The Allure Online Auction - Works by Canadian Contemporary Jewellery Artists

Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 5:00pm

As some of you may know, Ken Vickerson has work coming up for auction at Waddington’s here in Toronto on Nov. 30.  I have attached the link to the online gallery, please take a look at a variety of work by some well known Canadian jewellers. There are previews of the work between Nov. 24-27 (click on additional info for the schedule) and Ken will be in attendance on Sat., Nov. 25 between 11-5 at the auction house at 275 King St. East, 2nd floor.

Venue & Address:

The Allure Online Auction - Works by Canadian Contemporary Jewellery Artists

Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 9:00am

Some of you may know that Ken Vickerson has work coming up for auction at Waddington’s here in Toronto on Nov. 30.  Attached is the link to the online gallery, please take a look at a variety of work by some well known Canadian jewellers. There are previews of the work between Nov. 24-27 (click on additional info for the schedule). Ken  will be in attendance on Sat., Nov. 25 between 11-5 at the auction house at 275 King St. East, 2nd floor.  It would be great to see you, drop by, say hi and check out this amazing collection.

Material Art & Design Proudly Presents their Annual Holiday Sale

Holiday Sale presented by Material Art & Design Students

All Hands on Tech: Craft, Pedagogy & The Digital Challenge

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Research Wednesdays

All Hands on Tech: Craft, Pedagogy & the Digital Challenge

What does “handmade” mean in the digital age? OCAD U faculty Lynne Heller and Dorie Millerson (MAAD chair) will consider the place of digital craft at OCAD University from the perspectives of faculty, staff and technicians. Developed organically out of the everyday experiences of practitioners at OCAD U in Material Art & Design (MAAD), a department rooted in craft processes and materiality, the presentation will question how digital craft methods are changing teaching and learning in the studio and speculate how to understand objects that are produced by digital tools instead of through embodied making methods.

Venue & Address: 
The Learning Zone 113 McCaul Street Main Floor

Craft Ontario recognizes members of OCAD U community

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Students, faculty and alumni were recognized at the Craft Awards on October 12, taking home five awards for their work in the fields.

From the Craft Ontario website:

“Craft Awards recipients are accomplished and dedicated practitioners in the field of craft and design. From makers that create innovative and exceptional work to curators, administrators, writers and volunteers who support the craft community, each recipient is recognized as an important contributor to contemporary craft practice. Since 1981 the program has recognized over 500 emerging and established professionals for their outstanding work and contributions.”

Congratulations to the 2017 recipients from OCAD U:

Lacy and Co. Ltd. Jewellery Supply Grant:
Alex Kinsley (Material Art & Design Instructor, Jewellery)

Helen Frances Gregor Award:
Elycia SFA (Material Art & Design 2015/Class Assistant, Textiles)

James H. McPherson Award in Woodworking:
Shay Salehi (Sculpture/Installation Student)

Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee Award:
Katrina Tompkins (IAMD student)

Mary Diamond Butts Award in Embroidery and Needlecraft:
Elizabeth (Liz) Pead (Drawing and Painting 2007)

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit organization that promotes professional craft and advocates for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.

Weavers Art launches student-designed rug collection

Weavers Art launch
Monday, October 2, 2017 - 3:45pm

A collection of ten beautiful hand-knotted rugs designed by OCAD U students has been launched at the Weavers Art showroom, Designers Walk, 162 Bedford Rd. in Toronto. The rugs were developed in collaboration between the Material Art & Design (MAAD) program and Weavers Art led by Assistant Professor Lynne Heller. Designed by students (now alumni) Rachel Babineau, Mariam Ben Belfadhel, Allie Gregory, Mudassir Mohammed, Domenic Sgamelluri and Hatley Walker, the rugs were hand-knotted in Nepal and India.

