Tuesday, February 9, 2010



For the first time ever, the Workhouse Arts Center will be partnering with the Spaghetti Project of Fredericksburg in an exhibition of Vinyl Art toys. Artists, this is your chance to showcase your talent! For a $25 entry fee per entry (enter as many times as you like) your customized toy can be a part of Urban Decay: A Carnival of Custom Vinyl and Low-brow Art, an upcoming exhibition at the Workhouse to be held in Gallery W-16 from April 28th to May 9th . Opening reception with live music and more on May 1st from 7:00 pm – 12:00 am.

There is no jury process for this show, which means your design is sure to get noticed!

Just what is a Vinyl Art Toy? Vinyl Art toys or “Designer toys” are terms used to describe toys and other collectibles that are produced in limited editions, (as few as 10 or as many as 2000 pieces) and created by artists and designers. Designer toys are made of a variety of materials; ABS plastic and vinyl are most common, although wood, metal, and resin are occasionally used. The term also encompasses plush, cloth and latex dolls. Creators of designer toys usually have backgrounds in graphic design, illustration or self-described low brow art. Some designers are classically trained in art and design, while others are self-taught. Designer toys appeared in the 1990s by artist Michael Lau, who first created urban vinyl figures in Hong Kong, and are still in production today.

Please submit your customized toy, your name, title, price (if for sale) and the $25 entry fee to the Workhouse Arts Center between 12-5 pm on April 24th and April 25th to Gallery W-16, first floor, at 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA, 22079. Please note that the Workhouse Arts Center will take a 40% commission on all art sales.
Questions? Please call Debra Yarrington at 703-584-2909 or email at debrayarrington@lortonarts

You can find D-I-Y toys (Design-it-yourself) at: The Spaghetti Project of Downtown Fredericksburg, located at 1025 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. For more information on the Spaghetti Project please call 540-371-8697. Spring/Summer/Fall -  Hours of operation: Tuesday – Thursday from 12pm-6pm, Friday-Saturday from 12pm-7pm and  Sundays from 12pm -4pm. 

Winter Hours of operation: Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm-5pm, Friday-Saturday from 12pm-6pm, Closed on Sunday and Monday.

Or Websites to find D-I-Y toys: Kidrobot.com, myplasticheart.com, rotofugi.com & strangekiss.com. 

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