MAAD Mountain Pop-Up Workshops & Sale

MADD Popup Shop Poster
Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 2:00pm to 9:00pm

Come out and support 3rd year MAAD students and the Pop Up Shops they are launching across the city from Friday through Sunday. These pop up events are student projects that are part of the MAAD Professional Practice course.

The MAAD Mountain Pop-Up Workshops and Sale is run by a collective of Material Arts students from OCAD University. Sign up for needle felting, jewellery stamping, and embroidery workshops or come see the variety of jewellery & craft supplies for sale by local artists


Venue & Address: 
Story Planet 1165 Bloor Street West
MADD Popup Shop Poster

GLXY Crafts Pop Up

Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 4:30pm to 10:30pm

Come out and support 3rd year MAAD students and the Pop Up Shops they are launching across the city from Friday through Sunday. These pop up events are student projects that are part of the MAAD Professional Practice course.

GLXY Crafts Pop Up
Join us and experience an OUT OF THIS WORLD one day only pop up shop! Become a part of all that is galaxy related in the form of handmade jewellery, textile and ceramic crafts created by OCAD University design students.


Venue & Address: 
Wonderworks 25 Baldwin Street
GLXY CRAFTS poster with event info and illustration of outer space with stars and planets

P.O.P. Pop Up Shop

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 10:00pm to Monday, April 4, 2016 - 1:00am

Come out and support 3rd year MAAD students and the Pop Up Shops they are launching across the city from Friday through Sunday. These pop up events are student projects that are part of the MAAD Professional Practice course.

P.O.P. Pop Up Shop
Come join us for a Pop Up Shop showcasing emerging artists' work from OCAD University. Our call for entry brought in a broad range of paintings, jewellery, bags, soaps, candles, and much more. All works are available for purchase.

Venue & Address: 
Projector Gallery 592 Markham Street
POP UP SHOP poster with event info and sunglasses graphic


Friday, April 1, 2016 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm

Come out and support 3rd year MAAD students and the Pop Up Shops they are launching across the city from Friday through Sunday. These pop up events are student projects that are part of the MAAD Professional Practice course.

MAAD Haus is a collaborative effort bringing together a variety of different craft disciplines to showcase local handmade material art and design. The artists and designers come from OCADU and can't wait to show you what they've been staying up late and getting up early all semester for. Join us in making the world a better place with art, friendship and did we mention $5 Steam Whistle! Because, we simply love you.


Venue & Address: 
The Drake Hotel 1150 Queen Street West
MAAD HAUS PARTY poster with event info

MAAD Faculty Lynne Heller defends her doctoral

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 6:15pm

Please join me in congratulating Assistant Professor Lynne Heller who recently defended her doctoral dissertation titled AVATAR DAUGHTERS: Envisioning a Spectrum between the Material/Virtual through Feminist Theory. Lynne conducted her doctoral studies within the Graduate Research and Education Programme in Gender, Culture and Identity in the UCD Humanities Institute, College of Arts and Humanities at University College Dublin, Ireland.

Lynne holds a joint appointment with the Faculty of Design and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Science. Lynne joins a growing complement of research and practice-engaged doctorate faculty at OCAD University. I commend her and all these faculty members for the hard work and dedication required to earn this highest academic degree and wish them well in translating their efforts into successful research agendas.

Congratulations Lynne! 

Dr. Gayle Nicoll, Dean, Faculty of Design

Sculpture Magazine featuring MAAD Chair Dorie Millerson

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 6:15pm

Sculpture Magazine’s March 2016 issue has an article on MAAD Chair Dorie Millerson’s work called “Dorie Millerson: The Matter of Scale” by Gil McElroy, pp. 54-57

MAAD Speaker Series

The MAAD Speakers Series Artwork
Monday, February 1, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The MAAD Speaker Series has invited Steven Heinemann:
Canadian ceramic artist Steven Heinemann lives and works near Cookstown, Ontario. Since completing his MFA (Alfred University, 1983) he has taught widely in Canada and the US, with numerous international residencies. Heinemann has exhibited continuously since his fist solo exhibition at the Ontario Crafts Council in 1982. His most recent exhibition was at the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto in 2015. He is currently represented by five galleries in Canada, the US, and Europe, and his work is in numerous public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and the Icheon World Ceramic Centre (Korea). Heinemann has received many national and international awards, including the Bavarian State Prize (Germany), the Juror's Award (Mino, Japan), and Fletcher Challenge (New Zealand). In 1996, he was granted the Saidye Bronfman Award, Canada's highest recognition of achievement in contemporary craft.

