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Wearable interpretations in handmade Garments

Influential Artworks find wearable interpretations in handmade Garments



After a museum visit, we might pick up a postcard or T-shirt as a memento of the artworks we’ve enjoyed most. Brooklyn-based blogger Ariel Adkins, who is also Curator of Art, Culture & Community at Twitter, takes her love of masterpieces to the next level by creating one-of-a-kind apparel inspired by some of the world’s most influential artists.


Donning capes, dresses, and coveralls in bright colours and bold patterns, Adkins draws inspiration from a variety of aesthetics and eras to make garments for herself and for people she meets who share a similar love for the power of expression.


Painting directly onto the fabric of the clothing, she translates the forms and hues of specific artworks into wearable compositions.


Adkins is the creator of Artfully Awear, which began as a way of responding to grief and healing in response to the loss of her mother, who was an artist.


Through the language of fashion, both a personal and public assertion of identity and style, she continues the project as an embodiment of joy and a unique way of kindling togetherness. She also admires iconic fashion like designer Michelle Smith’s dress worn by Michelle Obama in Amy Sherald’s portrait, utilizing her platform to share stories of groundbreaking moments in art history.



By Kate Mothes, on , May 2022. 

Pudgy, curious, and drowsy Pups

A massive volume compiles five decades of the Pudgy, curious, and Drowsy Pups in Walter Chandoha’s Photographs



Dubbed the 20th century’s greatest pet photographer, the late Walter Chandoha was renowned for capturing the unique personalities of furry companions.


From black-and-white candid shots to those posed in the studio, Taschen’s new volume, Dogs, compiles five decades worth of capricious, curious, and playful pups. The 296-page book is a sequel to Cats, which similarly collected hundreds of the iconic photographer’s images, and is edited by Reuel Golden.


In his early years, Chandoha served as a combat photographer during World War II. He went on to be prolific across mediums, having written dozens of books and captured more than 225,000 images during his lifetime, many of which were used in magazines and advertisements.



By Grace Ebert, on , September 2020. 

Lush Aerial Photos capture Vietnam’s Countryside

Lush Aerial Photos by Pham Huy Trung capture the Annual Harvests of Vietnam’s Countryside


From the foggy limestone mountains of Trang An to grass collection in Bao Loc, the scenic shots by Pham Huy Trung preserve Vietnam’s heritage.


The photographer often works with drones, allowing him to capture aerial views of wooden boats wedged into a harbour and farmers grasping large baskets as they gather tea. Resplendent with vegetation, the images frequently center on industry and annual harvests to create a visual record of everyday activity.




By Grace Ebert, on , May 2022. 

Over 100 young Crocodiles find refuge on their father’s back

Over 100 young Crocodiles find refuge on their father’s back in India’s Chambar River



The gharial, a large crocodile with a distinctive bulge on its snout, is critically endangered in the wild, with researchers counting only a few hundred individuals in 2017.


Living primarily in the rivers of Nepal and India, the scaly reptiles saw a rapid decline since the 1930s due to overfishing and loss of habitats from sand mining and dams, and biologists estimate the population has dwindled to only two percent.


Thanks to the National Chambal Sanctuary, though, which is home to a substantial group of gharials, the species is growing.


Photographer and conservationist Dhritiman Mukherjee visited the enclave southeast of New Dehli a few years ago where he captured striking images of a father swimming through the murky river with more than 100 young clinging to his back. Measuring 16 to 17 feet long, the male likely was carrying the offspring from 7 to 8 female gharials, which lay anywhere from 20 to 95 eggs each year.


“Some breeding programs [and rerelease in the wild] have taken place in the Chambal. So, that’s why I selected the subject so that it gets attention from policymakers or concerned people,” Mukherjee told PetalPixel.


The Kolkata-based photographer often travels to document wildlife around the world and is headed back to the sanctuary this month.




By Grace Ebert, on , May 2022. 

Majestic Photos of Madagascar’s Ancient Baobab Trees

Majestic photos capture the dwindling population of Madagascar’s ancient Baobab Trees


In the fall of 2018, one of Madagascar’s most sacred baobabs cleaved and crumbled. The ancient giant was estimated to be about 1,400 years old and offered food, fuel, and fiber to the region before its trunk, which spanned 90 feet around, collapsed.


Known as Tsitakakoike, which means “the tree where one cannot hear the cry from the other side,” the baobab was also entwined with local lore and thought to house the ancestral spirits of nearby Masikoro people. Its loss was devastating to the community and an ominous sign of how the climate crisis is permanently damaging these centuries-old trees.


Bay Area photographer Beth Moon has been documenting the species since 2006 and travelled to the region when Tsitakakoike fell. There she captured the cracked, deteriorating emblem along with other baobabs in similar states of crisis throughout Madagascar, Senegal, and South Africa. Shot in dramatic black-and-white, the images are rich in texture and frame the baobabs’ wide, crackled trunks and branches that splay outward into massive tufted canopies.


