Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

Award winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts.

this iPhone case helps fund someone get clean and safe water for a year

Now it is easier than ever for smaller companies and individuals to make products, we artists get contacted about product collaborations more and more.  I get those e-mails almost every day. As a person who lives in the time when the world is filled with ‘stuff’, and sometimes a lot of stuff that just end up piling up in landfill,  I tend to stop and think. I try my best to pick and choose projects that works for me, and works for collaborators and have some kind of meanings to the projects.
It may be that the product is so well designed or well constructed I just want to be a part of it, or it’s my friend’s small company I am supporting… Or, something like this one, a company that is started by two well-minded young women who’s goal is to sell products that fund clean and safe water for someone in need somewhere in the world. This is why I decided to collaborate with RedDirt.

I just spoke with one of the co-founders of RedDirt as my iPhone cases just got released. She told me she just spent her holiday break volunteering in Uganda. Well, that may not be something everyone can do, but if you are nice enough to buy one of my (or many other designs to choose from) iPhone cases, you can contribute to their charity effort by funding one person gets clean and safe water for a year.

PS: for those who just got iPhone 6 for Christmas, the case is now in production, and will be released on their site not too far in the future.
Purchase the iPhone case here