GaryHirschartshop

Botjoy

Oregon, United States · 1597 Sales

GaryHirschartshop

Botjoy

Oregon, United States 1597 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   A tiny robot army programmed to bring you joy.These robots are hand painted (on the back of a domino),one-of-kind piece of art created Gary Hirsch, who is an artist and consultant living in Portland, OR. I love getting Bots out into the world in interesting ways. I leave them on the streets for people to find. I donate them to Children's hospitals. I encourage people to steal my idea and make their own(see more visit www.botjoy.com).

Here is a confession:
The least interesting way for me to put Bots out in the world is to sell them, but enough people have asked to get them this way that I created this shop. They are pretty expensive and take some time to get to you. But a portion of Bot sales goes to donating Brave Bots to kids that need them in several children's hospitals in my home town of Portland and elsewhere-you can read more at that here: http://www.opb.org/artsandlife/article/brave-bots-help-young-hospital-patients-overcome-challenges/

Truth is I would rather spend the limited free time I have leaving Bots on the streets for people to find and giving them to people that need them then really running a retail business, so I sell limited numbers. Apologies... But you can always steal my idea and make your own..
http://www.botjoy.com/201405/steal-this-idea

Announcement

A tiny robot army programmed to bring you joy.These robots are hand painted (on the back of a domino),one-of-kind piece of art created Gary Hirsch, who is an artist and consultant living in Portland, OR. I love getting Bots out into the world in interesting ways. I leave them on the streets for people to find. I donate them to Children's hospitals. I encourage people to steal my idea and make their own(see more visit www.botjoy.com).

Here is a confession:
The least interesting way for me to put Bots out in the world is to sell them, but enough people have asked to get them this way that I created this shop. They are pretty expensive and take some time to get to you. But a portion of Bot sales goes to donating Brave Bots to kids that need them in several children's hospitals in my home town of Portland and elsewhere-you can read more at that here: http://www.opb.org/artsandlife/article/brave-bots-help-young-hospital-patients-overcome-challenges/

Truth is I would rather spend the limited free time I have leaving Bots on the streets for people to find and giving them to people that need them then really running a retail business, so I sell limited numbers. Apologies... But you can always steal my idea and make your own..
http://www.botjoy.com/201405/steal-this-idea

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A tiny, hand-painted robot army programmed to bring you joy!

This tiny robot army is programmed to bring you joy! Each Joy Bot is hand-painted, on-of-a-kind pocket friend.

To activate simply:

Allow your robot to get to know you by placing him on your desk, kitchen counter or cubicle or wherever you spend the most amount of time.

Wait until he notices something about you (it won’t take long) and then listen while he tells* you how wonderful you are, or how much he loves you, or how brave you have been, etc. (what he says depends on the type of robot you have selected).

Take him with you everywhere you go for the maximum domino effect.

* The robots don’t really talk (’cause they’re painted dominoes) but you can imagine that they do.

To read more about the Bots link to the Sharpie blog:
http://blog.sharpie.com/2011/05/good-bot-bad-bot

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  • Gary Hirsch

    Owner, Bot Maker

    The Bots are small art objects programmed to help. They are created by Gary Hirsch, an artist and consultant living in Portland OR. As a kid Gary had a lot of nightmares, his father asked him to draw the monsters in his dreams, he is still doing it

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Last updated on January 15, 2015
When I was growing up in Cleveland Heights Ohio I had a lot of nightmares. You know, your basic, run of the mill nightmares- giant hands swooping down from the attic, grabbing me out of bed and swallowing me whole where I would land in a stomach that was really a grave yard populated by zombies. On these nights my Dad would crawl out of bed throw on a robe and sit next to me with a pen and paper. “You want to show me what you’re afraid of?” He would ask. We would stay up for hours. I would draw these creatures and my Dad would help me name them. I collected hundreds: ‘Swap Creature’, ‘Red Zombie’ ‘Giant Hand’, to name a few. After a while the nightmares would come a bit less frequently. When asked about this, my Dad said, “If you can create them, then you can also erase them.”

This story still influences my art today. I am deeply interested in visual stories. In particular creating images capturing the middle of a narrative that invite the viewer to create there own “before and after” to the visual narrative moment. My current imagery is strongly linked to the “nightmare” drawings I did when I was young. I still love to doodle. The thing about doodling is that no one can really stop you from doing it (many of my elementary school teachers tried). No one ever has to see what you’ve made. The act of doing it reminds me that I am alive and that I can constantly surprise myself if I ‘let go’ a little bit. There is no fear of getting it wrong- so you can make lots of ‘mistakes’; you’re just screwing around. You can always erase it, turn the page, and start again.

Cause it's the prudent thing to say, I'll say "All of my work (photos, artwork, crafts, patterns, etc.) represented here, and elsewhere, is protected by copyright."

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Each robot is hand-painted, one of a kind so no two are the same. The robot you receive will most likely look different from the ones pictured on my site. However they will be as cute, intricate, weird, and colorful as the ones you see. The mystery of not finding our what your robot looks like before you open it is part of the fun...

We accept paypal payments, because they are much easier to track and process. If you'd like to pay in a different way contact Gary at garyatoyfdotcom
Shipping
After receiving an order we pick a robot and send it, you should receive your robot within 4-5 weeks of placing your order if you are in the U.S. overseas shipping will take 1-2 weeks longer.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you don't like your robot, return it and we will send you another.