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Friday Quick Links!

October 17th, 2014

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1. Pretty pumpkins that are DIY via Poppytalk
2. Lesia Paramonova & Hsiao Ron Cheng’s capsule collection via Style Bubble
3. Diana Sudyka’s whimsical artwork via Design Crush
4. Adrian Landon Wood’s take on traditional folk art via Arthound
5. Ailara Berdyyeva explores color and its application to weaving via Trendland
6. Loving Petra Börner’s sense of color via Anthology Mag
7. Knitting… with glass via Colossal
8. How fabulous is this DIY geometric wood flooring? via Vintage Revivals
9. Pete Cromer’s delightful Aussie bird prints via Miss Moss
10. Avi Fedida striking “Grit” furniture series via design-milk
11. Jess Wong’s hand lettering via The Design Files
12. DIY floral skull centerpiece via Honestly Yum

Contributed by Emily Gup

Worn Stories by Emily Spivack

October 15th, 2014

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By now, I’m hoping many of you have heard about Emily Spivack’s recent book release, Worn Stories. I’m a bit late in featuring it, but have been glued to all of the reviews and positive attention it’s been getting. Finally, jumping in!

Spivack has devoted many years to documenting stories about fashion, memory and historical relevance. She has a fascinating resume that includes curating, writing and speaking for art institutions and fashion platforms. They include Threaded, the Smithsonian’s only fashion history blog, Shop Well with You, an organization devoted to helping women with cancer improve self body image, the MoMA on historical fashion archiving and most recently, Sentimental Value, a site and exhibit devoted to collecting stories and clothing from ebay…which actually became the catalyst for this very book.

Here is Emily signing my copy at her release party – one that I plowed through upon returning home. The stories are smart, varied and a compelling window into our relationship with clothing. They dive much deeper than what we’re used to consuming through fashion marketing content, which is refreshingly honest. I highly recommend picking up a copy if you haven’t already…click here to purchase.

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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

October 14th, 2014

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Exploring the ephemeral with unique takes on traditional crafts and techniques .

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1. Victoria Reichelt’s paintings and Carly Fischer’s sculptures explore a common vocabulary around the precarious medium of paper at This is No Fantasy
2. Yusuke Asai paints with dirt, an ephemeral, living medium at Rice Gallery
3. The sculptures in Théâtre de la Mémoire are reminiscent of meticulously detailed dollhouses. Giai-Miniet views his boxes as a metaphor for the human condition, which is comprised of biological functions, as well as a desire to achieve intellectual and spiritual enlightenment. at Jonathan Levine Gallery
4. Celebrating 5 years of We Make Carpets’ ability to turn most anything into a stunning carpet at MU
5. Multi-generational in scope, Thread Linesbrings together those pioneers who—challenging entrenched modernist hierarchies—first unraveled the distinction between textile and art with a new wave of contemporary practitioners who have inherited and expanded upon their groundbreaking gestures at The Drawing Center
6. Cynthia Ona Innis explores environmental transitions and shifting terrains above and below the surface, from the geysers of Iceland to the fault lines of the Eastern Sierras through the manipulation and layering of textiles at Traywick Contemporary

Lagom Design x Lotta Nieminen

October 13th, 2014

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I love Lotta Neinimen’s work. I’ve been watching her creative evolution for a while now, from her days at Ro&Co to her departure into the land of freelance. Her work is so distinctive – regardless of the brand, it’s easy to spot her eye, her hand, and her creative direction. One of Neinimen’s latest projects is a collaboration with the UK card and paper company, Lagom Design. These wrapping paper patterns are delightful and the colorways add a sophisticated tone. Click here to peruse and purchase.

 

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Friday Quick Links!

