Eco-Conscious Chicago Artist, Gustav Reyes, Launches Kickstarter Campaign on Valentine's Day

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Eco-Conscious Chicago Artist Gustav Reyes launches a month long Kickstarter Campaign on February 14, 2013. His goal is to obtain an innovative wood compression machine so he can continue to create new bent wood products in an eco-conscious way.

Gustav Reyes Kickstarter Campaign launches on Valentine's Day

Reyes hopes to continue creating eco-conscious bent wood pieces that speak to the soul.

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Local wood bending artist Gustav Reyes launches a month long campaign on Kickstarter.com, a funding platform for creative projects, so he can create bent wood projects using eco-conscious practices.

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On Valentine's Day, wood bending artist Gustav Reyes launches a month long campaign on Kickstarter.com, a funding platform for creative projects. His goal is to raise enough money to obtain an innovative wood compression machine so he can continue to create new bent wood products in an eco-conscious way. Bringing the machine from the state of Washington to Chicago will allow Reyes to source locally fallen trees, reduce waste and the use of other resources and eliminate the use of glues and chemicals. Reyes hopes to continue creating eco-conscious bent wood pieces that speak to the soul.

Reyes, a well respected craftsman in his field, has been creating wood jewelry and home objects in Chicago since 2005. In 2009, he came across an innovative process of compressing wood that allows him to create intriguing bent wood pieces, including jewelry, lamps and a new table design. While considering the logistics of continuing to create larger scale pieces and maintaining his eco-conscious business practices, it became clear that the only way to make this possible was to bring the compression machine to Chicago. With the machine, he will be able to source locally fallen trees, reduce waste, reduce the use of precious resources and eliminate the use of glues and chemicals. For more details, View the Kickstarter Project here

Reyes believes that, “The desire to create is the vehicle by which humans, extend our minds beyond the limits of our physical selves.” His desire is to continue creating and sharing sustainable bent wood objects with those who connect to his philosophy. To achieve this goal, Reyes humbly asks for support through his Kickstarter Campaign. For each donation comes a special reward that celebrates our human desire and innovation.

Artist Statement
Through the material and creation of the work, I consider the complexities of the life cycle. I recognize the truth that we are more of the natural world than of the created world. I par­allel the ephemeral nature of wood to the expe­rience of life and ask the viewer to consider the stages of life that are often overlooked by society. I have a deep appreciation for nature’s beauty and rather than working against the grain, I work with it.

I place great importance on creating jewelry that demonstrates a deep appreciation and consideration for our natural world. To create my work, I use salvaged wood that is repur­posed. I have incorporated wood from a bass violin and extra wood obtained from other wood workers. I also use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified wood. I use production methods that reduce waste by 80%. I am dedi­cated to preserving Nature’s infinite beauty and continue to search for more sustainable techniques.

Gustav Reyes
Kickstarter Project Link

312.788.8075

gus(at)gustavreyes(dot)com

http://www.gustavreyes.com

http://www.simplywoodrings.com

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