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Give the Gift of a Colossal Membership and Share the Love for Art and Culture All Year Round

December 12, 2022

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Still from Phoebe Wahl and Andrea Love’s stop-motion music video for Ingrid Michaelson and Zooey Deschanel's “Merry Christmas, Happy New Year" featuring a felted scene of bunnies pulling Christmas decorations out of a box.

Still from Phoebe Wahl and Andrea Love’s stop-motion music video for Ingrid Michaelson and Zooey Deschanel’s “Merry Christmas, Happy New Year”

This holiday season, give the gift of daily creative inspiration with a Colossal Membership. We love sharing the work of the most exciting artists, photographers, illustrators, and designers, and with a Colossal Membership, your loved ones can experience that same joy of discovering the world’s vast creativity all year long.

A gift membership starting at $60/year provides a host of perks:

  • Receive a monthly members-only newsletter with a sneak-peek into upcoming events, news, and giveaways.
  • Enjoy an ad-free reading experience on the site and in our newsletters.
  • Take advantage of discounts, early access, and reserved seats for workshops, studio visits, and other programming.
  • Access the growing Colossal Workshop Library to learn from artists in the Colossal community.
  • Enjoy discounts from The Hyperallergic StoreKnit-WiseThe Jaunt20×200Create! Magazine, and the Booooooom Shop.
  • Give back! One percent of membership fees are allocated to DonorsChoose.org where we have purchased supplies and materials impacting thousands of students across the United States.

Shop early, and choose the date your recipient receives the gift along with a custom message. Whether you choose a supporter, patron, or lifetime membership, we can’t wait to welcome your loved ones to the Colossal community. ❤️

 

 

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Join Us for A Colossal Workshop on Embroidered Botanical Sculptures with Amanda McCavour

December 7, 2022

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A photo of a hand holding an embroidered botanical

All images © Amanda McCavour

We’re thrilled to welcome Canadian artist Amanda McCavour (previously) for our next Colossal Workshop. During our live two-hour session, McCavour will teach students her process for creating delicately embroidered sculptures using one of her own botanical drawings. Attendees will work with water-soluble stabilizers and learn to hand-embroider texture, pattern, and line with running stitches, chain stitches, couching stitches, french knots, and seed stitches to create a vibrant textile work with collaged threads.

Register here and gather your supplies for the January 14, 2023, session, and if you’re a Colossal Member, be sure to use the code in your account for $5 off. Ten percent of the proceeds for this workshop will benefit Plant Chicago.

 

A photo of a hand holding an embroidered botanical

 

 



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November 8, 2022

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Colossal is now on Mastodon! We joined this growing social network as an alternative to Twitter, where we’ll remain for at least a while longer, but we hope you’ll join us on this new platform, too. We like Mastodon because it has a lot of similar features, but unlike Twitter, which is privately owned, Mastodon is open-source and ad-free. You can find us at mastodon.art/@colossal, and remember, you can always follow the latest on Colossal through Pinterest, Tumblr, and our email newsletters.

 

 

 

 



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Interview: Jessica Oreck of the Office of Collecting & Design On Her Enormous Museum of Miniatures

November 4, 2022

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All images © Jessica Oreck, shared with permission

In Las Vegas, the Office of Collecting & Design is a haven for the minute, the small objects that have been broken, separated from their partners, or grown obsolete and somehow found their way into the hands of Jessica Oreck. Today, the museum of miniatures houses countless objects from handmade sushi smaller than a pushpin and a teeny-tiny tube of Colgate to stone marbles and limbs detached from toy figures.

I see each object as being stitched together with the fabric of both its creator and all its previous caretakers. I try to preserve that connection while still keeping the object accessible for new interactions, new connections, even if that means the physicality of the object may degrade. The collections aren’t frozen behind glass. They are very much still a part of a living, breathing existence.—Jessica Oreck

Oreck speaks in this interview about the origin of the ever-expanding collection of miniatures, how respect and intuition ground her approach to the objects, and the mysterious story behind one of the strangest items she’s encountered.

Read the interview and see the collection.

 

 

 



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October 14, 2022

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Image © Myriam Dion

We publish dozens of articles on the most exciting and innovative artists, designers, and wildly creative people each week. The easiest way to stay up to date with the latest on Colossal is through our growing collection of newsletters that highlight the best in art and visual culture from every reach of the planet. Check out your options below, and get more creativity straight to your inbox.

  • Daily Dose: A weekday rundown of everything new on Colossal, plus glimpses into artists’ processes and new works you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Best of the Week: Our most popular and exciting articles from the last week sent every Tuesday.
  • Members-only newsletter: Colossal Members get exclusive sneak peeks into upcoming events, news, and of course, plenty of giveaways.
  • Chicago Art & Culture Picks: A curated selection of openings, talks, events, and headlines from around the city that we’re excited about each week.
  • London Art & Culture Picks: A selection of great exhibitions, events, and noteworthy creative happenings around London and the U.K. each week.
  • Opportunities for Artists: A monthly selection of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, fellowships, and residencies.
  • Colossal Workshops: A monthly bulletin about our workshop series, welcoming you to learn new techniques from our community of leading artists.

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

September 26, 2022

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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.