Friday Quick Links!

January 23rd, 2015


1. Tadao Cern‘s sleeping beach-goers via Design Crush
2. Make some pretty nested clay bowls via This Heart of Mine
3. Romina Ressia’s twist on renaissance style portraiture via Trendland
4. A bracelet that turns your skin into a touch screen display via design-milk
5. DIY some lovely incense via Poppytalk
6. Monika Traikov’s photo manipulations via WeTheUrban
7. Stunning tattoos by Jade Tomlinson and Kev James via Colossal
8. Studio tour with Maira Kalman via design*sponge
9. Up your basket game with tassels via Honestly WTF
10. Interview with photographer and designer Martyn Thompson via The Design Files
11. Kiana Mosley’s lovely watercolor works via The Jealous Curator
12. Loving Dina Khalifé’s creative textiles and playful lookbook via Miss Moss

Contributed by Emily Gup

News to Share…

January 23rd, 2015


Fun news to (finally) report…I’m creating a Pattern Sketchbook with Chronicle, and it’ll be coming out in Spring 2016. (Yay!) We’ll be focusing on pattern spotting in the world around us, and how inspiration becomes a purposeful repeat.

I know that sounds like a massively long time from now, but everything is actually due rather soon, so…here’s where you come in.

I have a nice outline coming together of who I’d love to include in this book, but I’m always on the hunt for new pattern designers, artists and illustrators- especially young talented ones. I’ve always been a strong believer of following the experienced creators as much as the fresh up-and-comers.

So, please feel free to submit work that follows these guidelines. I’d love to include 1 or 2 art students to the mix.  

Please address your emails to: with the subject title: Patterns & Inspiration. Please, no heavy files – just links and jpgs.

Thank You!



Spotting Texture on Instagram

January 21st, 2015

#foam wall

A photo posted by Jessica Goldfond (@theshinysquirrel) on

I recently saw this image, screenshot it, and decided to do a quick post about the simplicity and dimension. A few days later, Megan Morton posted this prism-paper-cut-pineapple, citing Australian stylist, Marsha Golemac. As one does with Instagram, I dove into the exploration hole. To be expected, Golemac’s feed was fabulous. The array of work spanned cool styling, crisp photography and varied grids of all shapes and sizes.

Like me, I’m sure many of you used to find this kind of imagery in print publications – now, nearly everything is in real time and on Instagram. While I still buy bodega magazines for the editorial spreads, the never-ending stream of visuals has become my most valued source of inspiration.

No paper cuts. So sleepy. How good is blue? Goodnight x

A photo posted by marshagolemac (@marshagolemac) on

If you have a photographic memory, it’s almost sport to connect photos from unrelated sources. Scouring for new talent is much simpler as well. The interconnectedness of it all feels like we’re all intertwined, if not approachable – especially within niche communities.

So, back to 3D prisms. I think they’re great, and these creative variations explore a trend we’ve been seeing for a while. Curious to hear your thoughts, what’s the last thing you’ve seen multiples of in your feed? Share away!

CATEGORIES:  ArtDigitalDIYRetailSet Design

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

January 20th, 2015


The artists in this week’s gallery picks explore ephemerality, chaos and reinvention.

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1. Mayme Kratz and Alan Bur Johnson’s works are concerned with permanence and ephemerality, flight and stillness, life and death, as encapsulated by the cellular systems and organic matter of the Arizona desert at Lisa Sette Gallery
2. Christiane Baumgartner’s work often has multiple meanings and relates to war and the environment at Alan Cristea
3. Troika’s “Cartography of Control” explores the roles that systems and serendipity play in contemporary life at Kohn Gallery
4.Pacific Sun derives from security-camera footage, circulated via YouTube, of the chaos inside a cruise ship weathering a storm in the South Pacific: chairs, tables, bottles, cartons, and people careened as the ship lurched. Intrigued by these complex movements, Thomas Demand decided to re-create the video, minus the people, by constructing and animating a life-size paper model at LACMA
5. Under 35: Part III is an exhibition of artists who create work that reinvents more traditional approaches to materials, compositions and concepts, representing an ever changing definition of art and how materials are used at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
6. Patrick Jacobs’ “Come Closer to Me” – from Whitman’s Leaves of Grass – features sculpture, printmaking, and a room-sized installation. Jacobs investigates space, scale, and perception of reality, while working across media. Drawing inspiration from nature, historical landscape painting, popular home and garden culture, and the supernatural, he sets up contexts with inherent internal contradictions at Pierogi

Friday Quick Links!

