RECLAIMetalsmithing from WI to NYC

$3,255 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 54 people in 14 months

My name is Adam and I am a metalsmith working with reclaimed materials. I love discovering new ways to repurpose materials that are so often discarded. My mechanical background and life-long hobby of taking things apart to see how they work has lead me to where I am now working full time for Habitat for Humanity and practicing my art/craft in the after-hours. I need your help to take the next big step out of the studio and the local art scene and into the eyes of a new audience.

My metalwork is most often in the form of sculptural vessels and jewelry most commonly made from repurposed metals such as Copper and Brass. The work I've produced has gained quite a bit of interest in what materials I use and what methods I implement to achieve volumous objects out of typically flat metal sheets.
"Window to Ankh" (window to the soul)- 2013
Raised copper, brass and tin hollowware vessel with brass zipper, award plaque, printing plate and brass tray.

Frequently, local artists, friends, family and patrons alike have often suggested that I'm in the wrong market and I should be in more "high-brow" venues and events.

Much of my trouble, aside from marketing to small town Wisconsin, is that I need to explain how my work is actually made in order to avoid the usual comments about my work as if it is ceramic or cast metal. Medievel blacksmiths used similar techniques to form metal for suits of armor and I have implemented many of these same techniques and tools to create sculptural vessels that appear dense but which are actually hollow, double-walled art objects.

I have been invited, for the third year in a row, to participate in either the American Concern for Artistry and Craftsmanship's Annual CRAFT and FINE ART FESTIVAL at THE NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART on Roslyn Harbor, New York or I can enter into the AMERICAN CRAFTS FESTIVAL at LINCOLN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS -Columbus Avenue at 64th Street, New York . I've declined the show the past two years, due to lack of money to afford the booth fee and the travel required. The minimum booth space I need is $710 and driving my display booth, along with staying the weekend in New York, isn't cheap to begin with.

My dilemma is that I don't want to risk missing the opportunity if they decide to not invite me again after turning down the invite time after time. My deadline to submit a deposit of $175 is due by January 4th 2017, this deadline has been met. I have accepted the invitation for the 41st AMERICAN CRAFTS FESTIVAL at LINCOLN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. I have until April 20th before the money needs to be in the account to pay for the $710 booth space and later to pay the gas, tolls, food, lodging and misc. travel expenses.
I really need your help to make this dream come true and to reach a new audience of affluent patrons. It is a difficult task asking people to give their hard earned money to support my goals. I don't like asking but I'm begging for help to secure this opportunity, which most likely will be the greatest learning experience in my career as a metal artist specializing in an old and dying process known as "raising".

My goal is to reach $2500 by April 20th 2017

I would like to continue, on a full-time basis, making art that reflects upon our past and also reminds us how to be good stewards of what we have been provided. No matter how rich or how poor, we can all work towards a more sustainable future and I want to spread that message to others, and would greatly appreciate your getting a foot in the door for me.

A thousand thanks for your consideration.

-Adam O.
www.adamoldre.com
Fb: art of adam oldre


"Jormungandr" - 2016
Raised copper viking ship with cast brass head, tail and steering oar, repurposed roofing copper, light fixture wire, lamp parts, copper water pipe and metal casket remnants.

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Thank you all again for the help. The show went well. Still recovering from the drive but I'm quite pleased that I made a few sales, handed out lots of business cards and got an invitation to participate in an international show in Puerto Rico! I've also learned quite a few things, one being that I should produce more jewelry.

Thank you all very much for helping me achieve this goal. You've all been very generous in lending a hand, not only financially but with many other aspects of the process to make this happen.

Again, if you want to receive a token of my appreciation, please email me at aoldre@yahoo.com with your shipping address. Please see previous update for more details.

Best wishes,

Adam O.

Facebook.com/artofadamoldre
www.adamoldre.com
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And done... Photos tomorrow and then packing.
Thank you all again. I'm truly humbled.
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Ship number 3 (pictured below) almost complete. Just awaiting a sail, patina and a title. (Oars not pictured) This will be the final piece for the show. Please help out by sharing this campaign with others to spread the word. Only $115 left to meet the goal. Thank you all again for the support thus far.
If the goal is met before the 7th of This month, everyone who donated/donates can receive a little metal gift of my gratitude. It may not be much, but Id like to show my thanks to you all for the help. IF you email me your address I CAN send them out as they are completed upon my return. I will be moving to a different studio during July and after I'm settled I will start making/sending these gifts (one per donor/group donation). You need to email your shipping address to me at: aoldre@yahoo.com.

Please share/donate: https://www.gofundme.com/wi2nyc so this goal is met before the 7th of This month. Thank you all for your help in making this dream a reality. I'll post updates as time allows on my fb page: Art of Adam Oldre.

Best wishes.

AO
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The time is drawing near. Very thankful again for all your support in this endeavor. Things are falling into place and there's plenty to be done yet before I begin to pack on the 7th and 8th of June. Thank you all again and feel free to give it another share our donate if you'd be so kind. I'll try to update more during and/or after the show.
If you're in the area... Stop by #272
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Steve Baker
10 months ago

Someone is going to spend big on this piece. I love how it sits back on its pedestal with the peanut on the opposite side.

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Raised by 54 people in 14 months
Created December 24, 2016
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Machu Picchu
8 months ago

¡Hina kachun! Allin purina.

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Bill de Blasio
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Welcome to New York!

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The calendar.

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Steve Baker
10 months ago

Someone is going to spend big on this piece. I love how it sits back on its pedestal with the peanut on the opposite side.

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