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OUR TEAM

The CDT team is made up of representatives of universities and colleges from across Canada:
Emily Carr University of Art + Design; Alberta University of the Arts; OCAD University;
Sheridan College and NSCAD University.

Stephanie Cloutier, BFA
Stephanie Cloutier, BFAResearch Assistant, OCAD University
Stephanie Cloutier is an artist and maker from Toronto, Canada. She holds a BFA in Sculpture and Installation with a minor in Material Arts and Design (Fibre) from OCAD University. As a multidisciplinary artist, Stephanie’s practice is based on the notion of empathy and uses tools of repair and community engagement as an act of resistance and futility, while investigating aspects of memory, history, and the relationships existing between humans and objects, humans and the environment. Prior to studying at OCAD, Stephanie worked in radio broadcasting industry as a copywriter and producer around the Greater Toronto Area. She moved on to work as a content and communications specialist in the private sector while also working as a freelance writer and photographer for various online music and entertainment magazines.
Hélène Day Fraser, MAA
Hélène Day Fraser, MAAAssociate Dean, Master of Design, Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Hélène Day Fraser is the Associate Dean of the Master of Design Program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and an Associate Professor in the faculty of Design and Dynamic Media. Her textile/garment-based work addresses concerns and developments in the areas of: sustainability, new digital technologies, craft and legacy practices of making and generative systems. Day Fraser explores social engagement, identity construction and clothing consumption habits. Her research considers the implications of the fashion machine by investigating our connections to the clothing we wear and the digital, distributed, connected world we live in. It is informed by a past professional career in fashion, design, and manufacturing. Day Fraser is the lead investigator of the cloTHING(s) as Conversation research initiative. She is a co-founder of Emily Carr’s Material Matters research centre, founder of TARP (Textile Adaptation Research Program) and the manager for Emily Carr’s DESIS lab.
Annika Dixon-Reusz
Annika Dixon-ReuszResearch Assistant, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Annika Dixon-Reusz, is a fourth year Industrial Design student at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she is working on achieving a Bachelors of Design. She has spent a year abroad studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, where she achieved a minor in re-framing textiles. Her interests span the realms of design, craft and art with a focus on soft products. She has worked on projects centered around pushing the boundaries of 2D and 3D designs as well as challenging the possibilities of textiles, form and user engagement. Annika enjoys asking questions, and collaborating with others. She is intrigued by the possibilities and potential of design and the merging of new technologies with traditional methods of making. In her spare time you can find Annika sewing, baking, dancing and biking.
Keith Doyle, MFA
Keith Doyle, MFAAssistant Professor Design + Dynamic Media, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Keith Doyle is an Assistant Professor Industrial Design, Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media, and Faculty of Graduate Studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, And is a founding faculty member and a current Co-Director of Material Matters, a pragmatic material research centre at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. He is a Lead/co-lead Investigator on a few University material research initiatives including, design-led applied research partnerships enabled by funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, National Research Council Canada and Research Creation activities funded by the University and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Material Matters’ mandate is to explore sustainable yet innovative material production technologies through research through design, material practice, applied material research, co-operative partnerships, social forums and workshops for knowledge transfer. Keith actively presents, promotes and exhibits nationally and abroad on our collaborative research activities and material practice. Keith has been teaching in the Post-Secondary with a focus on product, craft, and industrial design curriculum for nearly 20 years. He holds both a BFA and an MFA in Sculpture and maintains an active material practice. Keith, a former adjunct research faculty ECU, a member of the Canada Makes additive manufacturing advisory board, and currently a member of the board of the New Forms Media Society of Vancouver, is also a recent Resident Artist at the ACME Studios International Artists Residency Programme situated in London, UK, a Banff New Media Institute alum (2006 & 2007) as well as a former NYC Dance Theater Workshop Artist’s Research Medialab fellow.
Travis Freeman, MFA
Travis Freeman, MFAEducational Developer, Faculty & CurriculumDevelopment Centre, OCAD University
Travis Freeman is an artist, teacher and educational researcher working at OCAD University. He has spent his professional life dedicated to education and the arts. After completing a BFA in drawing from the University of Iowa, he taught art in primary and secondary public schools. He later continued his studies at the University of Minnesota, where he completed an interdisciplinary MFA while teaching courses in painting and drawing. He began working at OCAD U in 2014 in the Office of Continuing Studies, and joined the Faculty and Curriculum Development Center (FCDC) in 2016. At the FCDC, Freeman’s first role was as an educational developer in the area of Technology Enabled Learning. During this time, he also completed a graduate certificate in online learning from the University of British Columbia. Recently, Freeman’s work as an educational developer has broadened to include faculty learning, studio pedagogy, Indigenous learning, and educational research. He has presented at the STLHE conference in 2017 on the topic of critique and the EDC conference in 2018 on decolonizing teaching and learning within higher education. Freeman’s creative work has been shown in the US and Canada. He has created projects for Nuit Blanche, Toronto in 2013 and 2015. Most recently, Freeman has shown work at the Sointula Art Shed in British Columbia and Beaver Hall in Toronto. Through various projects Freeman continues to pursue the idea that art and design can make the world a better place.
