NOW Magazine Article about OCAD U's Regent Park Sewing Circle

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 6:30am

According to Sureya Ibrahim, TCCL&D’s community relations specialist, the women of the sewing circle are currently making more of the soft goods designed by the OCAD class.

Re:Location designs will be on display at OCAD University’s Great Hall (100 McCaul) as part of DesignTO. Opening reception takes place on January 22 from 7 to 9 pm.

Click the link for the full article.

https://nowtoronto.com/lifestyle/class-action/ocadu-regent-park-sewing-circle/

 

OCAD U teams up with Regent Park Sewing Studio

l-r: Dr. Dori Tunstall, Dean, Faculty of Design, Lisa Yi. Photo courtesy: Dayna Konopelny.
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 3:00pm

OCAD University teamed up with Toronto Centre for Community Learning and Development (TCCL&D) to pilot an innovative, hands-on design course. Over a period of three months, a group of second-year industrial design students worked with members of the Regent Park Sewing Studio to design and create ‘made-to-order’ textile goods. The finished products (soft goods like hats, bags and other wearables) were displayed and sold at the Re:Location exhibition at Daniels Spectrum, at Regent Park, on December 6.

Ranee Lee, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD U, has led the Design for Social Change project in Regent Park for the last four years. Participants learned and taught each other, making it a truly participatory design experience. “Only by approaching community differently, can we expect to achieve different results,” said Lee.

The Sewing Studio, a social enterprise incubation program at TCCL&D, includes a group of women from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Iran.

An exhibit featuring Re:Location works will be on display during Toronto Design Week on January 22, 2019 at OCAD U (100 McCaul St., Great Hall), along with a Design for Health exhibit featuring the work of third-year students, organized by Ranee Lee.

Poster: 
OCAD U participants. Photo courtesy: Dayna Konopelny.
OCAD U student Calum Ralston (far right). Photo courtesy: Dayna Konopelny.

OCADU x YSM [Regent Park] : Elevation Through Creative Collaboration

OCADU x YSM [Regent Park] : Elevation Through Creative Collaboration
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 2:00pm to Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 8:00pm

In a collaboration between OCAD University and the Yonge Street Mission, a group of second year Industrial Design students at OCAD U were challenged to design marketable textile goods to be sewn and distributed by Regent Park’s Creative Women’s Collective. The immigrant Collective collaborated and critiqued, and helped the students expand the innovation and design of the Collective’s product base. The products’ reach are directed to a larger market in the City, with sales to create enhanced financial opportunities for the women in this community. The Collective’s hope is to positively contribute to their family’s – especially their children’s – livelihoods. Only by approaching community differently, can we expect to achieve different results

Venue & Address: 
306 Gerrard Street, Toronto, ON
Website: 
http://todesignoffsite.com/event/ocadu-x-ysm-regent-park-elevation-through-creative-collaboration/
Email: 
rlee@faculty.ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416 977 6000 x 1876
Cost: 
Free
Keywords: 

OCAD U teams up with Regent Park’s Immigrant Creative Women’s Collective

OCAD U teams up with Regent Park’s Immigrant Creative Women’s Collective
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 4:00pm

Two Industrial Design classes at OCAD University teamed up with Regent Park’s immigrant Creative Women’s Collective to fashion hip, saleable sewn designs, based on their eye for fashion and market appeal. Over a period of three months, the Design students created and refined products, with feedback, expert insight and practicality from the group of women. The CWC took over the designs and produced them for sale at stores and events. The exhibit: “OCADUXYSM [Regent Park]: Elevation Through Creative Collaboration” took place on December 7 and 8, 2017 at OCAD University’s Graduate Gallery.

 

 

Poster: 
OCAD U teams up with Regent Park’s Immigrant Creative Women’s Collective
OCAD U teams up with Regent Park’s Immigrant Creative Women’s Collective

OCADUXYSM [Regent Park]: Elevation Through Creative Collaboration

The Graduate Gallery is featuring our industrial design students' participatory design efforts with a group of immigrant women sewers in Regent Park.

