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Fabricawakuwaku stuffed animal collective

Fabricawakuwaku [loosely translated: 'excitement factory'] - is a creative project geared towards recycling materials and playing around with fabrics to create 'modernist' stuffed toys inspired by a Dada, punk, minimalist and surreal aesthetic. (Explains why we fell in love with them).  Fabricwakuwaku is about art toys - for kids, adults, and anyone who appreciates something avant garde, original, sustainable and sweat-shop free.

Adrienne Gibb, an artist, originally started producing plush because she was interested in playing around with the idea of kitsch and working with a notion of “low art” - and she's definitely succeeding in challenging conventional notions of what art can be - creating new audiences for art and putting art where it normally is not.

Fabricawakuwaku is a stuffed animal collective- and they ain't no run-of-the-mill dollies... (more so: untraditional art-pieces). With true artist's eyes they look at the stuffed animal in a socio-historic way - as mundane a form as there is (read:  mass-produced, cheap, ubiquitous commodity, suitable only for children) and strive to take it beyond the commonplace. Their toys are to be treated within the context of “Art” and even in terms of art theory – making the whole notion pretty hilarious. Dare we even say positioning it as social statement...
 
The Slow Toy Movement
Touching on the contradictions between a stuffed animal’s charming exterior versus its point of origin (maybe a sweatshop somewhere across the world), they’re taking plush to a higher, ethical level… They hope to contribute to a kind of “slow toy” movement (lol, awesome), like the “slow food” folks, which is their reaction against industrial production. They’re also aware that they’re being awfully cheeky…
Fabricawakuwaku produces works in limited edition series that consist of up to 30, not-quite-alike, stuffed animals and dolls. (Each artwork emphasizes its handmade essence, purposely "countering industrial production" and "what one gets in a consumerist society").
Made from vintage and reclaimed fabrics, most are plush,  baby-friendly and washable... all are crazy, obscure eco-funtime. We totally dig the Modernist Little Girl and the Deep Down Elvis Girl dolls - both exclusively available at Queen West's Drake Hotel.  
(For a more kid-friendly option - take a peek at the Sideways Kitties or the Patch Monkeys)
Fabricawakuwaku, like any fervent movement, is also currently crafting their 'Stuffed Animal Manifesto' - which of course they plan on stuffing.
 
Get your play on... join the slow toy movement at: www.fabricawakuwaku.ca
 
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