There’s a gift-giving trend on the rise that has folks shopping for gifts that, in addition to making loved ones smile, benefit others and support a special cause!
For the art enthusiasts in your life, shop Generation Art, a limited edition product line available exclusively from Canadian design house, EQ3 (both in-store and online at EQ3.com). The collection includes notebooks, pillows, posters and more; and it’s raising awareness about social issues through art designed by nine young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30.
All of the proceeds from Generation Art purchases support Michaëlle Jean Foundation’s initiatives (the Arts Save Lives) to empower underprivileged youth. “EQ3 has partnered with the Michaëlle Jean Foundation because we strongly believe in the cause it serves and the ability for engagement of the entire EQ3 staff and customers across Canada. Art is a great tool which can help disenfranchised youth to find a way out of their complex social environments,” explains Peter Tielmann, President of EQ3.
I just love the stories behind these art-inspired goods and couldn’t resist pulling together a small gift guide for you with a few of my favourites…
Market Notebook, $3.99 (top-left) | Artists: Sophie Levesque, 22, Location: NB
World Beauty Notebook, $3.99 (bottom-right) | Artist: Sam Jarmasz, 20, Location: Winnipeg, MB
One More Time, One More Chance Flop Bean Bag Chair, $199.00 | Artist: Simon Yiu, 30, Location: Toronto, ON
World Beauty 14″ Pillow (top), $39.99 | Artist: Sam Jarmasz, 20, Location: Winnipeg, MB
For Nuture 22″ Pillow (bottom), $44.99 | Artists: Henry Raul Yu, 28 & Ian Keteku, 27, Location: Calgary, AB & Ottawa, ON
To shop the Generation Art collection and learn more about the stories behind the art, click here.
Michaëlle Jean Foundation
Facebook: Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation
“Purchasing a Generation Art product is such a wonderful way of giving back to underprivileged youth over the Holiday Season. For so many of them are struggling against the odds to transform their lives and bring about change in their communities. In their courage, creativity and innovative spirit, they deserve all the support we can give. That is why the Michaëlle Jean Foundation will reinvest all product proceeds into initiatives empowering marginalized youth to use the arts, their compassion and their sense of civic responsibility to build a better Canada,” said the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond, Co-Founders and Co-Chairs of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation.
Amy Walters is a Winnipeg-based design enthusiast and blogger. For more design inspiration from Amy, check out her blog aDESIGNdock.