Custom Toy Workshop

By Huck Gee

The Switcheroo Institute for Lower Learning Presents...

Custom Toy Workshop with Artists Huck Gee & Carlos East - Sunday, August 28th, 1pm at Hope Gallery

Learn how to customize vinyl toys with the help of two of the best artists in the business as they team up and work with fans during this workshop at Hope Gallery in New Haven, CT. The workshop will feature Huck Gee, one of the most popular toy customizers in the World, known for taking his unique Asian Pop style to 3D form; and Carlos East, one of the members of the Beast Brothers who is known for his highly elaborate customs that take detailing to the next level.

This unique and hand-on Workshop will be hosted by Nichole “Baroness” East, some of the topics that will be discussed will be History of Custom Toys, Character Design, Material Application, Priming and Finishing Techniques, Application Demonstrations, and of course presentations by both artists followed by a Q&A session. The workshop will include an 8” Munny for you to customize along with all of the materials you will need to create an amazing custom. (Paint, Pens, Fabric, Flock, etc) At the end of the workshop you will take home a unique and special custom toy that you designed with the help of two amazing artists. And one very special participate will win a custom by The Beast Brothers at the end of the workshop! Space is very limited and this workshop and will sell out so BUY TICKETS NOW at Hope Gallery, 835 Woodward Ave , New Haven, CT 203.467.1622

ABOUT HUCK GEE A UK native, Huck Gee is a contemporary artist, illustrator, toy maker, and designer best known by toy enthusiasts for his iconic “Skullhead” character and “Gold Life” art creations. Heavily influenced by Japanese and Hong Kong pop art, Gee calls his style “Bastardized Asian Pop Culture”. The demand for Huck’s Custom Toy Art and illustrations has grown quite immense, with small runs of hand crafted Art Toys and original prints selling out in seconds online and shipping to art collectors worldwide. Huck’s works have been exhibited in galleries worldwide and in 2007 his “Hello My Name Is” 8” Dunny was accepted into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. In addition, Huck has also consigned several pieces for one of the world’s leading fine art auction houses: Christie’s Auction House. He’s released numerous limited production toys through Kidrobot including some of the most exclusive and sought after Dunnys to date, figures for The Standard, DJ Qbert, and a series of figures for Barney’s New York which came dressed in the 2005 spring collections of five of the world’s most famous fashion designers: Marc Jacobs, Dries Van Noten, Jil Sander, Rick Owens, and Duckie Brown. His extraordinary skills with customizing vinyl toys earned him the title of Best Customizer in the 2009 Kidrobot Artist Awards. Most recently Huck collaborated with Ken Block and DC Shoes for Ken’s Monster World Rally Team WRC logo entitled “Blockhead”. Coinciding with this project were several limited edition shoe and clothing runs. Huck currently maintains a studio in San Francisco and when not busy planning world domination, he spends his free time playing with his daughter and pretending to be a race car driver. Not necessarily at the same time.

ABOUT THE BEAST BROTHERS Born in an Aztec temple, deep inside the jungle of Mexico, The Beast Brothers spent most of their childhood developing their unique and distinct style of art. Through the years this royal pair have used their mighty twin powers to create memorable works for NIKE, KIDROBOT, REEBOK, BACARDI, and VANS. Carlos and Ernesto East continue to make paintings, illustrations, and sculptures in their secret jungle laboratories located in Mexico City, Miami, and New York.
ABOUT SWITCHEROO INSTITUTE The Institute of Lower Learning was founded by California-based artists Amanda Visell and Michelle Valigura. Over the years The Institute has hosted many different types of seminars and workshops all over the World, bringing artists and fans together in one room to get their 'learn' on. "We are using our brains and workshops to host some of the best artists that we could beat at arm wrestling. We tie them to a desk and force them to teach you what they really excel in. This is a special program where you can really learn in a close environment with productive working artists that dont normally share their brain juice." 


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