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New in the Colossal Shop: The 1,000 Color Puzzle & Yoga Joes

March 12, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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yoga-joes

Just a quick note that two of our favorite toys ever featured here on Colossal are now available in the Colossal Shop! Clemens Habicht’s amazing 1,000 Colors Puzzle just arrived from Australia, and Dan Abramson’s hilarious Yoga Joes have been successfully produced after a successful Kickstarter boost. We have tons of other quirky new things too numerous to mention, see more here.

 

 



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Colossal ♥’s The Sketchbook Project / Brooklyn, Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison in 2014

May 8, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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I had such an absurd amount of fun working with the Sketchbook Project to curate their first mobile sketchbook tour in 2012 that they asked if we might partner again for their hugely expanded 2014 tour that will stop at some 20+ cities in the U.S. and Canada. Colossal will be along for the ride as part of their Central Tour making stops in Brookyln, Chicago, Madison, and Minneapolis. If you’ve never participated or haven’t heard of the Sketchbook Project you can watch the video above to learn more about the world’s only mobile library of art sketchbooks from the Brooklyn Art Library based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY that’s now home to 27,000 sketchbooks from around the world. Last year I had the honor of viewing some 3-4,000 books and I didn’t even get a paper cut, though my brain hemorrhaged several hundred times while I discovered incredible sketches, paintings, collages, poems and even paper sculptures.

So let’s make the Central Tour the BEST TOUR, signup for your blank sketchbook and have your work travel around the midwest—it might even show up right here on Colossal.

Update: The Sketchbook Project World Tour book is now available in the Colossal Shop.

 

 



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A Colossal Day

January 16, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Today is an incredible day.

For the past two years Colossal has been written and published in coffee shops, at dining room tables, on couches, in restaurants or hotels, and once from a fishing boat in the Gulf of Alaska. I’ve written a handful of articles from the passenger seat of a car, one from a CTA train car, and few while in flight. Because of my full-time job, work on Colossal started hours before the sun rose, as I poured entire pots of coffee on myself with barely enough consciousness to muster the thought: LOOK AT THIS THING. For 30 months Colossal was never edited from a normal desk during “business” hours.

As of now, that changes. I’m stupidly excited to announce that Colossal has grown enough that it now supports my family. Today, for the first time, I begin editing full-time. This abundance of time will let me focus on regular daily updates as well as a clogged pipeline of new projects and collaborations that will roll out over the next few months. Thanks to everyone who has clicked, tweeted, bookmarked, emailed or otherwise shared links from this blog, it’s because of you this is all possible.

OF NOTE: One of the main reasons Colossal exists is through limited advertising in partnership with Nectar Ads, an ad network for the visual arts. If you’re at all interested in getting your company, gallery, or event in front of millions of artists, photographers, and designers, please get in touch.

Onward!

 

 



Art

The Sketchbook Mobile Library Hits the Road

November 16, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Just a quick heads up, the Sketchbook Project Mobile Library has hit the road on its inaugural journey, fully-loaded with over 1,000 sketchbooks selected by yours truly for an amazing show, A Landmark and A Mission. Look at that trailer! The project will be making stops in Pittsburgh (tonight), Ann Arbor on Saturday and Cleveland on Sunday. Check out the official site for more details.

 

 



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A Landmark & A Mission: Colossal Partners with the Sketchbook Project to Create a Mobile Library Tour

September 10, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I’m thrilled to announce Colossal’s first ever collaborative show with Art House Co-Op’s Sketchbook Project called A Landmark & A Mission. If you’re not familiar, the Sketchbook Project is a global, crowd-sourced art project where participants from all walks of life are sent sketchbooks to fill with art as they see fit. After completion the books are returned for annual inclusion in a permanent collection at The Brooklyn Art Library which now houses over 22,000 sketchbooks from 130 countries. That alone is pretty fantastic, but wait, there’s more.

With generous support from Ugg Australia’s Creative Council the Sketchbook Project is building a custom-crafted trailer that will contain 1,000 sketchbooks I’ve selected around the theme ‘A Landmark & A Mission’ for inclusion in this first-ever mobile sketchbook library. In early November we’ll drive around the U.S. with stops in Pittsburgh, Ann Arbor, and Cleveland to share hundreds of artists work with you. It’s like art meets libraries meets road trip. Stay tuned for more details, and hopefully we’ll see you soon.

Update: The Sketchbook Project World Tour book is now available in the Colossal Shop.

 

 



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Colossal on Instagram

April 23, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I just discovered this hot new photo sharing service called Instagram, you should really check it out. I hear Mark Zuckerberg is a huge fan. In all seriousness I finally started using an account I setup a few years ago, so look me up under Colossal.

 

 



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Colossal Nominated for the 16th Annual Webby Awards

April 11, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Photo by cynthiak

I’m thrilled to announce that Colossal has been nominated for the 16th Annual Webby Awards in the Art category. You can vote for Colossal on the people’s voice award site through April 28th. Voting requires registration but you can use your Twitter or Facebook account to login quickly.

Colossal is among fantastic company in the Art category and I’d like to congratulate fellow nominees Dean West Photography, PhotoSeed, Walker Art Center, and Google’s Art Project. The winners will be announced May 1st and honored at a ceremony in New York on May 21st. Thanks for your vote!

Update: Voting appears to be down right now, stay tuned.