Can Artistic Talent & Ebay Offer Better Solution Than G-8 Summit?

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Controversy surrounds the upcoming G8 Summit and the topic of third world debt forgiveness. But, after the last diplomat boards their plane and the last protester catches a cab, how much will the homeless, hungry and downtrodden really benefit? Could a necktie and the Internet cut through the red tape and make a bigger difference to those in need?

Hopefully, textile designer Jenny Lee-Katz and friends have a plan.

Katz, one of Great Britain's widely acclaimed textile artists, realized long ago that helping those less fortunate was a very fulfilling part of her life. While traveling around the Far East, she dreamed of being able to make a positive contribution to the world. Propelled by the upcoming Summit and its subsequent stirring of the international financial kettle, she has devised a plan to contribute money directly to those most affected by the cruelness of poverty and disease. Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, 83% of the deaths have been in Africa and at least 95% of all AIDS orphans have been African. Katz has decided that this is where she plans to try and help.

The talented artist has designed eight (8), one-of-a-kind neckties that she will offer on eBay starting on July 4th at 8:00PM EDT. The funds generated will go directly to The Pendulum Project (, a non-profit group that has been assisting children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic by providing food, water, shelter and medical services, free of charge, for the past 5 years.While there are many who feel that forgiving debt is an incredible way to help boost the economies of these countries, there are just as many who feel that the only people who would truly benefit would be those who least need the assistance,” said Katz, who was top-ranked at the London New Designers Show in July, 2003. The concept is simple: offer these beautiful one of-a-kind works of art on eBay during the G-8 Summit and appeal to the public to start bidding. All of the funds will bypass any political entity and go directly to the Pendulum Project. How much could be generated? That’s hard to say. Consider the gentleman who sold his ex-wife’s wedding dress on eBay. The idea is to create awareness that could turn into a bidding frenzy. “The internet is such a powerful marketing tool. Besides International television, where else can you attract and captivate so many people at the same time? My idea is to bring the plight of these children to the forefront of the audience and ask that we start a bidding competition where my work could serve as a reminder of what great things can come from a simple, communal act of kindness,” said Lee-Katz. “Remember, you’re not bidding for the tie, but for those for whom it represents,” she added.

And who wouldn’t want to sport one of these works of art? To own one of these masterpieces would be quite a reward. Katz is an accomplished artist who has been working as a designer for more than 20 years. She graduated from Swansea Institute, Wales and stayed on as artist in residence and part-time lecturer for two (2) years. Recently, Lee-Katz was recognized among the UK's brightest new artists and is renown for her mix of the traditional and contemporary, using photography and traditional quilting, along with a digital fabric printing process to create textile art that has been recognized in leading industry publications around the Globe. She hopes that the offering will attract those who would like to make a significant contribution, whether in the form of a bid, or a donation directly to the Pendulum Project, and reach out to those truly in need.

From their home in Glenmore, Pa, Katz and her husband Daryl hope to hit the ground running. Adaptive Textiles, located in West Chester, Pa, USA, donated printing and production capabilities to the project and friends at Never Ltd and The Daggerwing Group helped to get her up and running online.

The ties are unique in that each will have a different theme, represented with African symbols and colors.


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