Designer Toys, Art & Pop Culture

April Exhibit: Plushform 10th Anniversary

Plushform 10th Anniversary Custom Exhibit
Plushforms by Over 40 Artists
April 14-May 6, 2018

BYOB Opening Reception
Saturday, April 14, 7-10pm

Ten years ago our friends at Shawnimals and Squibbles Ink came up with the very first "totally customizable designer stuffed toy"...Plushform!

What is a Plushform, you ask? Plushform, based on Shawnimals' iconic Wee Ninja shape and produced by Chicago-based Squibbles Ink, is the first and only 100% customizable DIY plush toy. Every Plushform is made with a special coating that keeps it soft and allows you to mark on it with all of your favorite art supplies. You can start making your own creation as soon as you take it out of it's package. Plushform works great with markers, pencils and pens, brush and spray paints. It's also super easy to add things to Plushfom by sewing, glueing or other appliqué methods.

For the 10th Anniversary of Plushform we've invited over 40 artists to customize Plushforms and we're excited to see the results!

Join us the evening of Saturday, April 14, 7-10pm for the opening reception. Many of the artists will be in attendance, plus we’ll have snacks and sodas available (BYOB if you want to have alcohol) and music by the always entertaining DJ Sean Doe.

For BYOB, we are steps away from Beermiscuous, one of Chicago's best craft beer shops — 350 cold beers and ciders (over 200 local beers!) are available in a singles format, allowing you to create your own mix-and-match variety pack for the event!

The exhibit continues through May 6, 2018.

Want to do your own Plushform? Through the end of the exhibit (May 6, 2018) we're offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING of Plushforms! 


Posted Mar 22, 2018 by Kirby Kerr 0

March Exhibit: Locals Only

Locals Only
Chicago Artist Group Exhibit
March 3-April 8, 2018

BYOB Opening Reception
Saturday, March 3, 7-10pm

It's time to bring it home! For our March exhibit we're excited to bring you new artwork by eleven Chicago-based artists. Rotofugi favorites like Shawnimals (Shawn Smith) and Joey D join a cast of new arrivals to our walls for what should be a great showcase of the talent here in our home town.

Featured artists include Jeff Pak, Shawnimals, Junkyard, Michelle Wanhala, Elloo, Joey D, JC Rivera, Jonathan Jardin, Kawaii Suga, Vivian Le and Blake Jones.

Join us the evening of Saturday, March 3, 7-10pm for the opening reception. Many of the artists will be in attendance, plus we’ll have snacks and sodas available (BYOB if you want to have alcohol) and music by the always entertaining DJ Sean Doe.

For BYOB, we are steps away from Beermiscuous, one of Chicago's best craft beer shops — 350 cold beers and ciders (over 200 local beers!) are available in a singles format, allowing you to create your own mix-and-match variety pack for the event!

The exhibit continues through April 8, 2018.


Posted Feb 19, 2018 by Andy Cargill 0

Feel the Love with Chris Uphues

Feel the Love with Chris Uphues
Saturday, February 10, 10am-Noon

Join us this Saturday morning, February 10, 10am-Noon for a special event with artist Chris Uphues! Chris will be LIVE PAINTING mini valentine paintings that you can purchase for the special people in your life and also signing books. There will be delicious FREE heart cookies for the first 50 customers, plus a sweet photo backdrop perfect for some heartfelt selfies. In short, you don’t want to miss this. :)


Posted Feb 07, 2018 by Kirby Kerr 0

February Exhibit: Villains by Shawn Finley

Villains Painting by Shawn Finley

Villains
New Works by Shawn Finley
February 3-25, 2018

BYOB Opening Reception
Saturday, February 3, 7-10pm

We're excited to share news of our next exhibit featuring works by Chicago-based artist/illustrator Shawn Finley.

Villains – featuring portraits of the "bad guys" we love to hate from the movies and graphic novels opens on Februrary 3. You'll see scowling pirates, creeping ninjas, smoking-hot assassins and evil kings, painted with a unique blend of pop art meets abstract expressionism.

Join us the evening of Saturday, February 3, 7-10pm for the opening reception. Shawn will be in attendance, plus we’ll have snacks and sodas available (BYOB if you want to have alcohol) and music by the always entertaining DJ Sean Doe.

About the Artist

Shawn Finley is an illustrator, graphic designer and painter. Influenced by comic book art, classic animation, and pop art, Shawn’s work is a stylistic fusion of all of the above, with a specialty in book illustration and packaging design. He is proud to have recently worked with DreamWorks Press on their Baby Po, Madagascar, and How to Train Your Dragon picture book adaptations, and with IKEA on their Lattjo book series.

Shawn began his professional career by illustrating for underground and independent periodicals while studying fine arts in college, and followed up with his first picture book in 1992. Since then, he has gone on to establish Shawn Finley Studios, illustrated dozens of picture books and produced work for numerous ad agencies, publishers, and manufacturers, including McDonalds, Disney, the U.S. Government, and many more. You can read his graphic novel at badlikeme.net, and see more of his work at shawnfinley.com.

Shawn lives and works in Chicago. This is his first exhibit at Rotofugi.


Posted Jan 30, 2018 by Kirby Kerr 0

Vampires vs. Unicorns: Floor Wars Tournament and Signing with Travis Lampe

Vampires vs Unicorns Graphic

We hope you can join us the evening of Friday, January 19, 6-9pm for what should be a pretty fun night! 

We’re excited to be collaborating with Yumfactory Games to host a tournament for their hot-off-the-presses game VAMPIRES vs. UNICORNS: Floor War! There’s no entry fee and no experience necessary to play. And yes, there will be prizes! 

If that wasn’t enough, we’ll also have contributing artist Travis Lampe at the event to sign copies of the game (we’ll have copies available to purchase) and we will also have complimentary adult bevarages from Small Town Brewery, makers of the delicious “Not Your Father’s Root Beer” and “Not Your Father’s Mountain Ale.”

About VAMPIRES vs. UNICORNS: Floor War

It’s time to CHOOSE YOUR SIDE!
Will you lead the fierce blood snob VAMPIRES or perhaps throw down with a herd of obnoxious UNICORNS?

VAMPIRES vs. UNICORNS: Floor War is a hillariously fun throwing card game with unexpected results, featuring fantastic hand painted tile art by Travis Lampe and Travis Louie suitable for framing!

Draw from your deck of cards to raise the dead, cause a unicorn stampede, and more! It’s up to you to find the best throwing technique to destroy your opponent’s floor tiles, but, like, beware! As not all tiles are the same!
It’s horn vs. tooth, hoof vs. claw! It's a game that is durable, playable, then frameable. 

Game designed by Jim Dubois and Attaboy, based on an original concept by Jim Dubois. Produced by Yumfactory Games.

About Travis Lampe

Travis Lampe grew up in a small town in Kansas. After earning a degree in Graphic Design, he took a job in advertising as an art director in Chicago. While making ads for breakfast cereals and well known purveyors of inexpensive furniture over a period of several years, he secretly began “developing his illustration style,” which is not the same thing as “procrastinating.” Finally, when he felt the world was ready, he began his slow explosion onto the art and illustration scene, as it were. He currently lives and works in Chicago.


Posted Jan 11, 2018 by Kirby Kerr 0
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