Oh Japan
Most Crafters like musicians are excellent at coming together for a cause. Nearly every crafter we know has a special relationship with Japan for inspiration, materials or personal connections, so its no surpise that makers all over melbourne are also contributing to a growing list of crafters worldwide trying to raise funds to help the people of Japan recover from the devastating effects of the recent earthquakes. There is now a long list of places where you can either contribute works for sale or spend your hard earned cash as part of the fundraising efforts. So check out the links below and either whip up or pick up some amazing work.

NYC Japanese American native Ayumi Horie has put together an amazing aray of illustration painting, ceramic and textile works for an online auction taking place March 24 - 27. HML favourites Sarajo Freidan, Camilla Engman and Lisa Solomon are amongst the contributing list of serious craft superstars so get in early and make a bid.


Local jeweller Natalia Milosz-Piekarska is organising a contemporary jewellery acution to raise money for the Red Cross Disaster relief and rescue services. Regular readers will know that much of Natalia's work is based around the idea of protective amulets and luck bearing talismans, so naturially she's linkedthis idea with that of providing some much needed ongoing protection via this brilliant local fundraiser. The auction is tentatively scheduled somewhere between the 18th and 19th of April and will feature a star studded list of our best local talent, all donating one piece to the kitty. This people will be unmissable.

One of my favourite illustration blog/shop/websites will be giving 100% of the net profit from the sale of Tokyo-bsed artist Mogu Takahashi's Chotto Omoshiroi poster to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society. it's only $10 US plus shipping so it's a little spend to give a lot of love.


The lovely Ebony Bizys of Hello Sandwich is selling her most excellent Gift Wrapping Zine for $5.00 will all profits going to Japan. She also has a list of other links to other peeps with whom you can donate or volunteer. Of course there are loads of other people out there who are advertising where to find fundraising craft for Japan, and in fact if you google' craft fundraising Japan' you'll probably be busy all afternoon. But just to make things easier here's a little short list of links to get you started:


Happy making and happy shopping ! BECK

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