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Brutherford Industries x Kean University at Five Points Fest

Five Points Festival, a designer toy, street, and alternative art festival, has announced a partnership, working with the next generation to further their education. 

Students of the industrial design program, under Professor Ryan Rutherford in the Robert Busch School of Design within the Michael Graves College at Kean University, have been working hard to create a marketable, well designed character, to produce and sell in a real-world experience model. The character they created, titled OTTO, was then sculpted in clay and molded in silicone. Five Points Festival is excited to have partnered with the program to provide exhibition space for the students to create and sell their goods LIVE. 

Guests to Five Points Festival will be able to experience the process - from the spark of an idea to buyer ready product. Pieces will be made to order using Brutherford Industries roto-casting technology and packaged right before your eyes!

Five Points Festival 2018

Five Points Festival has announced their event details for 2018. Taking place the weekend of June 2nd and 3rd, 2018 at the Brooklyn Expo Center, the festival will bring together the shining stars of the Designer Toy, Kaiju & Sofubi, Craft Beer, Food and alternative art worlds.

Enthusiasts familiar with art toys will have the chance to meet some of the world’s most iconic artists and brands like Huck Gee, Instinctoy, Kidrobot, James Groman, Jason Freeny, Ron English, Super7, Tara McPherson, and Mighty Jaxx on the show floor. Tickets to Five Points also include access to a gathering of some of NYC’s outstanding craft breweries and food trucks serving during all regular Festival hours. VIP Ticket holders will gain special early access privileges each day of the Festival, as well as entry to Friday night’s Designer Toy Awards.

Designer Toy Awards @ the Brooklyn Bazaar - Friday, June 1st at 7pm
Five Points Festival: Saturday, June 2nd from 11am - 6pm and Sunday, June 3rd form 11am - 5pm (Doors Open at 10am for VIP's).

 

Cost:

Saturday Only Admission: $30*
Sunday Only Admission: $25*
Weekend Pass: $40*
VIP Pass: $125

*Early bird rates

Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change

Medialia Gallery and The Ethyr presents Space I: AIM, DESTROY, TRANSFORM: Play For Change: A group show of toys, games and figures. The exhibit takes place in NYC from November 4th through 25th 2017, with an opening reception on Saturday November 4th 2017 from 3PM to 6PM.

The artist list includes the following:

Nelson Asencio | Emily Bee | Selina Briggs | Ryan Crippen | Brumsic Brandon Jr. | Barbara Brandon-Croft | Kenya Danino | André LeRoy Davis | Eric Nocella Diaz | T. N. Donahue | Emily Engel/Lil' Bernie | Asaf Harari | Rodney Jackson | Jai Jai Hooray | Kays Customz | Kilroy III | Mshindo Kuumba I. | Lottie Dolls | My Family Builders/Eze Karpf | Vanessa Ramirez | SpellDoctor | Taylored Curiosities | Grey Williamson | Onjena Yo and more

 

Subconscious Dwellings from Taylored Curiosities

Penny Taylor (Taylored Curiosities) will have her first solo show opening that will take place on the October 27th 2017 from 3PM to 9PM at Onca Gallery in Brighton. Subconscious Dwellings will feature seven handmade and furnished houses on display and available for purchase. Each house is £200 (about $265).

Subconscious Dwellings is my personal exploration of our inner minds. We are all unique and therefore it makes sense that our subconscious minds are also unique. Maybe yours is a bit of a circus and you feel that you have to constantly perform to those around you so they don't see how low you really are. Maybe yours is a safe, sleepy cocoon of a dwelling that you can send yourself into and switch off for a while to cope with everything happening around you. Each 'dwelling' is set up to be a functional, art dollhouse, whilst also being a unique piece of handmade art.