Lynne Heller, Ph.D.
Lynne Heller, Ph.D.Adjunct Professor, Associate Member, Graduate Faculty, Co-director, Data Materialization Studio, OCAD University
Lynne Heller is a post-disciplinary artist, designer, educator and academic. Her interests encompass both material and virtual culture, textiles, performance, graphic novels and sculptural installation. Heller completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 through the department of Fiber and Material Studies and her PhD in 2016 at University College Dublin, Ireland from the department of Gender, Culture and Identity in the School of Humanities and Arts, with a research focus on feminist practice in online culture. Her research was practice-based, with a specialty in Digital Media Arts. She is an Adjunct Professor at OCAD University, as well as co-director of the Data Materialization Studio and Reviews Editor of Virtual Creativity, Intellect Publishing. She is also an adjunct faculty member of SMARTlab, Ireland. Heller has taught for the last eight years as an Assistant Professor at OCAD University, and is currently a contract lecturer at Ryerson University. Heller has run her own communications business since 1997, designing web sites for award winning projects such as Things That Matter: Stories of Living with Colorectal Cancer funded by the Canadian Cancer Society. She also has an extensive exhibition record both nationally and internationally and is the recipient of grants from the Social Studies and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC PEG, 2017 and SSHRC IG, 2018), the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Canada.
Shiemara Hogarth, BA, B.DES.
Shiemara Hogarth, BA, B.DES.Research Assistant, Alberta University of the Arts
Shiemara Hogarth is a textile maker and artist newly based in Calgary, Alberta. With a BA in History and Latin American & Caribbean Studies from York University, and a BDes in Material Art and Design (Textiles) from OCAD University, Hogarth works primarily with printing (screen and digital) and weaving. With a background in humanities research and project coordination, she works from the belief in the power of shared stories and the inherent capability of textiles as a storytelling medium. Her MFA work currently explores the materiality of textiles in communicating autoethnographic narratives of immigration and spaces of liminality.
Mackenzie Kelly-Frère, MFA
Mackenzie Kelly-Frère, MFAAssociate Professor School of Craft & Emerging Media, Alberta University of the Arts
Mackenzie Kelly-Frère is a textile artist, educator and academic. His research focuses on complex woven textile structures; computer-aided weaving including Jacquard; the social history of textiles; craft theory; and craft-based pedagogy. His work in the studio investigates cloth as a sensual and textual object that embodies potent metaphors for entanglement, connection, care and mutual contingency. Mackenzie completed his MFA in Textiles at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University in 2005. He is currently Associate Professor at the Alberta University of the Arts where he teaches in the BFA Fibre and MFA Craft Media programs. He has held various academic appointments at AU Arts including Associate Chair, School of Craft & Emerging Media (2013-2015) and First Year Studies Coordinator (2016-2017). Mackenzie’s recent exhibition record includes three solo Canadian exhibitions in 2016 and in one in Japan in 2014. Over the past twenty years he has also participated in exhibitions in Canada, China, Japan, Korea and the United States. He has contributed texts to publications including Craft Perception and Practice vol III and Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture. His work has been collected privately in Canada, the United States and Japan, and by the Nickle Galleries at the University of Calgary and the Alberta Foundation For the Arts. Mackenzie lives in Calgary, Canada with his husband Kristofer and daughter Elizabeth.
Richard Kennedy, BFA
Richard Kennedy, BFAResearch Assistant, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Richard Kennedy is an Artist, Designer and Masters Student based in Vancouver BC, studying and working at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. From a background in construction, mechanics, sciences, and engineering, they work primarily with repurposed materials to address formal concepts through an industrial lens, employing technologies at the convergence of craft and computation.
Dorie Millerson, MFA
Dorie Millerson, MFAChair & Associate Professor, Material Art & Design (MAAD), OCAD University
Dorie Millerson is Chair of Material Art & Design, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design, and a member of the Graduate Studies faculty at OCAD University in Toronto. She received an MFA in textiles from NSCAD University in 2003 and is an honours graduate in fibre from the Ontario College of Art & Design. Millerson works in a variety of constructed textile techniques ranging from weaving to lace making. Building on her research into the metaphorical and physical nature of "mending" in textiles, her Masters thesis examined the propensity of lace and shadow to investigate time, memory and loss. She exhibits her award-winning artwork internationally and articles about her work have appeared in Fiberarts, Surface Design Journal, Sculpture and the book Artistry in Fiber, Vol. 2: Sculpture. Her writing about craft practice has been published in Studio: Craft and Design in Canada, Surfacing Journal, MAGazine and the book Crafting New Traditions: Canadian Innovators and Influences while her current research tackles issues of how we learn, teach, and practice digital craft in higher education. In 2017, she co-curated Crafting the Future at OCAD University, which featured over 100 works from students at nine post-secondary craft programs in Canada and was held in conjunction with the Canadian Craft Biennial Conference. She has an extensive background in arts event and education programming and coordination for organizations such as the Textile Museum of Canada and has taught in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University since 2005.
