Join us in welcoming Gary Markle at the March Ocean Connector!

When: March 22, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00

Where: Wooden Monkey, 305-40 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS



Ocean of Promise:

Creativity and Collaboration in a New Nova Scotian Economy

The Atlantic Ocean has provided abundance to humans for millennia. Connecting creativity and innovation for a sustainable, ocean based-future is vital for the continued prosperity of Nova Scotia. Collaboration and stewardship are imperative in creating a bold economic vision, yet can be inspiring and challenging at the same time.

In this talk, Gary will be sharing his progress in developing new sustainable materials using ocean resources, such as, seaweed, chiton, and fish skin.

Gary MarkGary Marklele, BFA, MFA

Gary is an Associate Professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD U) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is currently the Chair of the Craft Division.

In 2013, together with Professor Glen Hougan, Gary was awarded a two-year Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CHIR) grant to investigate design for healthy ageing. Gary’s research was focused on garments for seniors. The aim was to design clothing that maintained dignity and balanced style and functionality, resulting in continued independence for the wearer. In the Fall of 2015, this research culminated in “Worn Well” a community based research project in partnership with Lunenburg based Buzz Holdings. In 2016, with Kim Morgan, Gary was awarded a grant through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to investigate SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) fibre for future research-creation purposes.

He also maintains a research-creation practice that focuses on site reactive instillation with materiality and community as a common thread connecting the various strands of his practice. Most recently participating in an Artist Residency with and Performance work commissioned as a collaborative work for The Floating Warren :Flotilla, Charlottetown PEI 2017.





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