Recipients of the 2019 INLAND Career Launcher Announced

Left: Brandon Hurtado Sandler. Right: Ellie Sandbacka. Images courtesy of the Artists.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 10:45am

INLAND and The Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers are excited to announce Brandon Hurtado-Sandler and Ellie Sandbacka as the recipients of the INLAND Career Launcher; exclusively for OCAD U Material Art & Design students and recent graduates.

Brandon and Ellie will both receive complimentary retail display space at the upcoming INLAND Toronto show which runs on September 27 & 28 at 134 Peter Street.

Brandon Hurtado Sandler explores weaving, sewing, machine knits, silversmith, soldering, forge, cast jewelry, and fabric printing/dyeing. Blurring the lines between art, craft and design is the end goal with Hurtado-Sandler’s works.  Using self-portraiture to display objects made, he explores the construction of the ‘self’.

Ellie Sandbacka is a fourth-year thesis student at OCADU. Studying both jewelry and textiles in the Material Arts and Design program. She has a love for illustration, and often converts her original drawings in to fabrics which she uses in the making of clothing. Ellie strives to produce bold and fun clothing. Ellie has a clothing brand under the name ELLIE SANDBACKA which is made up of modern and unique men’s and women’s wear. After graduation she intends to pursue her love of fashion with her brand.

As part of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, the Career Development office supports the professional development of emerging OCAD U creative talent. The Career Launchers program offers unique, high-profile opportunities developed in partnership with industry leaders in order to help senior students and new graduates start their professional practice after school.

Call for Applications - INLAND 2019 Career Launcher

INLAND and the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers (CEAD) are excited to announce the INLAND Career Launcher; exclusively for OCAD U Material Art & Design students and recent graduates.

Call for Applications - INLAND 2019 Career Launcher

Inland 2019
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 10:15am to Monday, September 2, 2019 - 12:00am

DEADLINE: Monday, September 2, 2019 at midnight


INLAND and the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers (CEAD) are excited to announce the INLAND Career Launcher; exclusively for OCAD U Material Art & Design students and recent graduates. MAAD students in their final year and recent graduates are invited to complete a short survey application in order to be considered for the opportunity to receive a complimentary space at INLAND. Designers will be selected to receive a complimentary 3X3 retail display space at the upcoming INLAND Toronto show, September 27 & 28.

Through this unique showcase of young talent, INLAND broadens its commitment to nurture, support, and promote Canada’s future design talent.


Current OCAD U Material Art & Design studentS in their final year OR recent graduates (2018/2019)


September 27 & 28
134 Peter Street, Toronto. 


  • Apply via Typeform here
  • Resume
  • A link to your website
  • In order to be eligible to apply, you must be a “Current OCAD U student” or a “Recent OCAD alumni”


Feel free to reach out to Zviko Mhakayakora, zmhakayakora@ocadu.cawith the subject line: “INLAND Career Launcher 2019”

Venue & Address: 
September 27 & 28 134 Peter Street, Toronto
416 977 6000 x3707

Yovska Martinez Moreno (MAAD) will be feature on Season 3 of Boulet Brothers Dragula

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 2:15pm

On Dragula, "demonic, hell-born queens compete to become the World’s Next Drag Supermonster”. The promo can be found here -


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:

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,
Digital Screen: 

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.