Who are we?
A Pop-Up Affair is a collective of new designers and makers, that creates opportunities to promote new design and creative conversations.
Founded by a group of award winning designers who all met during their recent design education at Emily Carr University, A Pop-Up Affair is a growing and fluid testing ground for design ideas and experiences, in a low risk environment.
What are we doing now?
We’ve rented a studio at Makerlabs, a creative space with tools and classes to help the local community build projects and prototype their ideas. Here we meet to have conversations about our goals, and work collaboratively both on prototypes and the growth of the collective.
We've spent the last couple of months in this space planning our inaugural exhibition Peep Show, taking place during Vancouver Design Week in September 2014.
Through the concept of ‘Transparency’, Peep Show brings education, design rationale and the creative process to the surface as a way to question and provoke the current modes of consumption. Peep Show features the work created within our collective, and work by other creatives, makers, artists and designers from the community. We are growing our network locally, establishing connections with others who share the same values of promoting the growth of Vancouver's creative community.
Why do we need your support?
As new graduates, our resources are limited and developing new ideas, projects and products costs money. Your contribution goes towards the costs involved with the production and promotion of Peep Show, an integral part in launching A Pop-Up Affair as a force in the Vancouver creative community.
Your support will help us to solidify A Pop-Up Affair and our impact on the Vancouver Design community. In a city where design conversation can be sometimes exclusive and limited to certain creatives, we’d like to create a fun and accessible show that allows people to experience design in a new way.
We are trying to create opportunities for ourselves and others to produce and sell local work, therefore stimulating local economies. It will help generate exciting conversations around design and encourage different and new ways of thinking. By supporting this you are not only supporting us directly as designers but the community we are a part of, and those who join in the future; helping to improve the design community in Vancouver, shifting the way design is consumed and understood.
What do we hope to do in the future?
With your support we hope to expand A Pop Up Affair beyond the week-long Peep Show. We will develop speaker series, design workshops, and more exhibitions to pop-up across Vancouver, and with enough work and a little luck, across Canada.
Some themes for potential speaker series/design workshops/exhibitions include:
- local production & manufacturing
- design entrepreneurship
- defining Canadian design
- collaboration between mediums and disciplines
Risks and challenges
One of the challenges associated with having an event that includes product sales is balancing our sales and manufacturing techniques to make our products accessible to a wide demographic of people. We hope to make all of our products locally, (ideally at MakerLabs) and we want to price them so that the neighboring community of people who are going to be attending our event can afford to purchase and use these designs.
Through our education in both communication and industrial design we have learned the skills that are needed to face these challenges. From social media communications and face to face public outreach, to sustainable product design and the analysis of manufacturing techniques, we feel that all of our skills together position us to overcome these obstacles (and truly shine!)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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