Artist Maude White Counts on Squarespace to Showcase Her Stunning Papercut Artworks

February 5, 2019


Photos by Maude White unless otherwise noted

Artist and self-described craftsperson Maude White (previously) captures gentle moments of beauty and grace in her meticulously detailed paper cut artworks. White has worked in paper for the last several years, first exploring her signature medium with simple silhouettes and popup books. The New York-based artist now focuses on the organic forms of female portraits, flowers, and birds. “Every piece I create has its own identity,” White explains. “The knife, and me, and the paper are all in a dialog together, all talking and getting along. The last thing I do is cut it out of the surrounding paper. It comes alive, or is born, and we meet each other for the first time. It’s a completely living thing apart from me.” 

“When I first started cutting paper it was not a career,” White explains to Colossal. “That’s really the way to approach anything, to do it for the joy of it and use it as a way to learn.” By sharing her work online with a Squarespace portfolio site, the self-taught artist has been able to reach a worldwide audience and find success. In addition to her gallery-ready original papercuts, White has partnered with Abrams Books and Paralax Press to release two books—Leading with Love and Brave Birds—that bring her artwork and message of uplift to life.

She shares that the methodical and meditative practice of cutting paper has been a healthy way to express her desire for order and control. In shaping her online presence as an in-demand artist, White explains that it’s very important to her to share this sense of safety and wellbeing with others: “I like all of my work to be comforting or a safe space. Beauty is a form of love. Creating something beautiful allows people to experience love when they look at it.”

White shares that creating her website on Squarespace allows her to feel assured that her website stands up to the finesse of her artwork. “I like things to look the same, flow together, and stay consistent. I love black and white. I like having control and knowing exactly what i’m looking at and what i’m going to get, and it’s always going to look beautiful.”

Ready to set your portfolio site apart? Head to Squarespace.com for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code COLOSSAL to save 10% off your first purchase.

Photograph by Laura Glazer; hand-cut paper by Maude White; reproduced from Brave Birds, Abrams Image, 2018

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Classes Begin January 28 at the School of Visual Arts Division of Continuing Education

December 17, 2018


photo credit: Svetlana Jovanovic

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 Tuesday, January 8th. Visit sva.edu/continued/events for details.

Courses are available in:

For advice on courses, visit sva.edu/ce/course-advice. To register, visit sva.edu/ce/registration-details.

About the 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.



New NYC Museum Teams Up With Library of Congress for Animation Competition

November 26, 2018


Lloyd J. Harris Pies by Rocco Navigato, 1947

Poster House is a new museum dedicated to the global history and design of posters. Before launch, they are partnering with the largest library in the world, The Library of Congress, to highlight important pieces of poster history. Choose one of 31 posters from the Library of Congress “free to use and re-use” collection, and animate it in any way you can imagine, bringing new life to these poignant historical vignettes. The competition is open to absolutely everyone: professionals, students, and dabblers alike.

Twenty winning works chosen by a panel of design legends will populate the museum’s storefront in Manhattan leading up to its grand opening. Winners will also receive free museum membership, their names shown alongside their work in the museum’s window and all social/PR/web publicity, and the chance for a mentorship hour or portfolio review from one of our esteemed judges. For complete rules, regulations, and image options see posterhouse.org. Submissions due no later than December 31!

WPA / Rumor by Vera Bock, 1939

TWA / New York by David Klein, 1956

Keep Your Teeth Clean by an Unknown Artist, 1936

Chocolat Klaus by Leonetto Cappiello, 1903




Top Graduate Design Programs that Anticipate the Future

October 1, 2018


Design is a powerful tool for change. At Parsons School of Design in New York City, graduate students use design to tackle the world’s most complex challenges from a human-centered perspective. Through focused training, experimentation, and exploration, they combine multiple disciplines and harness their creativity to create a more just, better-designed world.

