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A brief summary of my work as a Summer Assistant at the The Textile Museum of Canada: [Sep. 25th, 2008|03:30 pm]
1. I have aided in 17 school and summer camp tours through the museum (as well as one outreach visit), regularly leading initial textile discussions and introducing the applied activities at the end of tours – between 390-420 youths from ages 4 to 14 have attended these tours.

2. I have worked towards the total organization & cataloguing of the Teaching Collection:
• Gone through every item in the regional & sample shelving.
• Inventoried all but the raw materials for activities in fibrespace.
• Of the 613 records listed in Mimsy as Teaching Collection, I have checked through 480 records and filled out the majority of A-level information on 403 of them.
• Matched 82 unnumbered objects (from both shelving & fibrespace) to records on Mimsy that were not associated with any of the numbered items I had sorted through (using acquisition files).
• Inventoried & assessed the condition of all the items found in the Outreach Program Cases, created a listing including recommendations for item changes.
• Given every item a standard Home Location (specifying cupboard, column and shelf, like items in the permanent collection have) and, in applicable cases, a standard Current Location (i.e.; fibrespace, outreach boxes, etc.).
• Added the ‘Current Location’ of all items listed from fibrespace & the outreach boxes.
• Sifted through incorrectly labeled objects – many items were ‘named’ or given information via being typed in directly rather than linking through the thesauri.
• Created records for 36 unrecorded items and organized all other unrecorded items into a labeled shelving box.
• Helped with the organizing and disposal of 147 unneeded and unrecorded items which had been stored with the teaching collection.
• Created a file dedicated to adding missing donor names and terminology to the thesauri.
• Created an instructional file for volunteers to follow to complete the reorganizing of the teaching collection shelving for a more user-friendly arrangement.

3. Fibrespace upkeep – throughout the summer months I have checked on and tidied the activity centers in fibrespace on a daily basis to ensure visitors could enjoy the use of the equipment & have a variety of materials with which to try weaving, spinning, rug-making, braiding, etc.

4. I contributed a first draft of a call for submission for the Textile Museum Award of Excellence.

5. I took part in tidying during the cleaning of the fourth floor

6. I assisted with the visual planning and installation of the 5-cabinet display at the “South Asia Calling” Festival at the Harbourfront Center from August 8th-10th, which was quite successful.

7. To supplement the already employed visitor survey, I was involved in Janet & Patricia’s visitor tracking plan. This has included: visitor observance, research into traditional visitor tracking, development of a tracking map, and the introduction of a staff-administered, oral version of the currently circulated survey. From this I have completed a personal report on trends I have recognized during this process.

8. I photographed 143 Shadowboxes for the Shadowbox Silent Auction, and processed the images for use. Processing included adjusting colour levels, fixing lens distortion, cropping, and resizing every image to three different sizes/qualities (print, large/detail for web and thumbnail for web).

9. I was heavily involved in the production of Patricia’s Build-a-Garment display that will be part of the Cutting Edge exhibition in November. My work on this included: finding a mannequin supplier, sourcing and purchasing fabrics, planning piecework, sampling edge finishes, sourcing pleating services, dropping off and picking up pleating samples, and the full production of all 25 “garment” pieces in the display.
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...cut the kids in half.... [Jul. 19th, 2008|11:36 am]
[mood |listlessweary]
[music |dead ipod silence]

spectacular yes
but i assure that i will
give it good effort


It's been nearly a year since I last posted on livejournal (yes, facebook readers, this is a livejournal post).

Maybe it's time for an update?

I think, maybe, that more has happened than I will be capable of documenting here, but I will try.

I finished my internship with Annie Thompson.
Then she hired me on to be her web designer, and I finished that project earlier this year.

I showed at the One of A Kind show in the Spring.

Entirely seperate from my thesis, I also produced a capsule clothing line with fellow designer Alex DeFrancesco - Resurrection. It was a collection of undead-clothes which were featured in Toronto Alternative Fashion Week. Many fashion blogs listed our collection as a favourite part of the night. See a video here.

I participated in 4 group exhibitions this year:The MAAD Shadowbox Fundraising Exhibition (both pieces I contributed sold!)
The OCADSU 2008 Retrospective
The OCAD Annual Student Exhibition
Debut @ Edward Day Gallery

I was part of the development & production team that published this year's Material Art & Design Thesis Catalogue - in which my work is also published.

I actually finished my thesis... and proudly. I was/am VERY happy with what I produced this past year.
So were my panel - I got 90%.

Drew and I have now been together for 9 years. Wow.

I've been commissioned to design & produce 3 wedding dresses and 3 bridesmaid dresses.

I graduated on the Dean's Honour List. With 2 scholarships and a bursary.

Two days after graduating I was hired by the Textile Museum of Canada for a full-time summer contract - a job that over 275 other students applied for.

I joined a textile art collective - lemon collective ( www.lemoncollective.com ). We had a table at the Big on Bloor Festival, and have been accepted (and given the largest room) at the pieceWork sale at Gladstone Hotel in November.

I was accepted into the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition - managed to truck my work to and fro for 3 days and sit in a smoking hot tent. I sold a small segment of work, enough to cover my costs, and won an Honourable Mention for best student in show (which came attached to a gallery membership and a cash prize!).

