A Mascot Maker's Musings:

JJ Jumper - NCAA Official mascot

Custom Mascots, Original Characters

    AvantGarb designs & creates custom mascots. They are mascots that represent a team, school, event, product —even an idea. Each character is an original. We’re a dynamic company of artists, designers and craft people. Our raison d’etre, our training … Continue reading 

George Mason University's Gunston

Introducing & Updating a New Mascot

What not to do It was a fiasco when a large, midwest university decided to update their very distinctive mascot. The mascot is an esteemed mascot in the university culture. He has a distinctive look. The new mascot was introduced at the … Continue reading 

A Library Mascot

A New Book Mascot for the Indianapolis Library The Indy Library wanted to update the mascot. They wanted the big book to be a bit smaller so it could be more easily transported —and they wanted a few other changes. The Library … Continue reading 

Mascot Fabulousness – Bucky the Buccaneer

There is a moment, when sculpting a big mascot head, or designing hugely, fabulous mascot clothes when I feel the mascot coming to life. For Bucky the Buccaneer, a mascot we made for Barry University, it was when we were making his fabulous, Buccaneer coat. … Continue reading 

Mascots and Diversity

A moose wandered onto Amherst’s grounds a few years ago and started a mascot movement. One might call it a revolution. Here’s the story. Schools are in intense conversation about what their school mascot says about diversity on campus. While reading Sunday’s New York … Continue reading 

The Queen of Fuzz Talks About Mascots

Jennifer Smith interview  – for Indiana’s Got Talent blog Jennifer Q Smith is the Queen of Fuzz at Avant Garb, a company that designs and builds mascots for teams, universities and corporations throughout the country. She has been making, wearing and … Continue reading 

The Mascot Studio

The Mascot Studio – Location, location, location! AvantGarb is in the coolest building in the United States Our building, The Stutz Business & Arts Center is an old, car factory. Stutz Bearcats used to be made here—in our studio, you can … Continue reading 

Mascots that make a difference

When a mascot goes everywhere, the company has much more than a mascot. They have a mascot program. Then they have a mascot strategic marketing campaign. They have a mascot that makes a difference. When you have a mascot you love, … Continue reading 

Valentines Day in Mascot Land!!!!!

Happy Valentines Day xo the Queen of Fuzz, the Mascot Mavens & the Valentine Duck! ValentineDuck ( click here – there might be a hokey video)   ©Jennifer Smith 2018

Making Mascot Shoes

Mascot shoes are gems.   Your mascot will be able to walk, run, jump and twirl. We employ the best shoemaker in mascotdom.The shoes are sculpted foam covered in fabric and/or leather. The performer’s own shoes are secured firmly into the … Continue reading 

Falling in Love with Mascots

  Sometimes creation just buzzes along at AvantGarb. We have enough of the right foam to build the mascot body, we have plenty of the right kind of helmets to put inside the mascot heads, we have plenty of fur, the right … Continue reading 

National Mascot Association

There are a lot of mascots running around, but there’s no central spot where mascot people can check in and come together… ….That is, until now! INTRODUCING THE NATIONAL MASCOT ASSOCIATION At AvantGarb, we are big fans of everything mascot. All … Continue reading