Friday Quick Links!

May 22nd, 2015


1. Tehran transforms billboards into art via The Guardian
2. Inside the studio of Hoi P’loy via Miss Moss
3. An exquisitely colorful and luxurious hotel in Jaipur via Trendland
4. Fantastic terracotta ceramics from Sharon Muir via The Design Files
5. Melissa McCracken paints music via WeTheUrban
6. An abandoned house in Detroit is covered in flowers via My Modern Met
7. Pip & Pop’s sugar crafted world via The Jealous Curator
8.  Zemer Peled creates her sculptures from ceramic shards via Honestly WTF
9. Lovely new wallpapers & tiles from Grow House Grow via design*sponge
10. Jenny Acosta’s delightful series of illustrated food puns via iGNANT
11.  Vintage postcard landscapes combined into new sculptures via Design Crush
12. Art history in contemporary life via Colossal

Contributed by Emily Gup

Crowded Spaces + Flat Design

May 21st, 2015


There’s an interesting optics play going on here. We have two very talented graphic designers creating varying crowds. While one feels like the Barnard graduation, filled with promising young women, the other has a metropolitan rush hour vibe. You can feel the hustle and bustle through the pattern blocking. The drawing on the left is by Alessandra Genualdo, an Italian illustrator living in London. I came across the layout while on a trip to Toronto. It was on the cover of Double Dot Magazine. The black and white crowd on the right is a piece by the Japanese artist Hisashi Okawa, who I recently discovered on Pinterest. It’s a beautiful juxtaposition, no?


Trend: Expressive Body Script

May 20th, 2015

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There’s been a lot of talk about graffiti finding it’s way into high fashion. Miuccia Prada ushered in the conversation last summer with her About Face runway presentation. The latest examples have similarities in their raw essence, but take a bold, expressive typographic turn. We have Evisu, Die Antwood, Comme des Garcons and Dior Homme all using the body or page as a canvas for expressive thought.


All of these pieces feel connected in some way to the style and vibe of Shantell Martin’s illustrations. Her stream-of-contiousness drawings have been an influential style for a while now, and a stark contrast to the crisp colorful characters and collage work from Fall.


Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

May 19th, 2015


Our top gallery picks this week experiment with layers and the spaces where ideas intersect.

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1. Mark Grotjahn employs a palette knife to drag, scrape, and feather densely woven layers of oil paint. Aggressively worked from the center of the painting, the impasto offers a glimpse into the many layers of color comprising the composition at Blum & Poe
2. Askew’s Exodusrefers to the perpetual migration of people within the greater Pacific region. The underlying themes of cultural identity are explored through an experimental style of portraiture, abstraction and graffiti still life paintings depicting traditional Pacific foods at Goodspace Gallery
3. Katharina Grosse presents pictures on canvas which seem as if made for the imposing, lofty space in which they are being shown. Compressed into the two-dimensional, rectangular format of a panel painting, the works point virtually outward, beyond their material bounds at Galerie Johann König
4. Adrian Ghenie’s paintings are all about alienation and the angst that accompanies it at Nicodim Gallery
5. Merion Estes’ Dystopia features new large “tapestry-like” paintings continuing her ongoing body of work exploring the intersection of nature and decoration at CB1 Gallery
6. “The Sound of Creation” is composed of a selection of painted works accompanied by corresponding musical tracks as the result of a creative collaboration between the artist Beezy Bailey, and the composer and music theorist Brian Eno at ArsCulture

Concepts & Illustrations at Maiyet

May 18th, 2015

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Bringing a drawing to life takes a lot of work. The sky’s the limit when you take pen to paper, but achieving the desired results requires patience and expertise. I found these before and after watercolors from Maiyet to be beautiful realizations of product development. The crochet polo and hand beaded venus clutch are part of their Spring/Summer 15 line and have timeless appeal.


CATEGORIES:  AccessoriesColorFashionWomens

Friday Quick Links!

May 15th, 2015


1. Accidents by Zeren Badar via We The Urban
2. Karen Margolis’ architectural renderings of the mind’s operations via Design Crush
3. Interview with artist Elizabeth Barnett via The Design Files
4.Open weave color blocking via Present & Correct
5. New wallpaper from Juju papers via Design*Sponge
6. Whimsical art from Laura Berger via iGNANT
7. Amazing sculptural lighting by LZF Lamps via design-milk
8. Absolutely stunning wall murals via Honestly WTF
9. Business cards made from crayons via Creative Boom
10. A visit to Clementina van der Walt’s ceramic studio via Miss Moss
11. When oil, ink and soap interact via Colossal
12. Digging these paintings by Michael Carson via The Jealous Curator

Contributed by Emily Gup

Trend: Grids & Motifs

May 14th, 2015

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Grids, motifs and colorways have been finding their way into my social feed as of late. While the theme’s not necessarily a new concept, the minimalist and spatial approach feels quite current. A few favorites weave color, illustration and narrative into an organized grid.

Julia Dault’s Toronto exhibition, Color Me Badd showcases color and form in a highly graphic and flat way. The colors are bright and the shapes are abstract. Next up, is a snapshot I took while in Marrakesh of a Berber rug. While it’s old, it feels on trend for what interior stores are stocking these days.

Then there’s a snapshot by Lesley Morphy from the Canal Street station. I’m forever in a rush when I go left at this visual fork in the road, as it’s the subway stop closest to my office – but always wonder about the story behind the icons – does anyone know?

