Olivia Walker Balances Minimalism and Tactile Textures in Ceramics Showcased on her Squarespace Portfolio Site

September 13, 2019


Olivia Walker (previously) creates highly tactile unglazed ceramic vessels using a unique layering technique that edges her pieces with organic ridged “growths”. The U.K.-based artist fell in love with ceramics by chance: after completing her undergraduate degree she took a summer job at a craft gallery. Immediately drawn to the ceramics at the shop, Walker enrolled in an evening course and ultimately completed a master’s degree in Contemporary Ceramics. These days, with her summer job far behind her, Walker’s work is exhibited in galleries around the world. Her ceramics have been shown in Melbourne Design Week at the National Gallery of Victoria and at Hauser & Wirth’s opening of a new contemporary craft space. In 2018, she also traveled to Denmark as an artist in residence at the Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Centre.

Walker’s aesthetic, which balances refinement with physicality, pairs perfectly with Squarespace’s clean, minimal templates. “All of my pieces start by being thrown on the wheel, before being built-upon with thousands of individually-applied fragments of porcelain, that work together to create an organic texture that eats into or grows over the original form,” Walker explains. She uses only natural porcelain with hand-mixed oxides for color to highlight the nuanced details of each piece’s textural exterior. “The minimal palette and simplicity that I aim for in my work has been easy to echo in my website through using the Squarespace platform,” says Walker. “I was looking to create a simple and clean website that showcased my work and background, and in particular that displayed my photographs in a visually impactful way.”

It is a great time to be working in the contemporary craft world, according to Walker. “There are so many opportunities for makers and a renewed interest in craft from the general public. Working with natural materials is inherently human and in the digital world we live in these materials provide something tactile and physical for people to connect to, whether that be through making, collecting or following the journey of different craftspeople.” By prominently featuring social links and a newsletter sign-up on her Squarespace site, Walker keeps a seamless flow between all her marketing outlets to allow curators, art appreciators, and collectors to find her work wherever they prefer.

If you’ve been looking for the perfect match for your creative identity, try Squarespace free for one week. When you’re ready to launch your art practice, brand, or business, use code COLOSSAL to save 10% on a website or domain name.

Photo: Michael Harvey

Photo: Lucas Amillano

Photo: Sylvain Deleu

Photo: Sylvain Deleu

Photo: Lucas Amillano

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Join the School of Visual Arts Division of Continuing Education for Fall 2019 Information Sessions

August 26, 2019


Marker-on-paper drawings by James Falciano: Kelly (r)

Fall 2019 Information Sessions
Courses Begin September 18
School of Visual Arts, Division of Continuing Education

Learn about our courses, get the inside scoop on career opportunities, meet our faculty and discover the latest on what we have to offer. These special events begin at 6:30pm and are open to the general public, free of charge.

Wednesday, August 28
136 West 21st Street, room 418F

Tuesday, August 27
380 2nd Ave, room 519B, 5th floor

Fine Arts
Tuesday, August 27
136 West 21st Street, room 418F

Interior Design
Thursday, August 29
133/141 West 21st Street, room 1104C, 11th floor

Visible Futures Lab
Wednesday, August 28
132 West 21st Street, 7th floor

Visual Narrative
Tuesday, September 10
136 West 21st Street, 11th floor

For more details on each information session please visit sva.edu/ce/events.

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, 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 visit sva.edu.

School of Visual Arts, Division of Continuing Education
sva.edu/ce | E-mail: [email protected] | Toll-free telephone: 877.242.7200



Dynamic Photographs of Interconnected Figures by Rob Woodcox Take Center Stage With a Squarespace Portfolio Site

August 15, 2019


Photographer Rob Woodcox (previously) travels the world to bring athletes and dancers together in visually captivating locations and poses. The 29-year-old artist first picked up a camera about ten years ago and hasn’t looked back. Woodcox works with a diverse array of models both in studio environments and in deserts and metropolises. A combination of on-site practical effects and post-production editing create the fantastical final images.

Woodcox grew up in Michigan, and shares with Colossal that the lack of a robust local creative industry spurred his imaginative, DIY approach. Woodcox found creative community online, where he connected with likeminded photographers. The scale of his projects grew as his network expanded, and now Woodcox frequently works on client commissions in addition to his personal practice. As his professional identity has evolved over the past eight years, Squarespace has stayed Woodcox’s website platform of choice. Its seamless user experience allows his work to take center stage. “When you’re doing creative work, the website just needs to be simple, clean, and easy to use. And that’s Squarespace. If it’s inhibiting the user’s experience, then that’s a problem,” Woodcox shares with Colossal. 

“Pursuing projects with real people and being a part of things that matter” keeps Woodcox inspired. Teaching workshops has been a huge part of the photographer’s career: to date, he has taught over eighty workshops on five continents. Squarespace’s ecommerce integrations allow students to register for workshops (the next one is in Portland, Oregon) and collectors to purchase fine art prints. An embedded newsletter signup form lets Woodcox’s audience keep up with his latest projects.

“It’s fun to think about what people haven’t even seen yet. I have visions that are so much bigger even than anything I’ve done so far,” Woodcox tells Colossal. “That’s an exciting thing as an artist. I don’t think I’m ever going to run out of fuel. There’s so much that I want to do.”

Ready to show the world your creative potential? Head over to Squarespace.com for a free weeklong trial, and if you like what you see, use code COLOSSAL at checkout to save 10% on your purchase of a website or domain name.




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

July 23, 2019


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.





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

July 15, 2019


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


“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.