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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Uneasy


























Hi, I am a returning OSF student.  I have been working on my brand, which is focussed on two different things.  It's called Uneasy.  I want to embrace two things that are at the opposite of the spectrum. It is bringing together the idea of pretty, but I hate that word and the idea of darkness.  It is sort of like me, people call me "Hippy-Punk".  It is changing people's perception of what pretty is, that pretty can also be dark and disturbing.

The theme of my board intertwines with my brand.  It includes a skull with horns that I drew by hand surrounded by flowers. My inspiration was my grandmother's garden: her flowers were beautiful and I really wanted to put them on a skateboard, with one of my own images to add some darkness.

I pressed the board using 7 sheets of Canadian Maple veneer; two of the veneers were colour infused red using Roar Rocket technology.  I cut out a custom pool deck shape then I rounded the edges.  I wood-burned the graphic and the logo, and water coloured the flowers red.  I incorporated balance into the design to make a more symmetrical design.  I also used line, which is emphasized with the wood-burning technique.

I am trying to change people's perception of pretty or beautiful with the board.  Making this board, I learned it is a lot more difficult trying to make a custom shape but it was worth it. I love my board!

Ramp Tramp


























Yo what’s up I’m a new student at OSF and I find myself liking the art and skateboarding world and this classroom is the perfect place to be in for the fact that you are surrounded by upcoming artists and teachers that will open your mind up to those worlds. This is my first board that I imagined and executed myself. My brand “Ramp Tramp” exists to empower people to skate anywhere without the fear of stereotyping. I believe everyone, bros and broads, are equal in the culture of skateboarding. This graphic represent two characters: the male character is rockin’ a hot pink bikini; the female character is killin’ it in some sick skater gear. I purposefully swapped what they stereotypically would be seen wearing to show how as women are still treated as objects and ornaments in the skate world.

This board was made with 7 maple veneers. The bottom layer was spraypainted with a limited colour palette that represents an old style pop/punk feeling that I’m trying to reflect in my Ramp Tramps brand. The graphic was designed as a mirror image of the two characters to represent leveling out the playing field. I wanted to make my logo look like a sticker, so I made the background a bit bigger to give the contour more pop and contrast. The style of my graphic is inspired by Bikini Kill (a riot grrrl band) and cartoons including Family Guy and Rick & Morty animations. I applied my graphic using a tape stencil and aligned each layer using carbon paper tracings. Cutting stencils can really suck sometimes and probably causes carpet Tunnel Syndrome (ha), but it’s a really effective and easy way to get an image on a board.

I am happy with how this board  turned out. Through the process I found that you really need to follow each step and spend extra time to align everything. You also need to be aware of cut marks being too deep; next time I will have less of a heavy hand! My next board will be 500 times better as I learned a lot about the process. I am super stoked to start to develop a logo and get input from my mentors at Anomaly.

Graphics & Woodworking partially done on OSF x MOVEMBER boards...wait till you see the completed boards...you'll definitely want to bid on one of these babies at Wednesday's auction to support men's health (Mo Decks event at Gladstone Hotel Wednesday 7pm)!


Photo: Graphics & Woodworking partially done on OSF x MOVEMBER boards...wait till you see the completed boards...you'll definitely want to bid on one of these babies at Wednesday's auction to support men's health (Mo Decks event at Gladstone Hotel Wednesday 7pm)!

Siiick OSF x ANDREW POMMIER collab shop deck in the works for January 2015 launch...students are Stoooked!


Photo: Siiick OSF x ANDREW POMMIER collab shop deck in the works for January 2015 launch...students are Stoooked!

Event: OSFxMOVEMBER Toronto skateboards auctioned as a fundraiser for men's physical & mental health this Wednesday!


Photo: Event: OSFxMOVEMBER Toronto skateboards auctioned as a fundraiser for men's physical & mental health this Wednesday!

National Post online has another photo of OSF student work for sale at the new SPACING store:

























http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/11/20/spacings-new-retail-store-has-everything-a-person-of-the-ur-toronto-type-would-ever-need/#

@CraigOSF: Proud TDSB Students celebrating with their Toronto themed products included in the SPACING Store Launch today! http://t.co/1BIKi8cXOJ


Photo: @CraigOSF: Proud TDSB Students celebrating with their Toronto themed products included in the SPACING Store Launch today! http://t.co/1BIKi8cXOJ

OSF student designed boards for $120 in the new SPACING store at 401 Richmond as promoted by National Post




Photo: OSF student designed boards for $120 in the new SPACING store at 401 Richmond as promoted by National Post

TDSB's Oasis Skateboard Factory products for the new SPACING Magazine Toronto Store featured in National Post (Friday, Nov. 21, 2014)


Photo: TDSB's Oasis Skateboard Factory products for the new SPACING Magazine Toronto Store featured in National Post today!

Building a composite sculpture of 6 skaters doing 1 trick (OSF x SCULPTRAITS 3D printing)...next step: morphing into Rats!


Photo: Building a composite sculpture of 6 skaters doing 1 trick (OSF x SCULPTRAITS 3D printing)...next step: morphing into Rats!

Full body scan of a casper-flip (OSF x SCULPTRAITS 3D printing)...


Photo: Full body scan of a casper-flip (OSF x SCULPTRAITS 3D printing)...

Gr12 OSF Art Students visualizing 3D printing collab sculpture at SCULPTRAITS


Photo: Gr12 OSF Art Students visualizing 3D printing collab sculpture at SCULPTRAITS

Check out OSF Toronto themed boards on sale at the new SPACING Store


Photo: Check out OSF Toronto themed boards on sale at the new SPACING Store opening tomorrow!

OSF x MOVEMBER skateboards being pressed...


Photo: OSF x MOVEMBER skateboards being pressed...

OSF designer demonstrates the stool she made out of old skate parts at CONS PROJECT last week...


Photo: OSF designer demonstrates the stool she made out of old skate parts at CONS PROJECT last week...

Detail of OSF x MOVEMBER skateboards in process for the fundraiser Nov. 26 at the Gladstone Hotel


Photo: Detail of OSF x MOVEMBER skateboards in process for the fundraiser Nov. 26 at the Gladstone Hotel

OSF (Toronto) x ROADSWORTH (Montreal) boards in process...


Photo: OSF (Toronto) x ROADSWORTH (Montreal) boards in process...