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And the Winner is….

We are so happy to announce that winner of the People’s Choice Award for the Mega Quarry Poster Show is Evelynne Malangyaon!

Evelynne’s poster, along with the other winners from the Mega Quarry Poster show (Best Poster winners Joanna Lu, Anton Mwewa, Man Yan Ashley Yip and Honourable Mentions Elvis Shao, Zhi Gao, Paul Bernier and Lauren Livingston) will be exhibited this weekend in The View From Here: Artists Against the Mega-Quarry Show & Sale in Honeywood, ON.

About the exhibit: Artists Against the Mega-Quarry is fighting the Highland Companies application to turn 2,300 acres of Ontario’s best farmland into the second-largest open-pit mine in North America. Our pieces are shown and sold in support of a broader effort to stop the proposed mega-quarry.

Visit to learn more about the mega-quarry proposal and how it could affect agriculture, quality of life and water security for over a million people in Ontario.


04 2012

Delayed reaction… Abstract Painting Exhibition

Katherine Curci: White Noise (Panel 1)

Katherine Curci: White Noise (Panel 1)

Oops! Somehow we missed posting these wonderful images that were exhibited in the Learning Zone in December. They are from an Abstract Painting course taught by James Olley.


03 2012

Bookbinding Workshop with OCADU Zine Collective

The bookbinding workshop was held on Feb. 23 with Marta Ryczko, our student liaison monitor primarily responsible for working with the zine library and the zine collective.

Participants created quarter bound case bound (meaning hardcover) books.

The next bookbinding workshop will be on March 16th… watch for it on the OCAD Zine Library Facebook page.

Bookbinding resources online:

No Media Kings DIY Book Press article

Dorothy H. Hoover Library book links:

Books, boxes, and portfolios : binding, construction, and design step-by-step

The practical guide to craft bookbinding

Fine bookbinding : a technical guide


03 2012

Sweet books you should probably read

Here is brief rundown of some really great books I have checked out of the OCADU Library recently. The Library is great for assignments and all, but there are also some really awesome books there for leisure reading and personal interest. I have a hand in picking them, so maybe I’m a little biased, but I think our collection is really good!

First off, we have lots of new graphic novels in right now… I think I will do a separate graphic novel post here soon. One really sweet graphic book I recently picked up at the Library is Lynda Barry’s “Picture This”.

Lynda Barry is probably best known for her Marlys comic, or her YA novel “Cruddy” (so good!), but in recent years she has been making graphic books which examine the concept and experience of creativity. These books are great for newbies and seasoned artists alike. Barry has an interesting sense of humor and a special kind of wisdom. You can check out a preview of the book on the publisher’s website, Drawn & Quarterly. If you like the book, check out “What it is” (about overcoming drawing-block) and “One Hundred Demons” (about exorcising your demons through Chinese ink painting), also available at our Library.

Next, I want to talk about a really great book for those of you interested in sustainability, environmentalism, gardening and food security: “City Farmer: Adventures in Urban Food Growing” by Lorraine Johnson.

My family comes from farming folk so it’s no surprise that I love growing food and getting my hands into the soil. It is possible to do in Toronto! For many years I have been able to grow a lot of food in a tiny garden plot (2 feet by 5 feet has produced lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, sunflowers, beets, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, kale, mint and more). Here are the reasons I loved Johnson’s book:

  1. So many books on ecology speak of the present global situation from a perspective of  fear and impending-apocalypse. Johnson’s book comes from a positive, empowered perspective of what can actually be done on a personal level (and not just the tired vote-with-your-dollar mentality).
  2. Johnson is Toronto based, so many of the examples in the book come from Toronto. It was exciting to learn of all the great initiatives going on in our city. There are also plenty of outside examples as well.
  3. Near the end of the book there is a chapter on keeping chickens. Not legal in Toronto (yet), but so cool!!!

If you enjoy this book, also check out “GreenTOpia : towards a sustainable Toronto” edited by Alana Wilcox, Christina Palassio and Jonny Dovercourt, also available at the Library.

Continuing on the Toronto tangent, the last book that I would recommend is “Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto” by Shawn Micallef.

Micallef, an instructor in the Faculty of Design, takes you on walks through many of Toronto’s most-loved neighbourhoods and streets. I found this to be an interesting reading experience in comparing how people (Micallef and myself) experience same places in such different ways.

Read anything good lately? Feel free to comment with your personal recommendations!


03 2011

Hello OCAD!

We’re getting our hands grubby at the Learning Zone laying the foundations for the new Learning Zone blog. This will be a space to learn about upcoming (and past) events and workshops, the daily goings-on in this popular library space, the students and staff who work in the space and any mindless or mindful topics we would like to share with the OCAD Community at large. Welcome here and please return soon!

Until then, you can always keep up with our activities on our Facebook page or on Twitter.


01 2011

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