And the glue that holds this all together, is Vivienne Westwood’s latest commercial print ad. The sticker laden stall compliments the art world, just as it mimics real life.


Colors & Summer Brights

May 13th, 2015

1Summer_BrightsSummer’s arrived – especially in Manhattan where the temps are teetering on 90 degrees Farenheit. In acknowledgment and celebration of the season change, I thought I’d share some snaps from the past few weeks.


It’s been a bit of a travel forecasting whirlwind, and interestingly, it seems like the global color palettes are on the same page. The rose floral clutch is from Selfridges, while the mega leaf was spotted during a wedding weekend celebration in Tulum, Mexico. It truly feels like the Mara Hoffman of plants. I inserted myself in the mix- since the orange and pink play was unexpected, but extremely characteristic of the vibrancy throughout Morocco. That said, this dress is a Balinese print. This was a brief roadside coffee break, enroute to Marrakesh. Hay Design has created a pop up shop at Liberty London, and unsurprisingly, the patterns were fabulous. Here are a few tote bags from their spring collection. The geometric paper is from Pentreath & Hall, an interiors store just off Lambs Conduit Street in London. The folds make the 2D/3D graphics truly pop.


In putting this together, I thought I’d make a quick print that embodied all of the above, incorporating the colors and mood from each image. I don’t usually share my designs on the blog, but figured it’d be useful to illustrate the meaning behind concept and creation.


CATEGORIES:  Around the GlobeArtColor

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

May 12th, 2015


In this week’s gallery picks, process, pattern and color reign supreme.

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1. Rosson Crow has long been fascinated by history and the psychology of interior spaces, and has addressed subjects as varied as French Revolutionary interiors, New York City graffiti and the films of Alfred Hitchcock in his work. This exhibition represents Crow’s response to the paintings of Florine Stettheimer and debuts a new technique of Xerox transfers layered with painting on the canvases at Sargent’s Daughters
2. Richard Hull calls his recent paintings and drawings “stolen portraits.” His crayon drawings, in particular, are portraits in the form of hairdos, each one expressing a distinct visual personality rather than a representation of a particular individual at Western Projects
3. The bold brushstrokes and swirly shapes in Yayoi Kusama latest works seem to hover between figuration and abstraction; vibrant, animated, and intense, they transcend their medium to introduce their own pictorial logic, at once contemporary and universal. As such, while they continue Kusama’s innovative exploration of form, subject matter, and space, they also represent a connection to her work from the past six decades at David Zwirner
4. In James Little’s new paintings, color and structure are critical fixations that complement his geometric pictorial style.  The edges of his vertical bands are saturated with lucid color as they give way to other patterns – chevrons, rectangles and zigzag designs of varying widths at June Kelly Gallery
5. By folding, tearing, and combining, Yun-Woo Choi obfuscates the meanings constructed in two-dimensional printed material in an attempt to deliver intuitive feelings to the viewer at Open Source Gallery
6. Carlos Estrada-Vega’s paintings are composed of more than 300 blocks of color. Considering each as an individual brushstroke, Estrada-Vega proceeds to compose his paintings intuitively, mounting these pieces onto metal plates using magnets at Margaret Thatcher Projects

Cycling Climbs & Textured Landscapes

May 12th, 2015


Artists often see the world through varied prisms. It almost doesn’t matter if graphic elements are manmade or within natural habitats, they pop through visual texture. Nigel Peake, the illustrator behind In the City, recently released 20 prints, illustrating this concept. The collection follows his biking travails and is called Cycling Climbs. The infographics merged with geometry and illustration create a beautiful storyline. If you’re your a fan of art, cycling and/or landscape development, this 44 page publication is for you.


CATEGORIES:  ArtBook ReviewsColor

Friday Quick Links!

May 8th, 2015


1. Interview with Tim Rouse and Anastasia Phillips via The Design Files
2. DIY abstract botanical art via Anthology
3. Lovely handmade paper animations via Colossal
4. Anne Ten Donkelaar’s flower constructions via Trendland
5. Ellen Sur­rey’s small paintings based on film stills via Brown Paper Bag
6. DIY photo headboards! via Poppytalk
7. Allyson Mellberg’s otherworldly illustrations via Creative Boom
8. Elin’s beautifully embroidered mold specimens via The Jealous Curator
9. Tassel up some gladiator sandals via Honestly WTF
10. Kristi Kohut paintings are inspired by agate rock formations via Design*Sponge
11. Make these pretty little pocket wall planters via Design Love Fest
12. Gorgeous silk pieces from AH/OH via Miss Moss

Contributed by Emily Gup

Spotting Ceramic Tiles in Morocco

May 6th, 2015


This post seems so obvious, I almost second guessed adding it to the reel, but tiling is and always has been integral to Moroccan culture that it would be crazy not to share some of the patterns and mosaic work from my travels around the country. The colors shifted from vibrant to subdued and were dispersed with care and geometric precision depending on location.


The storefronts, restaurants, houses of prayer and general architecture were a maze of intersecting patterns. Merged with cement and clay, these glazed geometric formations told stories of each location. Jewish stars covered the old synagogue in Marrakesh while abstract landscapes covered shops along the High Atlas Mountains.


While in Fez, I visited a workshop that documented the ancient technique – vats of clay would be baked in the sun then turned into long slabs. They’d then be scored and cut by local craftsmen, then glazed and placed into patterned formations. Bowls and table wear would be painted, while walls would be laid and spackled. The entire process was as beautiful as it was laborious- something that almost feels nostalgic with today’s design and construction methods.


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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