Presenters 2017

Keynote speaker

We are extremely pleased to announce our keynote speaker, artist-ethnographer Dr. Andrew Causey. Dr. Causey is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Department at Columbia College, Chicago, and comes to SKiP 2017 on the heels of his recent publication Drawn to See: Drawing as an Ethnographic Method in which he offers insights, inspiration and techniques to explore sketching as a means of making close observations, and as a way to interpret and translate research. The average person reads and interprets thousands of images per day–not surprisingly doing most of it with little more than a glance. According to Dr. Andrew Causey, the cost of this massive amount of processing is that we end up missing the deep content and context of the surfaces  around us

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Kara Sievewright  and Robin Folvik

Kara Sievewright and co-presenter Robin Folvik are  members of the The Graphic History Collective, (GHC) a group of activists, artists, writers, and researchers passionate about comics, history and social change. Session title: Remember | Resist | Redraw: Creating Radical Graphic History Posters

Workshop overview:  The Graphic History Collective (GCH) is a group of activists, artists, writers, and researchers passionate about comics, history, and social change. In 2017, we launched a collaborative project called Remember | Resist | Redraw: A Radical History Project to critically intervene in the Canada 150 conversation. With this project, the GHC hopes to encourage people to critically examine history in ways that can fuel our radical imaginations and support struggles for radical change in 2017 and beyond.

This workshop will introduce participants to the work of the Graphic History Collective and the radical history poster project. We will explore questions of storytelling, ethics, and representing graphic histories and introduce and practice various hand-drawn techniques for poster design including lettering, tracing and drawing with and over historical images. Using some of these techniques and inspiration from other radical posters, the participants will create their own posters. We will encourage participants to bring images, quotes, and stories of movements or histories that they or their communities have been part of that they would want to document as a radical history poster.
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Lorraine WhiteWilkinson Arts Educator/Sessional Instructor dept of Education SFU

Session title:  Sketching Off the Page

Workshop overview:  Sketching Off the Page takes drawing into the 3-dimensional realm and into a full body physical expression of the elements of visual art as they intersect with the elements of movement. As an experiential learning workshop, participants are taken through a full body warm up that introduces the elements of dance and warms up the mind to creative possibilities linking the visual page to embodied representations.  The act of solo and co-operative sketching on paper weaves its way into  remarkable ‘sketchings off the page’ : sketchings that invite a sense of presence that  moves from the connection of pencil to paper, into body-to-body connections through dance, which further invite the connections of heart and mind.  These connections are revealed as complex and profound as they challenge and broaden the perception of what sketching is and what it can be.

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Katarina (Kat) Thorsen: artist, creative engagement facilitator

Session title:  Molly- a true crime analysis online graphic novel

Presentation: Participants will learn about Katarina’s 14+ year involvement in Canada’s most important unsolved cold case- The Babes in the Wood (as profiler, researcher, now writer/illustrator) and how she now uses an online weekly serial format (Jan 15-Nov 19 2017) to present her work.  Participants will learn:

• about the case and how Katarina got involved
• how her relationship with the case evolved over time
• how drawing is essential to the work
• how the decision to go online came about
• the importance of visual storytelling and the use of music to enhance the experience
• simple visual techniques to tell their own story

Katarina will share openly about her passion project/life’s work through audiovisual and take the participants through a Lynda Barry inspired story project.

Session title:  Drawn Together Wheatpaste/Street Art Project

Workshop overview: Participants will:

• learn how creative engagement builds connections, creates safe space and fosters dialogue
• learn about the use of street art techniques to engage community
• experience hands on drawing and wheatpaste techniques and as a group create a mural.
Kat uses a friendly “follow me” approach that takes the participants through in depths drawing techniques.  The resulting drawings are cut out and used in a group mural.
No previous drawing experience necessary
Project tools will be supplied

Note: these are two separate presentations.  Find out more about Katarina (Kat) Thorsen at


SKiP Alumni! Vjeko Sager is an  artist, educator and curator, awarded, exhibited and represented in public and private collections in Canada, Japan, Hungary, Italy, USA and former Yugoslavia.

