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

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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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Related article by Fashion Magazine: https://fashionmagazine.com/lifestyle/hm-rethink-breast-cancer-shirts/

For more informaiton about the Rethink Breast Cancer campaign, visit: https://rethinkbreastcancer.com/get-involved/shop/

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

Follow Quinn on Instagram: Instagram.com/quinnrockliff 

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon workshop at the OCAD U Library. Saturday 22 March 2014, 1pm-2pm tutorial; 2pm-5pm 1-on-1 help and working together.

Wikipedia editing session for uploading entries on Canadian, First Nations, OCAD U women artists.

On February 1, 2014, volunteers gathered around the world for the Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. The aim of the event was to balance out Wikipedia’s gender gap, adding or editing entries for women artists, who are historically underrepresented. During the event, volunteers added more than 100 women artists to Wikipedia. The organizers of the Toronto satellite event, which took place at Art Metropole, are now teaming up with OCAD U Library to continue the work begun on that day. With access to the OCAD U library’s extensive resources, students and volunteers will be able to work together to continue adding and editing entries for women artists, including Canadian and First Nations artists and artists from the OCAD University community.

Please join us on Saturday March 22, 2014, between 1 - 5 p.m., and bring your laptop! All are welcome, regardless of your level of experience. A beginner’s tutorial will take place from 1 - 2 p.m., and more experienced editors will be available throughout the event for one-on-one help. No preparation or experience is necessary, but we encourage participants to create a Wikipedia account before the event, as there is a limit to how many accounts can be created from one IP address. It is easy to do and instructions are here. Also, join our Facebook event page!

Want to get started on learning how to edit Wikipedia articles, so you can dive right in once you get here? Read this guide for beginners, or try this tutorial for students, which covers the basics.

Not sure which artist entry to add, or whose entry to work on? The Art + Feminism Wiki group has compiled a list of suggestions here!

Venue & Address: 
Dorothy H. Hoover Library, Room 1215, 2nd level 113 McCaul St Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free
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Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

ART AND FEMINISIM LOGO
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 7:00pm to 10:45pm

Everyone is welcome!

Wikipedia beginners tutorial: 3:00pm-3:30pm; Drop-in: 3pm-6:45pm

Wikipedia editing session for improving representation of women artists (Canadian, First Nations & OCAD U)

Wikipedia's gender trouble is well documented. In a 2010 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors are female. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. Many articles on notable women in history and art are absent on Wikipedia.

Join us in continuing the work of previous Art + Feminism Edit-a-Thons at OCAD U and across the world, which have added more than 100 women artists to Wikipedia. With access to OCAD U library’s books and article databases, you are invited to help continue adding and editing entries.

No preparation necessary!
Bring a laptop! (if possible)
Please create a Wikipedia account before the event!

(It is easy to do and instructions are here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/BeginnersGuide#Create_your_account.

Join the Facebook event

Please RSVP to artfemwikiATgmail.com and indicate whether you will attend the tutorial.

Want to get started right away? Try this tutorial for students, which covers the basics.

Venue & Address: 
Dorothy H. Hoover Library, Room 1215, Level 2 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free
Keywords: 

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Logo with female symbol and hand holding a paint brush
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:45pm

Everyone is welcome!

Wikipedia beginners' tutorial: 2pm-2:30pm; Drop-in: 2pm-5:45pm

Wikipedia editing session for improving representation of women artists (Canadian, First Nations & OCAD U)

Please join us for our first Edit-a-Thon of the 2014/2015 school year! Learn how to edit Wikipedia articles and help improve the representation of women artists and artists from underrepresented groups on Wikipedia.

Wikipedia's gender trouble is well documented. In a 2010 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors are female. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. Many articles on notable women in history and art are absent on Wikipedia.

This event continues the work of previous Art + Feminism Edit-a-Thons across the world, which added more than 100 women artists to Wikipedia. With access to OCAD U library’s books and article databases, you are invited to help continue adding and editing entries.

No preparation necessary!
Bring a laptop! (if possible)
Please create a Wikipedia account before the event!

(It is easy to do and instructions are here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/BeginnersGuide#Create_your_account.

Join the Facebook event

Please RSVP to artfemwiki AT gmail.com and indicate whether you will attend the tutorial.

Want to get started right away? Try this tutorial for students, which covers the basics.

See you on the 27th!

Venue & Address: 
Dorothy H. Hoover Library, Room 1215, Level 2 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free
Keywords: