History of Textiles since 1800s Exhibition

History of Textiles since 1800s Exhibition on at the Learning Zone Gallery until January 26.


This exhibit features research based textile works created by students of Lynne Heller’s third year Materials Art and Design course called Textile History Since 1800s. Each of the textile pieces respond to historical processes, techniques, materials and fabrics or iconic fashion styles from the 19th to 21st centuries while

addressing the traditional and contemporary role of textiles in culture.

Using stitchwork, beading, dyeing, quilting and sewing techniques, the students were able to examine and incorporate ideas on language, grief, identity or social conditions and cultural movements from the punk movement of the 70s to Abstract Expressionism movement after World War II.

Stephanie Cloutier


Ayesha Babar, Molly Fletcher Berman, Stephanie Cloutier, Emma Enright, Elliot Grover, Shiemara Hogarth, Akash Inbakumar, Nomi Juhasz, Rajetha Kalatharan, Kendra Martyn, Rida Rajani, Saman Salman, Jenn Wingfield, Kye-Cha Yang and Ruitong Zhu.





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Join us at the Learning Zone as we welcome 2018!

New Year, new words

photo credit Aruvi Rajasingham

Looking for a perfect way to celebrate the New Year with us at the Learning Zone? Join us for some great workshops starting next week.

Marta Chudolinska, Learning Zone and Zine Librarian will be leading OCAD Zine Library Workshop Series: Publish It Your Self.

A fantastic line up of hands-on introductory workshops to get you started on the zine you’ve always wanted to make: Soft-Cover Bookbinding, January 15 & 16; Hard-Cover Bookbinding, January 17 & 22; Intro to Self-Publishing, January 23 & 24; Linocut Printing, February 12 & 13. Open to all OCAD U students.

OCAD Zine Library Workshop Series, 2018

grOCAD is sowing the New Year with a second hands-on seed propagation workshop lead by Sayeh Dastgheib-Beheshti who teaches Sustainable Practices in the Design Program. Last semester Sayeh shared tips and techniques and native plant seeds to get a jump on Spring. Save the date for January 30th at 2:30 pm, for another chance to get started on that wildflower garden. Open to all members of the OCAD U community.

Seed Propagation Workshop

Other great events, workshops, exhibitions will continue this semester. We will see the return of Career Development: Résumé/CV, Portfolio and Interview Skills Drop-In Clinics every Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm starting January 10. Open to OCAD U students and recent graduates.

Career Development Drop-In Clinics

Research Wednesdays returns January 24, 1-2pm with Lindsay Gibb, E-Reserves & Learning Zone Coordinator who will be presenting Researching Pop Culture. Lindsay will discuss the research she had undertaken on actor Nicolas Cage when writing her award winning book National Treasure: Nicolas Cage.

Research Wednesdays

We always look forward to your visit.





01 2018

Student-Led Creative Workshop Series Wrap up

Here are some highlights taken from the Student-led Creative Workshop Series that was held in October for a second straight year at the Learning Zone. This year’s talent included Nabeela Malik, Nikole Hidalgo, Sydney Madia and Jazmin Cordon-Ibanez.

Creative Workshops, 2017

The Student-led Creative Workshop Series serves as an excellent opportunity for students who are leading the workshops to gain hands on experience in the preparation and delivery.

Jazmin Cordon-Ibanez, Bookbinding Workshop

For further questions regarding the Student-led Creative Workshop Series, please contact Marta Chudolinska at mchudolinska@ocadu.ca.




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OCAD U Library’s Research Wednesdays Presentations

Research WednesdaysResearch Wednesdays is a new speaker series introduced this semester by Librarian Daniel Payne.

It was held over six weeks at the Learning Zone, inviting students, faculty and staff to present their research or thesis in an intimate environment.

Stay tuned for the return of Research Wednesdays in January 2018. Bring your lunch and enjoy.

To find out how you can participate in Research Wednesdays please contact Daniel Payne at dpayne@ocadu.ca.

Let’s take a look back:

Ebooks and the Changing Landscape of Reading with Library Intern Lauren Orav, November 1

Can we still be alone with our thoughts? Ebooks and the Changing Landscape of Reading, Lauren investigated how digital publishing has impacted research practices and its consequences on reading habits, understanding and creating knowledge.

Research Wednesdays: Lauren Orav with Daniel Payne

Re-Placing the Library: Spatial practices in the 21st century library with Librarian Daniel Payne, November 8

Daniel Payne, Head, Instructional Services at the OCAD U Library posed the question What does the library mean to you? Daniel examined spacial practices in the 21st century library and how impressions of libraries in popular culture can be detrimental to envisioning the library in the 21st century.

Daniel Payne

All Hands on Tech: Craft, Pedagogy and the Digital Challenge with Lynne Heller and Dorie Millerson, November 22

OCAD U faculty Lynne Heller and Dorie Millerson (MAAD Chair) posed the question What does “handmade” mean in the digital age? Lynne and Dorie presented their research on the practice of digital craft at OCAD University from the perspectives of faculty, staff and technicians.

