Join Us for A Colossal Workshop on Miniature Macramé with Agnes Hansella

September 26, 2022


All images © Agnes Hansella, shared with permission

Since her stunning trio of installations in Bali, artist Agnes Hansella has continued to delight us with her elaborate and organic macramé works. We’re thrilled that she’s joining us live from her home in Jakarta this fall for a virtual workshop on miniature macramé. During our hour-long session, she’ll teach techniques for crafting the miniature piece shown above using the larks head knot, alternating half hitch, square knot, wrap knot, and diamond stitch. She will also share tips for utilizing the same methods to create a larger-scale work.

Registration is open now for the October 29 workshop, and if you’re a Colossal Member, be sure to use the code in your account for $5 off. Ten percent of all proceeds from this workshop will benefit Refugee One.





We Want to Hear From You! Take Colossal’s 2022 Reader Survey

September 20, 2022


Image © Paperboyo

We’re planning our editorial coverage, exhibitions, and programming ahead of 2023, but we want to hear from you first. Help us improve Colossal by taking this brief survey. Your responses help drive decisions about our programming, marketing, and other exciting changes.

Submit your responses before September 30 and enter to win one of three $50 gift cards from the MoMA Design Store. Take the survey.





Calling All Art Lovers! Become a Colossal Member Today and Support Independent Arts Publishing

September 13, 2022


Sharing creativity is our greatest joy, and we rely on the generous support of Colossal Members to sustain our daily operations. For as little as $5 per month, you can read Colossal and our newsletters ad-free and get access to all additional member benefits, including discounts, early access, and a members-only newsletter.

Join today and support the creative stories that matter most. We’re so glad you’re here. ❤️


Member Perks ✨

  • An ad-free reading experience on Colossal and in our newsletters
  • Discounts from The Sketchbook Project, The Hyperallergic Store, Knit-Wise, The Jaunt, 20×200, Create! Magazine, and the Booooooom Shop
  • A members-only newsletter with sneak-peeks into upcoming events, news, and of course, plenty of giveaways
  • One percent of membership fees is always allocated to students. So far this year, Colossal Members have purchased nearly $1,500 of art supplies through DonorsChoose

What’s Next for 2022 and Beyond

  • Colossal Workshop Series: We’re organizing regular tutorials and workshops with some of the most exciting and engaging artists
  • We’re hiring an intern! With the support of members, we’re delighted to be able to grow our team and provide a recent graduate with experience in arts publishing



Animation Colossal Design

Interview: Production Designer Liz Toonkel Describes Creating the Adorable Universe of ‘Marcel the Shell with Shoes On’

August 16, 2022

Christopher Jobson

A tiny mollusk with a big personality, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is famous for quirky antics and endlessly entertaining use of human-sized objects. In a new interview supported by Colossal Members, production designer Liz Toonkel discusses building the universe the adorable character occupies in the feature-length mockumentary released this summer from A24.

All of those little details that you wouldn’t think about, when you watch it they give it an inherent truth because everything feels like it does in our real world. Same thing with the garden. Those are real plants. That’s so rare in stop motion that you have real organic materials. It’s pretty much impossible to stop-motion animate with them because they decompose. There was a lot of thought put into how to bring organic, real life to the things around Marcel.

Colossal editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson recently sat down with Toonkel to discuss building a realistic micro world within a macro setting, the challenges of blending live-action with stop-motion animation, and why the tennis ball scenes are as impressive as the internet thinks. Read the full interview here.





Make, Learn, and Share Creative Skills in Colossal’s Monthly Virtual Workshops

August 11, 2022


Image courtesy of Hollie Chastain, shared with permission

We’re thrilled to announce our monthly series of workshops that explore incredible creativity from leading visual artists. We even have a shiny, new way to stay in the loop about upcoming events with our Colossal Workshops newsletter. Following the remarkable response to our forthcoming session with Hollie Chastain—which is now sold out—we look forward to inviting you to a new class next month! Colossal Members always receive a discount on registration and have access to a growing library of recordings.



Colossal Craft

Join Us for A Colossal Workshop on Paper Scaling with Hollie Chastain

July 25, 2022


All images © Hollie Chastain, shared with permission

Chattanooga, Tennessee-based artist Hollie Chastain is known for layering found photographs, book pages, and other ephemera into textured, mixed-media collages. This month, Chastain joins Colossal for a virtual workshop on paper scaling, or the process of cutting small, rounded forms from the humble material. In our session, we will spend an hour learning how to add shadow and dimension to both a solid color and portrait, and attendees will leave with a few additional tips and tricks for future projects.

Registration is open now for the August 20 workshop, and if you’re a Colossal Member, be sure to use the code in your account for $5 off. Ten percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.