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New in The Colossal Shop

September 14, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

This just in: a puzzle of cameras from throughout history featuring a flat lay photograph by Jim Golden (previously) and new van Gogh and Dali-inspired pins by Pin Museum (previously). Plus, our favorite jeweler Yellow Owl Workshop just debuted Cubist earrings, and Thomas Houha Designs imagined the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope as a crafty DIY kit. Find it all in The Colossal Shop!

 

 

 



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The Other Art Fair Comes to Chicago to Connect Artists With a New Generation of Collectors

September 6, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

On September 28, a new kind of art event is coming to Chicago: The Other Art Fair connects collectors directly with emerging artists at immersive, interactive events around the world. After successful installments in the UK, Australia, and Los Angeles, The Other Art Fair will fill Mana Contemporary in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. From September 28-30, TOAF Chicago will present a full weekend of opportunities to meet and talk with artists, whose works are also available for sale on-site. Colossal’s founder and editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson helped curate top emerging talent for the Chicago Other Art Fair as part of TOAF’s 2018 selection committee.

Renowned Chicago music venue Empty Bottle will curate the fair soundtrack with live music and DJ sets, younger visitors can explore the fair with a free creative newspaper, and local establishments Promontory and MONEYGUN are cooking up satisfying food and drink menus. Engaging panel discussions and talks with industry experts and leading creatives, presented by Saatchi Art, are free to all ticket holders. Friday and Saturday evenings include special previews and an after-dark Saturday night party, sponsored by MINI USA and The Cooper Southbank.

The Other Art Fair is also partnering with Chicago-based multi-disciplinary artist Hebru Brantley to support Little Black Pearl art and design academy. Brantley has created an exclusive, limited edition print only available at TOAF. All proceeds will benefit Little Black Pearl, a non-profit that works diligently to counter the challenges urban youth face by providing a safe environment, positive role models, and rigorous program and skill development activities and opportunities in the fields of art and design.

Colossal readers can enjoy complimentary weekend-long tickets using code COLOSSAL at chicago.theotherartfair.com/weekend.

See more from The Other Art Fair on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and via #TheOtherArtFairChi.

“Colling” by Faith Humphrey Hill

“Babylon” by Victoria Angeline

“Flow” by Jeff Davis

“Ascent” by Lisa Krannichfeld

 

 

 



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Origami Wrap Turns Disposable Gift-Wrapping Paper Into DIY Crafts

August 16, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

Fun fact: if every American wrapped just three gifts per year using reusable or reused materials, we would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields. And it doesn’t just have to be last week’s Sunday comics: this clever wrapping paper is the gift that keeps on giving, six times over! Each 20 x 30 inch sheet is covered with directions to turn it into a dog, frog, flower, balloon, fish, and crane. Origami Wrap is designed by ILOVEHANDLES and sold in sets of five sheets. Find it in The Colossal Shop.

 

 

 



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New in The Colossal Shop

August 1, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

This just in: Field Notes has released their latest notebook edition, which includes three pocket-sized notebooks that mark the 50th anniversary of America’s outer space exploits. The collection celebrates the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions and also includes three DIY crew capsule models. Plus, artist Jay Ryan brings the joy of reading to life in his charming new five color screenprint, The Garden and Haptic Lab sends swallows soaring with their handmade avian kites.  Studio Carta designs unique craft supplies including Rooster Scissors with 24 karat gold finish and a cleverly integrated farm bird handle. Find all these and more, new in The Colossal Shop!

 

 



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This Just In: New in The Colossal Shop

July 20, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

With summer in full swing, we’re celebrating the world’s natural wonders in The Colossal Shop. You’ll find shimmering beetle puzzles imported from Spain and make-a-wish dandelion pop-up cards made by MoMA. Plus, the latest poster release from Pop Chart Lab is blossoming with over 200 flowers. See what’s new in store!

 

 

 



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Take a Tour of ‘Inflatable’ at San Francisco’s Exploratorium

June 27, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

Guardian of the Disphotic by Shih Chieh Huang (2018). All images © Exploratorium

The Exploratorium summer show, curated by Colossal, has filled the museum and exploration space to the roof—literally!—with eye-catching, mind-boggling, and joy-inducing interactive inflatable art. Take a peek at the exhibit, which includes artwork by Shih Chieh Huang, Jason Hackenwerth, Amanda Parer, Jimmy Kuehnle, and Pneuhaus. ‘Inflatable’ is on view through September 3, 2018 in San Francisco. Find out more on the Exploratorium website.

Cauldron Veil by Jason Hackenwerth (2018)

Cauldron Veil by Jason Hackenwerth (2018)

Fantastic Planet by Amanda Parer (2016)

Fantastic Planet by Amanda Parer (2016)

Bau(ncy) Haus by Jimmy Kuehnle (2018)

Bau(ncy) Haus by Jimmy Kuehnle (2018)

Compound Camera by Pneuhaus (2017)

Compound Camera by Pneuhaus (2017)

 

 



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Colossal Daily Update: All the News That’s Fit to Email

June 1, 2018

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Reading Water by Peter Werkman

We’d like to introduce you to our Daily Update newsletter, a fresh option for staying in the know on the best in art, design, photography, and culture. A short-and-sweet counterpoint to our Weekly Highlights, the Daily Update includes a roundup of articles posted the previous day on Colossal, along with a hand-picked gem from our archive of nearly six thousand articles.

Interested in subscribing or updating your preferences from the Weekly Highlights? You can even check out a real-live previous newsletter before deciding. Click here to subscribe or switch to the Colossal Daily Update: http://eepurl.com/oWVBn