Thursday, February 12, 2009


I know most of you have seen the news in Australia about the worst event in our Australian History, bushfires have wiped out whole towns and caused so much carneige and distruction, Its the saddest time in our lives with so many people perishing in these fires as they came so quickly there was absolutely no time for some area's to be evacuated. Now Over 1800 homes lost and so many lives !!!!! fires are still burning now after almost 2 weeks so there is still a lot of concern.
I didnt really want to put any photo's up as the survivors have been through so much already. But ??
So now what to do, most of us feel so helpless and unable to do a dam thing so i had a thought and after a few phone calls and the green light to go-ahead, i'm organising a fundraiser to help our survivors try to re-build there lives.
There were so many people on our FeltingForum that wanted to know what they could do to help , so this is what we've come up with.
As we live in a major tourist area we have organised (and registered in conjuction with the REDCROSS) an ARTIST OFFERING FUNDRAISER to be held in one of our busiest times of the year. Easter Weekend. were calling all Artist's to donate a piece of their art to be sold in this Fundraiser. As i am involved in the Forum but Live in Victoria Australia i am volunteering to be the collector and co-ordinator of all items. Anything that is sent will be LOGGED and registered and preciously looked after.
Would anyone wanting to donate items please put a small tag ( Link attached ) on everything , with your name and were your from, I think this should make it so much more special and buyers can see items donated from all around the world. The deadline will have to be Friday the 3rd of April to allow me those few days in the next week to set everything up. and it will start on Easter Good Friday the 10th of April, and will be run for 3 days. I have had a fantastic Venue Donated by our Masonic Lodge Committee and the Feedback and Support i have recieved from this so far as been amazing with so many people wanting and needing to help.
Please rest assured that any items you send will be extremely well looked after.
Thankyou so much for reading this, if you would like to contact me then please feel free , also if you could add this link to your blogs to spread the word, that would be AWESOME
To Send your Art Work the details are
Karen Erickson
C/O Artist's Offering Fundraiser
P.O.Box 308
Cowes , Victoria
Australia 3922
Pricing your item is optional as we will price to sell.
Please print out tags and add to your donated art work
Thankyou so Much


  1. Oh Kaza, Im so happy your doing this. I only have one suggestion and that would be to try and get the art sent to you so you can recieve it at least one week early. So you have plenty of time to process it.

    This event is so sad. I live in Northern California and I know how horrible wilfires can be. we had 1000 burning last summer and like Austraila they were devestating.

    I will do what I can to help.

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  3. I will link to this post and pass it out to as many people as I can. I also live in California and like Cytel said Californians know about how devastating fires can be.

  4. Cytel thankyou so much i really appreciate that and great idea i will change that.

    Laura thankyou so much to i really appreciate your help.
    I know you both know what were going through and thats the saddest part to.

  5. Great initiativ!! Where can I sign up???
    Hope the fires will stop very soon.... All the beautiful nature.... And the losts for the people. Take care!

  6. Thankyou Kim, once the final details are all worked out, Kay will put out a new special newsletter and i'll put my address and here and on the forum,
    cheers and thanks again, its really really appreciated

  7. Wonderful idea Karen, I will start something special with my first felt painting of some trees, made years ago,(wet felted), and extend it with more impact. I hope my parcel of wool scraps, gets packed and sent soon, (from a dear friend), as I have virtually no colours to work with yet.

    Do you know about the Oz Bushfire Appeal Shop, hat the Etsy DUST Team has set up (Down Under Street Team) , we have had such an incredible response, in donations and sales, in the past 10 days, something like AU$13,500 raised so far ! Thru 764 sales since the 8th Feb !

    Love, Light, and Rainbows .......Megg
    aka ArtNomadix

  8. Oh Meg, thankyou so much that is so Wonderful of you.
    I didnt know about the Appeal from the Down Under Street Team, thankyou so much and wow that is an Awesome amount. I'll make sure i check in with that.
    People have been amazing and i am in Awe of everyone for their support at this time.
    Thankyou again

  9. Hi Karen
    A fellow aussie (sydney girl) living in NY. I got the forum post. I run an event each October in Connecticut. I have put you on my blog and will put a shout out to some of my american girls!

  10. Hi Sallianne, thankyou so much for that i really appreciate it. The response to this already is Fantastic so i'm sure its going to be huge.

  11. Hi Karen,
    Please count me in, I will arrange something for your fundraiser as soon as possible. I will also make sure to let everyone know at Working with Felt and see if I can generate more interest for you.

    My heart and thoughts are with those who this tragedy has affected and thank you to you Karen, for your selflessness and generosity.

    Sara xx

  12. Thankyou so much Sara, i really appreciate your help:)))