I'm having a blast, but I'm also exhausted - as all these things have had deadlines, and have overlapped a great deal.

Right now, I'm working 9am-5pm every weekday at the Textile Museum, and running straight to OCAD every night to work on Ceramics for my Summer Mold-making class (yes, I'm in a class even though I graduated. I'm crazy). On Saturdays I work at G&S Dyes from 10am-3pm and rush straight home to work on the first wedding dress commission, as it needs to be done, like, YESTERDAY. Sundays I'll also be at the Textile Museum, but 11-5... to make up for days I missed earlier in the contract.

Due to having to take public transit, about 3.5-5 hours is added to my schedule daily. I leave my house by 7am every morning, and get home ever weekday at midnight, every Saturday at 5 (to sew) and Sundays at 8. I barely have time to sleep let alone laundry/cooking/cleaning/pet care-taking/socializing/ANYTHING. It all seems so great in theory but is incredibly hard in practice. I can't really complain though - I took it all on myself.

August 5th my night class ends, that will make things easier. If I manage to complete the wedding dress in a week or two (WHICH I BETTER!!!), that will ease things too. And on labour day, my hours at the museum get cut from 5-days a week to 3-days a week. And in October the contract is done. So quieter, easier times are coming, but I've been going full-tilt since January without so much as a wink of break time... lets see just how many winds I've got in the wings.

...i have so much to give. i want to get it out of my chest now... it hurts when it's all crammed in there.

keep up with questions
that are hard due to their
obscurity tick
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Writer's Block: (like juggling chainsaws) [Sep. 19th, 2007|01:25 pm]
[Current Location |Ontario College of Art & Design]
[music |Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots ~ The Flaming Lips]

What is one crazy thing you would like to learn to do?
I would love to learn how to build robots.

Robots that battle!

Robots that love!

Robots that battle for my love!
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dried flowers and dust [Sep. 19th, 2007|10:29 am]
[Current Location |OCAD]
[mood |tiredtired]
[music |clickity click.. keyboards tapped]

to hear from again
well i'm sure there will be
it screams the left side

According to Livejournal, it's been 10 weeks since I last updated. Arg.

I will take lead from S., and post a photo to prove I still exist. I do.

I just like facebook better :P

to oceanisland
and had a picnic on the
divine or turn this
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(no subject) [Jul. 9th, 2007|04:34 pm]
[Current Location |Annie Thompson Studio]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[music |jazzy jazz stuff]

and that each piece of
art will be home soon this is
so intense trying

so I'm now extra-bloggy.

at my new internship at the Annie Thompson Studio, I've been journalling my progress and experience at http://annieslittleintern.blogspot.com .

I started it at Blogger instead of livejornal because I heard that it was much easier to post photos... as I have yet to post photos, I'm not sure if that's truly the case.

I'm considering switching it to a livejournal because I can edit the dates and postday-post. And because of the mood & music things i like so much.

who wanted to see
much of anyone for weeks
time to organize
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sprung cleaning [Jun. 30th, 2007|03:53 pm]

so, i've clearly been busy as hell. facebook's become the new thing, so my lj has suffered... but whatever.

roomate Mikey's moved to BC (how jealous am i? very...)
and so Drew & I have his room to take on as a studio.

point: i have too much shit to fit in that room.

it's currently a sprawling disaster throughout the house.
garbage bags under the basement stairs.
a suitcase under the couch
a tower of boxes and loose bags in the living room.
a load of paper next to my bed, binders and framed work under it...

this is ridiculous.

i have art materials i will never use.
fabrics i was given that are -not- part of my colour scheme.
Excess appliances and machines (sewing machine, serger, microwave, mini-fridge).
More art and clothes that I've made than you can imagine.

I need to get rid of it, but we missed the community yardsale.

I don't have a car, and most people are loath to help with moving junk to goodwill or what have you.

and I just can't throw so much good value into a landfill.

I'll get to writing a list, see if the facebook marketplace is up to the task :)
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essays [Apr. 10th, 2007|08:13 pm]
[mood |stressedstressed]

i keep changing this post.
i actually finished the essay. I was 40 minutes late for class, but I had an essay with me!!
One class down, three more to go!!
(that's right, only 4 courses this semester and I've STILL been crazy busy)
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(no subject) [Apr. 5th, 2007|12:32 pm]
[mood |draineddrained]
[music |silence]

i could up the walls
garments fill up my sketchbooks
and write and abstract

mimicking meme's...Collapse )

but it didn't take
terribly long to do what
was still possible
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this is so bizarre it seems intentional [Mar. 27th, 2007|11:33 am]
[mood |angryangry]
[music |Chevelle]

for anyone who wanted to have more info on the pet food recall,
look behind the cutCollapse )

falling back apart
had a really painful
time trying to clean
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(no subject) [Mar. 20th, 2007|08:53 pm]
[mood |quixoticquixotic]
[music |placebo - meds]

hunted down it's
owner to return it and
the day wandering

mike's moving to BC.

i'm so jealous.

i have tickets to placebo, chevelle, and virgin fest (smashing pumpkins!!!!!).

be jealous :P

Haiku2 for magdelina
no motivation
i've been working very hard
at getting healthy
Created by Grahame
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