The Button-O-Matic provides a fun and easy way to distribute buttons. 1-inch buttons are placed in plastic capsules and dispensed via a coin-operated, gumball-style vending machine. You can purchase or rent a Button-O-Matic and fill it with our current curated artist series or with button designs of your own. To purchase or rent a machine, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Busy Beaver began its Button-O-Matic artists series in 2002 as a means to expand the community of button lovers and to promote independent artists and designers. With playful themes and surprise guest artists, each new series is truly anticipated by button collectors and independent arts aficionados alike. Featured artists have included Milton Glaser, Chris Ware, Mark Mothersbaugh, Julia Rothman, David Shrigley and more. For more information on past series, check out A Brief History of the Button-O-Matic.
This year’s creature-filled Button-O-Matic Series includes designs by Chicago-based illustrators, painters, printmakers, and sculptors, each based on the theme “bestiary.”
Local legend Tony Fitzpatrick curated the series. When inviting artists to contribute, his instructions were simple: “we’re thinking wild, mystical creatures or whatever you dream up!” This artistic license led to interpretations as diverse as the animal kingdom itself, and we’re thrilled with the wild selection that results.
Learn more about the participating artists below and collect their buttonified works of art at our Button-o-Matic release party Friday, October 2nd. After that, you can find them in Button-o-Matic vending machines around Chicago.
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