MAAD Speakers Series: Reena Ahluwalia

"Bel Canto - A Homage to Maria Callas"
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The MAAD Speakers Series is pleased to present our Spring speaker, Reena Ahluwalia, Toronto-based, multiple award-winning Canadian jewelry artist, painter, speaker, professor of jewelry and a community builder.
Her work is coveted by collectors worldwide and she is recognized as one of the Top Masters of Jewelry Design in Canada. Along with creating jewelry and paintings with deep meaning and symbolism, Reena is a strategy adviser and design consultant to some of the top diamond and jewelry houses. 

The event is free and all are welcome to attend. 

Photo: "Bel Canto - A Homage to Maria Callas"

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 230
MAAD Speakers Series: Reena Ahluwalia

Angel Ho's Tactilight featured on Daily Planet

Daily Planet host Dan Riskin with Angel Ho, OCAD U alumna
Friday, February 10, 2017

MAAD alumna Angel Ho brought her fascinating Tactilight to the set of Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet show on February 8th. The unique and mesmerizing lamp started out as Ho’s thesis project: LED lights embedded into handmade paper that reacts to the user’s manipulations. The latest iteration is made of durable Tyvek which is used in construction as a building envelope.  

Ho has been chosen to represent OCAD University at the upcoming One of a Kind Show's Craft Community of Canada. This section celebrates the educational institutions and organizations in the art and craft community that teach, foster talent, grant opportunities and increase exposure of uniquely talented artists and artisans.




Ball made of pleated paper that expands and contracts, with lights inside

Material Art and Design Valentine's Day Sale

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

The Material Art & Design program presents a Valentine's Day Sale featuring a selection of ceramics, jewellery and textiles on Feb. 8th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the front lobby of 100 McCaul.


Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street Lobby
MAAD Valentine's Sale

Material Art and Design Holiday Sale

MAAD Holiday Sale
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm

Featuring New Collections from Jewellery and Fibre Students, the Material Art & Design program presents a selection of handmade gifts, perfect for the Holidays Season!

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Lobby
MAAD Holiday Sale

MAAD Speaker's Series: Marci Rae McDade

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 6:00pm

Marci Rae McDade, editor of Surface Design Journal  is coming to give a 20-minute presentation about contemporary fibre/textiles and textile publications on Thursday Oct. 27 at 2:00 pm in room 230. All are welcome - please join us!


Marci Rae McDade is the editor of Surface Design Journal and former editor of FiberArts magazine. She received an MFA in fiber and material studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007), completed a Fiber Emerging Artist Residency at the Oregon College of Art & Craft in Portland, Oregon (2007), and received a BA in film and video production from Columbia College Chicago (2001). 

McDade has curated numerous contemporary art exhibitions including the well-received "Girl on Guy: the object of my desire" (2007) at A+D Gallery, Chicago, and "Perfect: a group exhibition" (2005-2007), which originated at the Chicago Cultural Center and traveled to several gallery and museum venues around the country. As a practicing fiber artist, McDade has also exhibited her embroidered two-dimensional pieces and multi-media fiber installation work nationally in solo and group exhibitions for the past decade.


Venue & Address: 
Room 230, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Canada M5T 1W1
Marci Rae McDade

MAAD Speaker's Series: Philip Beesley

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 6:00pm

The Material Art & Design (MAAD) Speakers' Committee are pleased to be presenting visual artist and architect, Philip Beesley, as our fall speaker on Wednesday, November 23 at 1:00 pm. The talk will be held in Rm. 230 at 100 McCaul St. with a reception to follow at 2:00 pm. Beesley's Toronto-based practice, Philip Beesley Architects Inc, collaborates internationally with artists, scientists, and engineers, and incorporates industrial design, digital prototyping, and mechatronics engineering in his array of hybrid projects. His recent multi-media installation Ocean, in collaboration with the H&M Garment Collecting Initiative, was a highlight of Nuit Blanche 2016. 


Philip Beesley, MRAIC OAA RCA, is a practicing visual artist, architect, and Professor in Architecture at the University of Waterloo and Professor of Digital Design and Architecture & Urbanism at the European Graduate School.

He serves as the Director for the Living Architecture Systems Group, and as Director of Riverside Architectural Press. His Toronto-based practice Philip Beesley Architect Inc. operates in partnership with the Europe-based practice Pucher Seifert and the Waterloo-based Adaptive Systems Group, and in numerous other collaborations. The studio's methods incorporate industrial design, digital prototyping, and mechatronics engineering. Beesley frequently collaborates with artists, scientists and engineers. Recent projects include a series of hybrid fabrics developed with Atelier Iris Van Herpen, curiosity-based machine learning environments developed with Rob Gorbet and Dana Kulic of the Adaptive Systems Group, and the synthetic metabolisms developed with Rachel Armstrong of the University of Newcastle. His most recent collaboration with Iris Van Herpen has translated a shared sensibility for subtle materials, electricity, and chemistrly into a collection of highly complex and diverse textile and haute couture collections. 

His research focuses on responsive and distributed architectural environments and interactive systems, flexible lightweight structures integrating kinetic functions, microprocessing, sensor and actuator systems, with particular focus on digital fabrication methods and sheet-material derivations. 

Beesley has authored and edited sixteen books and proceedings, and has appeared on the cover of Artificial Life (MIT), LEONARDO and AD journals. 

Features include national CBC News, Vogue, WIRED, and a series of TED talks. His work was selected to represent Canada at the 2010 Venice Biennale for Architecture, and has received distinctions including the Prix de Rome, VIDA 11.0, FEIDAD, Azure AZ, and Architizer A+.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St. Room 230
Philip Beesley Poster

Material Art & Design Students' banners purchased by The Link for their permanent collection

Madeline Bonk
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 7:15pm

Congratulations to Chung-Im Kim, Associate Professor in Fibre and the students in Surface Design 1 on their recent collaborative textile banner project with The Link, a community centre in Sutton, Ontario which has resulted in 11 of the banners being purchased by the centre!

The project brought together Fibre students and Sutton’s community to identify appropriate wayfinding locations at The Link and collaborate on the design development of textile banners.

Through a brainstorming session, students learned the history and geography of the area, the importance of The Link, the services it provides, how it should feel and even its previous life as a school as source inspiration for the design of the banners which they them created.

After an exhibition, 11 of the students' banners were chosen as winners by the public and purchased by the The Link for their permanent collection. 


The winners were: Madeline Bonk, Brittney De Lattibeaudiere, Lyndsay Grover, Ofra Hauferman, Jaclyn Martyn, Angela McIntosh, Nan Sun, and Xing Yu. The project was developed and facilitated by Chung-Im Kim, Associate Professor in Fibre.




MAAD Shadow Box Sale

MAAD Shadow Box
Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 5:00am to Friday, December 5, 2008 - 5:00am

Don't miss this opportunity to own unique, one of a kind art, help raise money and have a lovely evening.

Shadowboxes will be full of treasures each individually crafted by OCAD's Matrial Art & Design (MAAD) graduating students from Jewellery, Textiles and Ceramics. Boxes will be available to view, bid on, and then purchase.

Cash and cheques accepted.

Venue & Address: 
XPACE Cultural Centre 58 Ossington Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Come Eat With Us

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 5:00am to Monday, November 17, 2008 - 5:00am

The inspiration for this exhibition is the everyday conscious and subconscious human interaction with material art and design through the utensils and materials related to the preparation or consumption of food.

Students from Jewellery, Fibre and Ceramics will participate in this juried exhibition.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario
MAAD presents COME EAT WITH US poster with text on plates with forks and knives at side

Soft Grids Elastic Walls

Friday, April 4, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 4:00am

Stride Gallery in Calgary, Alberta presents new work by Material Art & Design Instructor Vessna Perunovich.

Venue & Address: 
The Stride Gallery 1004 MacLoed Tr. S.E., Calgary, Alberta