 

Bob Conge takes part in the Sacred Curiosities show

Artist Bob Conge (Plaseebo) will have a pair of new assemblage works in the "Sacred Curiosities" show opening Saturday October 21st 2017 from 4PM to 7PM at Main Street Arts Gallery in Clifton Springs N Y. This wide-ranging invitational exhibition includes the work of thirteen artists. Through sculpture, painting, and drawing, this exhibition is a meditation on the meaning we assign to things.

The show runs through November 17th 2017. Bob's pieces are the Shrine to Self and Family Shrine (eww...creepy umbilical cord), each one a mixed media and found objects in a hand crafted wood case.

Featuring:
Stephanie Albanese, Dianne Baker, Bob Conge, Jacquie Germanow, John Greene, Chad Grohman, Emily Kenas, Martha O'Connor, Joanna Poag, Richard Rockford, Bill Stephens, Jean Stephens, and Bill Stewart

Peter Kato Custom Toy Launch

 

Cult toy designer Peter Kato will release fifteen exclusive color variations of his Bedtime Bunnie figures created exclusively for PIQ. These custom versions of his signature sleep walkers hold contrast colored hearts in their hands. They're only available at PIQ Grand Central Terminal and PIQgifts.com. 

Also, you can meet Peter on Wednesday February 1st 2017 from 7PM to 8PM at PIQ and find out why the Bunnies are so sleepy.

Ichi: Celebrating 10 Years at Lulubell

Ichi (meaning ONE in Japanese) celebrates not only the opening of the Lulubell Toy Bodega new location, but also their 10 year anniversary of bringing lowbrow and toy artists to Arizona. Lulubell will be opening their new back gallery for the first time, with a celebration of toys and art from some of the amazing artists they've worked with over the last ten years.

Artists include: James Groman, Splurrt, Miscreation Toys, Bwana Spoons, Grody Shogun (Japan), Real x Head (Japan), Itokin Park (Japan), Yamomark (Japan), Candie Bolton, Devilshead Productions, Blurble One, Dski One, Aaron Coleman, Mikey Saratt, Mark Matlock, Such Syles, Champ Styles, Evil Dave, Copasquat Toys, Kevin Herdeman, Planet 3 Toys, DoubleParlour, Shirahama Toy (Japan), Kill!, Boon Velvet, Whistling Pony Toys, Josh Carter, DreamRocket (Japan), Wao Toyz (Switzerland) and more!

The exhibit will open Friday, January 13th 2017 at 7PM, and all pieces will be up for sale at that time. Any unsold pieces will go up for sale online on Tuesday, January 17th here.

Lulubell Toy Bodega
126 W. Pepper Place (NEW LOCATION)
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 733-5858

The 6th annual DTAs hosted by Stella Chuu

 

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The Designer Toy Awards have announced who will be hosting their 6th Annual event. This year, the special host is renown cosplayer, Stella Chuu. Being an award winning cosplayer and advocate for nerd culture and self-confidence, Stella is a match made in geek heaven for the DTAs. The event will take place on Saturday, October 8th 2016 from 8PM to 11PM EST at Hudson Terrace in New York City.

Good Gravy – this October

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Gravy Toys has announced the Good Gravy grand opening on Thursday October 6th 2016 from 7-9PM. Located at 400 NW Couch in Portland Oregon, there will be exclusive toys and goods from talented folks near and far. Barely Human, Pop Soda, Rampage Toys, Deathcat Toys, Liverad Studio, Mixed Species, Cop A Squat Toys, Shirahama, Grody Shogun, Betty Turbo, Refreshment Toy, and Bwana Spoons. Good Gravy will be a brick and mortar homebase for all of Bwana's artwork.

There will also be a Good Gravy Pop-UP Party in Brooklyn. That will take place at 36 South 4th, #D8 in Brooklyn New York on Saturday October 8th 2016 from 7-9PM. Bwana will be bringing a small army of short run toys, a few paintings, a new tee, and more. There will be some loot from the Good Gravy grand opening, some Paul Kaiju customs (by Bwana), and a bucket of Namaniku keshi.

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