January 16th, 2015


1. Sweet street art by Millo via Colossal
2. Swooning over this pressed flower DIY project via Present & Correct
3. ReCheng Tsang’s gorgeous porcelain installations via The Jealous Curator
4. The art of Valentino via Miss Moss
5. Oriol Angrill Jordà‘s ethereal Stellarscapes via Design Crush
6. Love this mountain wall mural via Apartment Therapy
7. Lovely photographs of dancers by Jeffrey Vanhoutte via Swissmiss
8. How fantastic is this removable DIY wall treatment? via design*sponge
9. Wallpaper to brighten up even the dreariest of winter days via Poppytalk
10. Lola Dupré’s meticulous collage work via Trendland
11. Turning found glass into vases via design-milk
12. Cue a bout of wanderlust via Honestly WTF

Contributed by Emily Gup

A Creative Guide to Chiang Mai

January 14th, 2015


A week ago, I returned from Thailand. My husband Justin and I spent nearly two weeks traveling throughout the country, and I wanted to do a design rundown of the last portion of our trip- the Chiang Mai leg.

It’s worth noting that I went to Thailand 8 years ago as a backpacker with one of my closest girlfriends, and this excursion, barring the beautiful beaches, seemed so different from the country I remembered. At first, I was going to write it off to rolling luggage and a slightly matured travel itinerary (on the last visit, we managed $30-a-night-stays…) but in all honesty, the country’s gone through a tremendous transition, that the landscape was nearly unrecognizable. Bangkok is on the rise the fastest, but Chiang Mai is claiming it’s own in the creative arena – and there are several gems that we sought out and stumbled upon during our short stay.

This guide mostly bypasses the temples, adventure trips and tourist locations, and hones in on the gems that the local creative community seems to enjoy.


While Bangkok has a fairly sophisticated metro and taxi system, Tuk Tuks and motorbikes are the only way to get around in Chiang Mai. The city is charming, though spread out, and the congestion isn’t nearly as bad as in the south. We stayed in a neighborhood about ten minutes away from the Old City near the US Consulate. We spent about half of our time in and around the city walls – where you could see glimpses of older traditions and styles alongside a bustling economy – where morning markets served fresh produce to local restaurants and family households.


On the first full day, I signed us up for an incredible 10-course Thai Vegan cooking class. It went from 9am til 2pm and was run by Duan, who owns the business and adjoining restaurant, Morning Glory. We kicked off the day visiting the local Chiang Mai Morning Market, where she ran us through all of the ingredients we’d be buying and using. She also told us that nearly every Thai restaurant serves msg – an interesting and somewhat annoying fact – and when you request that it be held, it’s still generally added. She made that a point of differentiation between her restaurant and others.

One of the highlights was the rice station, where we tried blue flower pea and sesame sticky rice covered in coconut milk and wrapped in a banana leaf. Absolutely delicious.


The class was really an interesting experience. Justin and I have been cooking quite a bit lately – especially since joining Blue Apron earlier this year, and it was fun to be immersed in a lesson plan that’s easy to emulate back at home.

It was refreshing to see how the same base ingredients can be used to make so many different recipes. Cilantro, pumpkin, cashews, chilies, coconut milk, garlic and greens seem to accompany everything from rice noodles (pad thai) to sticky rice, to various curries, hummus dips and spring rolls.


Coming from New York, where coffee culture is it’s own beast, it’s interesting to see how different cities stack up. It’s worth noting that Chiang Mai takes it’s coffee very seriously and there are artistic cafes on every corner. We hopped in a tuk tuk to visit one in particular – Akha Ama.

They have a local coffee farm where they do tours at the end of the year – something I noticed Kinfolk was lucky enough to partake in. The cold drip is fantastic and the local grower, owner and roaster takes a lot of pride in his product. This coffee is a bit more expensive than other spots, but it’s quite good. I highly recommend stopping by one of the two locations to get a feel for where young entrepreneurial Chiang Mai is headed.


