Posts Tagged ‘library’

LZ Conversation with Ivy Chen

Tell us a little about yourself?

 

Portrait, Ivy Chen

I am an illustration student going into my third year. I like to draw whimsical characters and environments inspired by nature or surrealist paintings. My favourite mediums to work with are inks, watercolour, graphite and pencil crayons. Recently, I’ve been enjoying the process of creating textures using ink washes which I then like to scan and colour digitally.

 

Ivy Chen

What influenced your decision to major in Illustration?

I don’t think there was one specific moment or person that influenced my decision to pursue art. However, I remember one of my teachers asking us to envision one thing we see ourselves doing for the rest of our lives, and the answer, for me, was drawing.

I chose illustration because I always liked the storytelling aspect of illustration. In high school, I volunteered at a local art hub near my home, and I met a few artists who graduated from OCAD. Some of them had majored in illustration, and I liked their artworks, so I would ask them questions about how the program was. Their experiences at the school left a remarkable impression on me, which helped me decide on illustration as a major.

Who is your favourite Illustrator?

Victo Ngai is one of my favourite illustrators. She does illustrations for newspapers and magazines, book covers, and packaging and advertising campaigns. What I love most about her work is the surreal atmosphere composed of whimsical characters and playful environments. Her process inspired me to play around with unique perspectives to tell a story.

Rovina Cai and Zoe Van Dijk are two other illustrators whose work I admire. I really enjoy Zoe Van Diijk work because her process inspires me because I enjoy drawing with ink and experimenting with washes to get textures.

Painting, Ivy Chen

How do you discover illustrators?

I discover illustrators mainly through social media such as Instagram and Pinterest. I also look through the Design Annual books like American Illustration and Society of Illustrators annuals in the library for inspiration. For one of my classes, I used Artstor Digital Library to search for historical artists who impacted art movements.

 

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05 2021

What are you reading?

 with Atika Tariq

 

Portrait of Atika Tariq

Hi my name is Atika Tariq. I am going into my final year of Environmental Design and minoring in Sustainability. As a designer, I believe in the ability to strengthen to improve our communities and have a positive influence on the environment through architecture and research combined with design thinking. I don’t just want to create buildings; I want to inspire others with my imagination and ingenuity, designing structures that are out of the ordinary and make people feel at ease in their surroundings.

Drawing, Atika TariqDrawing has always been a passion of mine since I was a kid. I enjoy making realistic drawings, focusing on the nuances, and attempting to mimic anything I see. I took an architecture class in high school because I enjoyed drawing and wanted to learn how to use AutoCAD and SketchUp. I’ve always loved creating things that people can build and use.

Drawing, Atika Tariq

Do you have a favourite Architect or designer or style of architecture that inspires you?

Islamic architecture is a style that inspires me, Islamic architecture is one of the world’s most celebrated building traditions. It’s known for its bold colours, intricate patterns, symmetrical silhouettes, and meticulous attention to detail. Geometric designs adorning Islamic architecture have always captivated me.

Painting, Atika Tariq

What are you reading?

Currently, I am reading Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz written in 1960. This book is about changing your perception of yourself and mastering your mind. It focuses on how to use your mind to help you achieve positive goals and achieve success. As the name suggests, psycho- cybernetics takes you on a quest to discover how the human mind perceives the world and its psychological makeup.

Be sure to visit the OCAD  U Library and discover your next read.

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05 2021

What are you reading?

with Camille Gan

Welcome to the Learning Zone’s first post in the series “What are you reading?” We start this series with Graphic Design student, Camille Gan. Camille is also an avid zine collector and maker. When not reading zines, Camille enjoys reading art history books and discovering designers from the past.

Photograph of Camille Gan

Camille’s first impression of art began when she was 3 years old, doodling a spider web on a square piece of paper which she has long since lost; she is 99% sure it was because she took it outside of the house at some point. By the time Camille entered elementary school she would tell her teachers that she wanted to become either an artist, historian or archaeologist. In some ways she has become all three when she enrolled in OCAD U to study design. Since middle school, Camille has enjoyed reading art history, something that she still continues to do in her spare time.

What influenced your decision to major in Graphic Design?

I heard from many people that graphic design is a really flexible degree and it opens doors to many disciplines. For example, I can do packaging design, web design, branding or even illustrations. It seemed attractive since I’ve always been plagued with the idea, what if I don’t like this specialization?

Recital poster, Camille Gan

Who are your favourite graphic designers?

I tend to look at specific movements as inspirations more than individual graphic designers, to be exact, Art Nouveau and the Vienna Secession are my favourite movements, I think many people are familiar with Alphonse Mucha and I am also a big fan of Julius Klinger.

The later 20th century graphic designers I like have an illustrative approach to design; Tome Eckersley, Olle Eksell, Alvin Lustig and Hervé Morvan. I think the cartoony, boldly coloured forms used in their illustrations may look childish to some people today, but I think how clearly those designers expressed ideas in those illustrations is what makes their work endearing to this day.

One poster mockup, Camille Gan

What are you reading right now?

Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Lately, I’ve been digging into Russian literature. I haven’t  encountered many people who have dabbled into that nation’s literary traditions. Despite the novel being over 800 pages long and over 150 years old. I think it still offers a great look at how the human condition and emotions haven’t changed.

Tolstoy Anna Karenina ebook

Have a passion for art history and Leo Tolstoy’s works? Please visit the OCAD U Library.

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04 2021

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.

 

 

 

05

04 2018

OCAD U Library’s Research Wednesdays Presentations

Research WednesdaysResearch Wednesdays is a new speaker series introduced this semester by Librarian Daniel Payne.

It was held over six weeks at the Learning Zone, inviting students, faculty and staff to present their research or thesis in an intimate environment.

Stay tuned for the return of Research Wednesdays in January 2018. Bring your lunch and enjoy.

To find out how you can participate in Research Wednesdays please contact Daniel Payne at dpayne@ocadu.ca.

Let’s take a look back:

Ebooks and the Changing Landscape of Reading with Library Intern Lauren Orav, November 1

Can we still be alone with our thoughts? Ebooks and the Changing Landscape of Reading, Lauren investigated how digital publishing has impacted research practices and its consequences on reading habits, understanding and creating knowledge.

Research Wednesdays: Lauren Orav with Daniel Payne

Re-Placing the Library: Spatial practices in the 21st century library with Librarian Daniel Payne, November 8

Daniel Payne, Head, Instructional Services at the OCAD U Library posed the question What does the library mean to you? Daniel examined spacial practices in the 21st century library and how impressions of libraries in popular culture can be detrimental to envisioning the library in the 21st century.

Daniel Payne

All Hands on Tech: Craft, Pedagogy and the Digital Challenge with Lynne Heller and Dorie Millerson, November 22

OCAD U faculty Lynne Heller and Dorie Millerson (MAAD Chair) posed the question What does “handmade” mean in the digital age? Lynne and Dorie presented their research on the practice of digital craft at OCAD University from the perspectives of faculty, staff and technicians.

They examined how digital craft is impacting teaching and learning in the studio and speculated on how to understand objects fabricated or designed by digital tools instead of the use of traditional making methods.

Research Wednesdays: Lynne Heller, Daniel Payne and Dorie Millerson

 

 

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12 2017


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