Congratulations to our 2022 recipients who will be at this year's fair from July 15-17 at Nathan Phillips Square and July 8-17 online. The TOAF Career Launcher award is for students in the Illustration, Material Art & Design, Photography, Sculpture and Installation and Printmaking/Publications programs. The selected students will have a free opportunity at the 61st TOAF to showcase their artworks in-person and online at TOAF.ca.
Adrian Baduria is a Filipino-Canadian based designer. Adrian attended a fashion design program at George Brown College where he learned the anatomy of fashion construction and designing. After graduating with honours he transferred to OCAD university to further expand his knowledge in textile production. Graduating in 2022 Adrian has began the process of starting his own fashion brand KRNVL. @krnvl
Beige Blum, a recent OCAD U graduate, is a biracial queer freelance artist with a passion for illustration, comics, zines and character design. She creates works digitally but has a love for print media, connecting both mediums through the creation of physical zines and risograph prints! Her illustration and comic work has been featured by THIS Magazine, CGMagazine Online and AFK Media. @icedtaho
Hey! My name is Somin, Jasmine, or even Mamaduck! Please call me whichever sticks to your memory! I'm a Korean artist based in Toronto, ON. I like carefully observing the real world and taking fun distortions at it to deliver my ideas. Jumping around in different mediums, I enjoy exploring a variety of methods for creative problem-solving. I'm passionate about creating works that are meaningful and reflect myself or works that are simply fun to look at! Besides art, I love exploring different cafes in town and trying my best at video games. @mamaduck7_
Mina Nowzari is an artist working across a wide range of media including photography, mail art, and site-specific interventions. Considering the boundary between public and private is a central focus of Nowzari's work. Her exploration includes documenting the objects in people's bags to performing private sphere activities in photobooths across Florence and Berlin. As of late, Nowzari has focused on mail art as her primary medium. By questioning the notion of access in the art world and embracing the serendipity of the postal system, she creates connections that traverse distance and time.
Nandy Heule is an emerging artist in printmaking and in her final year at OCADU. Her art is informed by a passion for native Canadian wildflowers, threats to habitat and land stewardship. Nandy’s work has been exhibited at juried group exhibitions. She has worked on a number of art collaborations, including a random, Canada-wide search for bathroom signs (“To Flush or Not to Flush?”). Born and raised in the Netherlands, she now resides in Toronto. @nandyheule
Pilarica Fernandez is a Jewellery Designer based in Toronto, Canada. She discovered jewellery design in recent years when she started making her own costume jewellery. Pilarica's passion for jewellery design led her to study in the Material Art and Design program at OCAD University allowing her to explore the art of silversmithing, metal printmaking, and casting techniques. @pilaricadesigns https://torontooutdoor.art/artists/gallery/toaf/2022/pilar-fernandez
Trinity Leon is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto and a current Advertising student at OCAD University. She specializes in textile design, marketing, and UX/UI Design. @rugsbytrinhttps://torontooutdoor.art/artists/gallery/toaf/2022/trinity-leon
Yuna (LEI) Zhang is studying Material Art & Design at OCADU. She brings traditional Chinese culture and arts into contemporary jewellery design. Her personal narratives and experiences are the inspiration behind her pieces. She expresses her aesthetics in organic curves, including beadworks, spiral motifs, and rounded elements. She wants to share her story with the wearer and viewer of her jewellery. Zhang studied Industrial Design and worked as a magazine editor in China before moving to Canada in 2016. Recently, she is experimenting with integrating textile techniques such as metal weaving into jewellery making. @yunazhang_artcreative
For 60 years, TOAF has been instrumental in launching artists’ careers and bringing art into people’s everyday lives. This free public event has showcased 350+ visual artists and makers and attracted 130,000 visitors to Nathan Phillips Square each year. In response to the pandemic, TOAF created a highly successful and engaging online economic platform and programming. TOAF has always reserved a portion of the Fair to emerging and student artists. https://torontooutdoor.art/
To learn more about this and other Career Launchers visit: https://careerlaunchers.format.com/2022-toronto-outdoor-art-fair