Vibrance & Inspiration from Morocco

May 4th, 2015


Pattern Pulp’s been kind of quiet as of late. There’s been a lot going on – some things have been really exciting, and all consuming in the work arena, while others have been difficult, and simply put, a pause on life.

Today I’m back, and sharing a glimpse of recent travels. My beloved grandmother passed away nearly three weeks ago, and while this post isn’t necessarily about her, she was eager to hear about a trip to Morocco that was planned awhile ago. She wanted to see all of the curious inspirations and hear about the culture, the food, the birds and the music. After we laid her to rest, my husband and I decided that it was important to still go- that it would hopefully serve as a distraction, a transition and a reflective period while we mourned her loss. We joined good friends and took off in somewhat of a daze, with an itinerary that was loose but linear.


The mornings and evenings were sad and reflective times, but the days were shiny and full of color and delight. We traveled from Casablanca to Fez to the Sahara Desert then Marrakesh and ended in Essaouira. It was an absolute whirlwind, one that felt appropriate and extremely inspiring. I’ll post more specifically over the coming days, but here’s a little overview of our travels – more to come soon.


CATEGORIES:  Around the GlobeTextiles

Friday Quick Links

May 1st, 2015


1. Stunning color portraits from 1913 via Colossal
2. “Hot Mess” vases by Tanner Bowman via Trendland
3. Niki de Saint Phalle’s magical Tarot Garden via Honestly WTF
4. Camouflage patterns made from common everyday stains via swissmiss
5. Interview with textile artist Victoria Pemberton of Bind | Fold via The Design Files
6. Girls holding flowers by Luisa Brimble via Oh Joy!
7. Digging this DIY coil door mat – so many possibilities via design*sponge
8. Adriano Alarcon fills in half his beard with small objects via iGNANT
9. Adoring Seonna Hong’s landscapes via The Jealous Curator
10. Talwst creates miniature dioramas in antique ring boxes via Design Crush
11. Lovely DIY Mother’s Day card vases via The House That Lars Built
12. Museum paintings pasted onto city streets via My Modern Met

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

April 29th, 2015



The artists in this week’s gallery picks explore duality.

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1. Leehyun Kim paints to reveal the emotion underneath the masked expressions of passersby at Pheonix Gallery
2. Fuel to the fire forms a bridge between the two figures Ricardo Brey unites within himself: on the one hand the historical artist at a crucial time in the history of Cuban art, and on the other the artist who lives and works in Flanders, and makes work that is highly contemporary, critical to the consumption of images and the slickness in which they now tend to dress themselves at Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen
3. Ryan Callanan aka RYCA draws upon a broad spectrum of Contemporary popular culture in his works; referencing film, music and art history that is often seen as refreshingly comic and accessible. With early influences including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Ryan would take classic Warhol imagery and replace its subject with Star Wars and other movie references in his work at Copro Gallery
4. Chloe Wise conflates so-called “guilty” commercial, gastronomical, and sexual pleasures—it bags, carb-rich breakfast foods, and fetish gear— creating imagined hybrids of frivolity and excess. Cast in urethane, strikingly painted with trompe l’oeil effects, and re-contextualized as art objects, food and fashion are rid of their use value and are planted firmly in the symbolic at Division Gallery
5. In his new body of work, Yinka Shonibare contemplates the changing state of the Earth’s climate and the human instinct for survival in the face of the extreme weather experienced worldwide. Rage of the Ballet Gods sees Shonibare connecting with myth to find solace in the fantastical during an unnerving time at James Cohan Gallery
6. “At the heart of these works is the eternal push and pull of the spirit. The two-headed beast, the twin within, living just beneath the skin, sharing the shell and breathing life in through the cracks. They are psychic creatures blistered by hope and beaten with twinges of nostalgia” Sarah Louise Davey on her works in The Garden of No Distant Place at Paradigm Arts

Friday Quick Links!

