XYZines | A Koffler.Digital Residency

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In partnership with Paperhouse Outreach & Toronto Art Book Fair, Koffler.Digital hosted a series of digital workshops for youth as part of XYZines: a 4 month zine, artist book & digital residency at the Cedarbrae Toronto Public Library. The Koffler.Digital arm of XYZines was developed for and available to Scarborough youth aged 13-29, and focused on developing digital skills to help navigate politics, identity & justice through art production. Facilitated by local artists, each workshop aimed to bridge analogue & digital practices, engage participants in expressive methods of digital media-making, & introduce industry-standard practices oriented within DIY culture & political activism.

OCT. 23 & 29




OCT. 25



OCT. 27



NOV. 7



NOV. 8



NOV. 10



NOV. 15




In partnership with Paperhouse Outreach & Toronto Art Book Fair, Koffler.Digital hosted a series of digital workshops for youth as part of XYZines: a 4 month zine, artist book & digital residency at the Cedarbrae Toronto Public Library. The Koffler.Digital arm of XYZines was developed for and available to Scarborough youth aged 13-29, and focused on developing digital skills to help navigate politics, identity & justice through art production. Facilitated by local artists, each workshop aimed to bridge analogue & digital practices, engage participants in expressive methods of digital media-making, & introduce industry-standard practices oriented within DIY culture & political activism.



OCT. 23 & 29

VIRTUAL REALITY | Presented in partnership with Trinity Square Video, this workshop facilitated by Jonathan Carroll – a member of Toronto collective Tough Guy Mountain – will look at how to use a video game engine to tell new kinds of stories in interactive, immersive virtual reality using the free game engine Unity.

JONATHAN CARROLL | Jonathan Carroll is a game design artist who designs software as part of the collective Tough Guy Mountain & creator of the Brandscape, a studio for experimental digital art production. postcapitalist.club | @jonathaniscarroll




OCT. 25

ILLUSTRATE | Get ready to conquer the basics of InDesign & Photoshop, & to master the art of publication production. Participants will build their own mystical creatures inspired by personal tales. Together, a whole new world will be created & documented in the pages of a collaborative myth zine.

KENDRA YEE | Kendra is a Toronto-based artist, designer, & curator. kendrayee.com | @kendrayee




OCT. 27

CUT IT OUT | This workshop invites participants to reexamine & reinterpret materials available at the Cedarbrae library through the medium of paper cutting. In Chinese folk traditions, paper cutting has been used to decorate doors & windows to bring good luck, health & prosperity. In many ways, they are manifestations of the creator’s wishes. Using the resources available in the library as a starting point, participants will imagine the changes they wish to see in the future based on their findings of the past, emphasizing their role as changemakers in this process.


SHELLIE ZHANG | Shellie (b. 1991, Beijing, China) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto/Tkaronto, Canada. shelliezhang.com | @soft_turnip_cake




NOV. 7

PODCAST | Participants will learn the basics of podcast-making, using the digital tools to formulate their thoughts & ideas into a podcast, & learning how to get a podcast into people’s earbuds when it’s done.

ALIYA PABANI | Aliya is a multidisciplinary artist & host/producer of Canadaland's arts & culture podcast The Imposter. canadalandshow.com | @aliyapabani




NOV. 8

GRAPHIC DESIGN | Introducing participants to basic graphic design principals & Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, this workshop will take a hands-on approach to the process of designing a product. Participants will use the library as an archive of content to scan & modify into their own artwork, designed to be printed on tote bags.

AMARINDI NORBERT | Amarindi is a Toronto-based Multi-Disciplinary Graphic Designer specializing in UX & Interactive Design. | @amarindi




NOV. 10

INSTA STORY | Turning offline experiences into online storytelling, this workshop will take a closer look at our everyday surroundings; through means of writing & illustration we will turn these experiences into art. The focus of this workshop is to awaken one’s inner artist, emphasizing that the only tools you need are your senses. Ultimately the workshop will give participants a chance to successfully create a body of art that lives IRL & URL.

TABBAN SOLEIMANI | Tabban is 70% artist, 30% .gif maker & 100% hilarious. tabban.ca | @soft_turnip_cake
MEGHAN PROSPOER | Meghan is a creative writer based out of Toronto. | @_isthatmeg/




NOV. 15

COMICS | Challenging participants to expand their perceptions of storytelling through comics, this workshop will allow participants to develop their use of complexity, time, space & expression in their drawings. Participants will then be encouraged to use the tools provided to produce a one-page comic of their own.

WALTER SCOTT | Walter is an interdisciplinary artist working across writing, drawing, performance & sculpture. | wwalterscott.com



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