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OCC Exhibitions­

Losing Parkdale

January 19 - February 26, 2012

Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, January 19, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Ontario Crafts Council Gallery

990 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario

Curated by Joel Robson with the work of Scott Eckert, John Jackson, Dennis Lin and Joe Yanuziello.

Losing Parkdale focuses on the neighborhood of Parkdale as a community of woodworking talent. The exhibition showcases a few of many hugely talented artists and craftspeople that have made their living in this part of Toronto.

Sadly, studios in Parkdale are currently being displaced for condo development, thereby reducing the pool of usable working space in the neighborhood. As this is being written (mid September 2011) John Jackson's building has just been emptied, sending 100 artists out to try and find new work spaces. Scott and Joe's building has been sold and will be empty in the near future, and will again affect another 40 businesses.

All the participants in Losing Parkdale share many traits, the foremost being a mastery of wood garnered through many, many years of familiarity. All have moved from working in an intimate delicate scale up into large installations. All are consistent in the judicious act of placing prepared material against another component...simply said this is craft, and in their hands we find an exquisite expression.

Losing Parkdale is a celebration of joining material and mind - with the poignancy of upheaval and resettlement.



Craft & Culture: Making Things
with Rachel MacHenry

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Location: OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Toronto.
Room 327 (third floor)
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Free to attend!

Rachel MacHenry will speak about her approach to textile design and how she seeks to support local cultural skills and knowledge. Based on understanding artisans' specific areas of expertise, research into the culture and environment of the region, and knowledge of the marketplace, Rachel develops textiles in partnership with craft producers. There is a continuous interchange between the processes of research and design. This outlook is based on establishing and maintaining long-term relationships with artisan producers and their communities. Through this partnership design model, she creates contemporary textiles that are informed by tradition while supporting local communities and the maintenance of their cultural knowledge. Rachel will talk about new initiatives being taken by communities in Nepal to revive and develop local organic materials, natural dyes, and specialized skills, while supporting social and economic development.

Rachel MacHenry's practice and research as a textile designer and maker focuses on sustainable, innovative design for functional textiles, developed in collaboration with craft producers. Working in partnership with communities, she designs for small-scale artisanal production. She has worked extensively with community-based co-operatives in South Asia to develop textile products using local materials for overseas markets. Her textiles have been produced with craft producers in Nepal and India and marketed in the United States, Europe and Japan. Retail clients have included catalogue companies, numerous museum shops as well as prestigious retailers such as Anthropologie, Barney's Japan and Takashamaya.

Rachel has been involved in curating exhibitions related to textiles and design including, "Spin Cycle; recycling and reclaiming textile traditions" and, "On Growth and Form: textiles and the engineering of nature", both for The Textile Museum of Canada. In 2007, she assisted in the establishment of the Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative in Toronto. This co-op provides studio space for textile artists and designers to research, educate and produce, and Rachel continues to be an active member.

Rachel received her MA from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design in London (University of the Arts, London). She has also studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and was a resident at the Craft Studios, Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. She was Head of Textiles at the Craft & Design Program, Sheridan College, Canada for 8 years and continues to maintain an active role as an educator.


The Fundamentals of Money for the Self Employed Maker

Date: Saturday, February 18 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Suite 408 – 401 Richmond Street, Toronto ON M5V 3A8

OCC Members: $38+ HST

Non-Members: $45+ HST

When people think of a craftsperson's finances, the first word that comes up is "flake" or "flaky". When people ask me how I find working with them and their money, my first response is: "You can't be a flake with money and be a working craftsperson. The two are incompatible." Most craftspeople in Canada make so little money that the only way they can remain artists is to be extremely smart and careful with their money.

The primary message of this seminar is: money is not rocket science. Money is adding and subtracting; money is not math––it's Grade Two Arithmetic. Most craftspeople are required to be able to create proposals, budgets and cash-flow projections in order to get the backing to create their work. They need to feel that they are competent to understand what these documents reveal and why they are important.

In this seminar you will learn:

How to set up and handle the financial side of your business, from keeping your books to calculating HST remittances to organizing your business for income tax; finding your financial strengths; how to avoid the wake of debt; what non-financial assets are and how important they are to a craft practice; how to choose the proper business structure; how to evaluate a supplementary job; how budgeting and cash flow work.

Amanda Mills is a freelance accountant and financial advisor whose clientele includes many non-profits and local artists. Founder of Loose Change, Amanda has 30 years experience as a management consultant for small business and the arts. She is also is a Certified Financial Counselor, a tax professional, and financial trouble-shooter.

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