MAU (Makers Artists United) is a long-term artist-initiated project by Elisa Yon. The project aims to bring together artists, designers and makers to reimagine the function of souvenirs for Vancouver’s Chinatown. The project serves as a platform to examine, interpret and highlight lesser-known histories, stories and issues affecting the Chinatown community. An interdisciplinary and collaborative approach is embedded in all MAU projects. Since 2018, multiple projects have been completed, including MAU Calendar Project, Pinafore Project and Solidarity Forever.
The 2021 MAU Calendar is an artist and community-driven publication that engages local artists, communication designers, writers and makers in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Now in its third year, the limited edition Risograph printed calendar continues to capture a contemporary portrait of the community and is inspired by traditional rice paper Chinese lunar calendars. Through contributed family food recipes, poetry, original writings, histories and signature community events and cultural holidays, the calendar is both a historical record and artist publication. The 2019 and 2020 editions were accepted into the UBC Rare Books and Special Collections and Emily Carr University Library Artist Book Collection.
The 2021 MAU Calendar edition features artists Jamie Loh, Cindy Mochizuki, Hue Nguyen, Stella Zheng and the following creative team:
Megan Chen is a Communication Designer & Illustrator currently based in Vancouver, BC. Her work is focused primarily on print & publication design, and she is especially fond of collaborative projects that employ design as a storytelling tool for exploring cultural identity.
Triet Pham is a Communication Design currently based in Vancouver, BC. His practice focuses on visual identity, publication design, creative direction, and type design. He is interested in collaborative projects that use design as a means to examine cultural identity and address social issues.
Melanie Kwan is a communications designer living on the unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Watuth and Squamish peoples. Born and raised in Vancouver, she has a focused interest in typesetting and publishing design. In 2015, she created the blog Lands of Plenty, which aims to share personal stories and illustrations centred around the intersecting themes of food, migration, and cultural memory.
Christine Wong is originally from Hong Kong where she studied Chinese Language and Literature. She holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Simon Fraser University. She is passionate about intercultural communication and enjoys teaching Cantonese, Chinese culture and Eastern philosophy. She is an instructor at Langara College and SFU Continuing Studies. Her ongoing projects include The Cantonese Project, Leaf Behind and WALKchinatown.
Elisa Yon is an interdisciplinary artist based in Vancouver's Chinatown. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Applied Art from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Her interest in site, place and community-responsive work is explored through architecture, critical design, social practice and public art. elisayon.com | @elisa.yon