Somers seems unlikely at first. However, this collection of 31 of his letters reveals the fundamental principle underlying their relationship: a love for truth, beauty, and ideals – in other words, the creative experience.


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The Work and Life of Eric Aldwinckle

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…I was most interested in your observations on the School of Design visit and shocked into complete wonder. (class sizes of) 25 or 30 students amazes me. Of course it would not pay. It is the old story. Arts and particularly the progressive and experimental needs a financial foster father. The confusion as to the purpose of this particular school is amusing but forgivable…

-Eric Aldwinckle, letter to Franklin Carmichael on the design school launched in 1945