Art Stuff for Dummies: EMBROIDERY

Written By: Liana

Hi, I’m Liana! Every month I’ll be taking on a new art form that I’m interested in, and I’ll be working though the process of teaching myself how to do it. This month I’m teaching myself embroidery!

Embroidery is essentially the embellishing of fabric (or paper, or … anything) using a needle and thread, and sometimes also beads and sequins. Although nowadays the process is usually done using sewing machines and other, more efficient technologies, people still do it by hand as well. Thanks to social media, embroidery is having a bit of resurgence in the modern art sphere. This resurgence can be attributed to embroidery’s kitschy look, but also must be attributed to the female artists who are reclaiming the stereotypically feminine pastime to create conceptual feminist works of art.

If you need some inspiration, here are a few Instagram artists that I am a big fan of: @crossstitchcult @vickinerino (the kulls!) @milky.tea__ @zoebuckman (her work ‘Champ’) @westcozy @tinycup_ @stitchezwithattitude @times.new.romance @hanecdote

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What you can do while York is on strike

Written by: Peter Widdrington

So York is on strike. It’s official. 100%. Well, more specifically, CUPE 3903 is on strike, meaning that the majority of classes at York University are on hold for the time being. You may be asking yourself, “Why is the union striking again?” Which is fair. Many of us may have had our plans or our education disrupted by the strike, and that can result in many negative feelings. It’s important to not let these negative feelings overwhelm you. In the end, everyone has their reasons and opinions to be for or against a strike, but the best thing we as students can do is stay active and not give up, even when it seems that we are being pushed aside. It’s easy to sulk and complain about what’s happening (which you have every right to), but I also think it’s incredibly important to realize that there is a way to turn an unfortunate situation into an opportunity to learn and gain from. I want to talk about a few things students can do while the University is on strike to make the best out of the situation.

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Tips on Beating the Winter Blahs

Written By: Sadie Cahill

As a busy student, it’s easy to get flooded with the winter blahs. However, no matter the amount of overwhelming assignments and deadlines, there should always be some time for self care! It can be tough, but there are small things you can do to squeeze in some time for yourself.  Below are 5 easy things to do when you need a little mid-winter TLC!

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I will not be complaisant – things I learned about myself and about harassment

Written By: Maddy

Content warning: harassment, sexual remarks/gestures, abuse

My name is Madeleine, and I identify as a cis woman. I am a loud person, my voice carries, I have loud opinions, and I am comfortable in front of a crowd (I can crack a joke, no problem). And this is going to be long, but I think it’s important for everyone — men, women and non-binary folks alike.

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Artists vs Creatives: Which Are We?

Written By: Chevon

Someone once asked me if I was an Artist or a Creative.  My response was “What is the difference anyway?  Aren’t all Artists also Creatives and all Creatives, Artists?” The distinction between the two can be difficult to identify until both are more clearly defined.  Artists are experts, masters in their art form.  Creatives, on the other hand, are those with the ability to make new things or think of new ideas.  They are imaginative, innovative, and experimental, but not necessarily professional as Artists are. Read More

Artist Spotlight: Dan Flavin

Written by: Nima A.K.

Flavin, Dan. untitled (to Barry, Mike, Chuck and Leonard), 1972-75. Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

Daniel Flavin was born in New York in 1933. After studying for priesthood, he enlisted in the United States Air Forces, where, oddly enough, he began his art career.  During his military services, he studied art at the University of Maryland Extension Program in Korea, and afterwards at the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in New York. His early works and first solo show are based on collages and watercolour paintings in abstract expressionism.

In 1961, Dan Flavin began working on what were labeled as Icons: sculptures which incorporate electric lights. Later, in 1963, he began working with fluorescent tubes, which would become his signature. In the 1980s, Flavin expanded this idea even further and concentrated his work on fluorescent installation.

Flavin’s art has been exhibited by many galleries and museums, such as the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.  His work was exhibited countless times before he died in New York in 1996, and continues to be appreciated to this day.

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playGround 2018

Written by: Madeleine

Have you heard of playGround? I mean, obviously you’ve heard of playgrounds before; after all, we were all 5-years-old once. But I’m not talking about those kinds of playgrounds; I’m talking about playGround Festival (the capitalization here is VERY important)! playGround is like York’s very own Fringe festival. Students can submit a concept and a script of a monodrama, and from that, a panel of students collectively picks the final line up.

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We Got “Gamified” With The Digital Media Students Association

Written By: Divya Mehta

This November, Kimberly, James and I got “Gamified #2” with the Digital Media Students Association (DMSA)! Gamified” is a monthly themed game night that, this month, was held in the evening in Accolade West, room 103. This event is specifically designed for those of us who are video game and/or board game lovers, or just for anyone who is looking for a fun and casual environment where you can unwind and de-stress with some of your fellow students. The classic, 2D-styled video game that was featured was “Death Road To Canada,” which is an online Role-Playing Game (RPG) that allows users to customize their own characters and (attempt to) survive a zombie apocalypse. The theme of Gamified was, appropriately, “Movember”, which required attendees to personalize their characters with beards and moustaches, then get ready for battle! It was both quite interesting and entertaining to see the creativity demonstrated by the attendees using those two main requirements for the character developments. Read More