We are taking our revered online platform,"Oden Gallery", and creating a physical presence in Vancouver, B.C. The gallery will be a modern inspired showcase of handcrafted home furnishings from North American Artisans and a place for discerning clients and art patrons to source, purchase and commission work.
Oden will offer a collection of work from Oden's furniture artisans, as well as promote professional artists in the community and expand our offerings to include wall art, and furnishings made in metal, textile and ceramic.
We hand-pick and represent artisans who have fine-tuned their craft. The work produced is rich in detail, seductive to the touch, employs the finest materials, and truly shines when experienced in person. Until now, potential clients could only source our work online, which kept them from experiencing the work first hand. A physical location will help us meet our artisans need for representation and product distribution as well as curate a full and empowered purchasing experience for clients.
Oden Gallery was founded in 2012 by artist, furniture maker, and entrepreneur Meredith Nicole. She built Oden on the dream to help professional artisans have a thriving, purposeful career by connecting their work to lovers of fine home furnishings. Currently, there are 12 Oden Artisans that reside in British Columbia, Ontario, California, Minnesota, Nebraska and Alaska. We are traditionally-trained or follow traditional building practices, and strive to offer this quality in fresh contemporary inspired one-of-a-kind or limited edition works.
We believe we are stewards of the earth and seek to leave it better than when we arrived. We do this by offering sustainable, non-toxic furniture made with intention and designed to last generations. Many of us have won awards for our work, are avid contributors to industry publications and teachers of our craft. Most importantly, we are professional, sincere and passionate about what we do.
Here are a few places we have been seen in and supported by! We deeply appreciate the support from media.
Hello! I'm so happy you are reading this because it's not just your- financial support, but also your genuine interest that creates the possibility for this project to be a success! Possibility is my driving force, the sparkle in my eye and my favourite topic of conversation. I believe there is always so much more possibility than what's seen at the surface of any situation and I love to dive in to see the light!
For me, Oden is about the possibility for artisans to have a radiant and flourishing career, and the opportunity to add value to the societal tapestry of economics, culture, community and legacy. It is about the clients who want furniture to serve a greater purpose than mere function but also act as a time capsule which ages gracefully with every scratch and spill of wine. The artisan creations are for people who recognise and appreciate unique and fine craftsmanship in their lives.
I love knowing our work holds the possibility to be the future antiques and heirlooms. I also love to throw a good party! I'm an avid participant in Vancouver's art community and come equipped with years of event planning experience. You can trust I will personally take great pleasure in hosting vibrant viewing nights at the gallery where people can engage with the work and artisans. So, look forward to radiant, educational and inspiring events!
See how the Ford Car company supports Meredith and her work.
It takes a community to build a community. Every dollar raised (after covering these incredible perks, and campaign fees) will be directed towards realising our goal of opening a physical gallery space. Specifically the funds will go towards:
- 6 week business development program called Kick, which operates in 9 cities.
- Develop marketing and distribution channels for works by the artists.
- Business plan development including financial model and sales strategy.
- Marketing tools.
- Partnership development with law firms, tech firms, accountant and gallery partners.
As we reach our $10,000 goal we will be able to take move faster and more independently through the next phase!
$15,000- Secure gallery space.
$20,000- Complete the gallery space renovations.
$25,000- Secure our entire first order of product from artisans and artists!
All of the perks on this campaign are provided or created by Artists and Artisans! They are inspired and brought to you with love and deep gratitude for believing in us and being an ambassador of North American craft. Here are just a few of them!
The incredible musicians on our Compilation CD!
Share and Win our Ambassadors are Awesome Draw!
Please promote our campaign to your friends, facebook and twitter community. After connecting to our twitter and facebook page you will receive furniture care tips, updates and other fun surprises and we'd love to see you share them. Visibility and action are key to a successful campaign! Because you are so amazing we created an
Ambassadors are Awesome Draw!
We are so excited to offer you the chance to win this sweet elegant handcrafted table light by Oden Artisan and head editor of Canadian Woodworking, Rob Brown!
Earn 1 entry for the Ambassadors are Awesome Draw every time you share our campaign through your unique campaign link and someone clicks through to see what you are raving about!
Important Notes for entering the Ambassador Draw: To track your share efforts you will need to be logged into the Indiegogo account when you use the Share Tools. You can also copy and paste the campaign URL displayed in your browser's address bar, as long as you are copying the URL that displays when you are logged into your Indiegogo account.
Without an Indiegogo account, you can still have your referrals tracked once you've contributed to our campaign. You will be presented a special URL immediately after contributing (on the completed contribution landing page, under "Spread the word!") just copy that link and share with your network.
A few special mentions to people who have already supported us!
Thank you for your time and love. -Erik Paulsson for the video. Erik's Website here
-Jenn Brisson for the animation on our video. See Jenn's art here!
-Sierra Elmore for our SM sharables! See Sierra's graphic design site!
- Kelly Warren at Pressing Media for your support with our CD Website