We’ve all had the disaster in Japan on our minds over the past few days. I know that everyone is praying for the safety of those affected — both the people and the animals. As we all know, cats are cherished companions in Japan, where they have been revered throughout history. One area that we have all been thinking about is Tashiro Island, or “Cat Island”, located on Japan’s vulnerable east coast, that is home to a community of elderly Japanese people and hundreds of cats. Early speculation was that the island was devastated, but recent reports indicate that the residents, and hopefully the cats, may have been able to make it to the higher elevations on the island.
One way you can help is by supporting organizations that provide animal rescue in situations like this. Artist Bernadette Kazmarski is doing her part by donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these beautiful block prints of her two tortie girls.
These gorgeous pieces are made with linoleum block printing and then hand colored, a technique that is of course associated with traditional Japanese art, making this a fitting fundraiser. “The Goddess” and “The Roundest Eyes” are available as framed prints and on t-shirts in Bernadette’s Etsy shop. Please visit Bernadette’s blog for more details on the fundraiser.
Here are some of Bernadette’s other prints: