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Janice Chang Showcases Her Illustrations of Human Creativity and Connection with Squarespace

July 23, 2019

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Los Angeles-based illustrator Janice Chang creates scenes of conviviality, curiosity, and introspection. Chang’s distinctive style is simultaneously bold—think bright colors and broad limbs—and soft, with warm expressions and curving contour lines. Whether conveying the story of Nigerian sisters who reconnected over crossword puzzles for the New York Times or capturing the delightful experience of reading for pleasure, Chang highlights moments of human interaction and emotion.

Depending on whether she is tackling an editorial commission or exploring a personal project, Chang shares that her approach adjusts accordingly. “With editorial work I’m trying to find a solution for an existing, complex piece of text and translating that into a visually stimulating piece,” Chang explains. “With personal work, it’s something that I want to explore or that I’ve been thinking about a lot. I have a list of little random bits of life that I pull inspiration from. A series I’m working on right now is exploring the Feng Shui tips from my mom that she got from her Taiwanese talk shows.”

Chang showcases her signature clean, minimal aesthetic with a Squarespace portfolio site. “Squarespace has helped me market myself and create a website that I am excited to share,” Chang says.  “The different templates allow you to really customize and make it unique to you and your work. I love how simple and elegant the design is, so that so much of the viewing experience is not just the work but navigating through the site itself. It’s easy to update and customize my site as I go, when a project is done I can immediately post it without any hassle.”

As Chang continues to grow her client list—NPR, Dropbox, The Atlantic, and TED have commissioned work—she is constantly reflecting, thinking about tone, representation, and inclusion in her human-centered illustrations.

I love to draw people. So many of the characters are extensions of the people around me, such as friends, family, or loosely inspired by random people at the park. It is important for an artist to recognize their responsibility, and that they can make a difference with the work they are putting out into the world. I feel like I’m so lucky to be surrounded by so many different cultures and types of people, and that’s something that is important for me to talk about in my work: diversity, feminism, and representation.

Squarespace allows every creative to keep evolving, and to showcase their unique perspective as they experiment, refine, and expand their work and brand. If you’re ready to try a portfolio site that’s as dynamic as you are, head to Squarespace.com for a free one-week trial, and if you like what you see, use code COLOSSAL at checkout to save 10% on a website or domain name.

This article was sponsored by Squarespace.

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Learn New Skills and Strengthen Your Portfolio with Pratt Institute’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies

July 15, 2019

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Photo courtesy of Pratt SCPS

Each year, adult, high school, and college students advance their portfolio at Pratt, obtaining the necessary tools to stay ahead in today’s competitive workplace. Pratt Institute’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) provides credit and non-credit courses to nontraditional students in a variety of subjects for educational advancement, career change, and enrichment.

Through Pratt’s innovative certificates — which include Exhibition Design, Fine Art, Photography and Video, Jewelry Design, and more — students not only propel forward in their desired field, but discover mindful techniques for engaging in their practice with an exploratory, boundary-pushing eye.

Pratt SCPS is dedicated to offering qualified programs and courses at the best value. Whether you are preparing for college or building a professional portfolio, SCPS is ready with resources, faculty, and academic advising to help you plan your program wisely.

Self-registration opens July 15. Courses are offered at Pratt Manhattan (144 West 14th Street), and on Pratt’s campus in the historic Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn.

For more information, visit www.pratt.edu/continuing-education-and-professional.

 

 



Immersive Installations by Anila Quayyum Agha Are Brought to Life with a Squarespace Portfolio Site

June 20, 2019

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“Shimmering Mirage” (2019), shown at the exhibition ‘Tradition Interrupted’ at Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

Anila Quayyum Agha draws on traditions of beauty and embellishment from her native Pakistan to create immersive experiences that allow viewers to explore and challenge their own perceptions. The professor and practicing artist, who is now based in Indianapolis, Indiana, works with industrial grade materials like laser-cut, powder coated steel to construct her patterned environments. Though her installations are aesthetically alluring, she intentionally uses abstraction to inspire deeper thought in gallery-goers. “Artists have the ability to bring historical perspectives to the current time, Agha explains. “I’m interested in that thought process, of taking responsibility and seeing how we can move to the future and make a better environment for people.”

Because Agha’s work is primarily experiential, documenting and sharing her work in a way that brings digital viewers into each moment is critically important. Balancing the demanding, complex role of teacher and mentor alongside her flourishing career in the fine art world, Agha puts Squarespace to work for her. By building her portfolio on Squarespace, Agha creates an online gallery with professional photos that support the context and immediacy of her installations:

When I initially started, I tried to build my own website. It was too complicated for me to make the website and keep it updated. It became too onerous as I was making work that was more labor-intensive. With Squarespace it is so easy to just add your photos in and change the colors. It was easy and seamless. A web presence is a professional requirement, and Squarespace has made my life so much easier.

