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Friday Quick Links!

November 21st, 2014

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1. Crazy Wind beautiful traditional Japanese textiles via Textile Arts Center
2. Swoon worthy color by Jeremy Rabus via Design Crush
3. Love this interview with Iris Apfel via Man Repeller
4. The making of artisinal globes via Honestly WTF
5. Seventeenth century technique meets modern characters via Trendland
6. Kara Walker caught your selfies via Vulture
7. Celebrating the experimental 1930s Russian ballet The Bolt via Present & Correct
8. Chris Wood’s work expresses the “magic of light” via The Jealous Curator
9. Tables covered in crocheted plastic bags via design-milk
10. New prints from Stina Persson via Poppytalk
11. Gorgeous bags hand-woven by a group of women in Ghana via Miss Moss
12. Interview with jeweler and sculptor Anna Varendorff via The Design Files

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

November 18th, 2014

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Get drenched in color, as this week’s artists apply brights boldly over geometry and planes.

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1. Aikaterini Gegisian’s new work is built around the concept and practice of collage or – in a more cinematic sense, the ‘jump-cut’ at Tin Type Gallery
2. Rachel Siporin, a painter for several decades, discovered color reduction woodcuts in 2011. Her latest exhibition investigates personal narratives that include bathers by the shore, singers under the spotlight, and figures against the backdrop of natural disasters at Bowery Gallery
3.Jeffrey Beauchamp is a trickster with prodigious skills and a wry sense of humor. Every painting is an improvisation, the artist surfing the imagination and remaining loose enough to respond to images and impulses that reveal themselves at Seager Gray
4.Through stream-of-consciousness painting, Doze Green creates fractured imagery to convey infinite possibilities at Jonathan Levine Gallery
5.Ricardo Mazal’s paintings evolved from a recent journey to Bhutan. The work draws on previous explorations into themes of life, death, transformation and regeneration at Sundaram Tagore
6.Small is Beautiful challenges contemporary artists working in all media to produce works with a fixed economy of scale, each piece measuring approximately 9 x 7 inches at Flowers Galleries

Voutsa’s Hand Painted Wallpaper

November 17th, 2014

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I have a soft spot for wallpaper – it’s the easiest and most direct way to add personality to a room. Is it an investment? Sure. Do you want to install if you’re renting? Maybe not. But if you’re able to make the commitment, the payoff is creative gold. I recently discovered Voutsa while browsing through instagram – their collaboration with The Sabah Dealer caught my eye. The texture, movement and color palette in each pattern conveys luxury in the most playful way – reminiscent of the loose painterly vibe found at The Carlyle or Crosby Hotels…but a hint more modern.

Based in New York, and founded by George Venson, the brand has evolved over the past year, with a nice array of collaborations, ranging from a partnership with Anthropology to custom work with ASH, to a limited edition shoe extension with The Sabah Dealer. I’m excited to see what’s next, as these textures feel really timeless. I’m a fan, are you?

 

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Friday Quick Links!

November 14th, 2014

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1. Kat O’Sullivan’s psychedelic retreat via designboom
2. Greta Van Campen’s gorgeous graphic paintings via Miss Moss
3. Olivia Rae James’ buddy system via SF Girl By Bay
4. Interview with painter Fred Fowler via The Design Files
5. Lovely little loom tutorial via Sugar and Charm
6. Merve Özaslan’s intriguing collages via Honestly WTF
7. Rachel Ibarra‘s papier-mâché and canvas vessels via Design Crush
8. Loving Schönstaub’s nebula rugs and towels via Colossal
9. Celia Johnson’s punchy, pop-y work via Art Hound
10. DIY Basket weaving via design*sponge
11. London’s eccentric new museum via The Fox is Black
12. Awesome installations by Maser via The Jealous Curator

Contributed by Emily Gup

Ethical Shopping with To The Market

November 14th, 2014

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I remember the morning I sat down with my friend Jane to catch up on life and fill each other in on all things new. She told me about her latest work on the field…which involved a trip to India to visit trafficking survivors who were getting their lives back together.  I sat there amazed. She then told me about a business idea she had about giving these women a self-sustaining platform for economic independence. And so her journey began…that was 18 months ago.