October 10th, 2014

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1. Love the jewelry, love the braids via Design Crush
2. Retro-inspired self-adhesive removable wallpaper! via design-milk
3. Interview with weaver and maker Harriet Goodall via The Design Files
4. Confetti! In a balloon! via Swissmiss
5. Laura Plageman explores the art of photography via Trendland
6. This cozy lake house is so dreamy for fall via Honestly WTF
7. Christophe Piallat’s paper art via design*sponge
8. Nifty DIY marbled flower pots via Oh Joy!
9. Jewelry with form and function via Yatzer
10. Digging Alex Morrison’s artworks via Present & Correct
11. A colorful look at how crayons are made via Laughing Squid
12. Rebecca Adam’s striking black and white paintings via The Jealous Curator

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

October 7th, 2014

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Examining culture and custom in this week’s choice gallery picks.

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1. With a nod towards environmental issues and man’s permanent interference with nature, Lucy McLauchlan’s latest work is reminiscent of her engagement with the local community, uncovering moments where the two worlds collide and escaping walls of concrete and steel at Lazarides Rathbone
2. In the past, Lisa Kokin has incorporated readable text or text translated into form in her art. In her new work, she has substituted text for fragments of stripped-down zippers with (in her own words) “their attendant metaphors of concealment, closure and impenetrability.” at Seager/Gray Gallery
3. Charlie Smith explores Making/Unmaking at GRIN
4. Both delicate and fearsome, the traditional Chinese dragon kite embodies a mythical symbol of power. Ai Weiwei unfurls a spectacular contemporary version of this age-old art form at Alcatraz
5. Anna Fidler’s paintings celebrate the euphoric, rebellious and mythical while consciously contemplating the transformational qualities of ritual and landscape at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art
6. Jamex de la Torre states, “‘Folkloric’ refers to our interest in the Mexican vernacular; ‘acid’ represents our contemporary reinterpretations and utilization of new material technologies. In this body of work, we have explored tendencies to revisit our 60s and 70s flower child art roots with free-flowing images of beautiful and strange nature at Mindy Soloman Gallery

Friday Quick Links!

October 3rd, 2014

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1. Can’t sleep? Count rainbow sheep via Honestly WTF
2. Twenty-first century color via Trend Tablet
3. Travis Bedel’s anatomical collages via Colossal
4. The cinemas of India Present & Correct
5. Swooning over these punchy patterned dishes via Oh Joy!
6. Belinda Marshall’s cheerfully colored abstract works via The Jealous Curator
7. Interview with artist Jon Campbell via The Design Files
8. Eley Kishimoto’s first wallpaper collection via design-milk
9. Makelike’s latest wallpaper series, the Shapes Collection via design*sponge
10. These dog collars are truly stylin’ via Design Crush
11. A thorough and playful rundown of SS15 fashion week via Miss Moss
12. Agog over this color drenched home via Poppytalk

Contributed by Emily Gup

Kickstarter & Jacques-Elliott

October 2nd, 2014

We’ve long been fans of Elliot Aronow and all that he creates and curates. Elliot’s latest venture is on Kickstarter, where he’s looking to raise some funds to expand his brand offerings. His ties are sharp and on point. They have quirk and wit and understated flair. They’re the perfect addition to zest up a suit.

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I love all elements of this brand- the tongue and cheek editorial, the music roots, the creative vision and the entrepreneurial spirit driving the product. Support and buy a tie if you’re so inclined!

 

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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

September 30th, 2014

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Using the landscape as a jumping off point for lush abstractions in this week’s gallery picks.

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1. IN MEDIAS RES is a chronicle of José Parlá’s life, beginning with his childhood and including his extensive travels around the world. Through choreographed, painterly works, the artist creates impressions of life-altering moments that have impacted his art making process at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
2. David Johns’ work combines fine art training with the traditional teachings he learned as a child and the Dine philosophy of life by which he lives. The symmetry of David’s paintings reflect this harmony and balance; the colors and textures he creates reflect the beauty of the land from which he comes at Zane Bennett Gallery
3. A look into the brief but critical period in Helen Frankenthaler’s career during 1962–63, when she “composed with color” rather than with line, resulting in the freer compositions that came to exemplify her long and prolific career at Gagosian Gallery
4. David Kinsey’s “Cushion of Memory” takes cues from the likes of the Sequoia National Park — near his home on the west coast — to create deep, abstract landscapes at Library Street Collective
5. Angelina Nasso’s presents a new group of oil paintings inspired by the lush forest setting of upstate New York where she lives and works. Her use of vibrant color and abstract forms is a vehicle for her continued study of the notion that all things come about from unity by means of adaption at McClain Gallery
6. Sue Williams’ work has long been known for combining themes of gender politics and the body. The exhibition features some of Williams’ earlier anthropomorphic paintings from the late 1990s leading to current works painted during the last seven or eight years, moving from the untidy, abject visual play on the body and bodily functions, to paintings which address traumatic geopolitical and environmental events at James Cohan Gallery

