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Relax, read a zine

Relax, read a zine poster

We always get excited when a new zine display is installed in the Learning Zone, especially when created by one of the LZ Student Monitors.

Hi Nikole,

LZ: What’s your relationship with zines?

N: I used to love reading books and also spend hours looking at illustrations. With zines I can enjoy those two worlds together!

Relax, read a zine display, 2017

Tell us why you selected these zines for the Relax, read a zine display.

Just like with books, I trust in great opening lines, lines that capture your attention and invite you to keep reading. I also selected entertaining zines, that can take you away from worries for some minutes of pure fun.

With the zines that I selected, I found Study Buddy by Chu/Michy and Coffee Hunters by Bill Bedard very funny relatable — most of the people that I know are addicted to coffee.

I love illustrations so when I opened Frequently asked questions about threesome by Hyein Lee, the illustrations were so cute and unexpected. For me the most daring illustrations were in A Jest of Nature by Marcel Ruijters but overall, all of the illustrations from the zines that I selected were beautiful.

All of the zines have interesting stories and comics, they keep you hooked and have a very happy tone.

Thanks Nikole, for sharing some of your favourite zines with us.

Zines on display:

Coffee Hunters: Book One: The Hunt by Bill Bedard

Study Buddy by Chu & Michy

A Jest of Nature by Marcel Ruijters

Boredom Pays #6 by Jason Bradshaw

Obviously Quo-tes Ontario

Coordinates by Beth Hyland

Papercutter #4

Frequently asked question about threesome by Hyein Lee

Pope Hats No. 1 by Ethan Rilly

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06 2017

Student Profile: Dylan North

Dylan North, OCAD University Illustration student

Dylan North is currently finishing his 3rd year in the Illustration program at OCAD University. Dylan’s main focus is primarily in 2D digital illustration, he also enjoys experimenting with many different digital image production techniques including 3D animation and sculpting, motion graphics and music production.

Learning Zone: How long have you been interested in art? How long have you known that this is something you want to pursue as a career?

Dylan North: I’ve always been interested in art but it wasn’t until later in high school that I started devoting a lot of time to expanding my technical facilities beyond simply cartoons and Flash animations. That said, I did not think this was something that I would do as a career. Then I stepped back and looked at what I had been doing ever day for years and realized I was making a lot of images and enjoying it a lot. I guess around that time I started leaning away from a potentially strictly academic post-secondary study and started thinking about a career in the arts.

What influenced your decision to major in illustration?

I wanted some sort of structured environment to hone my skills at. I wanted to be a part of a community of creatives where I’d hopefully learn about techniques I had never explored. I wanted to get out of my miniscule farming town, so I chose Illustration at OCAD U. I felt that I would fit most comfortably in the design stream.

What is your creative process? 

Right now it’s usually pencil thumbnails to work out composition then really loose linears then I scan those in and start a tight linear in Photoshop. Sometimes my vision for an image isn’t clear enough in my head to draw it so, I’ll use 3D software to bash elements together and fly around the scene until I see something that clicks. An image can come from a whole multitude of processes though. Often I will explore an assignment in every medium I can and cross-pollinate the ideas until there’s some clarity to my vision.

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What do you enjoy most about studying illustration?

I enjoy the people the most. Studying illustration can be a really personal thing because you are constantly trying to find out how you uniquely visually communicate but then you go into class and realize everyone is going through a similar developmental process and there’s always laughs to go around.

What inspires you?

Used books stores and libraries – you can find old text books, monographs, journal articles that all inspire you in certain ways. The Internet, movies, comics and manga, history, language, memories… everything! It’s good to be learning something and be inspired to make an image at the same time.

Where are you most productive? Tell us a bit about your creative space.

My creative space is in a small apartment in a room that can’t hold all of my things but it’s a good environment to work in because I can play some music, have a video playing, flip through books I love and work at my own speed. I’m most productive in a place where I have sources of inspiration at hand.

What are two of your favourite tools that you could not live without?

My tablet and computer.

What is it that excites you most about the tools you work with? Is there another medium you would like to work in?

I like working on a computer because I can infinitely iterate. While retaining old versions I can skew and distort the work without anxiety of ruining it. Of course, I enjoy painting and drawing so I’m always working on getting better at traditional art techniques. I want to embrace mediums like acrylics, gouache and oils but I don’t have a consistent command on them yet.