At the launch, designers from across the city remarked on the creativity of the rug designs. In developing designs, the students worked with Weavers Art owner Michael Pourvakil and designer Wan Ki An (MAAD, 2002) to develop a palette of colours and consider the placement of wool and silk fibres. Each designer approached his or her rug design in a different way. Allie Gregory (MAAD, 2017), considered “the juxtaposition of nature within the urban context of the city of Toronto” as seen in Petals, which was inspired by a trip to High Park during cherry blossom season. Hatley Walker’s (MAAD, 2017) Rock Formations began as a photo she took of the “aged walls” of Katra Mosque in Murshidabad, West Bengal, India that she then digitally manipulated into an abstracted design.

The designs were sent to mills in Kathmandu, Nepal and Bhadohi, India where the process of translating the image to a workable pattern begins. “Once we send them the designs, their artist hand paints them on graph papers. Each square on the graph represents one knot in the carpet,” said Pourvakil. “The average knot count for each 8’ x 10’ rug is around 800,000 individually tied knots.”

Several weavers work together at the loom simultaneously. While the students are taught weaving and surface design in the MAAD program, their focus is often on small-scale production. With this incredible project, they are able to see how they can work in the commercial market. In addition to collaborating with the students to develop this collection, Weavers Art also generously donated a student-designed rug to Project 31, OCAD U’s fundraising auction in March 2017.



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
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Crafting the Future: A National Student Exhibition

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 4:45pm to Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 5:00pm

What is the future of craft? How do today’s emerging makers navigate the historical, political, cultural, and social context of craft? With over 100 works by students from nine Canadian post-secondary craft programs, Crafting the Future: A National Student Exhibition, will examine these questions through innovative and engaging works in ceramics, fibre, furniture, glass, jewellery, textiles, metalsmithing, video and mixed materials. Juried by Audrey Hudson, Dorie Millerson, and Robert Mitchell and curated by Dorie Millerson and Robert Mitchell with support from the Faculty of Design staff, students, alumni and technicians at OCAD University.



Venue & Address: 
Great Hall. 2nd Floor, 100 McCaul Street.
Crafting The Future: A National Student Exhibition
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Canadian Craft Biennial

Canadian Craft Biennial
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 8:30am to Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 5:00pm

Aligning with Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Biennial will serve as a spotlight to celebrate and educate the public and craft professionals alike about the importance that Craft plays in our everyday lives. The biennial will provide historical contextualization of Canadian craft practise and offer critical insight into its future.


Canadian Craft Biennial Conference Can Craft? Craft Can!

September 15 and 16, 2017
Burlington and Toronto


Eleven sessions, covering a variety of themes and approaches will be presented by forty-four scholars and makers from around the world.

September 15: Holiday Inn Burlington, 3063 S Service Rd, Burlington, ON, L7N 3E9

September 16: OCADU, 100 McCaul St. Toronto, ON M5T 1W1


Registration ends September 14. 

For more information about the Exhibitions and the full program please visit

Venue & Address: 
Holiday Inn Burlington, 3063 S Service Rd, Burlington, ON / OCAD University, 100 McCaul

MAAD Speakers Series: David R. Harper

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

David R. Harper (b. Toronto, Canada / Lives and Works in Sheboygan, Wisconsin) received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Fiber and Material Studies. 

His work has been included in group shows at museums in the US and Canada, including MASS MoCA, The National Gallery of Canada and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and has participated in numerous solo exhibitions including My Own Personal Ghost (John Michael Kohler Arts Center), Plateau (South Bend Museum of Art) Skin and Bone (Textile Museum of Canada). In 2013, the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto Scarborough organized a touring exhibition of his work titles Entre Le Chien et Le Loup.

He has participated in several residencies including he Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (2016), Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (2014), and the Kohler Arts Industry (2012/2014).

Harper's work can be found in a number of notable collections including The Museum of Arts and Design, National Gallery of Canada, The John Michael Kohler Art Center, The Museum of Wisconsin Art, The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation in Los Angeles, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to name a few. 

Venue & Address: 
Room MCA230, 100 McCaul Street
Free. Open to the public
MAAD Speakers Series: Davir Harper
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