19 Illustrators Celebrate What They Love About Asian Culture in a Print Sale Raising Funds to Combat Racism

June 9, 2021

Grace Ebert

By Jessie Wong. All images courtesy of Paperboy, shared with permission

Nineteen international illustrators have banded together to raise money to stop violence against Asian communities. Curated by the new platform Paperboy, a print sale called MUST BE NICE! asked the artists to share what they love about Asian culture, which resulted in an electric array of works celebrating everything from food and animals to traditional craft. Each sale directly supports the illustrators, and the remaining profits will be donated to organizations combatting discrimination and hate, including Besea.n, End The Virus of Racism, and Hackney Chinese Community Services. See some of the prints below, and shop the full collection on the Paperboy app, which you can download on its site.


Left: By Kimberly Morris. Right: By Christina Tan

By Matt Nguyen

Left: By Aga Giecko. Right: By Arose Garden

By Celine Ka Wing La


Left: By Amy Phung. Right: By Darcie Olley

By Subin Yang



Animation Craft Food

Animated Tutorials Whip Up Fiber-Rich Lemonade and Banana Splits by Andrea Love

June 9, 2021

Grace Ebert

Andrea Love (previously) cooks up some treats just in time for the summer heat, although their woolen ingredients might make them less thirst-quenching than usual. From her miniature kitchen, Love films short stop-motion animations that show her squirting spools of juice to make lemonade or coating heaps of ice cream with a thin line of chocolate yarn. The refreshing snacks are the latest in the animator and fiber artist’s archive of felted fare, which you can watch on YouTube and Instagram. (via The Kids Should See This)





Preserved Grasses and Twigs Radiate Outward in Delicately Embroidered Sculptures by Artist Kazuhito Takadoi

June 9, 2021

Grace Ebert

All images © Kazuhito Takadoi, shared with permission

Artist Kazuhito Takadoi (previously) tames the unruly grasses, leaves, and twigs grown in his garden by weaving the individual strands into exquisite radial sculptures. Stitched into paper or bound to wooden discs made of cedar of Lebanon, oak, elm, or walnut, the abstract forms hover between two and three dimensions and utilize traditional Japanese bookbinding techniques to secure the threads. Each artwork, whether an intricately overlapping mass or pair of circular sculptures, is an act of preservation and a study of inevitable transformation: although the materials won’t decompose entirely, subtle shifts in color and texture occur as they age. “As the light changes or the point of view is moved, so the shadows will create a new perspective,” the artist says.

Born in Nagoya, Japan, Takadoi is currently based in the U.K. His meticulously woven works will be on view from June 22 to 29 at Artefact in Chelsea Harbor, and you can find a larger collection of his pieces on Artsy and jaggedart.




Art Photography

Nine Massive Waves of Deadwood Surge Across a Forest Floor Near Hamburg

June 8, 2021

Grace Ebert

All images © Jörg Gläscher, shared with permission

As the fear of a second wave of COVID-19 swept through Germany in the fall of 2020, photographer and artist Jörg Gläscher decided to channel his own worry into a project that felt similarly vast and domineering. “I was working (with the idea of) the pure power of nature, the all-destroying force, which brings one of the richest countries in the world to a completely still stand,” he tells Colossal. “A wave is a periodic oscillation or a unique disturbance the state of a system.”

Between November 2020 and March 2021, Gläscher spent his days in a secluded location near Hamburg, where he gathered deadwood and constructed nine massive crests—the largest of which spans four meters high and nine meters wide—that overwhelm the forest floor in undulating layers of branches and twigs. Each iteration, which he photographed and then promptly destroyed in order to reuse the materials, overwhelms the existing landscape with pools of the formerly thriving matter.

Gläscher’s installations are part of a larger diaristic project he began at the beginning of the pandemic. Since then, he published a few magazines to present the works that range from photography to sculpture in one place, which you purchase along with prints in his shop. Find more of his multi-media projects on his site and Instagram. (via This Isn’t Happiness)




Art Design Food

Asparagus, Cucumbers, and Cabbage Leaves Take a Fresh Twist on the Iconic Hermès Birkin Bag

June 8, 2021

Grace Ebert

All images © Ben Denzer, shared with permission

Ben Denzer cultivates what could be the next trend in sustainable fashion with a green redesign of the classic Hermés Birkin bag. The artist and designer whipped up these vegetable versions of the iconic, high-end accessory by arranging asparagus stalks, cucumber slices, and cabbage leaves into a trio you’d be more likely to find in the produce aisle than a luxury shop.

