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See The Forest Through The Trees: Illustrative works of Cleopatria Peterson

See The Forest Through The Trees, Cleopatria Peterson, 2018

See The Forest Through The Trees is a series of illustrations and zines by Cleopatria Peterson, which spans her creative career.

Cleopatria enjoys diverse storytelling using detailed ink and pen illustrations in her artwork and zines, exploring the complexities of experiencing trauma, and of healing through nature, from a perspective of a marginalized person.

Each meticulously inked piece touches back to nature; and how it can heal you. Pages are stand-alone illustrative works or taken from narratives

Cleopatria Peterson Zines, 2018

Zines on Display:

Haunted House Call No. PER112M
Kingston is for Lesbians Call No. PER113M
Intrusive Thoughts Call No. C381M
Resin Call No. C380M
Pact Call No. C379M
Illustrated Works Call No. A222M
Weeds Call No. C175S
Illustrations Call No. A193S

Cleopatria is a Toronto based Illustrator and comic artist studying Publications at OCAD University.

On at the Learning Zone Gallery until October 27

Cleopratria Peterson Exhibition, 2018

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10 2018

What’s new this week at the LZ

Chalkboard Art

The Learning Zone is happy to announce our Fall/Winter 2018/2019 term. We will be open Monday to Thursdays from 9 am – 9 pm; Friday’s, 9 am – 6 pm and Saturdays, 1 – 6 pm. We are closed on Sundays and all Statutory holidays.

What’s new this week at the LZ? Research Wednesday kicks off this week with a visit from Danielle Manning, Outreach Officer from Archives of Ontario. Danielle will present highlights from the Archives of Ontario’s extensive photography collection. Danielle will be sharing highlights from the collection which showcase the work of government, amateur and professional photographers. You will take away an understanding of how the Archive’s photography collections are managed and preserved which supports the understanding of Ontario’s past.

Research Wednesday October 3

Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It’s a forum for anyone to present in a supportive environment. Interested in presenting at Research Wednesdays? We are currently programming our winter schedule (January to April). Send an email to Daniel Payne (dpayne@ocadu.ca). Follow this link to learn more about Century of Ontario Photographs and how you can participate: https://bit.ly/2IyThJt

Check out the gallery below of  past presenters from last year’s Research Wednesdays:

 

Creative Workshop Series 2018

This a call for student workshop leaders: Creative Art & Design Workshops application deadline is October 3!

Student-led creative workshop series returns to the Learning Zone for another year. Our motto is If you know something…teach something! It’s great opportunity for you to develop valuable teaching experience while providing hands-on skill-building and community building for OCAD U students. https://bit.ly/2DQBTBd

Application process:

Please submit a completed copy of this workshop proposal to Marta Chudolinska, Learning Zone Librarian, at mchudolinska@ocadu.ca by October 3rd, 2018. Download the Workshop Proposal template file available on this page.

This workshop series is presented in partnership by the OCAD U Library and the Writing & Learning Centre and supported by funding Ontario Postsecondary Access and Inclusion Program (OPAIP) administered by the WLC.

 

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10 2018

OCAD University Zine Library Open House

 

Art Book Week. OCAD U Zine Library Open House promo

Come visit and browse a collection of over 2500 zines, from uniquely handmade multiples, minicomics, poetry chapbooks, perzines, and much more! We will have a special display of recent acquisitions with a focus on Indigenous voices, decolonization and multilingual publications.

When? Tuesday July 10, 10 am to 6 pm at the Learning Zone located at 122 St. Patrick Street, Level 1, also accessible from 113 McCaul Street.

This event is part of Art Book Week, a week-long series of events and activities that parallels the Toronto Art Book Fair. Art Book Week 2018 takes place from July 4 – 11 at various locations across the city. The goal of Art Book Week is to celebrate the unique artists’ book community in Toronto, as well as increase the visibility of new and exciting projects, spaces, and artists. www.torontoartbookfair.com/art-book-week-2018

 

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06 2018

Student Profile: Aicha Niazy

Aicha Niazy

In April, we had a chance to speak with 4th year Graphic Design student Aicha Niazy who was busy putting final touches on her thesis project.

Aicha’s personal style has been very much influenced by her culture, religion and background stemming from her wanting to know more about these things

I would not say art school is what influenced my style but it’s other factors that influenced my artwork and graphic design style, like my culture, my religion, my background. I wanted to know more about these things about my culture and my background and questions in life in general so looking into these things has in a way suddenly or indirectly directed the type of work I do. For example, if you look at my thesis it’s all related to that, my culture, background and history.