Working digitally lets you take the image in the direction that you need to go in a short time plus material cost is low and you don’t need much physical space.

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Has attending art school helped you to develop your own personal style? If so, how?

Whatever style I may inherently have will come naturally through creating many images and through my personal execution of an idea. Art school helps you see how varied we all are as artists and I guess it reveals to you the kind of styles you’re not interested in pursuing.

Is there any illustrator or artist from the past or present that have influenced your style?

Too many to name. I think every image I’ve seen has influenced me in some way.

Last year you were an exhibitor in Zine Dream, how did you get started in zine making?

I decided that I wanted to give a try because I like how open the DIY/zine scene is to personal expressions and reflections. I had some illustrations and comics that I thought other people might enjoy so I got some risograph prints and stapled up short zines. I had a lot of fun. It was really inspiring to meet the other artists and a few people actually bought my things, that was cool.

How do you promote yourself?

I try to maintain an active social media presence, Dylan-North.com.

Is there anything else you want to share with us, any final thoughts?

Thank you for asking me about my experiences here.

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07 2016

OCADU Zine Fair 2015

Last week (Thursday, March 12) was the 7th annual OCADU Zine Fair. A mixture of students and Toronto-based zine makers gathered to share their work with the OCADU community.

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For the uninitiated, zines are self published creations that take many different forms: small magazines, art books, comics, journals, how-to guides… the list continues to infinity. The Learning Zone houses a zine collection and is the meeting place for OCADU’s Zine Collective. The annual zine fair is but one of the Learning Zone’s zine initiatives, and it is the best opportunity to meet other creators face-to-face.

Meet some of the vendors at this year’s zine fair:

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Jay Chau is a photography student at OCADU.

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Jay (who was sharing a table with fellow student Grace Brooks) was displaying work such as these embroidered genitalia journals, and some prints. Grace was showing t-shirts (featuring Billy Balogna from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse!) and sculptures of two-headed animals.

 

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Worn and The Wheelhouse were neighbours this year. The aim of The Wheelhouse (left) is to bring together a community of people who are facing barriers to accessibility. Through intersectional activities — including a zine distro — The Wheelhouse provides resources, learning opportunities and safe spaces for marginalized people.

Before it closed up shop at the end of 2014, Worn was a progressive fashion journal that looked deeper into fashion, covering questions like what is behind our relationship with accessories, what is the relationship between religious identity and underwear and what connections are there between clothing and activism. Though there will be no more new issues of Worn, back issues from its 10 years of feminist fashion insight are still available online.

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Whitney French is a Toronto-based zine maker and one of the editors behind the zine series From The Root. The series documents stories, images and testimonies from women of colour in Canada. The first issue’s focus was hair, and the newest issue — which had its Toronto debut at the zine fair — focuses on stories and experiences around the theme of the body. The body issue has its official launch March 22 at Beit Zatoun on Markham Street (4-6pm).

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Kimberley Dewing was representing the work of a group of 4th year illustration students. Much of the work was themed around goblins. They have plans for a next venture which will focus on witches.

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OCADU alumna Emily Waknine was here representing the artist collective Carrier. To raise funds for future exhibitions, Carrier was selling work such as collage zines, prints, jewellery and cassette tapes.

If you missed the zine fair, you may yet have a chance to see the work of these artists. Many of these zines will be added to the OCAD Zine Library so stop by the Learning Zone to check out our collection. And follow the links above to find some of these zines for sale online.

 

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03 2015

Working Title

A diverse collection of original artwork; collage, painting and screenprints is on display at a group exhibition titled, Working Title, here at the Learning Zone. Featuring works by Josh Apostolopoulos, Tiffany Pang, Sam Pedicelli, Emily Waknine including Sab Meynert who has recently earned her OCAD U Bachelor of Design in Illustration.

Emily Waknine curated Working Title, because of her interest in seeing artwork that her co-workers at the Learning Zone were making and thought that it would be cool to see everyone’s work exhibited together, looking at the similarities and contrasts in their artwork.

On until August 15th.

Josh Apostolopoulos

Where do you get your inspirations from?

