Friday, April 12, 2013

And The Winner is Laurie Jean!

Several months ago, sickened by the wanton slaughter of elephants for their ivory, 25,000 alone in 2011, I lauunched a contest to create awareness of this practice. Part of this was to discourage buying products from China ( Thailand and Vietnam , sadly are also culprits). The prize was a portrait of oneself as Jem or a Jem character. 

She started a blog called:

Not only did Laurie Jean spend 4 months cataloging these businesses, she filmed them and made a zillion crafts and objets from their products.
Here is Laurie Jean receiving her prize. I cried because I was so happy for her. Not ALL my clients make me cry!

There are, I know, a lot of Chinese who follow this blog- I want to add that I have a tremendous respect for Asian culture- and the breathtaking beauty of its arts. Many mainland Chinese are not aware of what is happening in their country because of heavy censorship. If I were to put in certain words this blog would be blocked.

Ai Wei Wei is an artist and a genuine Chinese hero who risked his life protesting the poor response to the Sichuan earthquake, read more about him here:

Also, those who are concerned about the plight of the horror of the destruction of this magnificent animal would do well to contribute this this wonderful charity.

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