Photo of Kathleen Morris
kmorris@faculty.ocadu.ca
Photo of Kathleen Morris
Kathleen Morris
Teaching Intensive
Faculty of Design
kmorris@faculty.ocadu.ca

Area(s) of Expertise

Textile Construction, Dye and Resist Techniques, Craft Theory

Overview

Kathleen Morris is a maker, educator, and researcher. She holds a Bachelor of Design from OCAD University, and a Master's degree from the University of Toronto, with a research concentration in craft pedagogy and practice in a 21st century context. Her Master's thesis, Emerging Views on Making, was awarded the 2014 Arts Researchers and Teachers Society (ARTS) Graduate Research Award. Kathleen's textile work has been exhibited at Design TO, Prime Gallery, the Craft Ontario Gallery, David Kaye Gallery, the Guild Shop, and Craftworks. Her public commissions include projects for Toronto's Metro Hall and Ontario's Expo pavilion, and her private commissions include innumerable film and theatrical assignments. Kathleen has written for a range of publications and periodicals including the Textiles Society of America, the Journal for Modern Craft, Studio Magazine, Handwoven, Weavers, Ontario Craft, Craft News, and the Surfacing Journal.

A longtime employee of the Ontario Crafts Council, she subsequently served a six-year term on its board and executive, through a period of major restructuring from 2012 to 2018. In 2018, she was appointed to the Canadian Craft Federation as the representative for Ontario, advancing a range organizational campaigns from advocacy to planning Craft Year 2020 on the board and executive committee. At OCAD University, Morris has served on the Faculty Association (OCADFA) from 2015 to 2018, including an 18-month term as Grievance Chair and a member at large on the Grievance Committee of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). She co-chairs the University Pay Equity Committee, and in 2019, was appointed to the OCAD U Senate as a member-at-large.

 

Education

1989: Ontario College of Art - Honours Diploma, Design

2008: Ontario College of Art and Design, Bachelor of Design, graduate with distinction

2013: University of Toronto, OISE, MA Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development: Arts and Education

Professional Experience

2005-2019: Ontario College of Art and Design University: Faculty member, Material Art & Design: Textiles Studio

2014: Ontario College of Art and Design University: Project Coordinator, Shifting Perspective: Inclusive Teaching and Learning at OCAD U, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Sustainability Initiatives and the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre

2007-13: Artist in Education, Artist Instructor, Ontario Arts Council

2007-09: This Is My Neighbourhood, Artist Instructor, Art Gallery of Ontario/Arts Etobicoke

1991-97: Ontario Crafts Council, Information Officer, Craft Resource Centre

Selected Exhibitions

2019: Design TO, ARTiculations

2019: Hard Twist: Entwined, Gladstone Hotel, Group exhibition

2018: TODO Offsite Festival, Souvenir Studios

2016: Hard Twist: Spin, Gladstone Hotel, Group exhibition

2015: Sensorial Objects, Craft Ontario Gallery, group exhibition

2015: Come Eat With Us, OCAD U Great Hall, group exhibition

2010: Artist facilitated quilt, Textile Museum of Canada: Fibrespace

2009: This is My Neighbourhood, AGO, artist facilitated group exhibition

2008: Metamorphoses, Ontario Crafts Council, group exhibition

2007: Currents, OCAD Great Hall, group exhibition

2007: Cirrostratus, Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, group exhibition

2007: A Vital Mix: Celebrating 30 Years, Ontario Crafts Council, group exhibition

2006: Textile Tendencies, David Kaye Gallery, group exhibition

Commissions

Assorted knitwear commissions for film, television, and theatre, 1983-1999 including:

Angel Eyes (feature film,1999), Earth: Final Conflict (series, 1997), Fly Away Home (feature film, 1996), The Long Kiss Goodnight (feature film, 1996), Ready or Not, (series,1993), Cats (live musical,1986-89), Big Town, (feature film, 1986), Ann of Green Gables (series, 1985), And a Nightingale Sang (theatre, 1985), Mrs. Soffel (feature film, 1984), Romeo and Juliet, theatre, 1984), The Dream in High Park (theatre, 1984), Doc (theatre 1983), The Hostage (theatre, 1983)