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New Portraits of Fashionably Dressed Wildlife and Floral Bouquets by Miguel Vallinas 


In his long-running portrait series Second Skins, artist Miguel Vallinas (previously) uses photographic portraits of wildlife as a starting point to construct fictional wardrobes that he imagines each animal might wear if it were dressed as a human. Vallinas has an uncanny ability to select the perfect colors and textures for each outfit he photographs, bestowing the animals with a clear sense of character and an unusual authenticity.

On the surface, Second Skins is a humorous series of portraits guaranteed for a smile, but dig a bit deeper and Vallinas suggests the images reveal a more about human nature than the animal kingdom. Specifically, how we perceive people based on appearance and how we create narratives in our mind based wholly on what we see. Vallinas says he is also examining elements of self-perception, specifically “what we believe we are, what others think we are, what we really are, and what we would like to be.”

For his latest body of work titled Roots, Vallinas again explores identity through similarly dressed boquets of flowers or plants matched with remarkably fitting attire. You can see much more on his website.










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New Handmade Resin Bracelets Embedded with Flowers and Plants by Sarah Smith 


Designer Sarah Smith at Modern Flower Child (previously) continues to experiment with embedding all manner of plantlife into her handmade resin bracelets. Dried ferns, flowers, bark, and even peacock feathers are frozen in time inside these clear time capsules, a process that takes up to three weeks from design to pouring resin, curing, and shaping the final piece. You can see more on Etsy and on Faerie. (via My Modern Met)







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Kelly Reemtsen’s Painterly Juxtapositions of Chic Dresses and Power Tools Showcase Modern Femininity 

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Labor Force, 2015

Los Angeles-based painter Kelly Reemtsen's newest works focus on the subject matter of well-dressed women toting household tools that range from mallets to power saws, each held in a causal position that demonstrates a comfortableness with the object in-hand. Each figure is anonymous, the head of the woman not included in the cropped images of dress, heels, and tool.

The collective works question what makes the modern woman, flouncy dresses coordinating with more masculine tools to showcase the objects’ relatability rather than create a contrast between the woman and her wrenches and shears. The brightly colored impasto paintings each provide a burst of color—yellow, greens, and pinks catching the eye.

Reemtsen just closed a new exhibition of work titled “Smashing” at De Buck Gallery in New York and is also represented by David Klein Gallery, which relocated to Detroit this fall. Her 2013 book “I’m Falling” won both the Independent Spirit Award and 2014 Independent Publisher Books Award.


Unstuck, 2015


Shear Bliss, 2015


Spotted, 2015


Forced, 2015


Handled, 2015

I Pick You, 2015

I Pick You, 2015


Striking Distance, 2015

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Sponsor // Artist Katie Rodgers Illustrates Beautifully Abstract Styles for the World’s Largest Fashion Brands 

Illustrated with Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker

Born and raised along with a trio of brothers in a small country town outside of Atlanta, Georgia, illustrator Katie Rodgers frequently escaped into sketchbooks and canvases where she found joy painting colorful watercolor fashions and expressions of beauty through the female form. Her depictions of luxurious dresses and flowing hairstyles were a far cry from the reality of her rural surroundings, but it was this outsider’s perspective that ended up being her greatest asset.

Completely undeterred from the chance to experience the fashion runways of New York, London, Milan, or Paris first-hand, Rodgers instead turned to magazines and her dynamic imagination to create her own styles.

After she graduated with a degree in industrial design from Carnegie Mellon, Rodgers found her attention continually drawn back to fashion illustration despite the demands of her new design career. As an outlet for her illustration hobby she launched Paper Fashion in 2009, a website where she shared her mixed-media designs that incorporate everything from paper, paint, sequins, textiles, egg shells, watercolor, marker, pencil, and any material necessary to give her illustrations texture and depth.

The response from the fashion community was immediate and it wasn’t long before she was selling work and original prints, and soon the brands came knocking. Within two years of sharing her work online Rodgers was working for Cartier, Swarovski, Glamour Magazine, Elle, Lacoste, Coach, and a host of other fashion outlets looking for her fresh visual perspective on an industry where illustration techniques can often blend together.

Illustrated with Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker

For this post, Colossal partnered with Winsor & Newton to bring you a series of illustrations by Rodgers rendered with a new line of Pigment Markers. Based on pigments instead of dyes, the non-fade markers promise to remain vivid under normal gallery conditions for a century. “I love that the pigment markers feel and work like paint,” Rodgers shares. “It’s amazing how you can rework the markers over and over as you go, even after they’ve dried.”

Illustrated with Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker

Illustrated with Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker

Additional gouache work by Rodgers.

Additional gouache work by Rodgers.

Additional gouache work by Rodgers.

Katie’s work is being exhibited on 13th October at the Society of Illustrators gallery in New York and then in London and Paris as part of the Winsor and Newton launch campaign: Colour Your City, showcasing artwork from artists and illustrators all over the world, using the first ever Pigment Marker.

Perfect for illustrators, designers and fine artists, Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers deliver beautiful pigmented colors that are guaranteed to be lightfast for 100 years. For more information visit winsornewton.com or follow @pigmentmarker.

This post is sponsored by Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers.

Jagged Wood Fragments Find New Purpose When Fused with Resin by Jeweler Britta Boeckmann 


Melbourne-based designer and jeweler Britta Boeckmann has a way of seeing the perfect in the imperfect, a skill she uses to form a hugely diverse array of wearable objects from fused wood and resin. Each pendant, ring, or pair of earrings is made one at a time by hand without the aid of template, a process that allows the pieces to evolve organically as she works.

After graduating in 2013 with an industrial design degree, Boeckmann moved from Germany to Melbourne (by way of London) where she joined the Wangaratta Woodworkers studio. Working three times a week she quickly perfected her jewelry fabrication techniques and soon found a market for her wares. Boeckmann now has her own studio and sells her pieces online under the brand “BoldB” on Etsy. You can see an archive of her design on her website. (via So Super Awesome)









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The Wonderland Book: Photographer Kirsty Mitchell Honors Her Mother Through Lavish Conceptual Portraits 

24_She'll Wait For You In The Shadows Of Summer

Fine art photographer Kirsty Mitchell’s (previously) award-winning series of conceptual portraits titled Wonderland will soon be available as a book by the same name. Wonderland began as a small project in 2009 when Mitchell decided to explore childhood stories shared by her mother, an English teacher, who died from cancer several years earlier. Models dressed in lavish costumes were shot against natural settings like deeply wooded forests to evoke the elements of mystery and fantasy enjoyed by Mitchell’s mother. While portraits from the series are extremely detailed and vivid, they remain intentionally ambiguous enough for readers to project their own stories onto them.

The success of her first few photos drove the artwork into uncharted territory as the photoshoots grew into increasingly ornate endeavors where costumes and props for each image were sewn, painted, and assembled by hand, requiring up to five months of prep for a single shot. Mitchell recounts the series’ evolution in an essay on her website. The full collection of 74 storybook images will soon be available in an actual publication currently funding (with wild success) on Kickstarter.

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5_Wonderland London show

21_The Stars Of Spring Will Carry You Home

23_The Fade Of Fallen Memories

1_Kirsty in Studio

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