Kathleen Morris, MA
Kathleen Morris, MALecturer, OCAD University
Kathleen Morris is a maker, educator, and researcher, working in the field of textiles. She holds a TIS appointment in the MAAD Textiles Studio where she has been teaching since 2005. Morris’ research centres on the ways in which craft is socially and culturally positioned, including within institutions of higher learning. Her Master's thesis, Emerging Views on Making, was awarded the 2014 Arts Researchers and Teachers Society (ARTS) Graduate Research Award. Additionally, Morris has written for the Textiles Society of America, the Journal for Modern Craft, Studio Magazine, Handwoven, Weavers, Ontario Craft, Craft News, and the Surfacing Journal. A proponent of inclusive design, Morris coordinated the faculty training resource, Shifting Perspective: Inclusive Teaching and Learning at OCAD U, a co-initiative of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Sustainability Initiatives, and the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre. Morris works closely with cultural organizations that represent artists’ interests as a way of strengthening community and participating in collaborative advocacy. A longtime employee of the Ontario Crafts Council, she subsequently served a six-year term on its board and executive, through a period of major restructuring from 2012 to 2018. In 2018, she was appointed to the Canadian Craft Federation as the representative for Ontario, advancing a range organizational campaigns from advocacy to planning Craft Year 2020 on the board and executive committee. At OCAD University, Morris has served on the Faculty Association (OCADFA) from 2015 to 2018, including a period of 18 months as Grievance Chair and a member at large on the Grievance Committee of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). She co-chairs the University Pay Equity Committee, and in 2019, was appointed to the OCAD U Senate as a member-at-large.
I'thandi Munro, BFA
I'thandi Munro, BFAResearch Assistant, NSCAD University
I'thandi Munro is a professional performance and visual artist. In 2020 she completed her BFA earning a double major in Photography, Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing from NSCAD University. Previously she has studied Social Sciences, and Graphic Design. Munro has studied, performed and taught many forms of dance however Hip-Hop Dance is her main focus. In her visual arts practice she is well adverse in techniques. She is drawn towards micro welding machines, Laser cutters and 3D printers to push her practice in a more digital direction of materiality, Munro is a mother of two, and her work incorporates children's drawings which she then turns into 3 dimensional pieces of art jewelry that have an uninhibited use of line. Through her Photography she uses portraiture which evokes questions about race, culture, and identity.
Greg Sims, MFA
Greg Sims, MFAAssistant Professor, Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing, NSCAD University
Greg Sims is an artist, designer and educator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As Assistant Professor in NSCAD University’s Division of Craft, his research focuses on 3D digital design and digital fabrication techniques integrated with tradition craft/jewellery materials & process. He was awarded a Master of Arts degree from the School of Jewellery- University of Central England in 2003 and completed his undergraduate studies at OCAD University in 1999. Exhibitions include CAN Craft, Craft CAN at the 2017 Canadian Craft Biennial, re: growth, at Mary Black Gallery, Halifax, NS, 2010 and Schmuck 2005, Germany. In 2013, he organized and curated Making It Real, an international exhibition of digitally fabricated objects. From 2007-11, he worked as a designer and researcher with the @lab Research Facility at NSCAD and Dalhousie University, developing and manufacturing collapsible, responsive structures on an architectural scale (tents, stage sets and furniture). Client work includes commissioned artworks (Nova Scotia Association of Architects, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation), prototyping and product development.
Gord Thompson, Ph.D. (ABD)
Gord Thompson, Ph.D. (ABD)Program Coordinator and Professor
 Bachelor of Crafts & Design
 Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design
 Sheridan College
Gord Thompson is a Professor and Program Coordinator of The Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design Program at Sheridan College. He has taught courses ceramics, craft history, and other areas related to craft and design. Previously, he taught at OCAD University where he was also Technician in the Ceramics Studio from 2002-2011. As a potter making functional vessels, he has exhibited internationally and participated in artist residencies. He works actively in the craft community, having served as President of the Board of Directors of Craft Ontario (2012-2014) and advisor to the Craft and Design Studio at Harbourfront Centre. He has served on the Exhibition and Education Committee of the Gardiner Museum and is an Editor and Chair of the editorial committee for STUDIO, a national magazine of Craft and Design in Canada. He has also served on numerous exhibition and awards juries. He studied ceramics at Sheridan College from 1994-1997 after completing degrees in Cultural Studies (BA, Trent University), Media Studies (MA, Concordia University) and the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (MA, University of Toronto). He is a Doctoral Candidate (ABD) at York University in the department of Communication and Culture. His research interests include: craft and cultural theory; theories and practices of making.
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