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April Showers Bring May Mother’s Day Gifts

April 26, 2019

Laura Staugaitis

We love the spring season to remind us to express our appreciation for the lovely people who helped us plant roots and grow—whether that’s a biological or adoptive mom, a female mentor, sister, or grandma. What better way to show gratitude than a gift from our hand-picked guide for Mother’s Day? You’ll find temporary tattoos and puzzles, new Calhoun & Co. blankets, and festive socks to celebrate the most important meal of the day (mother knows best), we’ve got just the thing for your #1 mom. And yes, we offer gift wrapping!

 

 



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Buggin’ Out: New DIY Insect Stamp Kits

April 12, 2019

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Sorry to bug you, but we wanted to let you know about these just-released stamp kits from Princeton Architectural Press. Each kit contains ink pads and 25 stamps, ranging from wings and limbs to antennae and abdomens, designed by Hamburg-based illustrator Barbara Dziadosz. Use the component parts to form your favorite critter, or invent an entirely new one. See some examples below to spark your insect imagination, and find the DIY Bug Stamp Kit in The Colossal Shop!

 

 



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Gimme That New New: Colossal Daily Update

February 8, 2019

Laura Staugaitis

Photo credit: Kevin O’Mara

Need more creative culture in your life? Our Daily Update newsletter keeps you in the know on the best in art, design, photography, and more. 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 feature from our 8-year 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 to the Colossal Daily Update: http://eepurl.com/oWVBn

 

 



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New in The Colossal Shop: Creative Inspiration

January 23, 2019

Laura Staugaitis

Danielle Krysa of The Jealous Curator is on a quest to right the representational balance of women in art history with her incredible new book, A Big Important Art Book (Now With Women!). Krysa delves in to the life and work of dozens of contemporary and historical female-identifying artists. The 320-page hardcover book is filled with interviews, project prompts, and photographs for a sensorily rich and inspiring read.

Plus, we’ve added art supplies from iconic Japanese brand Tombow. The 36-set of colored pencils features perfectly centered cores for break resistance, and a hard, wax-based lead for exceptional linework and blending. The acid-free dual brush pen set includes 9 professional-grade markers with both fine tips and flexible brush ends for ultimate versatility.

Kickstart your next creative project with these inspiring finds from The Colossal Shop!

 

 



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A Look Back at Colossal’s Most Eye-Opening Articles in 2018

December 17, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

As 2018 draws to a close we decided to take a look back at the most popular artworks, photographs, and yes, hydraulic press pieces we’ve published over the last 12 months. Although 2018 was the year Banksy shredded a painting in front of a live audience, hundreds of other incredible feats of films, art, and design have also caught our attention, including Julie Gautier’s beautiful choreographed video inside the world’s deepest pool, the concentric earth-based mandalas of James Brunt, or our continued admiration of Reuben Wu’s drone-assisted landscape photography. Take a look below to see top posts from this past year, from our tenth most viewed piece, to the design object that takes the spot at number one.

10. The Surprising Result of Crushing Non-Newtonian Fluids and Crayons in a Hydraulic Press

This year we discovered our obsession with hydraulic press videos, specifically clips from Finnish factory owners Lauri and Anni’s Hydraulic Press Channel. The pair sets their press to exert over 2,175 pounds of pressure per square inch—smashing crayons, cheese, soap, and other semi-malleable objects into unrecognizable and often colorful tubes that spring out from the every direction.

9. Foods Distorted Through Liquid and Glass in Photographs by Suzanne Saroff

Using glass cylinders and a variety of vessels, photographer Suzanne Saroff fractures the perspective of foods like eggplants, fish, and ripe bananas. The unique viewpoints shorten or elongate the provided edibles, creating distorted scenes that produce a creative glimpse at common fruits and meats.

8. Photographer Jonathan Higbee Discovers a World of Coincidence on the Streets of New York

Street photographer Jonathan Higbee walks the street of New York City prepped to capture unique and coincidental moments. Often graphic elements from vans, murals, and signage will be the key features that interact with everyday passersby, like the wide-mouthed shark and what appears to be a frightened pigeon in the snapshot above.

7. Creative Lego Constructions Bring Fantastical Moments to Life

Although we covered LEGO projects or products five times in 2018, our most popular piece that looked at the stackable bricks was a campaign developed by Asawin Tejasakulsin, a senior art director at Ogilvy & Mather in Bangkok, Thailand. The designer imaged playful scenarios in which LEGO bricks interact with the real world, such as a whale bursting from the side of a bookshelf, or a fire-breathing dragon heating a pot of soup.