April 24th, 2015


1. The 200 pound turban via Honestly WTF
2. Ceramic underwater creature air plant holders via Colossal
3. DIY watercolor phrase art via A Beautiful Mess
4. Swooning over these gorgeous kimonos via Present & Correct
5. Loving Hannah Lee’s free patterns available for download via design*sponge
6. A levitating light! via Poppytalk
7. Digging the vibrant colors of Anne Sophie Adelys’ art via The Jealous Curator
8. Sand and salt paintings by Fernando Mastrangelo via Trendland
9. Mid-century surface design & Kurdish mixed technique weavings via design-milk
10. The interesting aesthetic of melted popsicles via Design Crush
11. Kwangho Lee’s hyperreal paintings of cacti via Miss Moss
12. Interview with jewelry designer Jeb Brown via The Design Files

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

April 22nd, 2015


The artists in this week’s gallery picks experiment with lines in surprising and playful ways.

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1. Robert Irwin has produced eight works that advance his use of fluorescent light, a material he first used in the 1970s. Irwin installs rows of columnar lights, coating the different tubes with colored gels that alter the transmission of light. Other tubes remain unlit taking some advantage of the reflected light at Pace Gallery
2. American artist Lloyd Martin, known internationally for his rhythmically constructed abstract painting, continues his engagement with color and line in this outstanding body of work at Stux Gallery
3. By employing gravity to manipulate printmaking grounds, Ian Davenport’s graphic works produce images that reflect the result the artist has achieved in his glossy pour paintings. The artworks continue his process-based investigation of the paradox between chance and control, the industrial and organic at Pace Prints
4. Hattie Stewart’s Adversary will take on glossy advertising imagery with Stewart’s characteristic homage-meets-satire approach at House of Illustration
5. Jimi Gleason’s silver deposit surfaces act as enigmatic mirrors that are activated by the viewer and the environment they are situated in. Light, color and form are injected into the paintings via the external world – through this movement, Gleason hopes to induce a meditative experience for his viewers at William Turner Gallery
6. Dipping and undulating lines make reference to animal and human body contours only to be interrupted by sharp turns that deny their voluptuousness in Josh Dihle’s work at Valerie Carberry Gallery

Friday Quick Links!

April 17th, 2015


1. Get tropical with your wallpaper via Poppytalk
2. Make your own glitter sunglasses via A Beautiful Mess
3. Meghann Riepenhoff’s photographic art via Design Crush
4. Living between buildings via Colossal
5. Lorraine Loots paints tiny books via Honestly WTF
6. Bobbie Burgers’ giant flowers via The Jealous Curator
7. DIY some test tube antlers via The Merry Thought
8. Birthe Piontek examines notions of the self via This is Paper
9. The women of Don Draper via Miss Moss
10. A look inside designer & illustrator Edith Rewa’s studio via The Design Files
11. Styling Barbie’s Instagram via Racked
12. Beautiful pop-up art by Bozena Rydlewsk via iGNANT

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

April 14th, 2015


This week’s gallery picks feature portraiture in the exploration of identity.

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1. Ramon Maiden’s “Turbo Faith, Ladies Of The Night & Dandy Delinquents” celebrates Barcelona’s junkies (‘kinki’s’); the authentic junkies, the one’s that truly had nothing to live for at Stolenspace
2. Rina Banerjee’s work investigates the possibilities of cultural identity; its relics, how we identify ourselves, and how that perception changes through the eyes of others at Jacob Lewis Gallery
3. Jouissance will feature new paintings made on found bed sheets, pillows, and curtains. Maslansky renders his images of anonymous figures in various states of undress and sexually charged activities in such a way that allows psychological and emotional readings of the found images he works from at Honor Fraser
4. The works presented in Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic raise questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture at Brooklyn Museum
5. Known for her frank and revealing representations of the issues surrounding identity, Lucy Jones’ paintings address conventional notions of femininity, aging and disability, through her close observation of the self at Flowers Gallery
6. Tali Lennox’s Layers of Life is a reaction to the phenomena of social media, “selfies”, and casual narcissism at Catherine Ahnell Gallery

Floral Orbs & Good Tunes

April 13th, 2015

DressesBandAlbum Art

I love Songza, It’s constantly serving up new and old in the most organic curated way. Last week, I was introduced to Dresses Band- which ultimately led me down a creative rabbit hole. I ended up listening to their beautiful album while fixating on their album art. The illustrated floral is reminiscent of a psychedelic 70’s print, modernized through a circular orb. Give them a listen, I promise you’ll enjoy.


