PROUD at OCAD U Meeting!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Hi, all!

Welcome to the new PROUD at OCAD U!
After a couple year hiatus, we're back with new student leadership and ready to serve the LGBTQ+ student population here at OCADU!

Our first meeting will be about connecting with each other, spending some healing, chill time together, and most importantly... having fun!
Feel free to bring your friends. The more, the merrier! Refreshments provided.

The Learning Zone has graciously volunteered their space to host our meetings.
e are dedicated to respecting the space. Please leave it better than you found it!

Want updates? Join our email list here: http://eepurl.com/cz0JKr

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Leif or Teddy, the proud, PROUD co-heads.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, Level 1, 122 St. Patrick Street (SPA)
Website: 
http://www.facebook.com/proud.ocadu/
Email: 
proud.ocadu@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free!
PROUD at OCAD U poster for first meeting

Zine Collective Meetings

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 11:00am to Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 1:00pm

OCAD U student group ZINE COLLECTIVE meets rotating Mondays (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) and Wednesdays (12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.) in OCAD U Learning Zone!

ABOUT ZINE COLLECTIVE:
The Zine Collective is made up of students who are interested in self-publishing through the medium of zines. Together we create zines, learn about zine distribution and promotion, and help sustain the OCAD U Zine Library. We also help plan the annual OCAD U Zine Fair and attend activities like workshops and field trips to other zine events. Come and join us if you’re interested in promoting and distributing your artwork in a way that is easy, cheap, and fun!

Find out more about this and other student-run clubs: www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, Level 1, 122 St. Patrick Street
Website: 
http://www.facebook.com/OCAD-Zine-Library-162208732898/
Email: 
ocadzinelibrary@gmail.com
Cost: 
FREE
Zine Collective poster

Government funds boost OCAD University commitment to research and innovation

VP of Manufacturing, Development and Operations of IBM Canada Patrick Horgan, MP Adam Vaughan, OCAD U Board Chair Dr. John Sempl
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Above, Left to Right: VP of Manufacturing, Development and Operations of IBM Canada Patrick Horgan, MP Adam Vaughan, OCAD U Board Chair Dr. John Semple, OCAD U President Sara Diamond, MPP Han Dong, OCAD U Board Vice-Chair Sharifa Khan and The Daniels Corporation President Mitchell Cohen.
 

OCAD University has been awarded $4.5 million from the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF). The Fund is a Government of Canada program that is providing up to $2 billion to accelerate strategic construction, repair and maintenance at universities and colleges across Canada.

The funds will be used by the university to further expand and develop its growth in digital research and innovation, with $2 million to support the research, innovation and environmental sustainability of the Centre for Experiential Learning and $2.5 million allocated for Campus for the Connected World (Phase 1) on Toronto’s Waterfront.

The Centre for Experiential Learning, part of the Creative City Campus, will expand OCAD U’s research and innovation space and nurture the existing campus culture of creativity, collaboration and innovation. The building and its operations will be a model of social and environmental sustainability, incorporating healthy, innovative building materials. The Centre will be located in the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, at the southeast corner of McCaul and Dundas streets. In 2016, OCAD U received a $27-million investment from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for the Creative City Campus project. In addition, the Centre for Experiential Learning has received a total of $4 M from benefactors Rosalie and Isadore Sharp.

OCAD University’s Campus for the Connected World on Toronto’s Waterfront is a new facility for research and innovation that will house initiatives specific to innovation training, design thinking, Big Data design and accelerator capacity that support commercialization initiatives and bring design skills to emergent companies.

The two-phase revenue-generating project is located at Jarvis and Queens Quay in City of the Arts, a multi-use complex developed by the Daniels Corporation. The new facility will play a dynamic role in building Waterfront Toronto’s environmental, cultural and economic capacities.

“As we continue to renew and expand our campus, we look forward to amplifying OCAD University’s digitally focused learning and research, as well as its connections to industry and community partners, says Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “OCAD University is proud to provide experiential learning that will ensure our grads are members of a highly skilled workforce that supports talent innovation and entrepreneurship, crucial to STEAM + D disciplines.

