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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

January 21st, 2014

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We’re taking a look at architecture and the systems that define our society in this week’s gallery picks.

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1. Tomoo Gokita’s artworks point to dated archetypes lifted from pulp fiction, Hollywood rags and film noir. The figures appear appear in a state of destruction or deterioration appropriate to their origine in memory at Mary Boone Gallery
2.Franz Ackermann creates cartographic watercolour drawings of urban areas undergoing rapid growth and development. These ‘mental maps’ form the basis of his multi-faceted site-specific artworks at White Cube Gallery
3. Daniel Rich’s new body of work continues to examine how the reproduction and proliferation of images shape our perception of physical structures and the ideologies that they embody at Peter Blum Gallery
4. By using traditional materials of oil on canvas, in the form of thick coats of paint to the canvas’s surface, Murat Pulat creates dotted textures. The texture the artist creates on his oeuvre defines the paintings from the realism of a film-still; however, these textural grains reference the pixels of a film, reminding the viewer of the origin of the paintings’ subject matter at Leila Heller Gallery
5. Michael Wolf has been consumed by the social and architectural fabric of Hong Kong since he moved there in 1994  at Flowers Gallery
6. Much of Thomson & Craighead’s recent work looks at how communications networks like the worldwide web are changing the way we relate to the world around us  at Dundee Contemporary Arts

 

Friday Quick Links!

January 17th, 2014

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1. Charming illustrations from Anna Boulanger via The Fox is Black
2. Steven Alan’s stripes for West Elm via design*sponge
3. Nicolas Mottola Jacobsen’s torn & shredded art via The Artful Desperado
4. Vintage textiles take on a new life in Mr. Finch’s hands via Colossal
5. Gamma Folk’s pretty braided and woven necklaces via Miss Moss
6. How fun is this toon bombing?! via Honestly WTF
7. Mary Katrantzou partnered with Italian shoe designer Gianvito Rossi via Trendland
8. A fan of this DIY beaded pendant lamp via Camilla Styles
9. Painted vintage ceramic animals by Jennifer Davis via The Jealous Curator
10. Try your hand at folding books via Weekdaycarnival
11. Digging Sdkaröe Daschner’s assemblages via booooooom
12. Pretty puddled pigments via Present & Correct

Contributed by Emily Gup

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Around the Globe, Visiting Hong Kong

January 17th, 2014

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I’m ending this week with the final segment of my Asia series: Hong Kong…a place I’ve always felt I could live abroad (if Sydney or Melbourne were a no-go). The energy and pulse within Hong Kong City is electric. It’s been interesting to observe the transition from British rule back to Chinese leadership…the air quality’s become a bit more stifled, but the pace of globalization and commercialization of products, fashion and commerce have truly ramped up.

Here are a few shots from my stay (and a few tips). If you’re going, I’d recommend dining at the Press Room (if you’re yearning for a western meal), Ding Tai Fung (a Michelin Star causal-but-nice) Chinese restaurant, Rabbit Hole Coffee and Roaster to kick off your day, The Upper Room Bar on the top floor for incredible views of the city, lunch at Life Cafe (a fabulous healthy vegetarian spot in soho), and Star Street, where you’re find The Monocle Shop, Vie, and many other indie gems. If you’re looking for men’s custom tailored shirts at about $50 a pop, Roger Cheung of Roger Concept is your guy. For a more succinct list, feel free to follow my husband’s Foursquare tips.

 

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This Week in the Pattern World

January 16th, 2014

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It’s been a big week for the print and pattern world, especially if you’re in the midst of designing for Spring/Summer 15. I wore a few different hats over the past few days, which was an interesting learning experience- one that’s been fun but a little draining. In reality, being a jack of all trades isn’t that different from the day-to-day tasks of being a consultant, but in regard to Printsource and Premiere Vision/Indigo, it was a small feat to hop between being press and a presenter. Just a little note, I kept the shows separate, so there was never a conflict of interest.

Big News from Pattern Pulp Studio

For those of you who who don’t know, I just opened shop with a library of over a 100+ new prints for Pattern Pulp’s Textile Studio (yay)! It’s been wonderful and exhausting to juggle the balancing act of client work with painting and pattern production of an entirely new collection. That said, I’m pretty happy with how things have turned out…

As soon as the new website launches, everything will be online, and if you’re interested in licensing, purchasing, or potentially collaborating on product development together, please don’t hesitate to reach out. The categories are across the board, ranging from home, apparel and accessories for men, women and children.

Reflecting on Printsource

In all honesty, Printsource was as I had remembered it when I worked in corporate footwear design: a bit more conservative, a bit more mass. Kim and I had a wonderful time presenting and meeting with waves of buyers, artists, new business owners, fellow presenters and students. Interestingly though, we kept hearing that our work was particularly artsy and “haute couture” for the show. Weird, right? At first, it makes you wonder, “well hey, that’s cool, thanks!” But then you start to think, am I in the right place, among the right buyers?” It’s all a learning experience, you see…figuring your place in the market, deciding what brands are best suited to collaborate with. It makes me think that Premiere Vision might be a better fit for our next presentation.

