Talking Wellness at OCAD U Library Research Wednesdays

Digital promotion for OCAD U Library Research Wednesdays presentation Talking Wellness by students, faculty and staff
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Talking Wellness at OCAD U, is a project and exhibition by Pam Patterson's Art and Design Education Lab (ADEL): Community investigating various concerns around how we might achieve a healthier art and design education community at OCAD U.

Join students, Angie Ma and Nataly Kais with faculty and staff members Pam Patterson, Robyn Shaw, and Marta Chudolinska to learn about the original premise and organization of the Talking Wellness project, an investigation into the wellness experiences of students at OCAD University. This talk will cover the ADEL students research experience and hanging of the exhibition along with OCAD U's Health & Wellness Centre's collaboration, and the Learning Zone's role and participation.

PRESENTERS: Angie Ma and Nataly Kais (ADEL students), Pam Patterson (Lecturer, Faculty of Art), Robyn Shaw (Manager, Health & Wellness Centre), Marta Chudolinska (Learning Zone Librarian)

Discover more about the Talking Wellness project including the participating artists/researchers at the Talking Wellness Libguide.

Free take away text bubbles from the exhibit will be handed out to all attendees (while supplies last).

All are welcome! January 30th from 1 to 2 pm.

Talking Wellness is part of Research Wednesdays speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad, or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a casual, supportive environment about research activities, collections and more. We apply a broad definition of research which includes a variety of activities within the domains of art, design, libraries and archives. This event is open to all members of the OCAD U community as well as the general public.

Do you have a research experience that you would love to share with us? Contact Daniel Payne at (

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000, ext. 217

Digital Futures Grad Student Quinn Rockliff collabs with H & M & Rethink Breast Cancer

H & M tee Quinn Rockliff
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 2:45pm

Article by Josh Paglione, Graduate Studies

Digital Futures MFA Graduate Student Quinn Rockliff has teamed up with H&M Canada and Rethink Breast Cancer, the young women’s breast cancer movement, to design a five peice t-shirt collection in an effort to promote breast cancer awareness. Quinn, a surival of sexual assault, began creating her illustrations as a way of healing from the trama she experienced, and eventually, she began sharing her designs on social media sites as a reflection of life as a survivor, while transferring the responsibility of repeating and distributing these reflections onto a digital platform. The work has also inspired her thesis research which takes an autoethnographic approach to understanding how one can use social media as a survivor of sexual assault. She specifically investigates how a virtual embodiment of self can perpetuate narratives and recall information, allowing for a transference of her emotional labour.

"When I began to seek traditional routes towards justice and healing after my assault, I was repeatedly required to recount, justify, and relive trauma, in order to be believed. My simplistic line style has always explored the representation of women's bodies, this project challenged me to think in a new medium by considering how a t-shirt can serve as a reminder to self and signifier to others to check yourself for breast cancer.- Quinn Rockliff


Photo courtesy of the artist

Quinn said she began sharing her illustrations digitally as a means to interact remotely with people who have the potential to challenge her selfhood, without retraumatization through one-on-one interaction. For Quinn, the technological interface becomes a means to speak loudly and bravely about her assault, as well as a way to confidently explore issues and creative expressions, such as body positivity, nudity, and feminist art. Quinn was then approached by H & M Canada to design the t-shirt collection as a fundraiser and awareness initiative for the Rethink Breast Canacer capaign, in which 100% of the proceeds go directly to Rethink Breast Cancer.

"This was such a great project for me to work on alongside my thesis work, it provided both a creative shift while still fitting into my larger interests of the way in which we can talk about issues with social stigma, especially those who effect women, and how art can be used to inspire new perspectives of the body. I wanted to create art that raised awareness around breast cancer while still being t-shirts I would wear every day and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a charity that gave me the artistic freedom to stay true to my style while highlighting their important cause. I've admired Rethink Breast Cancers work for a while, their style of conveying hard to talk about topics in a bold and accessible way for young people continues to inspire me to rethink my understanding of the cause and continue to support it, it was such an honor to collaborate with them and H&M to raise funds this October." -Quinn Rockliff

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The Rethink Breast Cancer t-shirts are available at the H & M Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Mall stores.

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