Published Mar 10, 2010Over the past several weeks, countless musicians have contributed to relief efforts in Haiti. Among the most prominent contributors so far are Arcade Fire, who licensed "Wake Up" to the NFL, and Lil Wayne, who contributed to a star-studded remake of "We Are the World".
Binki Shapiro, front-woman of L.A.'s Little Joy, is the latest to jump on board the Haiti cause. The singer has recruited many of her fellow artists to create artwork, in the form of T-shirts, tote-bags and other nicknacks, and will be auctioning the items through the Crafts for a Cause website.
She has issued the following statement explaining her campaign: "My name is Binki Shapiro, and I play in the band Little Joy. In an effort to raise money for the relief efforts in earthquake-devastated Haiti, I've rallied a bunch of artists to contribute custom-made artwork - T-shirts, tote bags and other personalized items - for the Crafts for a Cause auction. All proceeds will go to Artists for Peace and Justice, an amazing charitable organization founded by my dear friend Paul Haggis."
She's already assembled an all-star cast of contributors, and promises that more are on the way. Among the items currently posted on the Crafts for a Cause website are T-shirts designed by Feist, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fleet Foxes, sneakers decorated by Tegan & Sara and guitars signed by Conor Oberst and Grizzly Bear. Perhaps most exciting of all are a pair of robots signed by Daft Punk.
There are many other exclusive items up for grabs, so head over to Crafts for a Cause to check them out. Hopefully none of these pieces inspire the same reaction as Metric's notorious "Help, I'm Alive" T-shirt.
The bidding starts on March 15, but be prepared to fork over some serious dough if you had your sights set on those robots.