Weekend link-o-rama

Gold Peg

Well, it’s been quite a week for me at least. Here’s what I wasn’t posting about while I was busy breaking up fights…

Photo by Delete08

New print from Swoon – raising money for homes in Haiti

Swoon has a new print out this week at Upperplayground to raise money for The Konbit Shelter Project, the project where Swoon and some friends are constructing homes and other buildings in Haiti. The crew was in Haiti earlier this year, and that’s where Swoon met Walki, the boy who is the subject of this print. The Walki print is an edition of 300, measures 13″ by 21″ and is available only until January 1st for $125. 100% of the proceeds from the print sales will go to The Konbit Shelter Project.

The crew will be on their way back to Haiti next week to start building single family homes and the funds raised from this print will be used to fund the costs of constructing those homes.

Walki is available on Upperplayground’s website from now until January 1st.

Here’s the interior of the community center that the crew (made up of local workers as well as Swoon and her friends who flew in to help) made over the summer:

News from The Konbit Shelter Project in Haiti

Once again, Swoon has been using her art to help those in need. Swoon and the rest of the team with The Konbit Shelter Project (including Ben Wolf and Tod Seelie) are busy working in Haiti right now. They are building super-adobe structures in the village of Barrier Jeudi in an effort to help rebuild after January’s devastating earthquake. These super-adobe buildings are extremely cost-effective, stronger than the standard homes in Haiti and are built with locally sourced materials. Their website will certainly explain the details better than my paraphrasing, so check that out.

Photographer Tod Seelie is there documenting the project and the crew’s time in Haiti. Here are some of his photos:

The best way to keep up to date with The Konbit Shelter Project is their blog, where Tod has been posting updates as the building process progresses.

And one way to support the project is to purchase this print by Swoon:

The print is a 2-color screenprint on fabric measuring 19×26 inches. It’s an edition of 60 and is available for $350. What does PBS give you for a $350 donation? A tote bag and an umbrella? I’d take this print any day of the week.

Photos by Tod Seelie, from his blog and his flickr