The MAAD Speakers Series is an initiative of the Material Art and Design program at OCAD University, and generously funded through artist donations from Project 31.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Room 230 (Central Hall)
free and everyone is welcome

MAAD alumnae deck the InterContinental halls

Adelle Dubblestyne and Liane Vaz
Liane Vaz and Adelle Dubblestyne
Christmas tree decoration
Friday, December 4, 2015 - 9:30pm

On December 3, the InterContinental Toronto Centre hotel presented its first annual Festive Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration. At the centre of the festivities was a 12-foot tall tree decorated by Material Art & Design alumnae Liane Vaz (BDes, Jewellery, 2013) and Adelle Dubblestyne (BDes, Jewellery, 2013).

With the support of OCAD University’s Career Development office and Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, Vaz and Dubblestyne prepared portfolios for submission to the hotel’s public relations team, which then chose the duo as their tree designers. On November 26, Vaz and Dubblestyne met with InterContiental staff to pitch four different themes based on the hotel’s desire for a “classic and elegant” design approach that used red, gold and silver. “We brought those colours in different shades, such as deeper reds and paler golds,” Vaz explains, “and we introduced texture by using fabrics and unusual shapes. Being jewellers, we are very detail-oriented, and working on a project this size meant we had to create large, dramatic pieces, but we also wanted to add little details other designers may not have thought of.”

With just five days to source and make all the decorations, Vaz and Dubblestyne had to scramble to get the project completed on time. “We actually worked through the night,” Vaz explains, “from 9 p.m. on December 2 until 6:30 a.m. on December 3. Like elves!”

Live Stream Video with MAAD Instructor Meghan Price

Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 3:00pm to Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 11:00pm

MAAD Faculty's Meghan Price has stepped off the fibre path and into the world of live-stream video with her latest project called "Watching Rocks".
This will stream live from The Banff Centre as part of the Running with Concepts: The Geologic Edition event.


PATRICIA CORCORAN (geologist, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences and the Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Western Ontario) & KELLY JAZVAC (artist, Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of Western Ontario), MIRIAM DIAMOND (environmental scientist, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto), SARAH ANNE JOHNSON(artist, Winnipeg), STEPHEN MORRIS (J. Tuzo Wilson Professor of Geophysics, Department of Physics, University of Toronto), and ANNA-SOPHIE SPRINGER (writer, editor, curator, and co-director of K. Verlag, Berlin).

Singular Metabolism 
Performances by Francisco-Fernando Granados, Onyeka Igwe, Julie Joosten, and angela rawlingsOrganized by cheyanne turions
A Reading of Art in the Anthropocene 
Initiated by Etienne Turpin, facilitated by Alexandra Berceanu, and read by John Paul Ricco

Nicole Clouston & Quintin Teszeri, The Ecology of Mud 
Karina Irvine, Your Nature is Uncanny: Temporality and Humour in Rosemarie Trockel’s "A Cosmos"
Marc Laflamme, The Ediacaran Extinction: The First Mass Extinction of Complex Life
Gwen MacGregor, Productive Failure
Jaclyn Quaresma, “Or do you not think so far ahead? Cause I’ve been thinkin' 'bout forever…”  
Aislinn Thomas, Rock Disguises (for rocks and humans) 
Man-Yin Tsang, Sinking from the seafloor
Amanda White, What’s it like to be a plant?
Sean Smith, F---CKING: Aporetic Speculations in Geophilosophy and Aesthetics
Hosted and moderated by Christine Shaw (Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery).
This hybrid event is part-workshop, part-conference, part-crit session, part-master class, part-experiment, part-chance composition. The event is founded on the following questions: How do ideas take form? How does one embark on the process of extracting, editing and distilling an idea into a presentable format? These types of questions are found in all disciplines.
In the third edition of this serial event, we seek to engage transdisciplinary debates and studies of the geologic as source of explanation, motivation, and inspiration for understanding and responding to conditions of the present moment. Recent natural and human-made events triggered by or triggering the geologic have made volatile earth forces perceptible and relevant with new levels of intensity. How can the arts, sciences, and humanities contribute to a critical awareness and understanding of these transformations?
This intensive two day event will be led by the six invited mentors and feature presentations by graduate students, recent alumni, artists, and scholars selected from the submissions we received.
This event is connected to the exhibition The pen moves across the earth... held concurrently at the Blackwood Gallery from September 16 to November 29, 2015.

FEE: $40 for both days 
Includes lunch and transport from downtown Toronto
*Free for presenters and current U of T students (with valid TCard)


A New Dawn: Recent Work

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 3:00pm to Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 11:00pm

MAAD Instructor Van McKenzie's show entitled A New Dawn: recent work

Venue & Address: 
David Kaye Gallery 1092 Queen Street West Toronto, ON