Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

Mini-Comics workshop at the LZ March 7th!

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In celebration of the 4th annual Mini-Comics Day, the OCAD Zine Library will be hosting a Mini-Comics day workshop in the Learning Zone on Friday March 7th, 11 – 2pm.

Students and members of the general public are invited to join the fun to create, celebrate or collaborate by making a comic zine!

Happy Mini-Comics Day!

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03 2014

xpace: External Space: Toronto Harbour 1688 – 2013 by Marjan Verstappen

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A new exhibition video, Toronto Harbour 1688 – 2013, is currently screening at xpace’s off-site gallery External Space hosted by OCAD U Learning Zone.

Toronto Harbour 1688 – 2013, it’s a stop motion sand animation by Marjan Vestappen which captures the shifts in form of the Toronto waterfront shoreline as an imprint of the city’s development.

Verstappen’s first animation, a medium that allowed her to play with the sense of time, tell history through shapes, and set static perspectives in motion.  — Britt Wray

On until February 25th at the Learning Zone.

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01 2014

The latest issue of Broken pencil at the Learning Zone!

Broken pencil: The Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts Issue 61, a Toronto based magazine dedicated to underground culture and the independent arts, is now available at the Learning Zone.

Visit the Learning Zone and check-out a copy!

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Student Profile: Tiffany Pang

LEARNING ZONE: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

TIFFANY PANG: I’m in industrial design, finishing 2nd year.

What do you enjoy most about your program?

I enjoy the materials aspect of this program, being able to learn about different materials and techniques in order to use them.

How long have you been interested in art? How long have you known that this is something you wanted to pursue as a career?

I’ve been drawing since I can remember, my parents persuaded me away from studying art as a career. I tried engineering first but I knew that was not for me, so I went to study architecture. After completing my architectural technician diploma at Sheridan, I decided to come here, OCAD. I hated it at first but I’ve learned that it’s where I needed to be.

Where does your inspiration come from?

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

Do you have a best time of the day to work on your projects?

Usually late at night or early in the morning, when the shops are quiet.

What are your favourite tools to work with?

Hammers, lathes and milling machines.

What excites you most about the material you work with? Is there another medium you would like to work in?

I like hard materials like metals and plastics. I like them because they each have their own personalities and depending on what you do with them, they can respond differently; I like mastering how to understand them. I would also love to work with Tungsten.

Which project has given you the most satisfaction?

It was a failed project. We were briefed to make a tealight holder, so I tried to make a Stirling engine. I wanted the flame to power the engine — that was much too ambitious to complete in 2 weeks and having never lathed anything.

What two art supplies could you not live without?

Calipers and a square.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I usually read technical books on how to do something. Do picture books count?

Is there any designer from the past you appreciate a lot?

Adam Savage. I admire his obsessiveness and dedication to his craft.

What are three likes and three dislikes of yours?

Likes: dogs, weaponry, watches; Dislikes: ginger, lack of integrity in work, the studio hours this term

Do you have a favourite place to eat around OCAD?

OCAD U free lunch!

What is your favourite thing about studying in Toronto?

I can bike everywhere.

Since you are involved in function and form in industrial design, you will appreciate the critical balance and its effectiveness in design. Do you think that these considerations map itself into your life or artwork?

I’ve always been interested in efficiency and practicality, but I’m not sure if aesthetics is a huge part of my life. I have been trying to embrace it.

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03 2013

Freedom to Read Week

I’m going to assume you already know that it’s Reading Week here at OCADU, but do you also know that next week it’s Freedom to Read Week in Canada?

Freedom to Read Week ; Feb 24 - Mar 2 2013 ; freedomtoread.ca

Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Book and Periodical Council‘s Freedom of Expression Committee. All across Canada, book stores, libraries, schools, and community centers will join in to host events and celebrate our fundamental right to intellectual freedom.

While not as flashy as the right to education or clean drinking water, intellectual freedom is ridiculously important. As human beings, we all have pretty well-developed faculties of judgement and reason, but these faculties don’t work in a vacuum, and no individual can come up with all the answers themselves. What does this mean? It means we need as many ideas around us as possible — as many memes, worldviews, facts, opinions, statistics, dreams — or else we can’t make the right decisions. Intellectual freedom is about supporting human cognition; it’s about developing and maintaining democracy itself!

So, what will you do to celebrate and (re)dedicate yourself to the principle of free and public expression? Read a challenged book, like The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (call# PS3537 A44 C2), The Diviners by Margaret Laurence (PS8523 A7 D4), The Wars by Timothy Findley (PS8511 I5 W2), or Black Eye: Graphic Transmissions to Cause Ocular Hypertension (PN6726 B52 2011) — all of which are available at OCADU’s Dorothy H. Hoover Library!

If that’s a bit too solitary for your liking, check out the upcoming local events. On right now is CENSORED, a display of challenged books at Type Books on Queen West (right across from Trinity Bellwoods), but there’s lots more going on next week — check out the list of Ontario events for details!

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