Friday Quick Links!

April 10th, 2015


1. Make some cheerful paper plants via The House that Lars Built
2. Portraits in paint & Japanese paper via The Jealous Curator
3. Very tiny paintings by Hasan Kale via We The Urban
4. A look inside the studio of Block Shop Textiles via design*sponge
5. Love this look at encaustic cement tiles via Honestly WTF
6. Digging this hanging garden idea via Poppytalk
7. More than your basic maps via Present & Correct
8. Create and paint with earth pigments via Textile Arts Center
9. Craft a fun fringed pillow via A Beautiful Mess
10. Drawing on shoes with markers via design-milk
11. Caitlyn Carlisle found art inspiration in the latest runway collections via Trendland
12. Veronika Richterová creates new life from repurposed plastic bottles via Colossal

Contributed by Emily Gup

Snail Mail + Analog Data + Art

April 8th, 2015


There’s something romantic about writing a postcard, even if it’s filled with data points and undecipherable sketches. Dear Data, a project by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec really struck a chord, as their UK – US written correspondence is an interesting window into the world of a data thinker.

Both women live parallel lives in that they’re the same age, only children, transplants in a new country and work in data using a hand-crafted illustrative approach. Have a look to explore – the drawings have a beautiful morse code feeling to them and share more than meets the eye. Would you ever correspond with a likeminded pen pal?

CATEGORIES:  ArtTechnology

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

April 7th, 2015


We love the sumptuous color palettes in this week’s gallery picks- they’re lush, vibrant and full of punch.

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1. Casper Brindle’s work occupies the space where Color Field painting, Light and Space conceptualism and Finish Fetish sensibilities intersect at William Turner Gallery
2. Bill Jensen attempts to create paintings which, like self-contained beings, affect the world around them—a characteristic Jensen refers to as “emotional density.” His new paintings explore these longstanding concerns at Chaim Read
3. Laura Lancaster’s work is extracted from an archive of anonymous thrift store and flea market photographs. In these new paintings, Lancaster has used found home movie reels of super 8 film, the first time that moving images have been incorporated into her work.  Each work is a captured one-second frame, chosen from hundreds of films Lancaster viewed and then reviewed to render in either a domestic or cinematic size at Sargent’s Daughters
4. Drawing on manifestations of home, Ann Agee creates installations that explore notions of interior life, material culture, feminism and personal history. Interested in investigating the limitations of appropriation, mimicry and manufacturing, Agee employs familiar motifs – from household objects to modernist architecture – that she at once subverts, infusing them with her own personal and familial narratives at P.P.O.W
5. Richard Diebenkorn’s seductive color palettes and intricately balanced compositions draw from the light and a sense of the places in which he worked, and define a career that spanned more than four decades at Royal Academy
6. A decade Linda Touby ‘s art in Rare Bird at CK Contemporary

Friday Quick Links!

April 3rd, 2015


1. Naturally dye your Easter eggs via design*sponge
2. Love this look at Beatrix Ost’s farm via Advanced Style
3. Joseba Eskubi surrealistic mixed media paintings via Trendland
4. Lovely DIY eucalyptus and yarn wall hanging via Poppytalk
5. Fabulous new blankets from Matt W. Moore via design-milk
6. Decorate tea tins with tissues paper via Oh Joy!
7. Digging these ceramics by TwoCan via Present & Correct
8. Make beer can vases via Fulltime Fiesta
9. The art and studio of Guy Yanai via Anthology
10. Noël Skrzypczak’s dynamic abstract paintings via The Jealous Curator
11. Gisele Freund’s wonderful photographs of Frida Kahlo via Miss Moss
12. Adorable DIY clay bunny bowls via Alice & Lois

Contributed by Emily Gup

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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