Monthly Archives: April 2011

April 6, 2011

Design for Japan

Since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan’s Northwestern coast on March 11th, designers and artists all over the world have come together to create innovative designs or donate proceeds of their work to relief efforts. I love the idea of selling and sharing art to help the people of Japan.

“Help Japan” Poster by Signalnoise


Japan Clock” by Anna Marinenko


“Relief Tee” by Hide & Seek Clothing

Aside from creating art in response to the crisis in Japan, many artists at Etsy are donating percents of sales to charities, and in Atlanta Georgia two young artists are taking to the streets to sell their art for fundraising purposes. Share the creative ways you’ve seen money being raised for Japan in the comments below.

April 5, 2011

Fundraising with Tea for Japan Disaster Relief

Japan has been a great source of inspiration to Tea since 2002. Our classic Kimono jackets are a favorite every Fall, and many of our baby clothes were inspired by Japanese textiles. In 2008 our designers visited Japan and created our Fall 2009 line, where every item referenced a part of their journey through the country. When we heard about the Earthquake and Tsunami that hit the country on March 11th we, like many of you, asked ourselves how we could help.

On Tuesday April 5th we will be donating 20% of sales from participating customers to Give2Asia’s Japan Relief Effort. Shop online at Tea Collection and type “DONATE” into the Promo Code box in your cart when checking out. Tea will donate 20% of your order’s total to Give2Asia.

Give2Asia is a local San Francisco charity, and 95% of all donations raised for Japan’s Emergency Relief fund are divided among Japanese charities that are working on the ground to address disaster relief.  For more information you can check out Give2Asia’s Japan Relief Page here.

April 1, 2011

Snowflake – Barcelona’s Albino Gorilla

Back in college I took a film class and made a documentary comparing gorillas to my fellow college students.  Guess who was more civilized? Anyway, I spent a lot of time getting to know the lovely family group at the Pittsburgh Zoo and really fell in love. Since then, I’ve become really interested in great ape conservation. So when my friend sent me the above postcard from Barcelona I was pretty stoked to learn about an albino gorilla. Snowflake was one of the most popular residents at the Barcelona zoo. He has become a beloved icon of Barcelona and the embodiment of gorilla conservation. As soon as I learned we were doing Barcelona as a destination, I set out to design a shirt in tribute to a very special gorilla.

Watch the PBS special on Snowflake at HULU.

Check out these resources to learn more or contribute to gorilla conservation:

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Wildlife Conservation Society

Gorilla Project