Designer Susan Fiedler has unveiled a fundraising initiative called the East Van Cross Project that will benefit Pivot Legal Society, a leading Canadian human rights organization that uses the law to address the root causes of poverty and social exclusion in Canada. The project is inspired by the Monument for East Vancouver sculpture, which was created by Ken Lum from a graffiti symbol that has been in existence for several decades.
Fiedler is the first person to be granted a license from the City of Vancouver to reproduce the iconic East Van Cross in the form of jewellery.
“I have always loved the Monument For East Vancouver,” says the designer. “It is emblematic of East Van. I wanted to find a way to link the power of that emblem with the incredible work done by Pivot Legal Society. My experience with the F-Cancer initiative has shown me that I can put my connections and design skills to good use in the world. I am honoured that the City of Vancouver supported my vision and granted me the license to use the artwork.”
Katrina Pacey, executive director of Pivot Legal Society, says, “We are so excited and honoured that Susan has chosen our organization and the community we work with as the beneficiaries of her amazing art. The Monument for East Vancouver is an icon of the neighbourhood. It represents the place so many of our clients call home. Susan’s generosity will help us to continue to fight for the rights of marginalized people in this community.”
The first East Van Cross Pendant was auctioned off at Pivot Legal Society’s annual Passion for Justice fundraising event in November. Pendants are now available for pre-order at www.eastvancrossproject.com for $150 to $325 and $25 from each pendant sold will be donated to Pivot Legal Society. CJ