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Interview: Susanna Bauer Examines the Tension Between Strength and Fragility in Her Stitched Leaves

March 2, 2020

Grace Ebert

All images © Susanna Bauer and  Art Photographers, shared with permission

In the latest interview for Colossal Members, Cornwall-based artist Susanna Bauer discusses multiple aspects of her creative process, from how she sources her materials to her relationship to the natural world. In the conversation with our Managing Editor Grace Ebert, Bauer also spoke about her ongoing commitment to honor the environment and the ways she understands the relationship between strength and fragility.

 

 



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Skillshare Spotlight: Learn Danielle Clough's Thread Painting Techniques

February 18, 2020

Grace Ebert

We’ve written about Danielle Clough’s intimate embroidered portraits and botanical works stitched on everyday objects on Colossal, and now the Cape Town-based photographer, designer, and embroidery artist is offering a Skillshare class to teach her thread painting methods. Tailored for beginners, her lesson plans include basic stitches and French knots and instructions on creating textures, color gradients, and dimension. She also provides a full guide to preparing your fabric, hoop, needle, and thread. When you’ve completed the 14-part class, you’ll have created a floral embroidery. Head to Skillshare to dive into Clough’s creative process.

 

 



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Colossal Switches From Amazon to Bookshop to Support Independent Booksellers

February 10, 2020

Grace Ebert

In order to give to artists, writers, and small booksellers more directly, Colossal has removed nearly every link to Amazon from previous posts and replaced them with Bookshop.org. The new online platform supports independent bookstores by pooling 10 percent of all sales to be distributed evenly among participating businesses every six months, in addition to offering an affiliate program. During the last decade, Colossal has supplemented a small fraction of revenue through occasional affiliate marketing that provides us with a percentage of sales through retailers like Amazon, Etsy, and Society6.

Colossal’s ongoing collection on Bookshop contains a range of texts in categories like photography, art, and history. Currently, you’ll find works like If You Can Cut, You Can Collage: From Paper Scraps to Works of Art by collage artist Hollie Chastain, In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World: A Cookbook by photographer Gabriele Galimberti, and Naturalia, a compilation of photographs captured by Jonathon Jimenez, aka Jonk, among other works featured on Colossal during the past 10 years. Head to Bookshop and see what we’ve been paging through.

 

 

 



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Interview: A Conversation with Photographer Brooke DiDonato Explores the Process and Inspiration Behind Her Surreal Imagery

February 4, 2020

Christopher Jobson

All images © Brooke DiDonato, shared with permission

New York City-based photographer Brooke DiDonato discusses her approach to composition and color in her unmistakably original images in a conversation with Editor-in-Chief Christopher Jobson. The two talk about ideas of surrealism and magic realism found in DiDonato’s work, the deep lines of inspiration drawn from her family, and her observations of the world around her.

Join hundreds of Colossal Members who are diving into this discussion with DiDonato. As a member, you’ll gain access to this interview, in addition to other perks, and be part of a visual culture community of 10 million monthly readers.

 

 



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Interview: Rob Woodcox Discusses His Boldly Energetic Conceptual Photography of the Human Form

January 13, 2020

Christopher Jobson

All images © Rob Woodcox, shared with permission

Photographer Rob Woodcox is known for his images of bodies stalled in motion, from his conceptions of a human wave to his striped portraits. In the latest interview, our editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson sat down with the artist to to discuss his masterfully composed images of the human body, his deep commitment to social awareness in his practice, and his upcoming book Bodies of Light.

Get deeper insight into Woodcox’s creative process by becoming a Colossal Member. You’ll gain access to this interview, in addition to other perks. And if you join at any level before January 19, 25% of your membership will go to Wildlife Victoria to aid in the Australian bushfire crisis.

 

 



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Fundraiser: Buy This Artwork and Support the Bushfire Crisis in Australia

January 9, 2020

Christopher Jobson

Earlier this week we were sent this heartbreaking new animation from Oh Yeah Wow (previously) that was created in direct response to the horrific Bushfire Crisis currently unfolding across Australia. Titled “Tomorrow’s on Fire,” the short addresses the collective hopelessness felt in the face of political inaction, and the loss of 28 lives, thousands of homes, and potentially hundreds of millions of animals, in a fire season greatly exacerbated by the effects of global warming.

Oh Yeah Wow’s animation inspired us to put together a quick fundraiser. We reached out to artists across the globe and asked if anyone might be willing to donate a print, painting, or object, with a percentage of sales going toward humanitarian, wildlife, and firefighter support in Australia. More than 50 artists answered the call offering their work, so many that we were unable to include everyone here. All the pieces below are available now, with proceeds going toward various relief organizations. Click through to each work to see the terms and beneficiary.

Thank you to everyone for contributing. It means the world. If you’re unable to afford a purchase right now, please consider donating directly to the Wildlife Victoria. Without further adieu, PLEASE buy this art.

 

 

 

Anatomical and Botanical Filigree Sculptures by Joshua Harker (use code COLOSSAL at checkout, 40% donation to WIRES)

 

Wolf & Bison Prints by Erik Fremstad (100% of proceeds to WIRES)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND THERE’S MORE…

See also work by Cultur, Elisa Dore, 3 Fish Studios, Stephanie Shank, Marcy Lamberson, LittleGoldFoxDesigns, Jenny Belin, Dan Alvarado, Natalie Wernimont, Hannah Rothstein, Rayna Lo, Sally Bartos, and Cheri Smith.