Lynne Milgram Invited Plenary Session for the Textile Society of America Conference

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Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 4:00am

Congratulations to Lynne Milgram for being invited to a plenary session at the Textile Society of America biannual conference: Crosscurrents: Land, Labor and the Port, taking place at the Savannah College of Art & Design. The abstract of the presentation is included below.

https://textilesocietyofamerica.org/tsa_symposium/symposium2016/plenaries/

 

Materializing Entrepreneurship and Transnationalism from Below:
A Refashioned Craft Commodity Flow in the Central Philippines

While studies of large-scale global commodity flows are extensive, analyses of globalization’s relation to the smaller scale south-north or south-south movement of goods are more limited. In Aklan province, central Philippines, for example, artisans and entrepreneurs, primarily women, use indigenous nito reed materials to fashion innovative local-to-global businesses manufacturing handmade, high-end home décor products such as place mats, baskets, and trays. These goods, produced individually by women artisans working in their homes are destined for distribution to upscale design stores throughout the Philippines, Northern Europe and North America. While the transnational trade in Aklan’s nito reed products enables local livelihoods and connects sections of societies not previously linked, the design of these new products simultaneously challenges us to rethink questions of modernity, tradition and authenticity, nationalism and ethnicity, gender, class and identity.

To understand the current reshaping of Aklan’s nito reed industry, I analyze the relations of labor flexibility, networks of trust, and ongoing product innovation at each commodity chain node among global clients, entrepreneurs, and artisans. I argue that we must see such smaller-scale material culture networks, not in isolation, but as cross-cut by other commodity flows and by socioeconomic and power relations. One cannot ignore, for example, how the viability of nito reed commodity chains are affected by overlapping articulations with global fashion trends in clothing and furniture, local supplies of raw materials, and power relations between producers and entrepreneurs. On the one hand, entrepreneurs must work with transnational buyers to continually develop new goods that can fulfill northern consumers’ changing tastes while maintaining the integrity and terroir of local Philippine production — the character that gives nito reed its indigenous caché. In this regard, entrepreneurs need to continually negotiate trade-offs with artisan producers to ensure they receive the quantity of high quality products they order. This push-pull situation provides local artisans some leverage in their requests for the volume and type of work that best facilitates their livelihoods. Such commodity chain relations illustrate the variable meanings and value nito reed goods hold for producers, entrepreneurs, and consumers. Aklan’s growing nito reed trade and the particular relations of production thus materialize a transnationism from below that challenges the common exclusion of such a localized material culture industry on the edge from analyses of destabilizing political, aesthetic, and global market forces.

Professional Development Session, Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek

Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Professional Development Sessions: Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek

Reconciliation: The Role of Educators in Postsecondary Education

Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek is the Associate Vice-President, Academic & Indigenous Programs at Laurentian University where she is responsible for university faculty relations as well as leading the development of Indigenous academic development across various disciplines including the development of an Indigenous Education Centre dedicated to Indigenous learning, culture and scholarly pursuit at Laurentian University. A full professor in her home department, the School of Rural and Northern Health, she has developed expertise in Indigenous relations in the areas of health, education and research. Sheila is a member of the Teme-Augama Anishnabai.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, MCA 190
Email: 
fcdc@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free

Open Life Drawing Studio

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Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

All are welcome!

Room 615, 100 McCaul

Life Drawing (no instruction), open to all
Interested in drawing a professional model? These sessions are perfect for people looking for life drawing without instruction.

While this studio time is offered by the OCAD University Alumni Association, you don't have to be a student or alumni to attend - they're open to everyone!

Bring a board and materials - no reservation is required. Payment may be made to the monitor.

Saturday sessions - 10:00 - 1:00pm

Winter 2014 Semester Schedule

January
Wednesday, January 8, 15, 22, 29
Saturday, January 11, 18, 25

February
Wednesday, February 5, 12, 19, 26
Saturday, February 1, 8, 15, 22

March
Wednesday, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Saturday, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
*Saturday March 1st extended pose for painting or sustained drawing.

April
Wednesday, April 2, 9, 16
Saturday, April 5, 12

100 McCaul St.
Toronto, Ontario
alumni@ocad.ca
$10 per session

Venue & Address: 
Room 615 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario  
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/alumni/alumni-association/life-drawing-sessions.htm
Email: 
alumni@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
$10.00

Scholarships & Awards Program Information Session

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 3:30pm to 4:15pm

Information session on OCAD University's undergraduate Scholarships & Awards Program

OCAD U's Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards programs recognize excellence. Each program and year level gives a variety of scholarships and awards based on grades and/or studio/coursework. Scholarships and awards are different from bursaries, which are distributed on the basis of financial need.

Venue & Address: 
Rm. 284 100 McCaul St. Toronto, ON
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/students/financial_matters/scholarship_awards.htm
Cost: 
Free

Open Life Drawing Studio

Model being drawn by students
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:00am to 3:00am

All are welcome!

Room 615, 100 McCaul

Life Drawing (no instruction), open to all
Interested in drawing a professional model? These sessions are perfect for people looking for life drawing without instruction.

While this studio time is offered by the OCAD University Alumni Association, you don't have to be a student or alumni to attend - they're open to everyone! 

Bring a board and materials - no reservation is required. Payment may be made to the monitor. 

Wednesday sessions 7:00-10:00pm 
Friday sessions 7:00-10:00pm

Fall 2014 Semester Schedule

September
Wednesday 10, 17, 24
Saturday 13, 20, 27

October
Wednesday 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Saturday 4, 11, 18, 25

November
Wednesday 5, 12, 19, 26
Saturday 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

December
Wednesday 3, 

Venue & Address: 
Room 615 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/alumni/alumni-association/life-drawing-sessions.htm
Email: 
alumni@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
$10