The local evening flea markets have always been overwhelming. If you’re with a friend, you better hold hands or keep your cell phone handy, as it’s nearly impossible to keep track of anyone amidst the hoards of people. Justin happened to be taller than the crowd, so whenever I looked up, I’d catch him a few tables ahead of me. Each market begins and ends with food – everything imaginable – from octopus lollipops to clams-to-go, to mango sticky rice, pad thai, roasted duck, french crepes and more.


This was the Saturday night market in the Old City, and it was filled with college kids, a blind band who was incredible, knock offs, locally made goods and fisherman pants at every other station. The cat bags were so silly and fun – very Taylor Swift meets Tavi meets Lena Dunham. At $5 a piece, I wanted to get one for every friend, but after staring at them for much too long, I just gave up and kept going…it was all too overwhelming.


We deliberated on how to spend our last day…after visiting several travel booths and considering the outdoor adventure options – ziplines, hiking tours and sky diving, I chickened out and opted to stay local. Maybe it’s part of being in your 30’s as opposed to being a 25 year old, but after looking at 50+ yelp reviews, I still couldn’t muster up the courage to do several 900 ft ziplines.

So, we kicked off the day near in the Nimman area – in the backyard of this adorable restaurant, Rustic & Blue, that had a Venice Beach backyard bungalow vibe. The crowds (which were local), instagrammed their entire meals, which was interesting to watch…families took selfies and chased their children around the backyard, snapping photos of every moment and movement in between dining at picnic tables and in and out of teepees.

It was almost surreal to watch teens, moms, and 30 somethings document everything on their camera phones and selfie sticks. I couldn’t figure out if it was cultural, generational, or simply a cool design space that warranted sharing.


Nimmanhaemin Road is the main creative drag in Chaing Mai. Coffee shops, Japanese restaurants, bookstores, vintage clothing and artisan museums all trail off this student-saturated street. Never Not Reading is a local design bookshop I found myself lingering in, and the Adidas sneaker store (with Pharrell’s limited edition collection) rivaled any other metropolitan shoe store.


Further along the road near little Japan, we stumbled upon this vibrant creative community called Gallery Seescape. It’s a multi-room museum that showcases the best and brightest from Chiang Mai. Complimenting the art, there’s a hand drawn map on the main wall called the Mip Map Project (something I wish we had discovered earlier in the trip), that pinpointed their friends and family – essentially a creative guide around town.


At that point, we realized it was time to rent a motorbike and give up on inaccessible overpriced tuk tuks. On a few occasions, we found ourselves stranded beyond local tourist spots, so we figured it was best to hand over a license and spend $5 to get a motorbike for 24 hours. Best deal going, right?


Along the way, we hit Pun Pun, a vegetarian restaurant, and Mango Tango – a fast food dessert joint. Both excellent with completely different vibes. Pun Pun is supplied by a local organic farm which is part of a learning center, and is filled with monks, locals and travelers. Mango Tango had a menu filled with sticky rice, pudding and mango shakes. At one spot, you’ll wait 45 minutes for the food while you meander the grounds, at the other, it’s about a minute or two amidst a fashionable crowd of students.


Having a motorcycle was really freeing – we couldn’t believe we waited so long to rent one. Of course we got lost a bunch and had a few near collisions while trying to navigate invisible lanes…and we nearly ran out of gas while making the trip to Doi Suthep, but it was incredibly fun.

Enroute to the mountain, we made a pitstop at another creative community called 31st Century. Make sure to visit in the early afternoon if you head on over, as the nearby food and coffee shops start closing around 4pm.


If you’re into exploring the local shopping scene, this vintage store was filled with Korean novelty accessories, fake luxury items – Comme des Garcon in particular – and more Chanel studs than one would know what to do with. It felt like Austin in Asia – which is a funny thing to say, but the assortment of glittery pieces, patterned polyester and imperfect knockoffs made it a bizarre adventure that Justin wanted no part of. The shop was in between a vespa rental store and a restaurant called Genki along Nimmanahaeminda Road.


