Celeste Regal's India Studio Setup

$2,420 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 60 people in 13 months
 You may think your life over or less vibrant at 60 than at 20. Not I. I'm a 62-year-old New Jersey artist practicing in India. Last year I was an AIR in Ahmedabad. This year the goal is to set up a metalsmithing studio in Baroda (Vadodara). I'm doing this without institutional support. Friends and strangers make this endeavor possible. Many thanks helping me keep afloat and produce. The photo above was taken last year during a metal pour in Chandlodia. I need brass for casting, wax, casting and metalsmithing equipment, studio space and various tools. My  work can be seen here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/celeste_regal/albums Cost breakdown: Please note the original campaign began last January for a different project. You can read about the evolution of my time in India in the updates. Studio where I can weld and grind: $165.00 per month Two wheel grinder: $125 plus accessories $30 Dental Polishing tool bits: $50 Acetylene gas & oxygen tanks plus welding torch tips $250 Brass for casting: $200-400 per pour  Pickle and pot: $125 Smith Acetylene casting torch: $165 Punch and die set: $175 Electric engraver: $85 Work table: $50 Tumbler: $200 Other equipment and supplies as needed Backstory Reconstructing a metal studio from scratch in the third world with a tiny budget has its challenges and perks. I'm replacing the workspace I lost in New Jersey in 2016 due to family circumstances. Why India? Because it is cost-effective to create such a studio for a single artist. It is also a location with a long history from the prehistoric to what is known as The New India. This exotic land stimulates ideas, emotions and a panorama of civilization. There is an engaged community of metal artists who respond to that history. It is quite exciting. I came to here September 2016 for an artist in residence at a local university for metal casting purposes. It was a breakthrough experience that had many false starts. During that time I lost my home in NJ, and as a consequence, a terrific metal studio. Now I live by my wits, my art & the generous support of patrons and the US government. I use metal extensively in work that uses the book form (codex) as its reference. The narratives concern marginalized women whose experience contrasts the accepted norm, and/or the nature of being in such a world. All donations buy materials, workspace, and continuation as a working artist.
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Off to Bangkok to renew visa this week. Thnx to those who helped out. On return, must rent a studio to torch up acetylene and oxygen--the next equipment purchase. Two months countdown to finish all projects to bring back to USA.

Hope to find a place in tri-state area to stay so I can get to Gallery Aferro to auction off my work and attend event.

Any donations you can send go to this end. Many thanks for your continued support. If you can please share this page. My love to you all.
Blameless Intruders Unmasked. Gouache.
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Need $300 for plane ticket to leave India for a few days to renew visa. One of the less expensive flights is to Bangkok. Many thanks to those who sent donations or are thinking of it. I use GFM as a patron site since most donors are familiar with it.

I've been posting a new series of paintings for a book art project. See celeste_regal on Instagram too.
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Need $300 for plane ticket to leave India for a few days to renew visa. One of the less expensive flights is to Bangkok. Many thanks to those who sent donations or are thinking of it. I use GFM as a patron site since most donors are familiar with it.

I've been posting a new series of paintings in a book art project. See celeste_regal on Instagram too.
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Need $300 for plane ticket to leave India for a few days to renew visa. One of the less expensive flights is to Bangkok. Many thanks to those who sent donations or are thinking of it. I use GFM as a patron site since most donors are familiar with it.

I've been posting a new painting project. See celeste_regal on Instagram too.
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$2,420 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 60 people in 13 months
Created December 31, 2016
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$25
Hillary Johnson
1 month ago

I hope you get all you need Celeste. I admire your work and drive to live your dre very much.

DP
$30
Daniel Purdy
1 month ago

Good Luck, Celeste!

BR
$100
Brian Regal
1 month ago (Offline Donation)

A marvelous surprise donation from a continuing supporter.

ND
$20
Namrata Deol
2 months ago
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With you always !

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2 months ago
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