Who Made It? by Tarah Burke OCAD U MAAD instructor

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:30am

Who Made It? Finding value in acknowledging nature of making to increase consumer value perception


was a literature review exploring the consumer value perception of crafted objects and in particular artisan made fashion and textiles. The paper examined valuation processes related to art, craft and fashion to consider if identifying the maker and connecting the consumer to the process of making could increase the consumer value perception of hand produced fashion objects.


link to the online journal is




The Doll Project

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 9:00am to Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9:30pm

Surgi Dolls represent an intersection of healing and creativity through textiles: Project Sunshine gives children blank dolls of diverse skin tones to make their own, to travel with them through their medical journey and provide a sense of comfort and control. By participating in the auction, you could take home your very own collectible Surgi Doll - these art objects are not for hospital use. The auction will culminate in a ticketed event at the Museum on April 11, 7-10 pm, with special guest Sally Siren.

See the dolls at the TMC, 55 Centre Ave, Tues. Apr. 9, 11am-5pm and Wed. Apr. 10, 11am-8pm for free with membership or if you are a friend of MAAD or a doll creator (all OCAD U students are members). The online auction is on now until 9:30pm on Thurs. Apr. 11th. Bid or get tickets at: biddingforgood.ca/projectsunshinecanada

See attached poster for more details.

Photo by: Khadija Aziz, MAAD Student and Community Arts Engagement Coordinator at the Textile Museum.



Venue & Address: 
The Textile Museum, 55 Centre Street,
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CBC Arts interviews MAAD grad Yovska

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 9:15am

For Yovska, drag is a metaphor for his experience as a queer immigrant from Mexico - a metaphor he explores through his extraordinary paranormal outfits.


See link for a wonderful interview with MAAD alumnus (2018) Yovska on CBC Arts Canada's a Drag!


MAAD's Valentine Day Sale

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:00am to 8:00pm

Stop by 100 McCaul for MAAD's Annual Valentine Day Sale. Look forward to seeing you there!

Venue & Address: 
Lobby, 100 McCaul St.
MAAD Valentine's Day Sale

MPP Chris Glover Tours OCAD U

Student Danielle Coleman with MPP Glover in painting studio
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Dr. Chris Glover, MPP for Spadina-Fort York and Opposition Critic for Colleges and Universities, visited OCAD University’s campus today for his first official tour and meeting.

President Sara Diamond met MPP Glover at 100 McCaul St. where they joined other members of OCAD U’s faculty and senior management. Tour stops included the Sharp Centre for Design, drawing and painting studios, textiles/MAAD and the fabrication studios. They spent some time in the Ada Slaight Gallery viewing the exhibition Memories of the Rouge by Iskhan Ghazarian, a recent graduate of the Photography program.

MPP Glover spoke with students about their experiences at OCAD U, why they chose this institution over others, and the current projects they were working on. Students Gerry Visco and Danielle Coleman spoke about their work.

MPP Glover has visited OCAD U on a number of occasions, including building openings and Grad Ex, OCAD University’s largest annual exhibition.


Student Jerry Visco with MPP Glover in front of metal work
MPP Glover with OCAD U staff and administration

OCAD U alumna appointed OAC Indigenous Arts Officer

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has appointed Erika Iserhoff as new Indigenous Arts Officer. Iserhoff holds a Bachelor of Design in Material Art & Design from OCAD University, where she also taught in the Indigenous Visual Culture program.

Iserhoff is a founding member of the Chocolate Woman Collective, a group of artists with a shared interest in research, exploration and practical application of Indigenous aesthetic principles in all areas of the dramatic arts. She is also the co-founder of the Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator, which promotes the creation and exhibition of new works by Indigenous artists working in fashion, textiles and crafts. Iserhoff was associate producer of Tributaries, the opening night of Toronto’s 2017 Luminato festival, at which she was also announced as the Emerging Laureate of OAC’s Indigenous Arts Award. In 2009, she received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for her work in costume design in Indigenous theatre.

Iserhoff is of Omushkego and Eeyou Cree heritage, and is a member of Constance Lake First Nation. She is based in Toronto with her family.

Erika succeeds long-time OAC Indigenous Arts Officer Sara Roque, who stepped down in 2018.

Textile, Memory & Storytelling, Campbell House Museum

Panel Collage
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

The panel discussion features:

  • Susan Fohr, maker, Curator of Education, Textile Museum of Canada (moderator)
  • Michèle Karch-Ackerman, the artist behind the Bluebird Dress Factory, currently on view at Campbell House
  • Sage Paul, artist, designer and leader of Indigenous fashion, craft and textiles and Artistic Director of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto
  • Dorie Millerson, artist, Associate Professor in Textiles, Chair of Material Art & Design Program at OCAD University

    Tickets: $15

The ticket includes access to the exhibit.  Get your ticket HERE

Artist-led tour of the exhibit will be a prelude to the panel discussion. Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen St. West, Toronto ON M5H 3H

Venue & Address: 
Campbell House Museum
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Material Art & Design Holiday Sale 2018

Material Art and Design Student Holiday Sale. OCAD U Lobby, 100 McCaul St.

Material Art & Design Holiday Sale 2018

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 7:00pm

Come join the MAAD students for handmade jewellery, textiles and ceramics! We look forward to seeing you there!

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Main Lobby, 100 McCaul St.
Holiday Design Sale
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Grimoires: Witchcraft and Storytelling

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 12:00pm to Monday, October 29, 2018 - 7:00pm

Grimoires: Witchcraft and Storytelling

Curated by Monica Bodirsky and Stephanie Dayes

Beaver Hall Gallery, 29 McCaul Street, Oct. 22-29, 12:00-7:00 pm http://beaverhallgallery.blogspot.com/

Opening reception Wed. Oct. 24 during the full moon from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm with invited guest speaker Morgana Sythove to share her expertise on oral tradition, Etruscan society and the role of the goddess. 

Venue & Address: 
Beaver Hall Gallery, 29 McCaul St.
Monica Bodirsky
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