LZ: Hi Aicha, it’s nice to meet with you again. Our last interview was in 2015, you were in your first year at OCAD University. This year you are graduating from the university with a BDes in Graphic Design.

AN: Yes, I am, hopefully

What did you enjoy most about studying graphic design at OCAD University?

I enjoyed some of the approaches that some of my profs had. Some of the courses were very interesting because I probably had a different expectation of what the course was going to look like, but then it was very different from what I was thinking. It was something new so, I enjoyed that although I can’t say it for all the courses. When I look back from first year to now, I see the progress and even those profs also see my progress.

 Is there another medium you would like to work with?

Yes, textiles. I think in my first interview I mentioned that small business that my mom, my sister and I started. That is what I want to focus on when I graduate. It’s mostly in textiles but I also have to do a lot of graphic design in branding and corporate identity work related to that but it’s very nice to merge the two together. I like creating pattern design, this is something I’m interested in, and surface design whether it’s for textiles, wall paper, or it could be for anything really.

Have you seen an evolution of your design practice from first year at OCAD U to present?

I feel like there is definitely, like I said before from first year to now, I have learned so much but even say that not just since the first year at OCAD but the first year at UTM. I went in not knowing how to use any of the software but that is what I learned and when I came into OCAD, it was even further into the practice itself, it was learning more about graphic design, but it was not like oh here this how you have to design something—it goes here and goes there—no it was not like any of this so it was a very good exploration and direction from the profs so you end up developing your own style in your work that is different from someone else but you are both learning but everyone ends up doing something—the style differs based on a lot of other things—everyone has their own influences—things whether they are aware of or not influence their work the way they are thinking so I absolutely do see a progression first year to now.

You have an assuredness in what you are doing and are very confident, you are open to learn more…

Absolutely, I’m open to learn more, always, forever—also that confidence comes after the very, very end after I’ve done my research, I begin with lots of questions, lots of confusion, lots of, I don’t know where I’m going a lot of my projects are hugely very open at the beginning, very broad, where do I  even begin, then slowly when I’m done, not done, its not ever done when I do a lot research and look into everything, then I’m okay, I know what I’m doing.

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

I enjoyed my time at OCAD!

 

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06 2018

OCAD Zine Library has a new zine category!

OCAD Zine Library Multilingual Zine Display

New to the OCAD Zine Library collection, is the zine category Multilingual.

For those who have visited the Learning Zone recently, you would have seen our large Multilingual zine display, promoting this new zine category.

The zine library collection strides towards building a diverse and inclusive collection representing the OCAD U community and beyond.

Since 2007, the zine library collection has expanded to 14 zine categories. In 2012 we developed six new zine categories: FASHION, OCAD U, PERZINES, PHOTOGRAPHY, QUEER, SEX & SEXUALITY.

The Multilingual zines category encompasses all types of zines dealing with a range of issues. You will find subjects on travel, 2014 Hong Kong Occupy Movement, Spanish comics, art, politics, including two Spanish tribute fanzines dedicated to Nicolas Cage. The Multilingual zine category consolidates all of the OCAD Zine Library categories into one.

OCAD Zine Library signage

How did the Multilingual zine category come about? It came from a suggestion from Nikole Mc Gregor, a Learning Zone Student Monitor.

Nikole was performing her zine “shelf reading” maintenance task, and came across a zine written in Spanish. It’s true; we like to keep our zine collection organized, supported by weekly shelf reading. To find a zine written in her first language made Nikole feel good and connected to the zine library collection.

OCAD Zine Library Multilingual zines

We decided to perform a full search of the zine collection, and identified many more zines that were bilingual or written exclusively in French, German, Portuguese, and Chinese.

Presently we are cataloguing new zines to add to the Multilingual category, which now includes recently donated zines from as far as Hong Kong, Japan and Finland and as close as Toronto’s linguistically diverse communities.

We would love this new zine category to continue to grow, so if you would like to donate multilingual zines to our collection, please mail your donation to:

Dorothy H. Hoover Library, Zine Collection
OCAD University
100 McCaul Street
Toronto, ON
M5T 1W1

You can check out the titles for the multilingual zines on our big display at the library’s LibGuide OCAD U Zine Library: Zine Displays. The OCAD Zine Library is also searchable by visiting the online zine library catalogue at Arstor’s Shared Shelf.

 

 

 

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04 2018


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