Earlier this year, I became involved in a charitable cause called A Hundred for One. It is a project started by a group of metalsmiths that met in a Facebook group to discuss the craft. Peter D'Enbeau, a jeweler from Ohio, suggested that the group make a collective chain to be auctioned off, and donate the proceeds to the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+). The goal was to get to 100 links, but the response was so overwhelming that almost 200 links were donated by the time the deadline passed! The chain is complete, and now the significant task of selling the chain is upon us. Honestly it's a bit overwhelming. Displaying the chin is no small feat- it is a 33 foot long work of art! Then there is the matter of finding a buyer- and where to find them. Even so, all of the contributors are behind the project, and we know that in time we will figure out how to get our cash donation to CERF+. Undertakings like this do not happen quickly!
Why am I telling you all of this? I hope that you will go to A Hundred for One on Facebook, if that's your thing, and "like" the page. Please visit the website as well- the whole story of the chain is beautifully told there. As well, please visit the CERF+ website to learn all about the great work that they do for craftspeople in need, due to illness, disaster, or whatever befalls them.
Lastly, I would love to hear if you have any ideas of how to turn our ambition into a reality- I love to brainstorm, and you all are invited to chime in! We're trying to think of a great venue to show it, or to find a collector of craft that would love to have the piece. All ideas are good ideas, because they will eventually lead to a discussion that will bring us to a solution. Let's talk- and thanks in advance!