Which leads me to the press portion of this post- the valuable tidbits from the shows. As usual, the Italian, French, British, Australian and Taiwanese presenters blew me out of the water.

Notable trends from Premiere Vision | Indigo

1. Wooden buttons with color accents were a thing, much like the furniture design world (Bottonificio)
2. Prisms are still a big deal, only now they’re a bit more messy, a bit more decayed
3. Texture collages are still an interesting form of storytelling, particularly in regard to ethnic prints
4. Landscape printed lace…absolutely stunning (Goutarel)
5. Large sketchy portraits (a la Great Gatsby)
6. Florescent geometric wovens
7. Shells, sea creatures and other animals out of context

A few studios from both shows that blew me out of the water:

1. Malhia Kent (France)
2. Alcantara
3. Liberty Art Fabrics (London)
4. Manitoba (Buenos Aires)
5. Amy Ormond (New York)
6. C.O.T.O by Takisada Osaka (Japan)
7. Gratacos
8. Seterie Aegunti
9. Kuku Kachu (Australia)
10. Ulysse Pila (France)
11. Gimoar (Italy)
12. Shinkong Textile Co (Taiwan)
13. Abby Lichtman Design (NYC)
14. Susanna Samson Design (London)
15. Minakani (France)
16. Philomela (California)
17. Print Fresh Studio (Pennsylvania)

 If you’d like to discuss the wrap up a bit more, feel free to get in touch!

 

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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

January 13th, 2014

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This week’s gallery picks are sure to inspire deep thoughts and interesting discussions.

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1. Ramiro Gomez’s acrylic on canvas paintings use David Hockney’s iconic 60s Southern California scenes as a jumping off point, interrupting the original compositions with the introduction of Latino domestic workers into the works at Charlie James Gallery
2. This survey of Mira Schendel’s work reveals aspects of her dialogues with a diverse range of philosophers and thinkers, as well as her engagement with universal ideas of faith, self-understanding and existence at Tate
3. Readings on Albert Einstein’s theories of relativity provided a catalyst for this series of drawings by Paul Glabicki at Kim Foster Gallery
4. In Spoil, Jessica Stoller uses clay and the grotesque as a vehicle to explore the constructed, often idealized world of femininity, gathering imagery across cultural lines and histories, often fixating on the subjugation of the female body at P.P.O.W
5. In an age of increased communication through technology, where in some ways we are more connected than ever, Prager’s scenes of disconnected characters within the crowd remind us of the resulting decline of interpersonal contact in our media saturated society at Lehmann Maupin
6. JeongMee Yoon photographs young children in their rooms surrounded by their clothing, toys and accessories. Are their color choices their innate preference, or do they result from pervasive cultural and advertising influences now nearly universally experienced? at Rosier Gallery

Come visit us at Printsource!

January 13th, 2014

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Hi Everyone!

For those of you heading out to PrintSource today, come by booth A4, where I will be presenting along side my good friend Kimberly Hall of Nottene.

Over the past few months I’ve been creating a new library of over 100 prints for the new seasons.  Looking forward to sharing them with you guys.

 

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Friday Quick Links!

January 10th, 2014

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1. Reformatted & hand-colored vintage knitting & crochet patterns via Style Bubble
2. Kustaa Saski’s surreal & unique jacquard weaving artworks via Patternbank
3. Charmed by Kim Wallace’s ceramics via The Design Files
4. DIY some abstract painted storage boxes via design*sponge
5. The magic of black and white photos and a palette knife via The Jealous Curator
6. Dutch paintings recreated with photographic and scientific specimens via Colossal
7. What do you think of branded spray paint? via Plenty of Colour
8. Emily Gherard’s beautiful abstracts via Design Crush
9. Digging these painted coffee tables by Vans the Omega via design-milk
10. Lisa Hoke’s colorful wall collages made of disposable items via My Modern Met
11. Can you spot the wallpaper? via Poppytalk
12. Digging Eleanor Taylor’s illustrations via Miss Moss

Contributed by Emily Gup

Around the Globe, Visiting Singapore

January 9th, 2014

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If you do a compare/contrast of Singapore’s creative class over the past few years, there’s been significant leaps and bounds. My brother and sister-in-law (and now baby) moved there three years ago, and over time and yearly visits, I’ve slowly watched the pages turn. Things finally feel different, like design (beyond the brand) and the appreciation of innovation is weaving it’s way into side streets, cafes and local services.