6. Nearly Frozen ‘Slurpee’ Waves Surge off the Coast of Nantucket

Our sixth most popular post came just days after the New Year when photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh captured Jamie Briard surfing on partially frozen waves just off the shore of Nantucket. Although the rare phenomenon of slurry-like waves might only be seen once in someone’s lifetime, Nimerfroh has been able to shoot the effect twice over the last few years.

5. James Brunt Organizes Leaves and Rocks Into Elaborate Cairns and Mandalas

British land artist James Brunt arranges and balances rocks, leaves, sticks, and other natural materials he finds within the landscape near his home in Yorkshire, England. After arranging each object into mandala-like spirals and concentric circles, Brunt photographs his creation and allows nature to again take hold of the materials.

4. Banksy Painting Spontaneously Shreds Itself Moments After Selling for $1.4 Million at Sotheby’s

Moments after Sotheby’s sold a previously unseen version of Banksy’s Girl With Balloon for over 1.3 million dollars, the canvas begin to shred itself into strips as it fell through its ornate frame. After the surprising incident, which had been orchestrated by the infamously secretive artist, he took to Instagram for a follow-up statement to the event saying the piece was “Going, going, gone…”

3. Long Exposure Photos Capture the Light Paths of Drones Above Mountainous Landscapes

We are longtime fans of photographer Reuben Wu, who uses the aide of drones as aerial light sources to create incredible images of natural and manmade landscapes across the globe, including the brilliant blue rivers of molten sulfur in Indonesian volcanoes, and the thousands of glistening mirrors that compose Nevada’s SolarReserve. For his ongoing series Lux Noctis, Wu used light from his GPS-enabled drones to create a halo effect around cliffs and crests which are only perceptible in the resulting photograph.

2. Underwater Choreography Performed in the World’s Deepest Pool by Julie Gautier

This year Julie Gautier released AMA, a short film which is directed and performed by the deep sea diver and filmmaker. Gautier dives, twists, and dances within the world’s deepest pool, presenting captivating choreography nearly 130 feet underwater.

1. A Paper Memo Pad That Excavates Objects as It Gets Used

And finally, our most popular post from 2018 was a paper product created by the Japanese company Triad, whose main line of business is producing architectural models. Omoshiroi Blocks are stacks of laser-cut paper that when removed, reveal fantastic sites such as Kyoto’s Kiyomizudera Temple, Tokyo’s Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Tower.

Our editors want to extend a thank you for reading all of the pieces we have explored, obsessed over, and covered in 2018. We look forward to the spectacular artworks, science discoveries, short films, and other intriguing visuals that will be created and discovered in 2019!

 

 



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Chain Reaction: An International Print Show Featuring Two-Wheeled Artwork

November 28, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

On Your Bike by Daniel Jamie Williams

Without further ado, the second half of Chain Reaction, an international print show featuring artists, designers, and printmakers from all over the world. Chain Reaction includes works by seventeen artists, including many previously featured on Colossal: Daniel Jamie Williams, Rafael Esquer (previously), Little Friends of Printmaking, Janice Chang, Ovadia Benishu, Jay Ryan (previously), Mara Piccione, Lisa Congdon, and Tanner Woodford.

Each piece included in Chain Reaction was made exclusively for the exhibition and will be available in person at the Design Museum of Chicago, as well as online in The Colossal Shop. 10% of each print sale will benefit the non-profit organization Blackstone Bicycle Works. Chain Reaction is part of the Design Museum’s winter exhibition, Keep Moving, which explores the history and culture of bicycles in Chicago. Find the full collection in The Colossal Shop.

East LA Lowrider Bike by Rafael Esquer

Exploded Weekender by Jay Ryan

On Your Left! by Lisa Congdon

Keep Riding by Janice Chang

Cycle Cat by Little Friends of Printmaking

Chain Reaction by Tanner Woodford

 

 



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New in The Colossal Shop and a Holiday Sale

November 23, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in The Colossal Shop as we stock up with best-sellers and discover new favorites for gift-giving season. Four of our top picks, all newly added to the Shop: Butterflies of North America, a data-driven poster by Pop Chart that features organized illustrations of over 500 butterflies and the phenomenal re-issue of Color Problems by Victorian-era color theorist Emily Noyes Vanderpoel (which you may remember from our article earlier this year). Plus, Matthew Hoffman of You Are Beautiful releases an unforgettable calendar each year filled with daily affirmations and inspirations for creative minds, and Yoga Joes goes bold with a new set of Rainbow Joes. Best of all, you can save 20% with code HOLIDAZE, now through Monday November 26th. (Not valid on Chain Reaction prints, gift cards, or Richard Clarkson clouds.)