While wandering the streets near Nimmanhaemin Road, I stopped short at the graphic 2D/3D paint job at Le Plateau Barissier. The triangular light ‘cast’ above the door was so simple and clever – and felt very Roger Rabbit.

Across the street was Dentaland, a compound devoted to dentistry and orthodonture. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought it was an amusement park – it felt like Candyland, come to life. So many people in and around Chiang Mai (and Bangkok) are wearing braces these days, so this makes sense. It also compliments the slew of cosmetic offices that have popped up around town as well.


This roundup wouldn’t be complete without hitting health and wellness. With two hour massages costing $20, we got them almost every other day. I was a big fan of the Thai massage – since there are no oils or creams – just intense bending and body work. It’s borderline abusive if you’re not used to deep tissue massage, but when you’re all done, everything feels better and in it’s place. The pain’s worth it and the end results are incredible. I wish bodywork was this accessible/reasonable in New York.


I’m ending things on a very American note – for better or worse. One of our best meals – when we couldn’t eat anymore Thai food, was at Dukes, a diner that could pull it’s weight in Manhattan or Brooklyn – it’s that good. I highly recommend weaving it into the mix if you’re ever visiting. We were hesitant at first, since it seemed a a cop-out to have Western fare, but honestly, everything was delicious, particularly the pizzas. Plus it’s open late. If you go, swing by the Good View Bar for a drink afterwards, will be a nice compliment to a long day.


CATEGORIES:  Around the GlobeArtFoodHomegoodsRetailTextiles

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

January 13th, 2015



Take the edge off the chill of winter with some vibrantly colored art that uses the environment to explore experiences.

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1. Inspired by Edouard Manet’s late series of flower paintings, Roland Reiss began his new “floral paintings” in 2008 as a meditation on the impact of color on our consciousness. Here, Reiss deploys roses, lilies, and sunflowers as color delivery devices; they float in large-scale compositions layered with collaged stencils and cutouts that reference cityscapes, modernist painting, and forms found in his early sculptural tableaus at Diane Rosenstein Fine Art
2. Sherie’ Franssen has long been preoccupied by abstraction’s power to interrogate the contours of our world, fragmenting and reordering them so as to distill something essential about that world and our experiences within it. Her latest body of work pushes Franssen’s interest in fragmentation—both as an aesthetic and emotional condition—to a new level at Dolby Chadwick Gallery
3. Zachary Keeting’s paintings are improvisational, yet each image refers to a specific life-situations, to specific people. His is striving for an art of realistic complication, of crosscurrents and contradictions, group energy at FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
4. Elements depicted in the individual works within Friedman’s Happy Place series are snapshots of the artist’s life, reduced to their simplest forms at Joshua Liner Gallery
5. Nineteenth century German Biologist Ernst Haeckel‘s illustrations of sea creatures,17th century Japanese erotic woodblock prints from the Edo Period, and the mathematical drawings of recent astrophysical developments in the detection of the Big Bang, all serve as a visual point of departure for Jennifer Nocon’s latest show You See Ocean I See Sky at Tracy Williams, Ltd
6. Robert Kushner fuses plant forms with references to the global history of ornament to extend his exploration of the conceptual and political implications of the decorative at DC Moore Gallery


Surrealism & Femininity from ROCHAS

January 12th, 2015


I just perused the ROCHAS PreFall ’15 collection on Moda Operandi and lingered on every piece, loving the balance of broad sweeping cuts alongside feminine surrealist patterns. There are enlarged glove prints, asymmetrical versions and smaller bow-like repeats. The florals are also sweeping, and against the black backgrounds, they pop in the most graphic way. Even the Duchesse Gown feels regal amidst a toss of playful gloves. Love it. To peruse (and shop), click here.


CATEGORIES:  FashionWomens

Friday Quick Links!

