Guidelines for Artists
Submissions from artists are welcome at any time. Funky Fun Art Vending fully respects the rights of artistic freedom and enjoys working with artists of all levels. The vending machine is not forgiving when it comes to size/structure. Strict adherence to the guidelines is necessary as any deviation from the specifications below will cause vending difficulty. Funky Fun Art Vending selections are made based on effort, craftsmanship and originality. With that said, a key factor in the review process is how the final piece will be viewed in the hands of someone who may have never bought art before.If all goes well, prepare to be asked for more pieces! Consider your involvement as a long term relationship. We want Funky Fun Art Vending to be part of your ongoing art production/promotion.Here’s how you get started: Think of what you would like to produce for the project. Try to avoid any mass production process that could lessen the quality of your work. The vending process is only the beginning. Once your art is out of the machine, your work is a reflection of you and your art. Make it unique and consider ways that your art will be appreciated for years to come. All submissions require a single vend-ready, non-returnable prototype of your art. Please do not send a prototype that is not fully rendered to the specifications below. Prototypes should be in a box or on a block and wrapped in acetate. All prototypes are inspected for suitability in the project. After inspection, they are placed into the Funky Fun Art permanent archives.
The final size should be 2 1/8″ x 3 1/4″ x 7/8″ (54mm x 82mm x 21mm). THE FINAL SIZE OF YOUR ART (INCLUDING THE ACETATE WRAP) NEEDS TO BE EXACTLY 2 1/8″ x 3 1/4″ x 7/8″. IF YOU CUT YOUR OWN BLOCKS…THE FINAL SIZE STILL NEEDS TO BE 7/8″ THICK.
Most 2/D artists (painters, printmakers, etc) produce their pieces on our wood blocks, while most 3/D artists (sculptors, jewelers, etc.) place their work in our boxes. Watercolor paper or illustration board can easily increase the thickness of standard plywood to 7/8″. Our blocks are 3/4″ thick. So, even if you buy blocks from us…more thickness is required. If you use our boxes, all is to spec. Just, you must fill the package so it will be rigid and add some weight. So, pack it full of tissue or some sort of presentable packing material. Digital prints, inkjet desktop prints, photocopies, etc are discouraged. Funky Fun Art buyers like to see some sort of “human touch” vs something mechanized. Once you are ready to begin, please send your prototype. For your prototype, you can download our box template and use your own materials: Box Template. Your name and contact info is required to be clearly displayed on each piece.
The most successful Funky Fun Art Vending works include support material about the artist. Think of ways to present yourself in the event someone wants to learn about your other artistic ventures. The goal of this project is to create valid, professional relationships between the artist and the patron. Keep in mind that in many cases, the Funky Fun Art vending can be someone’s first art purchase. Artists who specifically ask “who bought me” often hear feedback and find out where their work ends up.
Make sure your pieces of art SHOULD NOT CONTAIN MAGNETS, BALLOONS, GLITTER, CONFETTI OR ITEMS PROCESSED WITH PEANUTS. No exceptions. Please use common sense and do not create work with materials that are potentially hazardous. If applicable, please label on the outside of your piece that it is rated “R” or “Small Parts-Not for Children”. The final piece should have weight and structure so it will not easily crush. Packing material (colored tissue, micro bubble wrap, etc) also adds weight, which helps the vending process. Boxes are light and need added structure or packing material inside. To recap: ADD WEIGHT, PACKING MATERIAL AND/OR SOMETHING TO ADD INTERNAL STRUCTURE.
Wrap .003 ml acetate around each piece. Use clear “very sticky” tape to affix acetate and make sure the acetate is taut. Please do not use frosted tape or low tack labels that will release. This is important, as it will cause vending problems and incidental expense. All art must be wrapped in acetate. Make a 2 X 2″ square placard to identify your column in the machine. This is the main interface between your art that the buyer. The message should be simple and clear. A brief description of your work and your name is a good place to start. Print out and sign the official Submission Form (pdf) and include it with your shipment. Submission of art is confirmation that you agree to the terms and conditions. Send your prototype to: Funky Fun Art LLC, 438 Brickyard Road, Freehold, NJ 07728