OCAD U alumna appointed OAC Indigenous Arts Officer

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has appointed Erika Iserhoff as new Indigenous Arts Officer. Iserhoff holds a Bachelor of Design in Material Art & Design from OCAD University, where she also taught in the Indigenous Visual Culture program.

Iserhoff is a founding member of the Chocolate Woman Collective, a group of artists with a shared interest in research, exploration and practical application of Indigenous aesthetic principles in all areas of the dramatic arts. She is also the co-founder of the Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator, which promotes the creation and exhibition of new works by Indigenous artists working in fashion, textiles and crafts. Iserhoff was associate producer of Tributaries, the opening night of Toronto’s 2017 Luminato festival, at which she was also announced as the Emerging Laureate of OAC’s Indigenous Arts Award. In 2009, she received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for her work in costume design in Indigenous theatre.

Iserhoff is of Omushkego and Eeyou Cree heritage, and is a member of Constance Lake First Nation. She is based in Toronto with her family.

Erika succeeds long-time OAC Indigenous Arts Officer Sara Roque, who stepped down in 2018.

Material Art & Design Holiday Sale 2018

Material Art and Design Student Holiday Sale. OCAD U Lobby, 100 McCaul St.

Valentine's Day MAAD Sales

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 11:00am to 7:00pm

Buy soft goods and jewelry for your Valentine and friends in the lobby of 100 McCaul St. 

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, OCAD U
Material Art & Design Valentine's Day Sale

Stories in Geometry

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 11:00am to Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 11:00am

Gallery BOM is pleased to present Stories in Geometry, an exhibition featuring textile

artist Chung-im Kim whose work transforms geometric shapes into otherworldly objects.

Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and received her MFA from Seoul Women's University in

1984. She began her career working in the textile industry as a surface pattern designer

while also teaching and running a studio in Seoul before moving to Canada in 1990.

Since her arrival, Kim has been a resident in the Textile Studio at Harbourfront Centre

and a freelance designer in the design industry before becoming an Associate Professor in

the Fibre Dept at OCAD University in Toronto. She was part of a group exhibition

“Objects in Flux” at Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA in August 2015. She lives and

works Toronto, Canada.

Venue & Address: 
Gallery BOM, 460B Harrison Avenue, Boston MA 02118
Website: 
http://www.gallerybom.com/
Phone: 
617-651-2664
Chung Im Kim

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. 

http://jewellery.waddingtons.ca/auctions-433/The-Allure-Online-Auction---Works-by-Canadian-Contemporary-Jewellery-Artists

Venue & Address: 
Jewellery.waddingtons.ca

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.

http://jewellery.waddingtons.ca/auctions-433/The-Allure-Online-Auction---Works-by-Canadian-Contemporary-Jewellery-Artists

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

Research Wednesdays: Presentation from Dorie Millerson and Lynne Heller from the Material Art & Design Program

David R. Harper

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.

 

 

Deadline to submit Material Art & Design Major/Program request form.

Deadline to submit Material Art & Design Major/Program request form.

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