Material Art & Design student honoured as an emerging professional

Laura Mitchell (photo by Ian Barnard)
Ring by Laura Mitchell (photo by Ian Barnard)
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 1:15pm

Material Art & Design student Laura Mitchell recently won the Betty Skolnik Award for Emerging Professionals. Presented annually by JVS Toronto, the award honours “a young professional who is new to his/her career and who has a promising future ahead in their chosen occupation.”

Mitchell’s chosen occupation is jewellery design. “In summer 2015, I started my own business called Peace, Love and Jewellery through the Summer Company program,” says Mitchell. Through this program, Mitchell worked with a mentor — Daniel Clarke — from JVS Scarborough. Clarke helped her to improve her business and sell her handmade jewellery. “My mentor was so happy with my work and dedication that he nominated me for the Skolnik Award, and I ended up winning.”

MAAD Speaker Series - Paul McClure

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Bio: Paul McClure
Paul McClure is a Canadian artist and designer of contemporary jewellery. His work is represented in private and public collections including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canadian Museum of History, Design Museum of Barcelona, and National Museums Scotland. He received his training from NSCAD University, Halifax (BFA,1989); Escola Massana, Barcelona; and National College of Art and Design, Dublin (MA, 1999). He is professor and program coordinator for Jewellery Studies at George Brown College in Toronto. In 2015, McClure received the Saidye Bronfman Prize, a Governor General’s Award, the highest distinction given to a Canadian visual artist in fine craft.
Paul McClure is represented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h in Montreal -,

Venue & Address: 
Room 230 -- 100 McCaul

Instant Art on the Island

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Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 4:00am

Material Art & Design faculty member Monica Bodirsky is holding a wonderful workshop this Sunday, July 19 at Artscape Gibraltar Point:
Instant Art on the Island
Laugh, learn, breathe fresh air and express yourself in a stress-free environment. You deserve it!
This workshop is for everyone with or without artistic experience. Join experienced artists Monica Bodirsky and Alastair Dickson for a wonderful day filled with creativity.
Learn how to express yourself through the art of collage or, if you want, try something more challenging by creating assemblage with a variety of materials.

Bring a lunch, hang out on the beach for a moment, breathe deeply...

Venue & Address: 
LOCATION: Artscape Gibraltar Point 20 minutes walk or 10 minute bike ride from the Hanlon's Point Ferry dock. Pick up can be arranged for those who need assistance to get to the facility. Time: 12 to 5 p.m.
For inquiries or to reserve your spot today please contact for payment details.
$75.00 per person - materials included

MAAD Thesis Exhibition

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Monday, June 1, 2015 - 1:00pm to Monday, June 15, 2015 - 3:00am

The Material Art & Design thesis class will be showcasing their fibre, jewellery and ceramic work at Art Square Gallery & Cafe from June 1 to 14, 2015. The show will be split into two curated groups. The opening receptions will be held on June 3 and June 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. with light refreshments. The 2015 catalogue will be for sale at the event.

Venue & Address: 
Art Square; 334 Dundas Street West (right across from the AGO)

MAAD Speakers Series: Anne Wilson

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Presented by the Material Art & Design (MAAD) program in the Faculty of Design

Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, private and social rituals. Her artwork embraces conceptual strategies and handwork using everyday materials -- table linen, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread, glass, and wire. 

Wilson's numerous exhibitions include "Thread Lines" at The Drawing Center, NYC 2014; "Fiber Sculpture 1960-Present" at the ICA Boston and touring, 2014; "Dispersions" at the Rhonda Hoffman Gallery, Chicago 2013; the "Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber" at the Zhejiang Art Musuem, China 201; "Global Threads" at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, UK 2012; "Local Industry" at the Knoxville Museum of Art, 2012; "Out of the Ordinary" at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2007-08. She was included in the "2002 Biennial" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Wilson's art is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; among others. Wilson is the recipient of grants from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Tiffany Foundation, the National Endowment for the Art, and the Illinois Arts Council. She is a Professor of Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Central Hall, Room 230
Open to the public | Free admission

MAAD Holiday Sale

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Friday, December 12, 2014 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm

The Material Art & Design program presents a selection of handmade gifts perfect for your loved ones! A portion of the funds raised goes towards the MAAS thesis show!

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Main Lobby 100 McCaul Street

MAAD Faculty Lecture Series

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Material Art & Design program

Textile print designer and sessional faculty Ana Galindo will talk about her experience attending Surtex 2014, an industry focused event that takes place every year in New York City. Ana is well acquainted with the show, having had her industry start as winner of the student competition back in the day. She will share tidbits about the competition, the dramatic change industry has taken towards licensing, the actuality of digital versus hand-made designs, and the other shows happening simultaneously during SURTEX at the Javits Center.

Ana is a member of the Contemporary Textile Studio with a multidisciplinary background including surface design, fibre arts and book arts with keen interest in Mesoamerican textiles, having just returned from the First Mesoamerican Textiles Symposium in Oaxaca, México.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Room 201 - Fibre Studio

MAAD student and alumni win Craft Ontario awards

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 4:00am

Material Art & Design (MAAD) alumni Joanna Schleimer (2011) and Joe Han Lee (2012), and third-year MAAD student Shuang Feng have been recognized with awards from Craft Ontario this autumn.

Schleimer received the KingCrafts/Lady Flavelle Scholarship which recognizes a craftsperson who intends to continue their education. Han Lee was awarded the Lacy and Co. LTD. Jewellery Supply Grant to purchase equipment and materials to establish a studio. Feng received the Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee Undergraduate Scholarship to continue further study. Images of their award-winning work can be viewed at the above respective links.

MAAD Exhibit

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 4:00pm to Friday, March 20, 2015 - 4:00pm

March 9 - 20th in the Great Hall

Material Art & Design Exhibit

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

"Botanica Tinctoria"

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 4:00am

Launch: Thursday, October 2, 2014 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

MAAD instructor Rachel MacHenry's collaboration "Botanica Tinctoria" is having their Launch On Oct 2nd.

Venue & Address: 
Contemporary Textile Studio Co-Op 401 Richmond Street. W. Suite 109 Toronto, Ontario