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RGD Educators Case Study

Here is a Case study I wrote for the RGD that features an assignment that Nancy Snow and I developed for our first year graphic design students and features the work of my students Lourdes D'Uniam 

Mending being installed

Monday was install day! All went went with the set upfor my first solo show. Very excited about this Thiursday's opening reception. Hope you all can make it out.


It Started Out as a Joke...

614Letter J

Hand drawn Carnival-style letterform for Project 1 of my thesis. By Saskia van Kampen

Project 1 for my thesis was inspired by the Materiality: Objects and Idioms in Historical Studies of Science and Technology Conference held at York University on May 2–4, 2013. Kristen Haring, a historian of science and

Goofing around with Commerce and Craft...

I just wanted to see what would happen if I took a recognizable corporate logo – chopped it up and sewed it back together again. 

612Quilted logoRegistered Trademark by Saskia van Kampen.

Just having some fun.

Vernacular Found in Four of Toronto's Neighbourhoods

605BaitedHook_RoncesvaillesRoncesvailles by Saskia van Kampen

Toronto's vernacular signage is an essential yet ephemeral part of our culture. I have become infatuated with our neighbourhood's hand

My obsession – the hand made.

597Baited Hook HandmadeBook of Point.

In her essay “The Macrame of Resistance” Lorraine Wild talks about Peter Dormer’s views on knowledge. She writes: “the tacit knowledge required to make something work is not the same as a theoretical understanding of the principles behind it. Theory might help you

Socked Monkey - A book by a talented young lady.

588Baited Hook HandmadeBook Cover by Rowan.

The other day I was given a wonderful and colourful book titled: Socked Monkey by a talented young lady named Rowan.

She has been the proud owner of Dale for over a year now and featured him on

A return and then gone.

584AlastairDicksonIn a shop window along Danforth. Sculpture By Alastair Dickson

One of my first blog posts that I ever wrote featured Toronto artist Alastair Dickson. I saw his work in a store front window along Danforth and new I had to speak with him. That same shop window has been empty for

Woodbine to Dufferin and Back

580I Love You

I believe that I am inching my way closer to my thesis topic for my Design Masters at York U.

It all started with the first project in Research Methodologies class taught by Sandra Gabriel. I walked along the Danforth and then along Bloor and photographed everything that caught my attention which turned out to be mainly the hand drawn signage in shop windows and chalkboard signs out front on the sidewalks. What caught my attention was the

Drawing I just did...

This may be part of a poster series I am working on. More to come...

578Dragon by SaskiaDragon by Saskia.






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