“I think of my practice as a continuum,” Agha explains. “It’s like a bird, you dip in and fly out or fly forward. I go back in time to revisit old thoughts or ideas that continue in a way that they become new.” A strong portfolio site helps Agha organize her prolific career chronologically, sharing impressive archives of more than 15 years of artwork, along with press clips, downloadable CV and artist statement, social links, and an embedded newsletter signup.

With Squarespace’s wide range of templates and customizable features, everyone can build their own digital worlds that reflect the look and feel of their personal brand, while providing easy-to-use tools and 24/7 support so you can get off your computer and back out in the world. Visit Squarespace.com for a free one-week trial and use code Colossal to save 10% off a website or domain name.

“Shimmering Mirage” (2019)

“This is NOT a Refuge! 2” (2019)

“Itinerant Shadows” Bola, Spiral, Caged Flowers, Arches (2019)

“The Greys in Between” (2018): “Walking With My Yesterdays” (Octahedron) + Flowers Once Yours: (Tetrahedron)
Photo: Doug Eng

“All the Flowers are for Me – Turquoise” (2017)

This article was sponsored by Squarespace.

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Painter Laura Berger Showcases Her Distinctive Style with a Website from Squarespace

May 29, 2019

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“Days Like Fire”

For many people, the dream of being a full-time working artist is just a dream. But Chicagoan Laura Berger is living the dream. Berger, an accomplished painter and Squarespace user, is a rising star in the art world with recent solo shows at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco and Amsterdam’s Andenken Gallery. Berger’s instantly recognizable color palette and distinctive yet anonymous characters come together to form striking scenes that blur the line between representation and abstraction. “The figures in my work are meant to represent everyone, and myself, with external identifiers of race and age removed,” Berger explains to Colossal. “Sort of a drilling down to the more pure level of what makes us human and a representation on that soul level of where we’re all the same and equal.”

While she has honed her style and grown her presence as a fine artist over the last several years, Berger has also seamlessly incorporated different creative partnerships and products like greeting cards, calendars, and even bespoke wallpaper. “I’m so happy I found Squarespace. My website has been absolutely integral in building my career, and it was so fulfilling and empowering to be able to set it up completely by myself and get my own ball rolling,” Berger shares. “Being able to manage my own visual portfolio that I can update easily in minutes as well as a web shop and an integrated mailing list has been the cornerstone being able to support myself and grow as a full-time artist.”

“For me, working with clients on design projects is often a great way to shift my mental landscape a little from the very internally focused way that I think creatively when I’m doing work for a gallery show, and that can then spark new inspiration, thoughts, and techniques to implement when I go back to painting for exhibitions.” A far cry from Berger’s audition-centric past in the performing arts, she shares with Colossal that most of these projects have arisen organically. Thanks to her strong online presence with a professional-grade Squarespace website and impressive Instagram, partners reach out to her, contributing both to the diversity of Berger’s style of working and to her ability to support herself as an artist.

As Berger looks toward the future of her multi-faceted creative career, she sees opportunity in the ways we are globally connected. “Being able have our work discovered organically by other creative professionals, collectors, and curators from across the world is such an enormous gift. I only see that as something that will continue to increase and for me it feels both exciting and soothing—that we can overcome other barriers and connect with and inspire each other through visual language in this way.”

If you’ve been considering turning your creative dream into a reality, take the first step with a website from Squarespace. Easy-to-use customizable templates, e-commerce and marketing integrations, and 24/7 technical support help you find your footing no matter your unique path. Try Squarespace today with a free one-week trial, and when you’re ready to launch, use code COLOSSAL to save 10% on a website or domain.

“Alive Together”

“Shared Sun”

“Strata”

“Covers”

“Currents”

“Hemispheres”

“Self With Time”

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Sculptor Dan Lam Bridges Digital and Analog Worlds with Squarespace

May 5, 2019

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“Delicious Monster”

Artist Dan Lam (previously) uses intriguing blends of organic shapes with synthetic colors, textures, and materials to form scintillating sculptures. While each artwork appears to be an almost naturally-occurring form, Lam combines complementary color palettes to create visual tension and carefully applies forms each spike and indentation by hand. The artist often documents her organically-shaped sculptures in outdoor settings. Sunlight captures the glint of shimmering finishes, foliage complements the spiky textures, and Lam herself appears half-hidden while holding her work.

With her keen eye for presentation, Lam relies on the website builder Squarespace to showcase her eye-catching artwork. “I used to host with another service and while they were easy to use, I didn’t have a lot of flexibility as far as customization and overall look. Squarespace has allowed me to have a really nice portfolio while making it very easy to create a temporary web shop or as-needed email blast.”

