Pye Design practices sustainable graphic design. When creating print materials the toxicity of ink and paper and the sheer quantity of paper produced need to be considered. In addition to these factors there are other phases of the life cycle of products that need to be examined. To really determine the sustainability or carbon footprint of a product, one needs to follow it through its entire life cycle. Questions need to be raised about how much fuel is being used for shipping, what the final end product is, how long the life cycle is, and how long before the product ends up as waste. Whenever possible, Pye Design uses recycled stock and plant-based inks.
Amy is an Alumni Ambassador for Vancouver Island University. She frequently speaks to students - design, MBA and others - and reviews portfolios. Amy even acted as a “Dragon” for VIU’s own Dragon’s Den. As an Ambassador, she also answers questions that prospective students might have about VIU. Amy also speaks at local high schools and shows art students that it is actually possible to make a living in art!
Pye Design belongs to both the Young Professionals of Nanaimo, and the Young Professionals of the Comox Valley. Amy is a founding member of Nanaimo Business Connections and an Ambassador for the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce. Through these groups, Amy has had so many amazing opportunities such as; racing in Silly Boat, speaking at Lunch and Learns, and helping with poppy drives.
OUT & ABOUT
For the past three years, Amy has hosted a coat drive campaign called Share the Warmth. Collected coats are donated to the Salvation Army for Nanaimo’s needy. She also mans kettle bells for the Salvation Army at Christmas time. Through Pye Design, Amy discounts services and donates time to several local non-profits such as the Nanaimo Child Development Centre and Pacific Sport VI. Amy is also an ambassador for Vancouver Island Univeristy and happily provides guidance to prospective students. But volunteer work isn’t limited to our own backyard! Amy spent a month building houses in Tijuana, Mexico. In her younger years, Amy donated thousands of hours through the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and is now Reservist for the Royal Canadian Navy.
After enduring two knee surgeries, health and fitness became very important to Amy. Amy competes as a fitness model in bodybuilding competitions, and manages an online community where people, particularly women, can motivate and inspire each other. Through Pye Design, Amy is also happy to sponsor local sports teams.