Visually, almost anything I see, but the stuff that inspires me conceptually is more accidental. I collect images both physical and digital that inspire me visually and kind of amass a collection, but with conceptual inspiration I tend to keep written notes about what exactly I experienced and the thoughts that followed.

What process or methods were you studying at the time that may have influenced you to create these images?

All of my work in the show was made during a screenprinting course I took this summer, so these pieces are my first explorations into some of those methods.

Do you have a summer reading list?

Right now I’m reading Design as Art by Bruno Munari, as well as This Means This, This Means That by Sean Hall, I’ve got tons of other books sitting on shelves waiting to be read. No list, just whatever I’m compelled to read.

Tiffany Pang

Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration comes from people with the mastery of their craft. On a personal level, I’m impressed with the shop technician’s knowledge and expertise. I aspire to be like them one day.

What process or methods were you studying at the time that may have influenced you to create these images?

I like the visual aesthetics of the nude female form, so I spend my off-time drawing and painting the female form, especially on found objects like cardboard from shoe boxes or wood which has a collage appeal.

Do you have a summer reading list?

Besides design books, I’m really into two books right now, The History of the World in 100 Weapons by Chris McNab and Making Things Move by Dustyn Roberts.

Sam Pedicelli

Where does your inspiration come from?

I take a lot of my inspiration from feminist artists, some contemporary, some historical, both stain painters and artists that work with embroidery, something that I try to combine in my work. My interest in embroidery has inspired me to study fibre based art.

What process or methods were you studying at the time that may have influenced you to create these images?

It was from my first abstract painting class at OCAD, which provided me with the basis to understand abstract art better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a summer reading list?

No, I’ve only been reading artists interviews as in the case of sculptor and installation artist Jessica Stockholder.

Emily Waknine

Where does your inspiration come from?

Pictures, paintings, painters, drawings, materials, films, photographs.  A lot of my work comes out of exploring  and playing with materials.

What process or methods were you studying at the time that may have influenced you to create these images?

I am very interested in collage for the past year as my means of expression. I was fixated on images of body builders with defined muscles, and I wanted to incorporate biology textbook illustrations of functions of the body with machine imagery. I have been obsessed with grid systems which is why I use isometric and grid paper as the base of my drawings and collages. For these works I wanted to explore the similarities between bodies and machines, functions of the brain and computer processor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a summer reading list?

I’m currently reading Just Kids by Patti Smith. I like it a lot.

Sab Meynert

Where does your inspiration come from?

Right now from the people that I create with. I have noticed that its not a specific thing but the people around me that have amped me up to be passionate.

What do you enjoy most about studying art?

I can translate what I learned into life experiences and it seems to be a sustainable thing because it comes from within.

What are your plans when you graduate?

Move to San Francisco, be famous and go to Iceland.

To learn more about Sab, please read her student profile.

 

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07 2013

TDSB Open Art Exhibition

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TDSB Open Art Exhibition

Currently on exhibition at the Learning Zone is the third annual Open Art Exhibition organized by the Toronto District School Board.

On exhibition are artworks from a variety of genres such as painting, photography, video, sculpture and mixed-media which showcase the talents and creativity of future artists and designers from over thirty schools in the TDSB.

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Sir Wilfred Laurier C.I.

The opening reception was well attended, with generous support from parents, teachers, students and members of the OCAD University community. Speakers included Christine Jackson, Program Coordinator of the Arts TDSB, Sarah McKinnon, Acting President OCADU, and Jan Sage, Director of Admissions & Recruitment OCADU.

Special thanks to the TDSB Steering Committee for their dedication to the students and continued commitment to the arts, making the third annual Open another spectacular exhibition. Members of the steering committee included Lisa Sanders, Intsructional Leader, Visual Arts & Media Arts; Christina Yamoi, Martingrove C.I.; Andrea Rappos, Dr. Norman Bethune C.I.; Yolanda Mak, Ursula Franklin Academy and Mike Herman, Lakeshore C.I. As well as Robert Murphy, Exhibition Facilitator for TDSB Arts Department; Daniel Turner, Intern from OISE and the student MCs, Laila Straxds and Athar Mohiuddin from Martingrove C.I.

The exhibition runs until May 26th.

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05 2012


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