Popular tiki artist Purple Jade has likely lost her New Orleans home due to Hurricane Katrina. She and her family have been able to evacuate, but reports have indicated that there is a good chance her home is submerged, and most of her belongings had to be left behind.
Purple Jade specializes in accessories, jewelry and home decor items. Her renderings are characterized by a high level of detail; she has a strong eye for traditional Oceanic art, and a solid appreciation of vintage Polynesian Pop. Immediately after the tsunami in Southeast Asia, she donated the proceeds from sales of her pieces to the tsunami relief effort.
It is too early to tell exactly how we can help Purple Jade, as it may be some time before she is able to assess her situation. There is a thread on Tiki Central where ideas are being collected, and hopefully we’ll soon be able to band together to lend a hand to her and other tikiphiles affected by Hurricane Katrina.