Fast forward, and today’s feature is all about the company she’s just launched, called TO THE MARKET – a social enterprise and marketplace focused on selling products made by survivors of abuse, conflict and disease. The items range from ballet slippers and quilts to jewelry scarves and clothing.

In her own words, “I felt like existing efforts to ‘empower’ vulnerable populations were largely focused on providing social services—things like food, housing and pro-bono legal assistance. Social services are extraordinarily important, particularly in emergency situations, but they are rarely sustainable for the duration of a survivor’s life. The dignity of work is not only restorative to one’s spirit, but it also helps to ensure that the survivors of abuse don’t return to their exploitative relationships; that survivors of conflict can forge a new life without relying on charity; and that survivors of disease could afford the care that they need.”

Visit the site, learn about the mission and support the women behind the products. The first feature story highlights Aashiana, a New Delhi shelter which employs and trains HIV/AIDs infected women to make jewelry. It’s an amazing mission and I’m grateful it’s finally live.

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

November 11th, 2014

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This artists in this week’s gallery picks cleverly examine the underlying structures of society in their work.

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1. Julian Stanczak’s reverence for color comes from a desire to translate the drama and power of nature into a universal impression at Mitchell-Ines & Nash
2. “Gold” is a group exhibition that examines the use, role, and effect of gold in contemporary works of art at Dillon Gallery
3. Jessica Wimbley’s The Belle Series is a group of digital works on canvas based on ideas of origin: biological, genetic, cultural and historical at Western-Project
4. Dalston Anatomy is a visual document and investigation of Dalston’s Ridley Road Market, located in East London. Noting the transient nature of the market and the rapidly changing neighborhood, Vitturi’s series strives to honor and preserve this vibrant, multicultural environment at Yossi Milo Gallery
5. Greg Irvine’s latest work at Hawthorn Studio Gallery
6. Mockingbird takes its title from “ Operation Mockingbird”, a CIA initiative that began in 1948 using art and culture to propagate psychological warfare at Marlborough Chelsea

Accessorizing Your Still Lifes

November 11th, 2014

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Still life photography is having it’s hay day. Whether the backdrops are bright and vivacious, or witty, weird and muted, this 2D effect is playing out all over fashion realm – in print, digital and retail. It feels like a natural progression from the fused and flattened geometry planes we’ve been seeing for a while.

Some of my favorite still life artists at the moment are Arthur Woodcroft, Charlie Schuck, Armin Zogbaum and Jamie Julien Brown and today’s discover of The Collecteur by Giulia Scalese is the newest to the bunch. Her witty combinations and visual layouts are crisp, fun and metaphoric. Her use of pareidolia makes a huge impact – making each image a personality to react to.

In her words, “My love of quirky, colorful items – combined with a background in photography, digital manipulation, and visual merchandising — is essentially what lead me here. I’m highly inspired by bold characters and funky personalities, which I try to convey in each image.”

 

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Friday Quick Links!

November 7th, 2014

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1. The gorgeous, collection filled home of Greg Irvine via The Design Files
2. Digging the Lonely Girls project via Miss Moss
3. Paintings by Frances Hoggs via Trendland
4. Neat cross-section of fireworks via Present & Correct
5. DIY Morse code bracelets via Honestly WTF
6. Fun little home goods from Bailey Doesn’t Bark via Design Crush
7. Father Magnus Wenninger, maker of paper-polyhedron models via Sight Unseen
8. Adorable kid’s bedding from Orla Kiely via Anthology
9. The making of Calico’s marbled wallpaper via design-milk
10. Bathroom fixtures filled with flowers via Colossal
11. Inside the studio with Lola Donoghue via The Jealous Curator
12. Natural curiosities via Art is a Way

Contributed by Emily Gup

Portraiture, Patterns & Black Identity

November 5th, 2014

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Robert Pruitt is an artist whose drawings and sculptures hone in on Black Identity. Based in Houston, TX, his work incorporates patterns and color in contrast with signs and cultural aesthetics. Much of his work weaves together Sci Fi, Hip Hop, comics, social struggle and politics within his local community. It’s interesting to see the texture repeats in the foreground, as opposed to the background- something we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in Kehinde Wiley‘s iconic work highlighting similar objectives.

