In the ever-expanding genres of vinyl and resin based sculptural art, there are often players behind the scenes making some of the most impressive pieces come together. Whether you hang out at ComicCon or Art Basel Miami, you've seen sculptural works that PIP (Pretty in Plastic) literally had a hand (or several) in fabricating. Here, Fecal Face interviews PIP founder, owner and fabrication mastermind Julie B., to find out more about how their work all plays out.
My family is super creative in a combination of science and art. They're very talented artists but their generation stressed going to college for things other than art, so they're both science teachers. I grew up around a lot of science and creative energy,
I started as a biology major and after the first year (in 1997), I dropped out and moved to California. I saw a job posting that said "artist wanted," got the job and began sculpting doll characters for them, even though I had never taken a formal sculpting class.
It happened really organically. I was working in the back of Meltdown, and then moved across the street to Span of Sunset. I was doing a lot of prototyping for them and making a lot of molds and castings. Then different artists approached me to do multiples. The Amanda Vissel piece was one of our first projects.
Well, I had had a job in Brooklyn doing toy prototyping prior to that, and so I had very good training. When I came out here to California I realized that the artists here needed the service of sculpting and multiples. And it kind of blew up from there.
We never even had to launch Pretty in Plastic- we just began getting work, and then it just grew and grew from there. No marketing- just word of mouth. That was back in 2005. I think I started off with the name Toy Girl, I was inspired by Tank Girl. From there the company just formed very naturally because the need was there.
Anywhere from design to prototyping, to creating physical samples, to doing limited editions, and fine art creation. Then we move into more of the large scale fabrications, which is what we're really focusing on now: Cnc Milling, vacuum-forming, roto-casting, and installations.