18 Mar 2011

helping japan

Sadly it appears the crisis in Japan is not ending any time soon. Seeing the devastation on television and online can leave one feeling powerless and unsure of what they can do to help.

Happily, I know three great artists and designers offering to donate 100% of the proceeds from sales of their work to Japan: Mike Perry, Satsuki Shibuya and Emi Tamaru.

Fellow Minneapolis College of Art and Design alumnae, Mike Perry, is a prolific artist and designer who works in a variety of mediums. From now until March 31, he has pledged to donate 100% of any purchase from his online store, whether one spends $10 or $5000. Items for sale include original artwork, prints, zines and objects. Perry reported on Facebook yesterday he just hit $6000 and hopes to raise another $4000 to reach his personal goal of $10,000 for Japan.

Satsuki Shibuya, my former student, proprietress of Zakka Nouveau and recent graduate of Otis College of Art and Design, created stitch+connect to benefit Japan. Her project offers two ways to be involved. First, Shibuya is seeking donations of fabric remnants as material for the stitch+connect products. More information about stitch+connect is available at the Zakka Nouveau Etsy shop. Don’t have any extra fabric? Then visit the Etsy shop to buy one special product each day made from a combination of those donated. 100% of the sales from stitch+connect (minus shipping + materials) will be donated to the purchaser’s choice from a list of charities.

Otis junior Emi Tamaru is also taking action. She is selling adorable plush toys created with her fellow junior, Lane Kinkaid. The link to her Etsy store seems to be broken, but check back to her blog for an update.