June 5, 2007

Helping a fellow crafter

Alison of wonderland Q, a friend and fellow Bazaar Bizarre organizer, recently had a serious medical emergency. Like many, many artists and crafters, she’s without health insurance. Susie of boygirlparty has some details here. You can send her a donation directly via PayPal (info@auroraseven.com) or you can shop at wonderland retreat, an Etsy shop set up to benefit Alison.

She is truly lovely, creative, fun to work with — and without getting too angry about it, because it’s one of my hot buttons — she’s just had something happen that almost all independent artisans fear. I’m one of the lucky ones. My boyfriend’s job covers domestic partners, too. But for a good 5+ years, I was completely without health insurance.

When you’re getting paid a few hundred dollars until the table every week for more than 40 hours of irregularly-scheduled work, which makes taking on a second job impossible, in one of the most expensive metropolitan areas in the country (the one where Alison currently lives, I might add), and barely making rent…well, a week’s worth of pay for one month of health insurance is taking food directly out of your mouth. And I was in good health when I checked prices, too! It shouldn’t have to be this way.

So please, if you can, help a fellow crafter out.

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