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Artists as Writers: Morris, Kathleen

Artist Biography

MORRIS, Kathleen

Graduate of OCAD University

Areas of Expertise

Craft, Textiles, Making, Education and Teaching


Kathleen Morris is a maker, educator, researcher, and craft advocate. She holds a Bachelor of Design from OCAD University, and a Master's degree from the University of Toronto, with a research concentration in craft pedagogy and practice in a 21st century context. Her Master's thesis, Emerging Views on Making, was awarded the 2014 Arts Researchers and Teachers Society (ARTS) Graduate Research Award. Kathleen's textile work has been exhibited at Prime Gallery, the Craft Ontario Gallery, David Kaye Gallery, the Guild Shop, and Craftworks. Her public commissions include projects for Toronto's Metro Hall and Ontario's Expo pavilion, and her private commissions include innumerable film and theatrical assignments. Kathleen has written for a range of publications and periodicals including The Textiles Society of America Conference Proceedings, the Journal for Modern Craft, Studio Magazine, Handwoven, Weavers, Ontario Craft, Craft News, and the Surfacing Journal. She formerly ran the Ontario Crafts Council's Resource Centre, more recently serving on the Craft Ontario Board and Executive Committee. Kathleen is a lecturer at OCAD University in the department of Material Art and Design. In 2014, she worked as project coordinator on 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.

Image and biography from Morris' profile on OCADU.

Writing by Kathleen Morris

Please note that not all works are available through the OCADU library. To acquire one of these works through Interlibrary Loan or other means, please contact the library for assistance.

"You are not a lemming: the imagined resistance of craft citizenship," Journal for Modern Craft. Vol 8.4 (2016). Read article online.

"On the body: Paul McClure," Metal Arts Guild magazine, 2016. Read article online.

"Emerging views on making: Fibre graduates reflect on their practice," MA Thesis, University of Toronto. (2013)  Read thesis online.

Positioning craft within higher education, Studio magazine, S/S. (2012/13)

"The stigma of fabrication: craft education in the 21st century," Textile Society of America Proceedings, 2012.  Read article online.

Craft as an attitude: response, Studio magazine, F/W. (2011/12)

"Cut Warp and Weft Flowers," Handwoven, Jan/Feb 2008, 60-63.

"Silk Pinwheels," Handwoven, Mar/Apr 2001, 49-54.

Breaking the Grid, Weaver's, Interweave Press, Summer 1999, 48-49, 71

Review, Surfacing Journal, December 1995.

"Conference: Out of School," Surfacing Journal, Vol 17, no.2, Winter 1994, 9-10.

"In Print," CraftNews, vol 17 no.4, May/April 1992. 9.

"In Print," CraftNews, vol 18 no.1, Oct/Nov 1992.

"Commentary: In Praise of Solidarity," Ontario Craft, Vol 17 no. 2, Summer 1992, 30.

Online Resources