We are grateful to the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario for their support and recognition.”

“Supporting OCAD University’s expansion is not only good for Canada; it’s good for Toronto,” says Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament for Spadina—Fort York. “OCAD University is at the forefront of delivering new ideas and new leaders for a new economy. Innovation drives Toronto as much as it defines OCAD University, and the federal government is proud to play a role.”

“OCAD U has been a vital part of our community for many years and it has embraced magnificently the imagination and innovation of our young artists and designers. The Creative City Campus will strengthen the foundation of OCAD U, enabling it to further grow and thrive in the 21st century,” says Han Dong, Member of Provincial Parliament for Trinity—Spadina.

OCAD U’s continuous evolution is based on the belief that creativity serves a vital function in society, and that imaginations have the unique power to develop real-world solutions to improve and transform lives. These latest developments will ensure students and faculty continue to have the ability to leverage the power of art, design and digital innovation to change the world for the better.

 

OCF WAFFLE NIGHTS

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Homemade waffles with a variety of toppings at a stressful time of year! Free from student group, OCAD U Christian Fellowship!

Wednesday, March, 22, 2017
8PM - 9:30PM
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street
and
Thursday, April 6, 2017
8PM - 9:30PM
Lambert Lounge (Room 187), 100 McCaul Street

ABOUT OCF:
Affiliated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the OCF cultivates spiritual growth and fosters community through prayer meetings, community meals, and art discussion groups. An affiliation with the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada allows members to participate in events such as retreats, seminars and conferences. Christian and non-Christian students, faculty and staff interested in participating amongst an OCAD U community of believers are welcome.

Find out more about this and other OCAD U student groups: www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
http://www.facebook.com/OCADUCF/
Email: 
ocadivcf@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free!
Snug in a Mug waffle night poster

OCF WAFFLE NIGHTS

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Homemade waffles with a variety of toppings at a stressful time of year! Free from student group, OCAD U Christian Fellowship!

Wednesday, March, 22, 2017
8PM - 9:30PM
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street
and
Thursday, April 6, 2017
8PM - 9:30PM
Lambert Lounge (Room 187), 100 McCaul Street

ABOUT OCF:
Affiliated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the OCF cultivates spiritual growth and fosters community through prayer meetings, community meals, and art discussion groups. An affiliation with the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada allows members to participate in events such as retreats, seminars and conferences. Christian and non-Christian students, faculty and staff interested in participating amongst an OCAD U community of believers are welcome.

Find out more about this and other OCAD U student groups: www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

 

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge (Rm 187), 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
http://www.facebook.com/OCADUCF
Email: 
ocadivcf@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free!
Snug in a Mug waffle night poster

The Steam Canoe receives Materialica award in Munich, Germany

 Environmental Design Students Amy Jungyun Lee, Aruvi Rajasingham and  Assistant Professor Mark Tholen
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 7:15pm

On Tuesday, October 18th, the Steam Canoe, an OCAD U project originally designed for the Beaches Winter Stations installation, received the Materialica Award in the Student Category at the Materialica Expo in Munich, Germany.

 

Pictured: Environmental Design Students Amy Jungyun Lee, Aruvi Rajasingham and  Assistant Professor Mark Tholen.

Material Innovation Centre presents: Talk with Laird McMurray. "Re-imagining Materials for Special Effects"

LairdFx Logo
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Laird McMurray is the president of Laird FX, a specialty prototype design company that engineers and manufactures devices and special effects for film, (Pacific Rim, Total Recall, The Incredible Hulk) television commercial theater and live events.

Laird's entertaining and informative talk will demonstrate and delight you in some of the ways that the industry innovatively reimagines materials.

