Nithikul Nimkulrat

Nithikul Nimkulrat is a practitioner-researcher who intertwines research with textile practice, focusing on experiential knowledge in craft processes in the context of design research. Prior to her current appointment as a Tenured Associate Professor at OCAD University, Nithikul has worked at Estonian Academy of Arts (Estonia, 2013–2018), Loughborough University (UK, 2011–2013), and Aalto University (Finland, 2004–2010), where she earned a doctorate in 2009.

History of Textiles Since 1800s Exhibition

Photograph of dress with prominent sleeves that were in fashion. Sleeves are shown in indigo dyed hemp.
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 8:00am to Friday, January 26, 2018 - 6:00pm

This exhibit features research based textile works created by students of Lynne Heller's third year Materials Art and Design course called Textile History Since 1800s. Each of the textile pieces respond to historical processes, techniques, materials and fabrics or iconic fashion styles from the 19th to 21st centuries while "addressing the traditional and contemporary role of textiles in culture.

Using stitchwork, beading, dyeing, quilting and sewing techniques, the students were able to examine and incoroporate ideas on language, grief, identity or social conditions and cultural movements from the punk movement of the 70s to Abrstract Expressionism movement after World War ll.

Participating students are: Ayesha Babar, Molly Fletcher Berman, Stephanie Cloutier, Emma Enright, Elliot Grover, Shiemara Hogarth, Akash Inbakumar, Nomi Juhasz, Rajetha Kalatharan, Kendra Martyn, Rida Rajani, Saman Salman, Jenn Wingfield, Kye-Cha Yang and Ruitong Zhu.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, Level 1, 113 McCaul Street. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.
416-977-6000, ext. 2529


Quipucamayoc is an interactive art and technology project that merges a range of contemporary art forms – including 3D gaming, electroacoustical music, dance, experimental theatre, and wearable design – to construct a prototype communication network. This network is not based in text or language but is instead embodied, performative, and sensorial.

The network joins two Andean communities: one in Cusco, Peru, the former capital of the Incan empire, and another in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which has a large expatriate community of Peruvian Andean migrant workers. The network is activated through wearable technology inspired by quipucamayoc, the data keepers of the Incan court who recorded information about life in the empire using a complex string and knot notation system which they wore around their bodies. Body sensor arrays, which serve simultaneously as game controllers and musical instruments, are worn by movement artists to co-create live interactive generative narratives, imagery and music. The result is a public performance which reconnects two communities through interactive gameplay based in their common histories.

This project was inspired by the Huarochiri Manuscript, a 16th century written compilation of pre-colombian Andean religious rites, which offers a complex and fragmented narrative structure as well as rich visual and sound passages. Quipucamayoc was developed and presented by a collective of over 35 artists, historians, cultural theorists and technical experts in Peru, Argentina and Canada.

The audiovisual materials listed below are the result of a series of workshops held in Cusco and Buenos Aires between 2012 and 2016, and the final performance which was streamed live online in December 2016. The Quipucamayoc documentary can be viewed here.

Quipucamayoc also produced a series of 2D digital prints on canvas, adapted from 3D virtual environments. These prints were exhibited in a group show of the Faculty of Art Summer Institute from September 18 to 22nd, 2017 in the Ada Slaight Galleries at 100 McCaul. 


David McIntosh Receives SSHRC Funding for QUIPUCAMAYOC
Site-Specific Interview with David McIntosh

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Quipucamayoc es una investigación de arte y tecnología que combina varios formatos artísticos contemporaneous – videojuego 3D, música electroacústica, danza, teatro experimental, diseño textil, sensores vestibles – con el objetivo de construir una red de comunicación que no es textual o linguística, sino corporal, performativa, sensorial. Esta red reune Cusco, Perú, y Buenos Aires, Argentina a través de artístas de movimiento usando trajes como controladores de juego e instrumentos musicales, por lo que los bailarines serán los cocreadores de música, de imágenes 3D y de una narrativa generativa/interactiva en vivo.
La inspiración de este proyecto es el manuscrito del Huarochirí, texto del siglo XVI que recopila ritos y mitología andina prehispánica, reconocido por su narrativa fragmentada, compleja, por sus pasajes riquísimos en imágenes visuales y sonoras. Quipucamayoc fue desarrollado y presentado por el colectivo de más de 35 artístas, teóricos y técnicos peruanos, argentinos y canadienses.
Los materiales audiovisuales presentados han sido producidos durante una serie de talleres en Cusco y Buenos Aires entre 2012 and 2016, y el performance final que fue transmitido en línea en vivo en Diciembre 2016.


This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.




This is Research poster crop for Quipucamayoc, featuring project image (face)
Digital illustration of a distorted face
Photograph collage of dancers performing Quipucamayoc
Digital illustration, a screen grab from Quipucamayoc
Split screen photo of dancers performing while their in-game characters move
Digital image from Quipucamayoc - two figures dancing over clouds
Photograph of Quipucamayoc team in Cusco
Digital image from Quipucamayoc - Incan figures dancing
Friday, September 29, 2017 - 2:15pm
Lab Member: 
David Mcintosh
Judith Doyle
Emma Westecott

Weavers Art Launch Party

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Weavers Art in collaboration with six students from the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD University) have designed a limited collection of rugs. 

To kick off this project, Weavers Art is hosting a launch party at their Designers Walk showroom to reveal these dynamic new designs.