Session title:  Creative Nomad

Live sketching demonstration / performance: I practice “nomadic creativity” on a daily basis. I carry a portable studio (backpack filled with drawing & sketching materials) and a sketchbook, looking for hidden corners in coffee shops, where I sketch and draw my ideas. Over time, this ritual has evolved into a large body of works (containing more than thousand drawings).
My presentation involves setting up a pop-up studio and performing my sketching rituals. Additionally, I will  present my sketchbooks and engage in a conversation with SKIP’s participants. This project/presentation aspires to stimulate creativity and promote sketching as the most versatile and engaging creative strategy.

Find out more about Vjeko Sager’s work at: <>  or download a copy of his recent works: Vjeko Sager WORKS 2016

Gabe Wong: graphic designer

Session title:  Reclaiming Writing –  Adapting Writing Systems as an Expression of Cultural Autonomy

Workshop overview: Writing is a visual act. How we write is an expression of our culture. Through different orthographies, the form of our writing is loaded with meaning, creating references to a culture’s history and relationships. Often, a writing system can be seen as a product and tool of colonization and assimilation, and once it exists, it cannot be taken away. By reclaiming the way we write and taking ownership of our own writing system, we can also take ownership of our own culture and identity. Even a subtle change in the way we write can be an expression of our individual and cultural autonomy.
In this workshop, participants will sketch and develop alternative ways of writing that best represent their culture or history. Culture in this workshop is wide ranging, it can refer to a nation, but can also refer to groups with shared experiences, e.g. second-generation or queer culture. Participants can draw and develop new glyphs, draw new calligraphic approaches or explore different ways to writing. They will then share their developments, through their novel writing, with their peers.
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SKiP Alumni! Suk Kyoung Choi is a Korean artist and current PhD candidate at the School of Interactive Arts
and Technology, SFU. Her work examines metaphors of artistic process in order to understand the nature of transformation between experience and knowledge.

Session title:How smooth is a mountain? Exploring the texture of lived space.

Workshop overview: We attempt to communicate when we draw, but how do we connect conceptual form with the marks we make? Does this connection suggest we live in similar or very different visual worlds?This workshop explores the use of drawing to explore the textural geometry of embodied space. The workshop will take the form of a mediated experiment where participants sketch their interpretation of an automatically generated inspirational phrase describing a scene. Starting from a brief presentation of my research interest in the conceptual metaphors of texture and their relationship to environmental frequency, we will explore our individually embodied understandings of the space – time we inhabit. This exercise offers an increased awareness of how meaning is wrapped up in embodied (personal) metaphor, and a deeper understanding of how we may access previously hidden dimensions of experience. Come to experiment, explore, reflect, and engage in imaginative play! Drawing reaches into the subconscious: If you can
feel you can draw. All levels of drawing welcome.

Find out more about Suk Kyoung Choi   at

Stef Lenk is an artist, graphic designer and medical illustrator.  She is currently a PhD researcher at Freie University Berlin.

Session title: Peripatetic lines: on reading (and ‘writing’) wordless stories

Workshop overview: The intent of this workshop is to introduce the skill of ‘reading images’ without language as a crutch. I will present two self-created wordless graphic narratives; participants will ‘read’ and then write their interpretations down. We will then share and compare these interpretations, discussing what does and doesn’t work (relative to the initial goals of the narratives), how visual stories differ from text narratives in terms of reading experience, and how visual metaphor can open up a story to create more universal significance to audiences.

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Patrick Pennefather has been integrating visual note taking and low fidelity cave drawings in many an ideation session that he’s facilitated with learners and clients from a wide cross-section of the digital media industry at the MDM Program where he’s taught for almost 10 years. He is currently writing his first book on the perils of teaching and learning in VR.

Session title: What tool when: Developing a vocabulary of visual heuristics

Workshop overview: Facilitating learners with clients in meetings and ideation sessions in a project-based learning environment is a complicated yet rewarding teaching and learning opportunity. Participants will learn a vocabulary of strategic maps that learners at the MDM Program draw from to organize sessions, rapidly generate ideas visibly, align stakeholders on prioritized needs, identify problems to solve, propel projects forward within limited time-frames and more. Participants will also be exposed to specific use-cases where strategic maps were used in addition to trigger phrases that led teams to draw from specific visual tools and maps during ideation sessions with clients. 

Find out more about Patrick Pennefather at: CDM profile: and blog:

More to come…