January 18-27, 2019
Tue, Jan 16, 2018 — Sat, Jan 20, 2018
306 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON
Reception: Thu, Jan 18, 7-11pm
2:00 pm — 8:00 pm
2:00 pm — 7:00 pm
2:00 pm — 9:00 pm
12:00 pm — 8:00 pm
In a collaboration between OCAD University and the Yonge Street Mission, a group of second year Industrial Design students at OCAD U were challenged to design marketable textile goods to be sewn and distributed by Regent Park’s Creative Women’s Collective. The immigrant Collective collaborated and critiqued, and helped the students expand the innovation and design of the Collective’s product base. The products’ reach are directed to a larger market in the City, with sales to create enhanced financial opportunities for the women in this community. The Collective’s hope is to positively contribute to their family’s – especially their children’s – livelihoods. Only by approaching community differently, can we expect to achieve different results.
Toronto is a vibrant and world-class cosmopolitan city with opportunities for its citizens to participate in its prosperity. However, there is an expanding inequality – an ever-growing gap between the rich and poor. To help combat this disparity, Toronto has created a Poverty Reduction Strategy. With this as their direction, and the women of the Collective as their inspiration, the students designed textile products to be produced locally by the Collective, with a focus on quality and commercial success.
Assistant Professors Ranee Lee and Beverley Dywan
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