Lam stays focused on producing her labor-intensive artworks year-round, and admits that her computer-savviness takes a back seat to her artistic prowess. But Squarespace gives her the tools she needs to manage her career as an artist: “The intuitive navigation of Squarespace is probably the most helpful thing for me, as someone who doesn’t like to spend a lot of time on computers,” Lam explains. “I had a friend start the site for me and I’ve taken over from there—which is kind of amazing because website stuff used to stress me out.”

“Center of Attention”

Lam, who has a substantial following of over 200,000 on Instagram, deftly uses the visual intrigue of her work to spark curiosity and build a bridge between digital and analog worlds. She often shares videos that capture the process of making each piece or showcase the dimensionality of finished works. Lam uses her Squarespace site to integrate her social media presence: a dedicated page in the navigation is filled with colorful behind-the-scenes videos and photos of her studio practice. “I think the mystery of the materials and how they come together piques the viewer’s curiosity, especially digitally,” Lam explains. “Maybe they spend a little extra time on it—whether that be looking, trying to sneak a touch at a gallery show, or Googling the materials.”

Although Lam’s sculptures are sought after for collectors and gallery shows—including a solo show on view this month at Hashimoto Contemporary in New York City—the artist shares that she is excited by the range of opportunities for artists to share their work. “In the past few years, I’ve noticed there have been more and more opportunities for visual artists through all kinds of different outlets, from companies hiring artists to do murals inside workspaces to cities funding public art. Fine art seems to be seeping into the mainstream culture. It’s creating a larger space for artists to exist that wasn’t there when I was growing up.”

Building and maintaining a portfolio site doesn’t have to be a full-time job. With Squarespace, you can find a customizable template in minutes and get started with showcasing your fine art, photography, or design work. And Squarespace’s ecommerce and email marketing integrations make it easy to grow your business or career. Head over to Squarespace for a free one-week trial and when you’re ready to launch, use code COLOSSAL for 10% off your purchase of a website or domain name.

“Come Together”

“Recreational”

“Complexion”

“Getting Soft”

“Undertone”

“Long Term”

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Courses Begin June 3 at the School of Visual Arts Division of Continuing Education

April 15, 2019

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Photo: Shweta Bist

From one-day workshops to semester-long courses, take the opportunity to immerse yourself and be inspired. If you need advice or have questions, our information sessions begin Wednesday, May 8th. Visit sva.edu/continued/events for details.

Courses are available in:
Advertising
Animation
Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects
Design
Fine Arts
Illustration and Cartooning
Interior Design
Photography
Professional Development
Visual and Critical Studies
Visible Futures Lab
Visual Narrative

HOW TO REGISTER

ADVICE ON COURSES

ABOUT SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College please visit sva.edu.

School of VISUAL ARTS
Division of Continuing Education
sva.edu/ce | [email protected] | Toll-free telephone: 877.242.7200

 

 



Lively Designs by Studio Proba Celebrate Movement and Color

March 25, 2019

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A Poster A Day rugs

New York-based artist Alex Proba has been sweeping the Big Apple with her large scale, pastel-hued artwork in diverse forms ranging from painted murals to hand-tufted rugs. The artist, who works as Studio Proba, has a multi-faceted background, with academic training in furniture, spatial, and graphic design, and an impressive career as a design director at Mother New York and artistic director at Nike.

She launched the Studio in 2013 as a side project, and since taking her business full-time, Proba has built an impressive client list, creating original work for brands like Google, Lululemon, and DropBox. Whether painting a barrel vaulted ceiling at a health clinic or designing a rug for a children’s library, Proba’s distinctive aesthetic ties her work together. Swirls and dollops of color, in flat fields or dappled with terrazzo-like patterns, are layered and interspersed with gestural neutral-toned lines that draw the eye to every shape.

Proba has been a Squarespace user for over six years. Because her Studio toes the line between fine art and commercial design, she takes advantage of the extensive customization of Squarespace’s website templates to showcase her unique offerings. “I needed something that is like me, ever-changing and able to adjust quickly,” Proba explains. With its vast selection of templates and ecommerce capabilities, “Squarespace allows me to add work quickly, but it also gives me all the tools to run a small studio shop, which is easy to use for the buyer and for me.”

By using Squarespace, Proba is able to grow and adapt her website to reflect her evolving brand. “Before I painted my first mural I thought, ‘Wait can I do it? I don’t know what I am doing.’ And then you just go for it and figure it out. I feel like that applies to almost everything. Just trust your gut. Even if you fail, you’ve tried, and you’ve gained a lot from it. You’ve grown, you’ve learned.”

Ready to take the leap with your passion project? Head to Squarespace.com for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use code COLOSSAL to save 10% on your first purchase of a website or domain name.

Pat Kim x Studio Proba for Industry City

Mural for MeMe’s Diner

Puzzle rug

Mural for TIA Clinic

Elle rug

Mural for Lululemon

Collage rug

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