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These artists are distinctly different, but share paralleling views of pattern, pose and strength in character. The textures and color convey the message as much as the subjects, creating atmosphere and bold references. This series by Wiley focuses on female personalities from Haiti, drawing attention and examination of the nation’s socioeconomic conditions and culture through the lives of everyday people. It’s an incredible body of work, have a look, you’ll be in awe of the creativity and intricacy in technique.

 

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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

November 4th, 2014

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The shows in this week’s gallery picks explore transitions: in their work, in their selves and in the world around them.

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1. “Chris Ofili: Night and Day” spans the artist’s influential career, encompassing his paintings, drawings, and sculptures. The artist’s diverse oeuvre has taken imagery and inspiration from such disparate, history-spanning sources as the Bible, hip-hop music, Zimbabwean cave paintings, Blaxploitation films, and the works of William Blake. at New Museum
2. Inspired by the notion that “every place is unfathomable, infinite, [and] impossible to describe, because a place…[is] constantly arising and decaying,” Alluvial Constructs provides a visual exploration of the intrinsic, unavoidable and poetic processes of construction and degradation at Octavia Art Gallery
3. The Bruce High Quality Foundation re-imagined the much-fabled Arnold Böcklin painting Isle of the Dead as a stark reality when two members, one clad in a makeshift shroud and the other at the helm of a dinghy, sailed toward a garbage dump with the skyline of New York City rising in the distance. Here, they exhibit silkscreen versions of Böcklin’s first version of Isle of the Dead paired with silkscreen versions of their encomiastic image at McClain Gallery
4. Somewear is a series of self-portraits, which struggles with the idea of identity. Is it possible to isolate our purest self from everything that surrounds us? at Praxis
5. Kent Williams’ acute sense of human anatomy has consistently been a staple in his work throughout his career, yet as we see with How Human Of You, the natural tendency we have to explore, experiment, and transition has lead Williams to fresh ground at 101/EXHIBIT
6. Using simple forms and creating broad swaths of rich texture, Alexis Portilla has mastered the subtle connection between soft and hard-edged abstraction. His surfaces are especially vibrant with layer upon layer of soft, yet rich color at Birman Wood Fine Art

 

Trends in Espadrilles

November 4th, 2014

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As temperatures start to drop, it’s hard to think of espadrilles here in the North East. That said, this market report from the New York Times Style section is a good one and shouldn’t be overlooked. We’re seeing fringe, color blocking, stripes, straps, lacing and a good deal of pattern for resort and the Spring season ahead. Any favorites in the bunch? I personally love styles 1, 2 & 6.

1. Proenza Schouler2. Catalana 3. Trademark 4. M Missoni 5. Chloe 6. Etro 7. Thomas Maier 8. Valentino Garavani

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Friday Quick Links!

October 31st, 2014

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1. Interview with painter Colin Pennock via The Design Files
2. Stunning wallpapers from Black Crow Studio via Anthology
3. Gummi bear palette via Present & Correct
4. Kustaa Saksi’s collaboration with Marimekko via The Fox is Black
5. Amazing details in this editorial via Honestly WTF
6. Not your usual beach scene via Trendland
7. Constellation pumpkins! via design*sponge
8. Vintage travel posters and Valentino via Miss Moss
9. Digging Lindsay Stead’s modern heirloom quilts via Design Crush
10. Adorable paintings by Laura Berger via The Jealous Curator
11. Crafting kokeshi dolls via Colossal
12. Inside Rachel Castle’s studio via design-milk

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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