OCADUXYSM [Regent Park]: Elevation Through Creative Collaboration

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 6:30pm to Friday, December 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

OCADUXYSM [Regent Park]: Elevation Through Creative Collaboration 

 

29 Toronto Design students.

5 Muslim immigrant women.

 

How do they get together?

 

Skills, innovative thinking and the mutual goal to help alleviate the cycle of poverty.

 

Two Industrial Design classes at OCAD University have teamed up with Regent Park’s immigrant Creative Women’s Collective to fashion hip, saleable sewn designs, based on their eye for fashion and market appeal.

Over a period of three months, the Design students created and refined products, with feedback, expert insight and practicality from the group of women. The CWC will take over the designs and produce them for sale at stores and events.

The products and people will be in attendance at the exhibit: “OCADUXYSM [Regent Park]: Elevation Through Creative Collaboration”

 

The exhibit will open Thursday December 7 at 6:30 pm, and continues through December 8 from 10 am- 6pm, at the OCAD University Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St West, SE corner of Duncan St. 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U's Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond Street West
Email: 
rlee@faculty.ocadu.ca
Industrial Design Exhibit
Digital Screen: 

Regent Park Film Festival

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 5:00am to Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 5:00am

The Regent Park Film Festival is gearing up for another exciting year of diverse films, created by young directors, editors, and producers from the community. The program also promises to deliver international films produced as far away as Afghanistan and Australia.

"This year's festival is particularly exciting for us, because local and international emerging and established directors will be in attendance, from the Yukon, Bella Coola, Nairobi, Burundi, Kabul and NYC," says Festival Director Karin Hazé.

The festival has several new highlights including:

Communities Stories Opening Night Program (November 5, 6 p.m.)
Films related to their communities, international and local, are showcased on this night. Featured guests: Adonis Huggins from Regent Park TV, Biki Kangwana from Slum-TV (Kenya), Christopher Redmond from the Burundi Film Centre, Jack Johnson & Samantha Edgar from Our World.

Featured Guests (November 6, 7:30 p.m.)
Street nurse, Caroline Brunt, will present Bevel Up, a documentary directed by Canada's Nettie Wild and co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada and Regent Park Community Health Centre.

Panel Discussion (November 8, 1 p.m.)
A lively conversation exploring issues around relocation. Featuring community activist and writer, Helen Jefferson Lenskyj, NYC filmmaker Lauren Feeney (Garlic and Watermelons) and Regent Park community residents.

Performances: November 8, 10 p.m.
Juno award-winning dub poet and OCAD Professor Lillian Allen and producer, artist and activist Jarret Prescott will give a performance to remember at the Dominion on Queen restaurant (500 Dundas St. E.)

Also don't miss:

RPFF Professional 3D Live Animation Film Workshop for Everyone: November 1 and 2
This two-day film workshop will create a 30 minute animated film mixing
green screen techniques with performance to insert the participants
into archival photographs and 3D simulations of Regent Park.
Participants will examine historic neighbourhood photos, and then
develop short scripts in small groups with Cayle Chernin, acclaimed
Canadian producer, writer and actor. Participants will then perform
their scripts in a green screen session with filmmaker Jason J. Brown.

The final result will screen at the Regent Park Closing Ceremony: an
animated film using participants as actors in the historic and future
world of Regent Park! No previous experience necessary. Register by calling 416.981.6737 or Email your contact info to rpffoutreach@gmail.com. Workshop takes place at 600 Dundas St. E. rear basement at Focus: Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre.

All RPFF screenings are at Nelson Mandela Park Public School. Screenings and childcare are free.

Venue & Address: 
Nelson Mandela Park Public School 440 Shuter Street, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
rpffoutreach@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free

Regent Park Proud

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 2:00pm to Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 8:00pm

A relationship made in Toronto —
OCAD University Industrial Design, YSM, and
the Regent Park Women’s Sewing Collective.
Design as a strategy. Sewing as a skill.
Profits are made towards the Collective.

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery 52 McCaul Street
Regent Park Proud poster with event info