Venue & Address: 
Material Innovation Centre Room MCA 530, 100 McCaul
Cost: 
Free
Event Poster

OCADU Illustration Podcast, Season 2

Greg and Sauchie at Home
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 6:45pm

For the second season of the series, OCAD U Assistant Professor Greg Mably graciously invited us over to his home studio in Toronto's Design District. He is an illustrator with great experience in client-based work and digital illustration. 

Click here to listen to this episode!

Check out more pictures of the studio and links to Greg's work on the blog.

Lynne Milgram Invited Plenary Session for the Textile Society of America Conference

image of a Studio Display
image of Kalibo in studio
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 4:00am

Congratulations to Lynne Milgram for being invited to a plenary session at the Textile Society of America biannual conference: Crosscurrents: Land, Labor and the Port, taking place at the Savannah College of Art & Design. The abstract of the presentation is included below.

https://textilesocietyofamerica.org/tsa_symposium/symposium2016/plenaries/

 

Materializing Entrepreneurship and Transnationalism from Below:
A Refashioned Craft Commodity Flow in the Central Philippines

While studies of large-scale global commodity flows are extensive, analyses of globalization’s relation to the smaller scale south-north or south-south movement of goods are more limited. In Aklan province, central Philippines, for example, artisans and entrepreneurs, primarily women, use indigenous nito reed materials to fashion innovative local-to-global businesses manufacturing handmade, high-end home décor products such as place mats, baskets, and trays. These goods, produced individually by women artisans working in their homes are destined for distribution to upscale design stores throughout the Philippines, Northern Europe and North America. While the transnational trade in Aklan’s nito reed products enables local livelihoods and connects sections of societies not previously linked, the design of these new products simultaneously challenges us to rethink questions of modernity, tradition and authenticity, nationalism and ethnicity, gender, class and identity.

To understand the current reshaping of Aklan’s nito reed industry, I analyze the relations of labor flexibility, networks of trust, and ongoing product innovation at each commodity chain node among global clients, entrepreneurs, and artisans. I argue that we must see such smaller-scale material culture networks, not in isolation, but as cross-cut by other commodity flows and by socioeconomic and power relations. One cannot ignore, for example, how the viability of nito reed commodity chains are affected by overlapping articulations with global fashion trends in clothing and furniture, local supplies of raw materials, and power relations between producers and entrepreneurs. On the one hand, entrepreneurs must work with transnational buyers to continually develop new goods that can fulfill northern consumers’ changing tastes while maintaining the integrity and terroir of local Philippine production — the character that gives nito reed its indigenous caché. In this regard, entrepreneurs need to continually negotiate trade-offs with artisan producers to ensure they receive the quantity of high quality products they order. This push-pull situation provides local artisans some leverage in their requests for the volume and type of work that best facilitates their livelihoods. Such commodity chain relations illustrate the variable meanings and value nito reed goods hold for producers, entrepreneurs, and consumers. Aklan’s growing nito reed trade and the particular relations of production thus materialize a transnationism from below that challenges the common exclusion of such a localized material culture industry on the edge from analyses of destabilizing political, aesthetic, and global market forces.

Guest Lecture: Jonathan Chippindale

image of Jonathan
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 2:30pm

DIGITAL FUTURES: Wearable Atelier Speaker Series

Jonathan Chippindale, HOLITION

Jonathan Chippindale is Chief Executive of Holition. Formed as a venture start- up to explore and expand the role that technological innovation can play in communicating with today's new digital consumer, Holition is a synthesis of luxury marketers, retail specialists and cutting edge leaders in innovative and emerging digital technology. They craft premium digital experiences for a growing network of pioneering luxury organisations including Richemont, LVMH, Kering and Swatch Group across the emerging digital fashion and accessory sectors.

http://www.holition.com/

Jonathan is an External Industry Advisor and Visiting Lecturer at Central St Martins and the British School of Fashion, a member of the London College of Fashion Digital Think Tank, a mentor to BBC Worldwide Labs and Tech Stars, as well as advisor to the University of Cambridge Digital Compass.

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond Street, room 301
Cost: 
Free

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