Valérie d. Walker       indigo.val@gmail.com

Valérie d. Walker is a force of nature, alchemyst, trans-media artist, curator, educator & faculty researcher in Technoculture, Arts and Gaming (TAG)/Hexagram, the Fine Arts Research Facility of Concordia University in Montréal exploring tactile,wearable gaming interfaces.  

Valérie teaches surface design, fibre structures, computational arts (programming & electronics), radio, digital media & studio arts at all levels.  V has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (S/W&H/W) from the University of California at Berkeley & MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art &Design University (NSCAD U.)  in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Her volunteer experience with artist run centres is diverse; currently V is an artist member of ELAN – Québec's, advisory board.

Valerie’s art-work blends blends analogue and digital medias, craft, circuits, environmentally beneficial processes, tactility, solar power, memory & storytelling in an Afro-Futuristic Griot manner.  Valérie exhibits Trans-Media & Performative Installation art works in Canada and internationally.
EDUCATION

2007     Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Masters of Fine ArtsHalifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

1989     University of California-Berkeley, College of Engineering, Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, (software & hardware), California, USA.
TEACHING & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2010 –present  E-space EspaceFibre.com creator/programmer/director, downtown artist studios & exhibition space, Montréal, www.espacefibre.com.

2013 –present  Research Faculty, TAG (TechnoCulture, Arts & Gaming) - HexaGram: focus on Tactile & Wearable Interfaces, Digital Technology, TransMedia, social-cultural techno-awareness & empathy in gaming, Concordia University, Montréal. tag.hexagram.ca/people.

2007 -present  Professor, School of Fine Arts, Design & Computational Arts, Material Practices, part-time faculty of Fine Arts Concordia University, Montréal. explore.concordia.ca/valerie-d-walker.

2010  Professor, MFA-Inter-Disciplinary Arts, Goddard College, VT.

2010 -09 Instructor, Digital Education Workshop, Google it up!, Studio XX, Montreal.

2007-05  Instructor, Natural Dyeing for a Small Planet, NSCAD Univ. Textiles/Craft, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

2005 Teaching Assistant and Guest Lecturer, “Intro to Dyeing”, NSCAD Textiles area, with Professor Naoko Furue, redesigned textiles to deal with dyes in a safe and environmentally aware manner.

2007-05  Instructor, Natural Dyeing for a Small Planet, NSCAD Univ. Textiles/Craft, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

2006 Teaching Assistant and Guest Lecturer, “Intro to Structures”, NSCAD Textiles area with Prof. Sandra Brownlee, recipient of the 2014 Governor General visual & media arts 

2005–6 Web audio and web site creation for artists, NSCAD Univ. Media Arts, Halifax, NS, Canada.

2006 Teaching Assistant and Guest Lecturer, Introduction to Media arts, NSCAD with Professor Jan Peacock, recipient of the 2012 GovernorGeneral visual & media arts.

2003 Instructor, QTVR for Visual Artists: from planning the shoot to online presentation, OBORO, Montréal, Canada.

2001 Instructor, Advanced Photoshop for multimedia and graphic artists, Studio XX, Montréal, (QC), Canada.

2001 Guest Instructor, Fibers 360, Concordia University, Natural Indigo Vat Dyeing and Shibori-zomé.

1998 Instructor, Safflower and Indigo Dyeing, Centre de Recherche et Design en Impression Textile de Montréal, a CEGEP craft arts college, Montréal. 
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