Check out these highlights among Parsons’ 17 master’s programs in which students apply design methods to specific fields:

Data Visualization
Apply design to data. In this one-year program, students combine design with computer science, statistical analysis, and social consciousness to turn information into insight. Graduates are able to distill and display data that shapes decisions, policy, and change across professional sectors.

Design and Urban Ecologies
Apply design to the streets. Transform cities by redesigning urban processes alongside the communities that live there. Gain a broad understanding of urban development and pursue projects that transform community organizing, public space, housing, infrastructure, and more.

Lighting Design
Apply design to darkness. Explore the relationship between lighting and human experience, sustainability, and social impact, with a solid foundation in the intellectual, aesthetic, and technical dimensions of light. Option to combine with studies in Architecture or Interior Design.

Strategic Design and Management
Apply design to business. This program uses design tools like ideation, prototyping, and collaboration to develop new business models and organizational designs. Graduates are equipped with strategy, management, and entrepreneurship skills needed to lead the 21st-century global economy.

Apply design to fiber. Students in this program explore the unlimited applications of textiles and the potential to unite craft & digital technology. Graduates are prepared for diverse creative and professional opportunities related to textiles in fashion, product design, interior design, research, fine arts, and hybrid fields.



The Universe Contemplated in Taos, with Sound and Light, at PASEO 2018 (Sponsor)

August 20, 2018


Artist Cristopher Cichocki works on Circular Dimensions

The PASEO nighttime art festival emerged in 2014 as a platform to present installation, performance and projection art on the streets of Taos Historic District. Taos, New Mexico is a town with a long-standing reputation as an art destination and is arguably one of the oldest art colonies in the United States, founded in 1898. The town itself was established in 1615 and is adjacent to the thousand-year-old Taos Pueblo. Combined, Taos is perhaps an unlikely site for a new media art festival, focused this year on the cosmos, however the community has embraced the event.

At the PASEO 2018, local, national and international artists will present immersive and participatory art installations that harness art, science, and technology to explore the idea of “Space” –both outer and inner space– through multi-sensory experiences. The nexus for the festival will be the Space Cloud in Kit Carson Park, an inflated 8,000 sq. ft. pavilion designed by Espacio La Nube of Madrid, Spain. Within the Space Cloud, the park and throughout the adjoining streets of Taos, 18 art interactions will engage the community with thought-provoking and playful experiences for public sharing. Pre- and post-festival workshops and parties are planned.

Learn about the 30 artists who are part of this year’s festival.

The PASEO 2018 is slated for September 14 and 15, 7–11 pm.



School of Visual Arts Division of Continuing Education Fall 2018 Information Sessions (Sponsor)

August 14, 2018


Image Credit: Dominick Bedasse

Learn about School of Visual Art’s courses, get the inside scoop on career opportunities, meet their faculty and discover the latest on what they have to offer. These special events begin at 6:30pm and are open to the general public, free of charge. All events will take place at School of Visual Arts’ campus in New York, NY.

Advertising Job Fair: Wednesday, August 29, 136 West 21st Street Street, room 418F
Computer Art: Wednesday, August 29, 133/141 West 21st Street, room 301C, 3rd floor
Design: Thursday, August 23, 209 East 23rd Street, room 311, 3rd floor
Film, Video and Animation: Wednesday, August 22, 209 East 23rd Street, room 502
Fine Arts: Tuesday, August 28, 133/141 West 21st Street, room 602C
Illustration and Cartooning: Thursday, September 6, 209 East 23rd Street, room 311, 3rd floor
Interior Design: Thursday, September 6, 133/141 West 21st Street, room 1104C, 11th floor
Photography: Thursday, August 30 /214 East 21st Street, room 205A
Visible Futures Lab: Wednesday, September 5, 132 West 21st Street, 7th floor
Visual Narrative: Wednesday, September 12, 136 West 21st Street, 11th floor

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

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.

School of VISUAL ARTS, Division of Continuing Education
sva.edu/ce | [email protected] | 877.242.7200