January 9th, 2015


1. Using unwanted materials to create elaborate scenes via designboom
2. Interview with the Swedish textile designers of Oyyo via Sight Unseen
3. Unsatisfied with iPhone case selection? DIY it! via design*sponge
4. Ogling this archive of Alexander Girard textiles via Cooper Hewitt
5. Lusting over these gorgeous layered knits via Honestly WTF
6. Beautifully colored resin nebulae paintings via Yatzer
7. Loving these patterned headboard ideas via Poppytalk
8. Art by large brushstrokes via WeTheUrban
9. Ink paintings on vintage books via Colossal
10. Morgana Wallace’s gorgeous layered art via Design Crush
11. Interview with illustrator, artist & book maker Marc Martin via The Design Files
12. Caroline Larsen’s incredibly intricate oil painting via The Jealous Curator

Contributed by Emily Gup

Materials for the Arts & 2015

January 7th, 2015


Here we are, in the second week of January…and as I’m working through jet lag and plugging away at a fairly big deadline (to be shared soon!), I’ve been thinking about creativity, giving back, and the idea of cleansing one’s mind, body and personal space. We all make mental lists of what should change, what needs tweaking, and how we’re going to achieve new goals – one of mine is to become a more active member of the creative volunteering community in New York.


One organization that embraces art education and DIY culture is Materials for the Arts. They welcome and collect all art and home supplies to be reused in the New York City Public School System. Once the items have been submitted, they’re sorted at a 35,000 square foot warehouse, and plugged into creative curriculums and yearly lesson plans.

When you think of all the office supplies that go to waste, from paper, to tape, to the random odds and ends of an art department, movie set, gala or wedding, it’s much more comforting knowing that these items will have a second life in the hands of an imaginative child.

Here’s a TEDx Talk by Harriet Taub, the Executive Director. She’s an impressive woman and dives deep into MFTA’s mission. I can relate to her crafty upbringing, as my grandfather was also a mastermind with his hands. As a retail merchandiser/hoarder, he also made the most elaborate costumes and DIY fix-it solutions.

If anyone wants to dip their toes in and get involved beyond donating, MFTA’s hosting a craft night with collage artist Michael Albert on January 15th. Click here for more details.


CATEGORIES:  ArtDIYEducationalEvent

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

January 6th, 2015


We’re ushering in 2015 with bright colors, bold graphics and deep implications.

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1. “Staycation,” titled from the idea of temporarily checking out of reality without actually going anywhere, compels the viewer to consider whether today’s current techno-cultural revolution in San Francisco, where the “we’re changing the world” mantra is as omnipresent as it was in 1968, and to ask what, if anything, is different? at Wolfe Contemporary
2. Rendered with a precise freehand technique, and without the use of tape, Warren Isensee’s work manages to avoid the anonymous, impersonal appearance often associated with hardedge painting. His unexpected juxtapositions of vibrant color are visually intense via Danese Corey
3. Andrew Falkowki’s work examines the relationship between studio production and media outputat Rosamund Felson
4. Spatial Planes includes a selection of artists whose print-based work plays with the visual and conceptual representation of space. In addition to the abstract and often geometric imagery activating multiple planes and pulling the viewer into contemplative space, the works are new statements on perception, an ongoing discourse of artists and theorists at Bluestar Contemporary Art Museum
5. REFRACTION. THE IMAGE OF SENSE brings together artists who accentuate how art operates in an era of new media, in a world which is organically and indiscernibly both human and non-human at the same time. at Blain Southern
6. Carlos Oviedo’s works speak to the fragility of social icons in pop culture and the representation of self and identity through the prism of fame and glory at Galeria GUM


Pattern Designers to Watch

December 31st, 2014

Pattern Designers to Watch from 2014b

Moving the needle forward and creating fresh work can be challenging. These artists are doing just that. Whether they’re combining illustration and graphic design, collage and paint, or woven threads in tandem with other styles, everything you see here will influence trends and styles in the coming year. Have a look, get to know these characters and share a few of your favorites with us!

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1. Lotta Neinimen’s crisp, flat and precise landscapes.

2. Adam Lister’s modular cubism.

3. Ayaka Ito’s surreal and unexpected combinations

4. Sandra Nanushka’s floating objects.

5. Grant Gronewold’s pattern collages and illustrative storytelling.

6. Hanna Waldron’s tedious and meticulous woven graphics.

7. Lucas Grogan’s indigo murals turned textiles.

8. Paul Glabicki’s primary expression.

9. Sophie Duran’s figurative and collaged web.

10. Nina Warmerdam’s quirky grids.

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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