 

Branding: Examining Trunk Club

September 30th, 2014

3trunk club1trunk club2trunk clubIn New York, you move a lot. I’ve packed my bags eight times in the past 12 years. It’s sort of funny, every time I look at my credit report, I oddly get nostalgic. The list of addresses laid out ever so clearly, mark the timeline of my personal and professional evolution. With moving, comes mail. Lots of mail. Your mail, past tenant’s packages, your neighbor’s coupons… I’m actually amazed that everything important (except for a tax return or two) has found it’s way to me over the years.

Yesterday, I got a mailer from Trunk Club – which was addressed to the previous tenant. Before tossing it into recycling, as I don’t typically don’t shop for men’s clothing, I was drawn to the pattern, and, to the velvet-smooth paper stock.

Trunk Club as a brand is an interesting concept, one that a few players are experimenting with these days. I listened to a bit about it on NPR two weeks ago, and was amused by the feedback from the male office reporters. Women have softened to the concept of clothing showing up weekly through Rent the Runway and same day shipping from Net-a-Porter and M.M. Lafleur, but this idea of a stylist sending you items that will most likely fit is a cool time saver.

The heritage look and feel of the pattern is great- the imperfect dotted line drew me in. It’s also an innovative way to play up the box’s strengths. I’m down with this packaging and curious who’s behind it- does anyone know?

 

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Friday Quick Links!

September 26th, 2014

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1. Agog over Mario Testino’ Alta Moda photos via Honestly WTF
2. Ani Kasten’s ceramics balance roughness and delicacy via The Fox is Black
3. Isabelle Arsenault’s super sweet illustrations via Design Crush
4. Travess Smalley’s fascinating “Vector Weave” works via Trendland
5. Fabulous colors and patterns from La Casita de Wendy’s latest collection via Oh Joy!
6. Alicia Scardetta’s impressive wall hangings via design*sponge
7. Charlotte Trounce’s amazing illustrative fashion week recaps via Miss Moss
8. Rami Kim’s delightfully weird little ceramics via The Jealous Curator
9. Javier Jaén’s simple, inventive images via booooooom
10. DIY hand printed rug via Poppytalk
11. Interview with florist and jeweler Rachel Gorman via The Design Files
12. Dan Tobin Smith’s chromatically arranged trash via Colossal

Contributed by Emily Gup

Animating Fashion Through Sculpture

September 26th, 2014

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If you’re on instagram and following the fashion world, you’ve probably noticed a lot of overlap these days- between the art world, brands and approachable sculpture. Here are three examples of artists with growing social media followings, and their reinterpretations of fashion week, envisioned through everyday objects.

There’s an extremely playful element here- something whimsical, fast and fleeting that marks the symbiotic relationship between the 3D animated plane, fashion and instagram. Eleanor Macnair renders photographs through playdoh, Harley Langberg uses everyday food to reinterpret pop culture and Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson pokes fun at luxury by reimaging iconic patterns and figures on everyday items, such as bananas, shopping bags and laundry detergent.

It’s fun to see the industry embracing these artists, as audience participation isn’t going away, and harnessing talent both in and out of the marketing bubble is a great opportunity for everyone.

 

Welcome! I’m Shayna.
I live in New York and curate Pattern Pulp Studios. We're trend forecasters connecting the dots between culture and commerce, helping companies navigate digital and physical opportunities. This blog gives a daily taste of what we're seeing. If you want to learn more about how we can help your brand, or just to say hello, drop us a line - we'd love to hear from you!
 
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