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A documentary film celebrating
the golden era of Canadian
graphic design

A film by Greg Durrell
Produced by Jessica Edwards
Executive Producer Gary Hustwit

Heather Cooper

The Naturalist

Toronto,
Ontario

Canada

Heather Cooper brings a contrasting perspective and female voice to the modernist design movement in Canada. Best known for the ubiquitous Roots beaver, Cooper differentiated herself with exquisite painting skills and captivating designs drawing imagination from nature.

Hired right after high-school and mentored by branding legend, Don Watt, Cooper’s distinct aesthetic became widely embraced by corporations and cultural institutions across the country, most notably the Roots retail brand and the Canadian Opera.

Iconic
Work

Roots

1974

Birthplace

Toronto, Ontario

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the clip

Heather Cooper - Profile (0:41)

“A message that pleases the eye and respects the intelligence of its audience will always evoke a positive response.”
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