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News You Can Use: Score $800 of Good Stuff From Colossal, Booooooom, and 20×200

October 30, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

“Cemetery Rd, 3169-3327, Viewmont, NY” by Pete Mauney. Available exclusively through 20×200

In partnership with our comrades-in-arts, Booooooom and 20×200, we’re giving you a chance to win a $300 credit in The Colossal Shop, $300 to spend on art at 20×200.com, and two years of membership plus some sweet swag from Booooooom. You can sign up for the giveaway right here. It’s totally free to participate, and by entering to win you’ll be signed up for Colossal’s Daily newsletter, as well as news from 20×200 and Booooooom’s Secret Email Club.

20×200, which has been selling art online since 2007, offers a curated collection of limited-edition, museum-quality prints and artworks by emerging, established, and legendary artists. It’s art for everyone! Colossal picked out one of our favorite images, a magical capture of fireflies at night in upstate New York by photographer Pete Mauney as an example above. (See some of our other editor’s picks here.) It’s just one of hundreds of artworks by present and past photographers, fine artists, designers, and printmakers in 20×200’s impressive roster, from Debbie Millman and Paul Octavious to Dorthea Lange and Ansel Adams. With your $300 credit, you can load up on small, unframed prints, or invest in a larger work with a custom frame (an add-on service 20×200 conveniently provides).

With a two-year membership to Booooooom, you’ll get unlimited submissions for editorial features, exclusive creative commissionsand other opportunities available only to members. And if that’s not enough, membership also gives you access to Booooooom’s private slack community, where you can connect with creatives and art-lovers for advice, support, feedback, and idea-sharing. Oh, and did we mention you’ll get a swag pack, too? A branded T-shirt, cap, stickers, and camera strap are all included.

For over ten years, Booooooom has been an influential voice in the emerging art scene, dedicated to promoting the best young artists. Founded by Vancouver based writer and curator Jeff Hamada, Booooooom has published over 12,000 articles with a focus on photography and illustration, and works as a connector between creatives and brands, galleries, and festivals around the world.  Booooooom got started a couple years before Colossal, and it’s been a privilege to learn and grow alongside them for the past eight years (you can even read a fun interview we did together here).

Plus, with $300 to burn in The Colossal Shop, you can pick up books on art and creativity, quirky toys, quality art supplies, and beautifully made design objects, many of which have been featured on Colossal. And we heard something about gift-giving season coming up…

Enter to win! 

 

 

 



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Chain Reaction: An International Print and Illustration Show of Bicycle-Inspired Art

October 18, 2018

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As part of a unique collaboration with the Design Museum of Chicago, Colossal asked some of our favorite poster makers, illustrators, designers, and artists from around the world to make prints featuring bicycles. The international exhibition is in conjunction with the museum’s upcoming exhibition, Keep Moving: Designing Chicago’s Bicycle Culture.

Participating artists include Arna Miller (previously), Janice ChangAlex Senna (previously), Ovadia Benishu, Lisa Congdon, Fran Labuschagne, Jay Ryan, Eleni Debo, Mara PiccioneBrent Couchman, Mart Aire (previously), Daniel Jamie Williams, Vance Lump, Lydia Fu, JW and Melissa Buchanan, and Rafael Esquer (previously).

Prints will be available for purchase online in the Colossal Shop and at Design Museum Chicago’s Block 37 location, starting November 16, 2018. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Blackstone Bicycle Works, a local community bike shop and youth education program. If you’re in Chicago, join us for a free, all-ages opening party from 6 to 8pm on Friday, November 16th! Keep an eye on our event page and RSVP via Facebook for details.

 

 



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New in The Colossal Shop

October 9, 2018

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We’ve got lots of new items falling into the shop this autumn including new DIY Butterfly Model Kits in sunset yellow from Assembli, a pair of colorful new socks, and a new 1,000 piece puzzle featuring 120 birds of Eastern and Central North America. Also just in time for Halloween, illustrator and paper engineer Helen Friel has just released her latest pop-up shadow book: Midnight Monsters. But that’s not all, see what else is new in the Colossal Shop!

 

 



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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!