An act of visual preservation, Moon’s photos show how the massive trees’ exposed roots sprawled across the ground, a sure sign of years-long droughts causing many to become so dehydrated they cave under their own weight. These devastating effects are common in the region, which has experienced significant water shortages and rapid reduction of the baobab population in the last few decades. Moon writes about her visit:


“Astonishment and horror set in as Tsitakakoike comes into view. Half of the tree has collapsed; a portion of the sides and back of the trunk remain. Gigantic branches, larger than most trees, lay in disarray at the base of the trunk. The entire spectacle is about the size of a football field”.


You can follow Beth Moon on Instagram at @bethmoonphotography



By Grace Ebert, on ThisisColossal, February 2022. All images  © Beth Moon.

Sinister Storms in black-and-white

Sinister Storms and Twisters disturb rural landscapes in dramatic black-and-white photos by Mitch Dobrowner


Shooting solely in black-and-white, Mitch Dobrowner documents storm cells, tornadoes, and other menacing weather events at peak destruction.


Funnel clouds plunge to the ground in spindly tunnels and churning clouds frame bright bolts of lightning. Photographed in the plains and rural regions, the images highlight a range of ominous occurrences on the horizon, a chaotic contrast to the tight rows of cotton and calm, agricultural landscapes in the foreground.


To see more of Dobrowner’s storm-chasing excursions, visit @mitchdobrowner on Instagram.



This article was published on This is Colossal, February 2022, by Grace Ebert. All images © Mitch Dobrowner.

Drone shots to create visions of cities after a climate apocalypse.

Fabien Barrau uses drone shots to create visions of cities after a climate apocalypse.



French digital artist Fabien Barrau uses his own drone photography to make photo montages of how ruined architecture might appear after a climate change apocalypse.


Called News from the Future, the series of renderings depict famous architectural landmarks in places such as Paris, Rome, New York and London submerged beneath waves or smothered in desert sands.


“I try to imagine what would happen in the event of desertification, the rise of the oceans or the tropicalization of a region,” Barrau told Dezeen.


For each composition, he combines drone photography and stock images to imagine how future generations of climate-apocalypse survivors might explore the ruins of major cities hundreds of years from now.


He imagines them experiencing “the same feeling as the archaeologists of the 19th century who discovered Pompeii”, the Roman city buried and preserved under ash from a catastrophic volcanic explosion in 79 AD.

Barrau’s cinematic photomontages draw inspiration from his favorite works of post-apocalyptic fiction.


The image of two whales swimming above Paris’ Arc de Triomphe is a tribute to the French artist Roland Cat, whose work in the 1970s and 80s imagined sea creatures swimming above drowned cities.


News from the Future deliberately evokes films such as Planet of the Apes (1968), Mad Max (1979), Akira (1988), and a 2008 documentary from National Geographic called Aftermath: Population Zero.


The dramatic images are intended as a call to action, Barrau told Dezeen. “My motivation for this series was how to influence awareness of climate change and the urgency to act every day according to one’s means and power,” he said.


Barrau is far from the only creative to use their skills to spread a message about the dangers of climate change.




This article was published on Dezzen, on January 2021.


Acrobatic Birds mid-air

In Flight: Dramatic Photographs by Mark Harvey capture acrobatic Birds mid-air


Throughout lockdown in the United Kingdom, Mark Harvey, who is known for his striking equine and canine photography, shifted his focus to the avian creatures gliding above his home in the Norfolk Broads.

Now part of a series titled In Flight, the exquisitely detailed shots frame common birds—including magpies, blue tits, starlings, goldfinches, great tits, coal tits, long-tailed tits, and green finches—in otherwise unseen poses: some splay out an entire wingspan, while others wrap their feathers around the front of their torsos.


Hearkening back to the methods of famed birdwatcher Victor Hasselblad, Harvey employed similar techniques to capture the dramatic shots. He used a slow, medium format with the same camera Hasselblad manufactured for the outdoor endeavor, taking just one image at a time.



This article was published on ThisisColossal, on October 2020, by Grace Ebert


2021 Best Bird Photographer of the Year

Shots of Snuggling Swans and Ravenous Shags Best The 2021 Bird Photographer of the Year Contest



This year’s Bird Photographer of the Year contest highlights a variety of avian adventures from a mallard duckling chasing a fly and an impatient shag to a hamerkop ruthlessly tossing a toad in the air.


Now in its sixth year, the annual competition released a selection of finalists this week from more than 22,000 entries spanning 73 countries that capture a range of playful, intimate, and sometimes merciless moments.


2021’s winners will be announced in September.





This article was published in This is Colossal, on April 2021, by Grace Ebert.

Minuscule Scenes

Minuscule Scenes appear against the Backdrop of used Tea Bags in Watercolor Paintings



From her studio in Coxsackie, New York, Ruby Silvious repurposes the thin paper pouches holding her beverage of choice into miniature canvases.


Sometimes strung together or ripped to remove the leaves, Silvious’s tea bags depict the quiet, unassuming moments of everyday life: Passersby trudge through the snow, masks hang to dry, and two women meet for a swim on the naturally dyed backdrops.


The artist generally keeps the string and tag attached, matching the mundane subject matter with the material’s ritualistic origins.


Silvious is working on a book and is preparing for upcoming solo shows in France, Germany, and Japan.


Follow her soothing works on Instagram.



This article was published in ThisisColossal, on December 2020, by Grace Ebert.