Posts Tagged ‘workshops’

Zine Library Workshop Series: Embroidery on Paper

Embroidery on Paper Workshop. Marta Chudolinska, 2017The last installment of the Zine Library Workshop Series was the Embroidery on Paper Workshop, held February 28 and March 1. Like bookbinding, embroidery on paper has a long history in the arts and crafts. Embroidery on paper is a technique that involves weaving fine threads through pin pricked holes on card or paper.

Marta Chudolinska, the Learning Zone Librarian stitched her way through the workshop, providing step-by-step instructions including an intro to a library of embroidery stitches that would dazzle any D.I.Y. project.

Students learned 11 handy stitches—running stitch, back stitch, cross stitch, French knot stitch, satin stitch, split stitch, blanket stitch, fly stitch, cable knot stitch, double feather stitch and the whip stitch in order to create outlines, borders, decorations and fillings with their designs.

To get you started, here are two great embroidery titles from Marta’s thumbs up list: Reader’s Digest Complete Book of Embroidery by Melinda Cross and Artfully embroidered: motifs and patterns for bags and more by Naoko Shimoda.

Embroidery on Paper Workshop, 2017

The Zine Library Workshop Series: Hardcover Bookbinding, Linocut Printing and Embroidery on Paper, was a fun hands-on experience—discovering new techniques, tools and materials that can be applied to your next zine or D.I.Y. project.

Embroidery on Paper gallery:

 

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Zine Library Workshop Series: Linocut Printmaking

Zine Library Workshop: Linocut: Marta Chudolinska 2017

Hi, I’m Marta Chudolinska, the Learning Zone Librarian. For the linocut workshop I will be demonstrating the basic techniques, tools and materials and best practices for linocut printing. Before we get started, I have an important safety tip: carve away from your hands!

The second installment of the Zine Library Workshop Series was Linocut Printmaking. Marta discussed the many surface materials that can be used for linocut printing and the range of tools to cut away the design.

For this workshop, students used linoleum and lino cutting tools, a brayer, ink and paper.

Marta’s favourite resources are The Woodcut Artist’s Handbook: Techniques and Tools for Relief Printmaking by George A. Walker and Block Printing: Techniques for Linoleum and Wood— both titles can be found at the OCAD U Library. To learn more about the different types of carving surfaces, carve and print, exercises for developing your carving skills and how to carve and register a two colour print, visit Hanprinted.co.uk or Drawcutinkpress.com .

Thanks to everyone who attended the Linocut printmaking workshop!

Please, have a look at the gallery, it’s full of wonderful prints created at the linocut printmaking workshop:

 

 

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Zine Library Workshop Series: Hardcover Bookbinding

Zine Library Workshop: Bookbinding Workshop

During the month of February, OCAD U Library Services: The Learning Zone hosted a series of Zine Library workshops to add to your creative zine-making arsenal.

The Learning Zone Librarian and long-time Zine Maker, Marta Chudolinska covered the basic principles of Hardcover Bookbinding, Linocut Printmaking and Embroidery on Paper that will give your zine that extra hand-made component to its production process.

The first of the series began with making a hardcover bookbinding. Paper, glue, stiff cardboard and fabric are all that is required to start the new journey into the ancient practice of bookbinding.

Zine Library Workshop: Hardcover Bookbinding, Iris Ho

Marta’s recommended books on bookbinding: Books, boxes and portfolios: binding, construction, and design step-by-step by Franz Zeler and Keith A. Smith’s Non-adhesive binding series, Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3. Both of these titles are available at the OCAD U Library.

Thanks to everyone that attended the Hardcover Bookbinding Workshop:)

 

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Welcome Back to a New Year at Library Services: Learning Zone!

Windowfarm in the Learning Zone, 2016

What’s new at the Learning Zone for 2017?

The Learning Zone will be hosting upcoming exhibitions including a reading event, and awesome zine workshops exploring creative DIY approaches to zine-making. Career Development Résumé/CV, Portfolio and Interview Skills Drop-In Clinics returns this year, offering professional skill sets that will contribute to your long-term success. Writing Learning Centre (WLC) Drop-in Tutoring Sessions will also be available, providing useful skills for thesis writing, brainstorming, studying for essays to name a few.

Please, join us at the Learning Zone — we always look forward to your visits.

TEXThibit: Exhibition of creative writing by OCAD U students, 2017

A call of submissions for TEXThibit : An Exhibition of Creative Writing by OCAD U Students has been extended to January 30. This exhibition will consist of an visual selection of writings by students at OCAD U, displayed as large format installations on the walls of the Learning Zone Gallery February 2017.  All writing styles are welcomed — submissions of short stories, poetry, non-fiction and anything in between.

grOCAD Plant Sale, January 20, 2017

grOCAD is having a plant sale. Join them Friday January 20, in the lobby of the Main Building. Baby spider plants, aloe and more from the plant propagation workshop held last November in the Learning Zone will be on sale.

 grOCAD is a community of OCAD U students, faculty and staff working together to integrate plant life into our everyday experience by cultivating areas in and around OCAD U’s campus.

Interested in seeing some of grOCAD’s on-going projects? Visit us at the Learning Zone and have a look at grOCAD’s Windowfarm and Aquafarm installations.

Connect with grOCAD’s at grOCAD Public Group | Facebook or email ocadgrows@gmail.com.

Are you looking for space to meet, host workshops or events? Contact us to discuss. The Learning Zone also accepts proposals for solo or group exhibitions. To learn more about our submissions guidelines contact Marta Chudolinska, Learning Zone Librarian, mchudolinska@ocadu.ca or visit http://bit.ly/2joAd3Y for more details.

 

 

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grOCAD Plant Propagation Workshop

grOCAD Propagation Workshop. Photo by Marta Chudolinska

Last month, grOCAD held a plant propagation workshop in the Learning Zone with Learning Zone Librarian Marta Chudolinska. Marta shared her experience and expertise in a hands-on demonstration of propagating new plants from one plant.

The basic principles of plant propagation were covered, sharing various methods; cuttings, layering and division.

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Photo by Olivia Grossi

Everyone had an awesome time getting their hands dirty; propagating aloe vera, jade plant leaves, Christmas cactus, plus golden pothos, snake plants and spider plants from grOCAD’s Windowfarm.

We’ll keep you updated on the progress of our new baby plants, and what we’ve learned from the experience.

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Photo by Aruvi Rajassingham

 

Here are some easy steps to follow to propagate snake plant leaf cutting:

  1. Use a sharp, clean utility knife or pair of scissors to remove an entire snake plant leaf
  2. Cut into sections 2 – 4 inches long. Keep track of the top and bottom of the leaves. Leaves will not root if planted upside down
  3. Let the cuttings callus over for a day or two
  4. Place the bottom of the plant into well draining potting soil mix, not to deep
  5. Keep soil moist, not soggy
  6. Do not place leaf in direct sunlight. Keep warm and in brightly lit area

 

grOCAD Propagation Workshop: Snake Plant leaf cutting

Want to get involved with grOCAD? Visit grOCAD Public Group Facebook!

grOCAD is a group of students, faculty, and staff who are working together to integrate plant life to our everyday experience by cultivating areas in and around OCAD U’s campus. grOCAD’s aim is to increase healthy food accessibility, encourage discourse about how plants improve quality of life and heighten awareness.

grOCAD Propagation Workshop

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