Calling All Crocheters
RESOBOX Gallery, a Japanese cultural center, is planning to hold a “World Amigurumi Exhibition” starting December 12, 2014.
The event page: http://resobox.com/amigurumi-world-14/
Our goal is to completely fill our gallery space with at least 3,000 amigurumi. We want to turn the gallery into an “amigurumi room”, filled to the brim with cuddly and cute! This is a unique exhibition in that it’s not displaying an individual artist, but a concept. The concept, amigurumi, is a culture that began in Japan, but is now cherished by crocheters all over the world. We were so inspired by the amount of amigurumi artists out there that we decided to embark on a journey to create an exhibition showcasing the united, global love of this cute craft!
But we need your help! This is quite a feat and one crocheter can’t do it alone. We need amigurumi contributions from crocheters everywhere to make this exhibition happen!
Basic Exhibit Information
- Duration: December 12, 2014 to February 28, 2015
- Location: RESOBOX Gallery in New York (41-26 27th St, Long Island City, NY 11101) / www.resobox.com
- It would be great if you could come to NY during the exhibition, but you don’t have to. Our staff will take care of your Amigurumi (sales, display, shipping or etc.))
- All pieces from the various contributing amigurumi artists will be for sale during the exhibition term.
- Artist retains ownership of all work consigned to or represented by RESOBOX Gallery.
- Each work should have a small loop (fishing line, thread, yarn, etc. is fine) so we can easily hang the piece on the wall (see below)
Shipping Your Amigurumi To Us
Please send up to 100 amigurumi pieces eligible for sale to:
41-26 27th Street
Long Island City, New York, USA 11101
- The artist is responsible for the transport of amigurumi pieces to and from the gallery, including any costs related thereto.
- Each artist can send up to 100 amigurumi pieces. All pieces should be for sale.
- All amigurumi must arrive by November 30th at RESOBOX Gallery.
- The artist should certify each work as being “Baby-safe” or “Not baby-safe” that the eyes are safety eyes or embroidered, that the little appendages can’t be pulled off and swallowed, and probably that the stuffing can’t be pulled out either, especially if some of those little pellets are used.
- The artist should certify either that the work is his/her original pattern, or that the person who created the pattern has given them the right to sell that particular design (please check it out on their website).
Fees and Commission
- Retail sales price for each consigned artwork will be established by the gallery in consultation with artist.
- Commission when sale occurs: Commission varies depending on the number of pieces
- Payment will be sent within 10 days after the end of the exhibition unless there is a special request by an artist.
- The gallery is responsible for all marketing fees of the exhibit such as postcards/flyers, drinks for the opening reception, event webpage, promotion to media/press, etc.
Interested artists should send us the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Your name (or artist name)
- Your contact information (Country, email address and phone number)
- An approximate number of pieces you’d like to send us, up to 100 (NOTE: The number can be changed before shipping in December. We may ask each artist to send more pieces during the exhibition if many are sold.)
- If there are any oversized pieces, please specify the size.
- Your website’s URL (Etsy, Flicker, etc.)
If you have any questions, please send an email to email@example.com or call (718) 784-3680 (Mon – Sat, 11am-5pm).
Frequently Asked Questions
– Are you going to publish an article about this exhibition anywhere?
Yes. We will make a press release by November 12th and deliver to as many media outlets as we can all over the world (in English). Unfortunately, we can’t have all images of all artists included in the press release, but will list all participating artists’ names and web pages. We may ask you for some contacts of media in your local area (especially outside US).
– What type of amigurumi are you looking for?
This time we didn’t set up specific theme so we are accepting all types of amigurumi. However, we can’t accept amigurumi based on licensed characters.
– I didn’t create the patterns for my pieces.
Please check the original creator’s website. Normally, there are some comments about if you can sell the pieces based on their pattens. We will only accept works that are originals or have the permission from the original creator.
– If my amigurumi arrive at RESOBOX after the November 30th deadline because of a post delay, is that okay?
Our exhibition starts on December 12th, so we will still have 12 days after the end of November, but just in case something happens in customs, we are asking participants to send their pieces by the end of November. Moreover, December 12th is our opening party, so we’d like to have the most amount of pieces by then, but we WILL accept more pieces after that.
The commission that the gallery takes varies depending on the number of pieces to be exhibited.
1-5 pieces: 50% commission to the gallery
– May I send all the things for gift-wrapping the amigurumi (paper bag, ribbons, etc…)?
We will gift-wrap your amigurumi when a sale occurs. Unfortunately, we can’t accept custom gift-wrapping from each participant. Thank you for your understanding.
– Can I include my own tag?
We will attach a small tag to each amigurumi with each artist’s shop name, contact info, baby safe or not, and price. But, if your amigurumi already have a tag, that’s okay too. Moreover, we will add the same tag information on our web page as well.
– Who will bear the shipping and return shipping costs if my items aren’t sold?
Artists are responsible for all shipping costs (to and from New York). Unsold pieces will be returned to you. The gallery will not buy your pieces. We will first calculate the cost of the shipping of your unsold pieces and the profit that you make during the exhibition. And then, if there is a surplus on your side, we will send the unsold pieces as well as the profit that you make to your account through PayPal or bank wire. If not, once we confirm the payment received from you, we will send unsold pieces back to you. You need to pay to us the cost of shipping from NY to your place. Once we confirm the payment received to our account from you, we will ship your unsold items back to you.
– May I send the same character with a different color scheme? Do the pieces submitted all have to be different, or can they be duplicates of the same piece?
Duplicates are totally fine whether they are the exact same or different colors/styles.
– Is it possible to send business cards to go with the amigurumi to gain exposure?
We apologize, but we can’t accept flyers or business cards from each artist. However, if you attach your contact/store information on the tag of your amigurumi, that is completely fine. If you don’t, we will put a small tag on each piece and write the price, your name, and your contact information (e.g. email address, website address).
– How will you establish the retail prices?
Each artist can decide the price of each of their pieces. After we receive your price list and amigurumi contributions, we will contact you if we believe a price is inappropriate. (If you don’t hear from us, please assume that your prices are okay with us.)
– Will there be any kind of opening reception?
Yes, of course! As our gallery does every month, we will have an opening party on December 12th (time is yet to be decided). If you can make it to New York, please join us!
Do you need a detailed list of all of the amigurumis I’m sending? And if so, what information should be on this list ?
Yes, we will need a detailed list of amigurumi from each artist. Please send the following information by email. The list does not need to be included in the package:
1) Name of each piece (if there is a name)
2) Price for each
3) Baby safe or not
4) Any other things that the gallery should know
– Do you take full responsibility for the dolls stock during the exhibition?
Unfortunately, we cannot provide artists with compensation for lost items. Also, reasonable efforts will be made to protect consigned artwork from accidental damage, breakage or lost items but insurance liability for accidental damage or breakage is not provided by the gallery.