Building the GDC Foundation, one garage sale at a time

Designers de-clutter in aid of fundraising effort

Along with celebrating national Beers with Peers mixers, three GDC Chapters held Junk & Gems Pop-up Studio Sales in October, 2016. Congratulations go to the Saskatchewan North, Alberta North and Vancouver Island Chapters which, together, raised $615 for the GDC Foundation. Other chapters will follow suit as they fit the sale/event into their busy schedules.

Jim Hudson design
Design by Jim Hudson CGD

Vancouver Island Chapter's sale in Victoria, on a rainy Saturday, proffered many books on design, web, logos, marketing, self-promotion and creativity. Digging through the magazine table unearthed some mint condition Critique and Print editions. One could pick up Pantone guides, a portable iPhone speaker, posters, stocking stuffers, and a handful of lead type. There were three demonstrations over a four-hour period in the spacious venue at the Bully Design Co storefront studio. Intimate demonstrations showcased calligraphy by Alice Young CGD, traditional sign painting by Chris Dobell, and hand-to-vector illustration with iPad Pro & Illustrator CC by Matt Salik.

People mingled, chatted and drank hot chocolate while they picked up bargains. We saw GDC members, students, drop-ins, friends, and several educators who purchased items for their students.

Alberta North hosted Beers for Peers and Design Book Sale on October 13 at Situation Brewery in Edmonton. Members were encouraged to contribute a bag of used design and art books to the pop-up sale. There was also a brewery tour to go along with the mixer and books.

Saskatchewan North has six bins of books left (for another time!) from their successful sale. They had a great event thanks to now retired member Chris Dally, who donated most of his old studio materials to the sale, including nearly every design book you can think of.

We all agreed it was a great chance to clear stuff from our studios and pass it along to others. This could become a national tradition!

All proceeds were donated to the GDC Foundation, to help build a fund to assist students and designers with scholarships, grants and a benevolent fund. Since 2012, $3,000 in scholarships have been awarded, supported by Casey Hrynkow FGDC and the Alberta North Chapter. When the fund reaches a sustainable level, further scholarships, grants and a benevolent fund will become available.

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