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Meet Mad Artists at the Mad Market and Tea Party

Are you ready for Art and Tea and Cake at the Mad HatterMarketplace and Tea Party? You can let us know you are coming on the Facebook page]. Everyone is welcome. Share some cake and tea, see some great art and prepare for the parade the next day. Market will be open from 12-4 and artists should arrive before 11:00. We will have cake and ice tea and other snacks for all but bring your lunch.

The market is at OCAD in the back, south side, of the school:

 For your planning: Here is the full schedule for the week

Kira McCarthy:

Kira McCarthy’s figures are uniquely stylized while remaining true to the beauty of the natural form. With a strong eye for composition and economy, she conveys a depth and variety of emotion not easily achieved with so few strokes. While often creating colourful, empowering images of pride and solidarity, her stated focus is on women’s “experiences of body shame and body love.” The raw simplicity of her designs allows her to explore many facets of human feeling. Her profits are donated to Sheena’s Place, a non-institutional organization providing free support for people struggling with eating disorders. (NOTE: this may be temporary, may not refer to profits at street event, I’m not sure).

Kira McCarthy: http://www.foxtaleskira@blogspot.com

Nerissa Hutchinson:

Nerissa Hutchinson, AKA Professor Philomena Brick, creates steampunk jewellery constructed from found objects and metals. Her handcrafted one-of-a-kind designs include playfully gorgeous pendants as well as necklaces, scissors and broaches. Many of her pieces are standout, sharp-edged and idiosyncratic, while others are more traditionally-minded, maintaining a flair for Victorian intricacy. Where there is representation in her work, it tends towards creatures natural and fantastic, as well as the industrial-scientific aesthetic of the steampunk milieu.

STEAMGUMMI, NERISSA HUTCHINSON: http://WWW.STEAMGUMMI.WEEBLY.COM

Adeen Ashton:

Adeen Ashton is the executive producer of Toronto Youth Theatre, which provides professional experience to young actors in all aspects of production. Since 2005 it has created an inclusive theatrical community with a process-oriented approach. Imbued with a pure love of theatre, Ashton has had no compunction casting people for unusual roles, being able in the end to always pull off a splendid product. In an atmosphere where everyone is welcome, young actors gain tremendous confidence and life experience.

Adeen Ashton: https://www.torontoyouththeatre.org/programs

Sarafin:

Sarafin is the artist behind the webcomic Asylum Squad, which began during a year in a Toronto mental health institution. The comic deals honestly and provocatively with the problem of writing off patients’ experiences as merely ‘psychotic’, creating a rationale with which to institutionalize people indefinitely. In Asylum Squad, Sarafin provides a critique of the typical therapeutic methods of such institutions, which often ignore patient testimony as well as the phenomenology of their mental experiences in favour of standardized labels and drug regimes. Asylum Squad is more about the problems with the psychiatric system itself, the issues that go with psychiatric labelling, and Mad Pride. The work takes up the position that the witnessing of phenomena not available to the senses of outside observers does not in itself indicate a pathology. The comic is an accessible and relatable look into the lives of four institutionalized women.

Saraƒin: http://www.asylumsquad.ca

Liane Daiter:

Liane Daiter is the creator of With Love Compassion Cards, a project that grew from her lived experience with mental health issues and her determination to create a helpful and meaningful product for people with similar stories. The result has been a series of simple and affectionate cards with compassionate messages of gratitude, solidarity and acceptance. She has created a variety of cards addressed to those dealing with mental health issues as well as to friends and family.

Liane Daiter: https://www.withlovecompassioncards.com/

Daniel Davidson:

Davidson is the author of War In Hell, a dark fantasy novel that recasts the demon world as an active hierarchy of exotic, grotesque, and nightmarish beauty as opposed to the Christian concept of a supreme devil ruling over eternal damnation. He also produces unsettling paintings of strange lands and freakish creatures with a Lovecraftian wile, influenced by pagan and alien imagery alike. His work is in the tradition of Dante and Hieronymus Bosch, in their disturbing tendency to peel away the more comfortable aspects of human psychology and imagination to reveal a darker significance.

Daniel Davidson: http://www.xenpublishing.com

Emma Moore:

Emma K. Moore is a Toronto-based artist who combines painting with digital techniques to create arrestingly beautiful collages. Her flora warp under the influence of computer alteration to produce an experience of the classical preoccupation of painting – beautiful verdure – as an expression of an underlying digital or information-based reality. As the colours and shapes pile up and stretch, one is left with a sense of nature as an infinitely mutable profusion of patterns. Her watercolours present more direct studies of plants as given to the human eye. And learn about scanography.

Emma Moore: http://emmakmoore.com/

Kevin Healy:

Kevin Healey… hears voices that you don’t, has done for over thirty years and is a survivor – mostly of his own mis-steps, mistakes and misdeeds but also of a life of never quite fitting in: anywhere. Kevin Healy is a member of the Hearing Voices Network, and the founder of Recovery Network: Toronto, which facilitates monthly peer support groups for other voice-hearers.

He is also organizing the MADx by Night event at the Imperial Pub (54 Dundas St E, Toronto, Ontario M5B1C7)

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The Carnival des Voix on July 14 https://recoverynet.ca/2017/06/01/workshop-carnival-des-voix-toronto-14th-jul-2017/  RSVP / To  Register: Phone 416 595-2882 – Email:    csinfo@camh.ca

This innovative practical workshop – do stuff ! and make stuff !  – introduces simple ways we can express and give voice to human experiences that can be both difficult to live with and difficult to talk about.

Kevin Healey: recoverynet.ca.

Alyssa Pisciotto:

Alyssa Pisciotto is a multimedia artist based in both Toronto and Windsor. In her ‘palette paintings’ and ‘glitter goop’, she takes seriously the kitsch qualities of overlooked materials, creating interesting textural designs with pastel colours and dolloped strokes. The material itself is the subject matter here, and Pisciotto is revelling in the tactility of the process. Her prints and stretched tafetta works convey similar compositional concerns but are more focused on line and dynamism. The interplay of colour, material and composition are at the forefront of her “purposeful use of kitsch elements [to] challenge taste standards in the contemporary art world.”

Alyssa Pisciotto: http://www.alyssapisciotto.com

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