September is an important and transitional month in Vancouver. The shift in weather tends to remind us of the value of indoor activities that are more intellectual and culturally fulfilling rather than decidedly hedonistic. Labour Day is soon followed by Swarm and The Fringe Festival and as the month marches on we get the Vancouver International Film Festival and IDS West. Each of these events showcases the fruits of the Vancouver art community’s labours.
Between the bigger shows though, the good work continues. Young designers and entrepreneurs are starting to converge and collaborate more cohesively. There is a new generation of twenty to thirty-somethings who are stepping up and opening food, fashion, photography, advertising, and design services in these areas just east and west of Main Street. Old Neighborhoods are giving rise to the new. These places are the perfect incubators for people who are just starting out and don’t have all the money in the world but enough business acumen and desire to make up for it. It’s Vancouver’s own Renaissance. Make no mistake.
The Vancouver Design Bureau is a new collective made up of a rotating roster of Vancouver based designers. This first manifestation consists of a group of friends and peers who have set up their practices in the Chinatown vicinity. VDB’s first show, Perched, is an exhibition that offers a look into what Vancouver’s newest generation of innovators are doing to foster culture. The method: thirteen unique renditions of an aviary house that represent each designer’s particular aesthetic or conceptual sense.
This is the DIY capital of Canada. What says Do It Yourself more than a birdhouse? Perched is more than a show about people making birdhouses. There is a message about the significance of people from many different places and walks of life flocking together and building lives exactly as they always wanted it. No compromises. This is what Vancouver is all about: potential. Each piece in the show is a reminder to be fearless, to make friends, to collaborate, to shape your life and your surroundings into a place that defies comparison.
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All pieces are made locally and will be for sale at Maai Living while supplies last.
157 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, bc, v6b 1h4
Tuesday-Saturday: 11am-6pm Sunday: 1-5pm | maailiving.ca
September 22nd–October 21st, 2012
Opening Reception: September 21st, 7–11pm
Light refreshments will be served
Live music by The DJ Trike
Flower arrangements by Scentrepiece Florist
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Darcy Greiner & Joel Smith
Jeffrey Liu & Andrew Siu
Ian Simpson & Angus Wong