Denzer is known for his playful food pairings, including books bound with cheese slices and condiment packets and an entire account dedicated to matching his favorite reads with ice cream. Find more of his quirky designs on his site, and check out his Instagram for the apple and banana bags that didn’t make the cut. You also might enjoy Nicole McLaughlin’s edible attire. (via The Morning News)





June 2021 Opportunities: Open Calls, Residencies, and Grants for Artists

June 7, 2021


“Enjoying the View” by Romain Laurent

Every month, Colossal shares a selection of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, fellowships, and residencies. If you’d like to list an opportunity here, please get in touch at [email protected]. You can also join our monthly Opportunities Newsletter.


Open Calls

The Other Art Fair Featured
The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art is tailor-made to support independent artists. Each fair attracts thousands of art lovers looking to buy directly from a curated collection of artists, whether as first-time buyers or seasoned collectors. Free applications are now open for Los Angeles, Chicago, and Sydney, with other locations opening soon.
Deadline: Variable based on city.

Hot Summer City: Street Photography Exhibition
Vestige Concept Gallery is hosting an open call for street photography that captures the essence of summer in the city. Whether focused on late nights and outdoor fun or the more insidious effects of the season like oppressive heat, the work should capture the intensity and multifaceted nature of that time of year. Hot Summer City will be guest curated by Rafael Fuchs and is open to international photographers. There’s a $25 entry fee.
Deadline: June 20, 2021.

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair
The Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair is looking for artworks that explore the breadth of contemporary print. Using a hybrid model this year, the fair will be in person at Royal Arsenal Woolwich from November 11 to 14 and will run online until November 28. Part of its goal is to position emerging artists alongside those who are established in the medium, including Yinka Shonibare, David Shrigley, Tracey Emin, and David Hockney. The application fee is £25.
Deadline: June 27, 2021.

SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2021
The SPRING/BREAK Art Show is seeking independent curators, galleries, and nonprofits for its fall 2021 exhibition in New York City. Titled HEARSAY: HERESY, the central theme involves rumors, misinterpretations, and conceptual betrayal of the norms, in addition to works inspired by the physical trades of Medieval tradition. There’s an application fee of $100.
Deadline: July 1, 2021.

7th Annual National Juried Exhibition at Oxford Arts Alliance
Oxford Arts Alliance is hosting its 7th Annual National Juried Exhibition this October with $700 in prize money for the winning entrant. Juried by Charles Goolsby, professor of art at Emory & Henry College and chair of the Division of Visual and Performing Arts, the exhibition has no theme, and the entry fee is $15.
Deadline: August 27, 2021.


Residencies & Grants

Artist Relief Grants
To support those affected by the COVID-19 crisis, Artist Relief is an emergency initiative offering $5,000 grants to U.S. artists experiencing financial hardship.
Deadline: June 23, 2021.

Hyperallergic’s Journalism Fellowships for Curators
Hyperallergic is offering five $5,000 grants to support curators in research and realization of an email exhibition. Running from August to December, each fellowship will last one month.
Deadline: 12 p.m. EDT June 30, 2021.

Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists
Queer | Art is hosting its second annual Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists, which will award $10,000 to one winner and $1,250 to four finalists. Established to celebrate underrepresented artists and offer support for their work, the grant is open to those in the U.S. who self-identify as Black trans women and trans femmes.
Deadline: June 30, 2021.

The Neon Museum National Artist Residency
Applications are open for The Neon Museum’s 2021 residency, which will run from October 25 to December 5, 2021, and award one artist a $2,500 honorarium, in addition to providing travel, lodging, and materials. Whether working in digital, performance, or visual arts, the resident will develop a project inspired by the museum’s collection. Neon production is not a prerequisite.
Deadline: July 11, 2021.



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