Tokyo fashion designer Aya Noguchi (her company is Balcony & Bed) and I have been collaborating for five years now, so, when the Tohoku triple disaster struck, we agreed to collaborate on a garment to raise money for the people stranded in the shelters, both of us donating all of whatever we would have made from this project.
I asked Aya to send me a few of the resulting shirts to sell in the USA, so that my friends could both donate to help the survivors and enjoy one of our collaborative pieces.
The jersey shirts are half cotton, half lyocell, an environmentally friendly and nontoxic wood pulp fabric, also known as tencel. Aya intentionally made a diagonal hem at the bottom, and blended illustrations and text from Being of the Sun with a newer drawing of a bird from a notebook of drawings she commissioned from me in 2009. She added appliquÃ© daisies to the finished shirts after silk-screening on the art.
The t-shirt size would be a menÂ’s medium or a womanÂ’s large. I have both gray and black shirts.
AyaÂ’s price tag says 10,000 yen (about $123). Shipping within the USA is $5, $7 to Canada, $11 elsewhere. You can send me payment via Paypal or by postal money order. Please send me an email or a Facebook message, and IÂ’ll send you the information you need to complete your purchase and donation.
Upon receipt of your payment of $123 plus postage, I will make a $123 donation in your name to United Earth, and enclose a copy of the international bank wire transfer when I mail your shirt. United Earth is a Japanese social action collective that formed in response to the 1994 Kobe earthquake, and offers long-term support for rebuilding, in addition to donations of supplies to survivors and aid workers, in Japanese communities destroyed by earthquakes. Donations to United Earth are not tax deductible in the USA.