A Muse is an individual whose purpose is to ignite inspiration and imagination in a creative artist. Minnie Muse is a research-based digital digest, offering a unique perspective on the power of inspiration and imagination. Original content presented on Minnie Muse is developed through studying, analyzing and celebrating the cross-pollination of creativity that occurs throughout art, fashion, design and architecture. Minnie Muse wishes to provide a unique language and lens in which to understand and contextualize the ever-present connections that exist between multi-disciplinary creative fields. The overarching objective of Minnie Muse is to build a highly searchable creative hub of information to be used as both a reference site and a collaborative outlet. Minnie Muse is a contributor-based website, offering users an opportunity to upload pertinent images and content to articles of their choosing. Original content on Minnie Muse is merely a starting point; contributions are encouraged for new ideas to emerge!
Parallel PracticesOften the most research-intensive and extensive of article categories, Parallel Practices is the heart of the Minnie Muse ethos, discovering and uncovering commonalities between creative disciplines, with references often spanning decades and sometimes centuries.
Creative ConnectionsCreative Connections enlists a specific theme to generate a visual storyline that exposes underlying connections between creative categories.
The Art OfThe Art of… highlights a distinct topic or medium, and explores the featured concept in-depth across a diverse selection of creative fields and sub-genres.
MomentsMinnie Muse 'Moments' are firsthand narratives of exclusive activities and experiences with Minnie Muse founder, Colby Mugrabi, and leading industry professionals.
MusingsMusings are brief extracts of noteworthy information often focused on a single creative disciple. Musings typically include a hand-full of images and a short amount of explanatory text focused on significant stories and references behind art, fashion, design and architecture.
Muse BoardsMuse Boards are the Minnie Muse approach to recreating a designer’s mood board. Each Monday a Muse Board is posted highlighting a runway collection throughout history, dissecting inspirations and deconstructing the cacophony of artistic and cultural references the featured designer may have enlisted that season to create their collection.
Colby Mugrabi grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and launched Minnie Muse in 2008 as a creative side project while still attending high school. After moving to New York City in 2011 to attend the Gallatin School at NYU, Colby took a hiatus from the website to focus on her studies. After graduating top of her class in 2015 with a major in art history and fashion business, Colby completed an extensive senior thesis project on the history of artist books and fashion look books, during which time her interests evolved to include design and architecture. With a strong affinity for history and creativity, Colby decided to re-launch Minnie Muse as a digital digest celebrating the cross-pollination of creative fields, with a strong emphasis on historical references. Today, Colby lives and works in New York City, focusing her time on researching, developing, and writing content for Minnie Muse, as well as on side projects for a number of publications, online retailers, and institutions within fashion and the creative arts.
The Minnie Muse Logo
The Minnie Muse logo was developed and hand-drawn by Colby Mugrabi following an inspiring visit to the Calder Foundation for a short tutorial on the history of Alexander Calder’s jewelry. Calder approached the design and creation of jewelry in a nearly identical manner by which he addressed his more formal, sculptural works. Amongst the numerous necklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches and tiaras the American sculptor produced throughout his lengthy career, lays a subcategory of work known as the ‘initial brooches’. These brooches were an inventive ode to the Parisian avant-garde, recalling the wordplay of Surrealism in Calder’s imaginative manipulation of the names and initials of his friends, family and contemporaries, all manifested in pin-form. The Minnie Muse Logo was inspired by the curvilinear line Calder used to represent the letter “M” in a number of brooches, particularly one containing the initials “MR,” for Mary Rower, Calder’s younger daughter. At first glance, the symmetrically curved metal line appears to be an ornamental squiggle as opposed to an alphabetical character. Through a comparably artistic, visual manipulation of a monotonous letter of the alphabet, the Minnie Muse logo was born.