They examined how digital craft is impacting teaching and learning in the studio and speculated on how to understand objects fabricated or designed by digital tools instead of the use of traditional making methods.

Research Wednesdays: Lynne Heller, Daniel Payne and Dorie Millerson




12 2017

Staff zine picks, final anniversary week!

Thank you to everyone who helped us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the OCAD Zine Library! Even though our anniversary month has come to an end, we’ll keep celebrating zines in various ways in the months to come (watch out for March when we hold the OCADU Zine Fair and July when it’s International Zine Month!).

We’ll also keep the staff picks coming (though probably at a slower rate). But to end out this whirlwind zine celebration, here’s a large selection of our favourite zines from the collection:



Asscat by an unknown author (call no. C57M).

“How does one describe Asscat? This zine is often referred to by the zine library staff as our favourite zine. It is so surreal, funny and… why does it exist? We don’t know, but we love the ridiculous joy that it brings to our lives. There are so many zines about serious and important issues, but sometimes it’s so fun to read a zine that is just plain zany.” – Marta






What Makes an Object Queer? by Jamie Q (call no. Q04XS)

“This is a very mini, beautifully colourful zine that launches itself off from Sara Ahmed’s text Queer Phenomenology to explore what queerness means when it’s applied to objects. I’m drawn to this zine for its clever combination of a thoughtful concept (that can relate to more than just objects) with fun illustrations.” – Lindsay






Audre Lorde, from the Life and Times of Butch Dykes series by Eloisa Aquino (call no. Q12S)

“Reading about awesome, strong women can be inspirational. ‘The Life and Times of Butch Dykes’ series presents a series of fanzines about awesome strong women. It’s great to see Audre Lorde’s voice represented amongst ‘icons.'” – Heather





In Situ No.2 by Sophie Yanow (call no. C118M)

“The Zine Library has a few issues of Sophie Yanow’s ‘In Situ’ and this second entry is my favourite. Each entry is a poignant vignette of life, drawing on the all too familiar feelings of anxiety, fear, depression and sickness, but Yanow balances it with moments of humanity, friendship, and losing oneself in the sonic wash of Doom Metal on the metro. Visions of a wintery Montreal and the emotional environment fostered by snow-covered ground is alluded to again and again, something I think most Canadians can relate to. In Situ’s drawings communicate the emotional state of the artist in their spontaneous mark-making and on-the-fly editing with scratched out faces and words, emphasizing the visceral power of this work.” – Dylan



Ideas from the know by Madeleine Colleran (call no. A52M).

“I think my favourite thing about our zine library is going through and finding something a friend has made and submitted. A zine I’d like to point out is ‘Ideas from the Know’ by my sister Madge Colleran. I’ve always loved my sister’s comics and really enjoyed looking through the art she compiled for this zine. Madge blends humour, illustration and collage elements into work that is equally funny, colourful and surreal. I also always get a kick out of how stylistically opposite her work is from my own tendency towards formal realism. She can capture someone’s character in a few quick gestures.” – Tom





Jane: Documents from Chicago’s Clandestine Abortion Service 1968-1974 by Firestarter Press (call no. P44M).

“This is a collection of first hand accounts of people who worked in an illegal abortion counselling service and clinic in Chicago before abortion was legalized in 1973 — it’s a powerful record of a group of people who were willing to engage in illegal activity to provide safe medical services for pregnant people in need of support.” – Marta





Tomato zine by Dana Neilson (call no. I40M).

“A favourite summer zine — a zine dedicated to heirloom tomatoes. Nice illustrations with little packages of seeds attached to each page, now that is dedication. It’s a fun resource when planning your summer garden or just thinking about toasted tomato sandwiches — yummy!” – Heather





How Mystery Science Theater 3000 changed my life: or, 13 lessons I learned from the best TV show ever by Tyler Hauck (call no. I120M).

“There are discernible themes coming out of my picks this month. I clearly like zines about personal stuff, queer stuff, and how pop culture can change a person’s life. Mystery Science Theatre 3000 is one of my favourite shows, so when I first encountered this zine I was intrigued. MST3K is almost a zine in TV show form. It started on a low budget on an independent station in Minneapolis, it featured homemade puppets, and its premise (of a guy trapped in space forced to watch bad movies by an evil scientist) is a celebration of low art and pretty much everything I look for in media. It’s also everything Tyler Hauck was looking for when he discovered it. As fun and silly as MST3K can be, the lessons Tyler learned from the show are serious. They include ‘In someone else’s trash, you can find treasures,’ ‘Your heroes are imperfect’ (that one’s particularly timely), ‘There is more to a message than its literal meaning’ and ‘To make something, all you have to do is set your mind to it.’ Those, and the other nine lessons Tyler learned from one of the greatest TV shows ever made, make this zine worth reading whether you’ve seen the show or not.” – Lindsay


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