See the work of Mariam Ben Belfadhel, Alexandra Gregory, Domenic Sgambelluri, Mohammed Mudassir, Hatley Walker, Rachel Babineau.

Join us for an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and mingle with the next generation of designers.

Venue & Address: 
Designers Walk Showroom, 162 Bedford Road, Toronto
Weavers Art Launch Party
Digital Screen: 

Dorie Millerson, Profiled in the new book Artistry in Fiber, Volume 2: Sculpture

 Artistry in Fiber, Volume 2: Sculpture edited by Anne Lee and E. Ashley Rooney. Published by Schiffer.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 9:30am

Dorie Millerson (Assistant Professor and Chair, Material Art & Design) has been profiled as one of 76 international artists in the new book Artistry in Fiber, Volume 2: Sculpture edited by Anne Lee and E. Ashley Rooney. The book is published by Schiffer.


About the book:

Nearly 500 photos of artwork with personal insights from 76 of today’s most noteworthy artists show the tremendously broad range of possibilities that working in three dimensions can offer. In conjunction with the other two books in this acclaimed series, it invites readers to re-examine fiber art through a multifaceted contemporary lens. Both established artists and emerging artists whose work is attracting notice are gathered here. Carol Milne’s knitted glass and Peter Gentenaar’s technique of vacuum forming and air-drying paper fibers are but a few examples of artists using new materials with traditional methods.

Meghan Price

Meghan Price is an interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto. Her practice is rooted in the language of textiles and looks for meaning in material, process and pattern. Her works in sculpture, print and video explore ways of experiencing Earth’s timescale in the everyday. Price has exhibited nationally and internationally, including recent exhibitions at Fiberspace Gallery (Stockholm); AKA Artist-run (Saskatoon); Untitled Art Society (Calgary); the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (Asheville); the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Brandon); and Blackwood Gallery (Toronto).

Laurie Wassink

Laurie Wassink is an artist and educator with a passion for textiles and colour. Her artwork encompasses functional and art textiles, photography and collage. She strives to create a link between her own subjective experiences concerning the natural environment and that of the viewer. Laurie is currently a faculty member at OCAD University in Toronto, of which she is also a graduate (2000). She has taught at Sheridan College in Oakville ON Fleming College in Haliburton ON and the Klondike Institute of Arts & Culture in Dawson City, Yukon.

Dorie Millerson

Dorie Millerson holds an MFA in textiles from NSCAD University and is an honours graduate in fibre from the Ontario College of Art & Design. She works in a variety of constructed textile techniques ranging from weaving to lace making to investigate conceptual concerns. Building on her research into the metaphorical and physical nature of "mending" in textiles, her Masters thesis examined the propensity of lace and shadow to investigate time, memory and loss. She exhibits her award-winning artwork internationally.

Extra Baggage - new exhibition of work by IAMD Alumnus Omar Badrin

Omar Badrin, See Me, approx. 34x15.5x11.5", 2016
Friday, January 6, 2017 - 7:00pm to Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Artspace presents:

Omar Badrin
Extra Baggage
January 6 – February 23, 2017
Gallery 1

Please join Artspace on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00pm for the opening of Extra Baggage, an exhibition of new work by Omar Badrin.

Then, on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:00pm please join us for an artist talk and closing reception with Omar Badrin.

Through his textile and sculptural work Omar Badrin creates an autobiographical exploration of race and cultural identity. Throughout his childhood and adolescence as a transracial adoptee in Newfoundland, Badrin was perceived as an outsider by many of the people around him. As a child and young man, Badrin longed to fit in to his adopted culture. However, Badrin was frequently teased by others for his Asian physical traits, and constantly reminded that he was a racial minority in a mostly white, homogenous province. The complex desire to belong and the frustration of not being able to are brought forward in Extra Baggage. Badrin’s brightly coloured, monster-like crocheted masks and figures represent the warped self-perception that resulted from Badrin’s experiences as a youth coming of age in Newfoundland. The body of new work in Extra Baggage is a manifestation of Badrin’s perception of his race and cultural identity, and the ways in which these feelings become internalized and embodied.

Omar Badrin is an interdisciplinary artist born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His work stems from his upbringing in Newfoundland and focuses on cultural identity, as well as its construction and representation through the use of visual metaphors. Badrin received his MFA at OCAD University in 2015, where he was awarded a graduate medal for his work in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art Media and Design program. Since graduating, he has also received project and travel grants from the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Badrin currently lives in Toronto.

If you have any questions please contact:

Jon Lockyer (MFA 2014, Criticism and Curatorial Practice)

More on the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program:

Venue & Address: 
Artspace, 378 Aylmer Street North, Peterborough, Ontario
Jon Lockyer, Director,

Hard Twist

Hard Twist
Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 5:00am

The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto presents its 3rd Annual Juried Textile Arts Exhibition including work by OCAD alumnus Gareth Bate, Amlie Brisson-Darveau, Nadia Li Chai, Laura Endacott, Caitlin Erskine-Smith, Ann Marie Hadcock, Peter Harris, Susan Harris, Tricia Johnson, Lisa Keophila, Vanessa Li, Lesley Loksi Chan, Emily Martin, Amanda McCavour, Bev McNaughton, Gordana Olujic Dosic, Tammy Osler, Ingrid Paulson, Meghan Price, Laura Smith, Ilona Staples, Casey Ann Wasniewski and Bonnie Whitehall. Curators: Helena Frei and Chris Mitchell.

Venue & Address: 
The Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen St W Toronto, Toronto, Ontario