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Japan Fundraiser – GORGEOUS print Auction

| March 19, 2011 | 18 Comments

I cannot really describe what I feel when I think about the devastation in Japan caused by the earthquake and following Tsunami. For me, it is beyond believe and almost as if it were something out of a novel. But for many the devastation, the hurt and the loss is reality. Not just now, but for many months if not years to come. 1000s are still missing. 1000s are hurt. If not hurt, then their homes and lives have been destroyed and every little we can do to help, will help.

So, when the absolutely wonderful, kind and compassionate Zoe from Playing by the book asked whether I would like to host a giveaway to raise funds, I of course said yes. Through Zoe and her family, the wonderfully talented illustrator Kasia Matyjaszek has offered to donate one of her gorgeous prints. Kasia is an Edinburgh-based artist and illustrator specialising in picture books for children and visual storytelling. She is particularly interested in creating intriguing anthropomorphic animal characters and building friendly and convincing worlds they inhabit.

The proceeds of the Auction will go to Save the Children – Japan

For this giveaway, Kasia is donating:

flying bears limited edition archival print

Kasia chose “Flying Bears” to signify hope for Japan

It is part of picture book about travelling bears and that the original is a mixed-media illustration (pencil, coloured pencil, collage and etching)

High quality digital print of Kasia’s original illustration. Limited edition of 50.
Image size: 6×8.5inches (15×21.5cm)
Size including white border: 9x13inches (23x33cm)
Printed on Bockingford Inkjet Paper 190gsm with professional archival Epson Ultrachrome inks.
Signed, numbered and dated and shipped in a cello sleeve and hard backed sturdy packing.

Isn’t this a simply adorable print? I know I want one… now.

How can you help and take part?

Well – I am going to briefly waffle my frustration: we would have LOVED to run this as a raffle – more people could have taken part, donating small amounts. But legally that is gambling and you need a licence… both the raffle advice centre people AND my local council have been most unhelpful in sorting something out or coming up with alternative suggestions or even wording. Call me slanderous, but that is how it is- I am extremely frustrated and saddened. But hey.

Waffle aside and back to happy thoughts: We are doing an auction. AND I am putting my money where my mouth is:

I WILL MATCH THE WINNING AUCTION PRICE (capped at £100) – now how is that for an incentive?!??!! Give us your best best price and help the people in Japan.

If you find that the auction has “gone beyond your means” but would still like to donate as part of this fund raising initiative- please visit my JustGiving page ! Please note: this is just a “regular” donation, you will not be entered into any prize draw… to obtain the print, you must take part in the regular auction as per the below and ignore the Justgiving page.

How this auction works:

  • Bidding will start at £10.
  • You can place a bid by leaving a comment on this blog post with your bid amount and email address. Please make sure that your bid is higher than the previous bidder.
  • Your bid must be in whole pound increments.
  • This auction is open to everyone any where in the world.You can Save the Children accepts Paypal, debit or credit card, and although payments are in pounds sterling, anyone, anywhere in the world can donate.
  • Th auction begins NOW and will END at midday (UK time) on 28 March 2011.
  • At the close of the auction, I will contact the winner (please make sure your bid comment includes your email address). The winner will pay the winning amount directly to Save the Children and send me proof of payment (eg receipt number or screen shot) via email. Once proof of payment has been received, Kasia will post your print to you (or to whoever you’d like her to send the parcel to).
  • Thank you for reading this. Thank you for taking part!

    Open Worldwide

    Please note, by entering a bid in the comments, you commit to donating the same sum to Save the Children! Kasia will be in touch to then arrange delivery of your auctioned print.

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    1. Zoe says:

      Maggy, apart from my husband on my wedding day, I don’t think anyone’s said anything so nice about me before! So I’l start the bidding at £10.

    2. Red Ted Art says:

      Aaah thanks for starting us off!! And I meant every word!!! You are wonderful :-)

    3. What a fabulous idea Maggy and Zoe. I’m in and I’ll up the bidding to £20. xxx

    4. Lovely image for a great cause. I will raise the bidding to £20

    5. Red Ted Art says:

      Oh no.. sorry Jenny & Chris, you bids came in at th same ime (Jenny was being “held” in waiting for approval)… let’s see what happens…

    6. Red Ted Art says:

      (and a HUGE thank you :-))

    7. Nina says:

      great cause and picture, my bid is 30 pounds

    8. Zoe says:

      Ok, I’m raising my bid to £35 :-)

    9. Red Ted Art says:

      Ugggh Zoe – I was out all day yesterday and lovely ScandinavianMum’s bid was sitting waiting to be approve… but THANK YOU 😉

    10. Liz Burton says:


      What a fabulous idea xx

    11. Tattooed_mummy says:

      I bid £46

      nice pic! and fab idea

    12. Kerstin says:

      Hi Mags,
      great idea! I’m in with GBP 65. :)
      Sunny greetings from Frankfurt,


    13. Kasia says:

      you are all fantastic! Boris and Jonathan (as this is what the bears are called) are happy! Thank you!

    14. becky says:

      Have no money but what lovely pic and what a FAB idea. Yay for you all

    15. Liz Burton says:


      Fingers crossed! x

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