Joanne Jin (b.1987. Seoul) is a multidisciplinary Toronto-based artist, designer, maker, idea person who primarily deals with textiles. She recently obtained her bachelor of design at OCAD University (formerly known as Ontario College of Art + Design) where she specialized in fibre art and design. She briefly studied at Capilano University in Vancouver,BC where she took media art (compromised of photography, video art/ film, and performance art), drawing and painting.


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Recently Released: August 28, 2012

Fantastic album to listen to when you are winding down on a weekday evening over tea.


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Cool patterns made from a software called DATA-DADA; made with processing.

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The Right Mindset for Success

About 2 weeks ago I was fired from my bartending job. After graduating from University back in May, I got in a bicycle accident and I was bedridden for about a month and a half. This event unfortunately set me back financially, especially I graduated with a student loan debt.

The moment I was able to stand back on my feet and was able to use my arms again the only thing on my mind was to find a job that was going to make me quick cash. My bartending job was going great until I was called down by the general manager and delivered the news that I wasn’t the “right fit for a 24 hour diner”. It didn’t have anything to do with my performance, even though I asked them multiple times for a reason but he said it wasn’t for any personal reasons; it was just a feeling that he had after with me trying out the job. I was devastated; I didn’t look forward to having to find another job, the task seemed daunting. Also I have been never fired from a job before so this rejected feeling was all new to me.

I was so upset, I couldn’t walk on the sidewalk home but instead I wove through side streets and alleyways crying. After being consoled by roommates and friends few hours later I discovered this podcast from the Havard Business Review. It was titled, "The Right Mindset for Success".

It was an interview with the author of the book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck, who is also a professor at Standford University.

I wanted to share this podcast with you because not only it was inspiring, it was encouraging. It made me want to instantly pick myself up again and keep trying. She talks about the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. I wanted to be a growth mindset so I changed up my act and attitude right away and I was online looking for jobs. Few days later I was booking job interviews which eventually led me to a new job, new internship and continuing education classes.

Have a listen.

Patti Smith, Solo Exhibition to be held at the Art Gallery of Ontario in February 2013

Patti Smith: Camera Solo

Iconic Artist, Musician, and Poet, Patti Smith's work will be presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) this Winter. AGO will be “featuring over 75 works of photography, objects and film, on view from Feb. 9 to May 19, 2013. Best known for her profound influence on the nascent punk rock scene in the late 1970s and 80s, the exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to experience a different side of this rock icon through her inspired expression in the visual arts” (Marketwire)


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David Byrne & St. Vincent - ‘Who’

Interview: Marissa Webb, Fashion Designer (American)

Tonight has been a great evening to just relax at home, order in some food and catch up on New York Fashion Week shows online. Marissa Webb, former head designer of womenswear at J.Crew of 11 years was interviewed by Maria Denardo of fashionweekdaily.com so I took a break from the fashion shows and read this interview and this particular Q&A caught my eye because right now at this moment, I am a poor, struggling, aspiring designer and I felt really inspired after reading this:

Q: What was life like as a struggling designer?
A: I lived in Hoboken in a tiny little hole with one roommate. I ate Ramen noodles every day. Back then, you could buy four for 25 cents. I could afford one bag of M&Ms out of the vending machine. Now, of course, things have changed. I live a couple blocks from my showroom on 11th Street.”
- Marissa Webb, former womenswear designer of J.Crew for 11 years

NYFW Spring 2013 Review: Alexander Wang

Saturday morning I woke up to my friend Andrea leaving me this message on my facebook wall:

"Live stream the Wang show tonight at 5. Gonna blow your mind."

Now the girl is currently interning for Alexander Wang in New York so I thought she was just being supportive of the brand, didn’t think much of it. I thought “Oh yeah it’s going to be the typical Wang look, the leather, black and white, open knits.” Unfortunately I couldn’t live stream the show because I had to run off to the TIFF event to set up my art work so the next day she posted this on my wall knowing that I haven’t watched the show yet:

Now I HAD to watch the show pronto. Did Alexander Wang just tap into wearable technology?!?! Most wearable technology garments tend to look tacky and nerdy and my primary focus when making wearable technology work is being conscious of this issue and being cautious with my designs. I try hard to really harmonize fashion and technology together. This body of work is a great example of a well thought out and executed wearable technology.

Aside from that, I loved the tailored shirts with the cut out design on the back, the cut outs strung with thread? yarn? shorts, the shift dresses at the end of the show — this sure was a collection for the books.

Here are some of my top picks:

Shlohmo - Rained The Whole Time (Nicholas Jaar Remix)

NYFW Spring 2013 Review: Helmut Lang

Have you been watching some of the live streams online for the New York Fashion Week 2013 shows? I just watched Helmut Lang Spring 2013 and I wasn’t into all of the garments shown. There was some interesting line work, color blocking, cuts (which I love), but in this collection Helmut Lang showcased lot of digital prints as well. I was kind of surprised by the type of prints they used which incorporated digitally manipulated doily prints (???), and the color fuchsia (?). Helmut Lang Spring 2013 was a departure away from their typical sophisticated edgy style but instead more relaxed and delicate. This collection is like a mix of Stella McCartney and Prabal Gurung aesthetic in my opinion.

"Apparently this is what happens in the fins of a squid when listening to Cypress Hill’s ‘Insane in the Brain’! Although squids do not have ears, they react to the impulses when audio is converted to an electrical signal. This was then applied to the dorsal side of the caudal fin of the squid. The fins of a squid contain chromatophores; pigmented cells that come in three different colours, lined with up to 16 muscles. When these are stimulated the muscles contract en their colour is revealed. Definately insanity within these membranes!!"

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