Because I never did get around to posting about
the fact that I got accepted to OCADU’s Off-Campus Florence Program I thought I finally should!
Along with a bit less than 30 people from various programs at OCADU I’ll be moving to Florence, Italy come September! I already have an apartment lined up for the 8 months that is the entire school semester, and 3 lovely roommates I’ll be able to make art with. The Florence program is good for it’s collaborative element, as we’re encouraged to work with eachother often across disciplines, as well as it’s freedom and the fact that a lot of the work is self-directed. We have a couple hours of art history a week, which will mostly consist of walking around the city with a teacher/guide and seeing it UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL! The rest is working in the OCAD studio, which apparently is right around the Piazza del Duomo so I’ll be right in the heart of it.
I’m already so inspired by the architechture and history and all of the art that has come out of Italy to date (not to mention Northern Italian armour!) so i can’t imagine a better place to focus on art making for such a substantial amount of time. I CAN BARELY CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT to go and share with you all the things I’m going to make. The OCADU studio does not have any printmaking facilities so I will mostly focus on drawing, but I am going to try to get in to some local printshops the best I can.
So until my departure on August 31st, I will be trying my best to sell some things on my Etsy, (sorry it’s been so neglected) to fundraise, and I plan on continuing to sell some things when I’m in Europe. Should be good!
[By the way, if any of you are familiar with Florence or Italy, feel free to send me some secret insider info on the city! Can’t wait to explore.]
LOVE YOU ALL
This is the final assignment/project/art show for the summer course I’ve been taking the last month at OCADU. At this event, some of my zines will be for sale and some other student’s work as well! (We have some VERY talented people in this class!)
Those of you in the Toronto area should come out for the gallery opening, (absurd) workshops, and a late camp’fire’! Guaranteed to be highly entertaining! I’d love to meet some of you! This class has been awesome, and to any current or future OCAD’ers, you won’t find one person that doesnt recommend it. Shannon is rad.
BUT ANYWAYS, CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK EVENT AND COME HAVE A GOOD TIME AT CAMP NANO.
It was my oldest sister’s birthday recently so I drew her pup and kitteh looking all dapper and such. This was actually so much fun to do!
They make me think of two mobsters or something.
It’s been forever since I’ve updated! A million apologies. I’ve been rather scatterbrained lately. life is moving so fast! Speaking of which, I forgot to let you guys in on a HUGE UPDATE on my next year at OCADU, when I have time I will fill you all in. It’s very exciting for me!
As for right now, I’m enrolled in one summer course and it’s been awesome so far. I will post more info about that later as well and encourage you all to come to some exciting events my class is putting on.
This is what I’ve been working on, photo-choppin’ some of my drawings for a book/multiple thing I’m going to be making for my last assignment. The class has been all about “nano-publishing’ and multiples. I love it.
Progress. Taking my time with this one because I have no idea what I want it to look like in the end. Refreshing.
Carbon pencil on grey Stonehenge paper.
Also currently working on.
Photo by Sara Williams.
I modelled for a friend’s photo project and was told I could use this as a ‘promo’ shot.
Bahaha, here you go, the artist and the art.
'Dragged Down the Dirtpile' Intaglio etching.
I didn’t use an aquatint for this one, just a couple open bites with hard ground to block out. Super experimental and improvised.
"Courtyard of the Bargello Museum" Intaglio etching w/ aquatint. 2012
(Had Florence on the mind)
'Salome and Jokanaan', Wolff's Carbon, 18x24” on Cougar cover paper.
This was for my class Fugurative Drawing for an assignment based on allegory. Examining sexuality, death, symbolism and feminine/masculine gender roles.
I am still experimenting with intaglio and what kind of images I want to create with the medium. I did this little doodle of a print in 3 hours, which included coating the zinc plate, scratching the image, etching it (with hard ground and then an open bite for plate tone) and then printing it.
It’s super tiny but I kind of liked that, and it was fun to not worry about a perfectly rendered image and to just go with whatever happened. I also tried different wiping techniques, for some reason a big scrape of ink left on the plate to be printed is super appealing to me…
I think I’ll try this out more.
Quick one off done in graphite, sharpie and a white paint pen.
This may or may not be finished, but expect more of this style of work coming soon.