Makes sense, right? An economic and business hub can only cater to a singular culture for so long before expats and international influences mix things up. I think my brother-in-law, Steven, would agree that creatively, Singapore’s evolving into a melting pot of new ideas, catering to more than just food. Here are few photos from Books Actually, some public housing that looks architecturally interesting, Chinese New Year preparations, my sister-in-law and I on New Years Eve, sugarcane at a Hawkers Center and the most beautiful moving drop display I’ve seen at an airport.

 

Around the Globe, Visiting Saigon

January 8th, 2014

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I particularly loved Ho Chi Minh City, or more appropriately, Saigon. If we’re talking fashion, it’s a city devoted to children’s and menswear, with a nod to art and design throughout various poster stores, bookshops and cafes. I found L’usine, a concept and design store housing local and international products to be quite special, as well as Pizza 4P’s (Italian by Japanese…here’s a little video I took of some pizza making magic), Cuc Gach Quan, a vegetarian’s haven, and this very special non-profit called Mekong Creations, which employs women throughout Vietnam and Cambodia making beautiful quilts, bags, fabrics and small home goods.

If you’re looking to see how the locals live and interact with their families, a visit to the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens is in order. You’re merely feet away from the animals and around every bend, there’s a musical performance, engaging the children to dance and pose for pictures. This leg of travel was very special, as the energy’s palpable and the pace of globalization’s moving quickly (as opposed to the north). The French influence is evident, both in the past and the present, primarily throughout the architectural landscape. Interestingly though, Korean, Russian and Japanese culture has made significant headway, making it’s mark in fashion, media and business development. Can’t tell you how many kids were listening to and watching KPOP Music and film…

Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing the Singapore leg tomorrow!

 

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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

January 7th, 2014

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As we settle into 2014, the art of reflection reigns supreme in this week’s gallery picks.

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1. Shezad Dawood’s work explores the multiple possibilities engendered by the play between cultures, histories and fictions at Paradise Row
2. Zio Ziegler’s mesmerizing patterns at Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow
3. A Collective Reflection at Ruiz-Healy Art
4. Leo Xu combine’s Chinese middle-class’s worn-out windows with the paintings of western style architecture behind them at Leo Xu Projects
5. In Mayumi Hamanaka and Brooks Salzwedel’s work, the vulnerability of our environments, histories and memories is brought to the forefront at Johansson Projects
6. Combining  Chinese middle-class’s worn-out windows with the paintings of western style architecture behind them at Ana Cristea Gallery

Around the Globe, Visiting Hanoi

January 6th, 2014

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Welcome back! Between overstuffed inboxes, detox plans and prioritized goals, it seems like we’re all settling into a cold and rainy start to the year. Though the weather’s questionably miserable, hopes are still high! I know my sleeves are rolled up as I dive into a box of kleenex, sip some coffee and embark on a long to-do list to blow through this week.

Here are a few photos from my trip to Asia- the first stop was Hanoi in northern Vietnam. As I gear up in preparation for next week’s Print Source show, all hands are on deck here in the Pattern Pulp office, so posting will be a tad lighter.

I’ll be sharing some of Saigon tomorrow…enjoy!

 

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Til Next Year…

December 24th, 2013

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This past Fall, I attended a talk with Marina Abramovic at the 92Y. She discussed the art of patience in relation to repetition and monotony, the ability to do something over and over again to the point of total and utter boredom with the end goal of achieving something greater.

To illustrate her point, she suggested combining two bags of rice with opposing grains and shapes. Over the period of a week, the singular bowl must be divided into two. Imagine sitting for days, combing, inspecting and separating- it seems as tedious as recombining the faces of paper shreddings (an incredible scene from Argo, if you haven’t seen it). Anything you’ve been troubled by should be resolved upon the completion of the exercise.

These are the references that came to mind after stumbling across Simon Beck’s work last night. He creates his art in the Savoie Valley of France, where he walks miles in pursuit of a perfectly constructed prism. Up close, his steps appear disjointed and chaotic, though from afar, each marking is part of a mathematical equation- one that’s mind-bogglingly perfect. His ability to walk his algorithms from within, as opposed to administering from afar seems supernatural in today’s computer-filled world. Ants do this. Plants do this. People do this with the aid of tools, and rarely do you see feats this magnificant beyond the classroom, the lab or office in the name of art.

At varying times of the day, Beck’s patterns shift, following the sun and reacting to the shadows. The designs are fleeting, and may only last for a few hours…beautiful in the moment for few to enjoy…which reminds me Abramovic’s exercise to some degree.

I was really struck by these works, as was the internet- the post appeared in my Facebook feed several times today. This also wraps the year for me in a symbolic way. Hopefully you all slow down a bit (or speed up if you prefer), recharge and refresh over the holiday for the new year ahead. I leave for Vietnam today and will be back in early January, with a redesign to share with you all. Til then, take some time to explore the art of patience, I’d love to hear what you discover…

-Shayna

 

 

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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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