Photograph of Monica Bodirsky
Photograph of Monica Bodirsky
Monica Bodirsky
Alumni, Faculty
Faculty of Design

Area(s) of Expertise

Graphic Design, Contemporary Drawing, Painting and Print Media


Toronto-based artist and designer, watercolour illustration, Illustrative and digital print techniques in fibre, shadowboxes. OCADU classes taught have included Think Tank (sustainability and equity in Design), Drawing techniques and processes for material artists and designers, Colour and 2D theory for designers, Professional Practice, Experience Design (user experience theory). At Sheridan: Introductory Textiles, Textile Production and Graduation Exhibition (thesis year), Professional Practice. Annual international summer residency - Artscape Gibraltar Point "Awakening: Earth-based Spirituality and the Arts"


Certificate in Visual Arts, Centennial College

Diploma in Design Arts and Illustration, Seneca

BDes, Material Art and Design, OCADU

Professional Experience

Professional Artist/Designer 1991 - current - Including commissions of fine art, illustration, fibre and beadwork, various group and solo gallery exhibitions in Canada and the US, Outdoor Canada Magazine, Now Magazine, CTV, Lonely Planet Guides, Anishinabek News, ROM, Aboriginal Voices Radio, Cartomancer Magazine, Fernwood Publishing, The Native Canadian, Philatelic Specialist Society of Canada, Inanna Press.

Speaking Engagements - York University - Environmental racism, First Nations and Residential School, Ont. Human Rights Commission, Montgomery's Inn, U of T - First Nations History and bus tours of Toronto, OCADU, Beadwork Conferences/material culture awarness and crafting techniques, First Nations material culture cataloguing and database.

Contracts - Now Magazine - Graphic Designer and Assistant Production Coordinator, Ryerson - Graphic Designer/Instructor 1991 - 2001, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto/History Program Coordinator 2002 - 2007, OCADU/Fibre Studio CA  2007 - 2010, Sheridan - Sessional Instructor  2010 - 2013, OCADU/Sessional Faculty 2010 - current


Selected Exhibitions






Selected Publications

"I Stand against the Binary: Art and Identity" Author, Cover Artwork, Romani Women's Anthology: Spectrum of the Blue Water edited by Cynthia-Levine Rasky and Hedina Tahirovic-Sijercic. Inanna Press

"Decolonizing Diet: Healing by Reclaiming Traditional Indigenous Foodways" - Co-Author with Jon Johnson PhD, Cuizine - The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures



Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Heritage Toronto - Board Member, 2005 - 2006

Native Women's Resource Cenre of Toronto - Chair, 2003 -2006

Roma Community Centre of Toronto - President, 2010 - 2011

First Story (Native Canadian Centre of Toronto) - Advisory Board - 2007 - current