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Door Patterns from Tallinn, Estonia

March 3rd, 2014

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A while back, I did a recap of my visit to Estonia. I mostly hit on the topic of technology and the current state of affairs in our ever-evolving marketplace. While I was in Tallinn, the capital, I also took a lot of pictures, and realized while reviewing and sorting files over the weekend, that they’ve never seen the light of day. So…here we go. Enjoy the collection- the palettes are mostly muted, the detailing’s abundant, and motifs range from floral to geometric.

 

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Friday Quick Links!

February 28th, 2014

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1. Captivating visual art by Ville Andersson via Yatzer
2. Gorgeous rainbow citrus by Emily Blincoe via swissmiss
3. How fun is this idea for color-in wallpaper via Poppytalk
4. Agog over Stella Jean’s mixed prints via Honestly WTF
5. Loving Jacob Hashimoto’s tranquil sailboat installation via The Jealous Curator
6. Baku Maeda’s striking Ribbonesia Masks via Yellowtrace
7. DIY Moroccan inspired pendant lamp via design*sponge
8. Wind up art by Echo Yang via Colossal
9. Charmed by La Casita de Wendy’s new collection “Sisterhood” via Miss Moss
10. 99 blue spheres that in Antarctica corresponding to stars via Plenty of Colour
11. Awesome rugs from Chen Chen & Kai Williams via design-milk
12. Intrigued by Mark Horst’s paintings via Design Crush

Contributed by Emily Gup

Custhom’s Digital Embroidery

February 28th, 2014

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I always look forward to emails from CUSTHOM. Their collections are unique and boundary-pushing, with meticulous technique and execution. You’re always left wondering, how did they pull that off and why don’t we have a store selling their products in the US? 

Their latest launch, Aves, presents an Otomi pattern rooted in Mexican tradition with modern edge. Digital embroidery’s been used and the final product exists on both wallpaper and fabric. What’s most impressive, to me, at least, is the tonal aspects using a single color- through careful overlap, the objects have a 3D feeling.

 

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A Kleenex & Mizrahi Collaboration

February 27th, 2014

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When’s the last time you were sick, and at the drugstore buying tissues? Did you opt for design over softness…or both? Whenever I’m restocking, I’m always annoyed at how loud the patterns are and entirely unsuited for my apartment. Then, I realize I’ve been standing in the aisle for an embarrassingly long time and just choose whatever’s softest and cheapest and dash for the cashier. I have to believe I’m not alone.

Here’s where Kleenex has amped up their visibility. They’ve partnered with Isaac Mizrahi in the hopes of adding a fashion touch to a clinical product. I’ll admit it’s a valiant attempt. While the patterns are still rather loud, (I’d love to see a subtler textured collection), the marketing video’s fun- a street Q&A, asking regular people if the patterns are from fashion or tissues. Have a watch- what do you think?

 

Visiting the Pérez Art Museum

February 26th, 2014

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This past weekend, my husband and I swapped Manhattan’s polar vortex for Miami’s 85 degree sunshine. While we mostly sidetracked the South Beach Wine and Food Festival (except for this little gem), we took as much art, sand and sleep in as we could. On everyone’s recommendation, we visited the Pérez Art Museum, which was chock full of incredible work. The exhibitions were fascinating, vibrant and current. Sadly, I didn’t jot down all of the artists, but here are a few I was able to catch. Feel free to update the list.

1. Lynne Golob Gelfman 2. Ai Weiwei 3. Ai Weiwei 4. Unknown 5. Resting Section 6. Mojo Jojo from the Power Puff Girls series by Polly Apfelbaum 7. Ai Weiwei 8. Adrian Esparza 9. Adrian Esparza (close up) 10. Unknown

 

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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

February 25th, 2014

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This week’s gallery picks are for the misfits, challenging preconceived notions and calling for freedom.

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1. I Haven’t a Single Explorer on My Planet is OLEK’s massive installation with a full sized boat at its center as an expression and symbol of freedom at White Walls
2. KAWS’s work possesses a sophisticated humor while utilizing a refined graphic language that revitalizes figuration with big, bold gestures and keen, playful intricacy. at Galeria Javier Lopez
3. Richard Colman’s new works are vessels for structure and chaos. They are contemporary in both composition and palette and at the same time ancient Greek in narrative and figure at v1 Gallery
4. Paul Mavrides is from that last generation of cold war babies who had to fight for their right to party so the rest of us could, well, party. Self-taught and street smart, he’s still suspicious of the government Steven Wolff Fine Arts
5.  Misfit Island invites us to journey across territories that might be as well tropical or urban, celestial or earthbound at Museum of Contemporary Art in Rochechouart
6. Hassan Hajjaj’s confident, upbeat portraits of young women wearing  veils and djellabah while posing on motorcycles subvert preconceived notions of Arab women; his subjects are traditionally clad but defiantly modern, bearing bright smiles and the markers of youth, independence, celebration and fun at Taymour Grahne Gallery

Friday Quick Links!

February 21st, 2014

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1. Fabulously repurposed bike parts via Colossal
2. House prints by Chris Turnham via The Jealous Curator
3. Get weaving via Etsy
4. Tickled by these lady planters via Miss Moss
5. A peak inside the family pottery business of Robert Gordon via The Design Files
6. A big fan of Kristi Kohut’s mixed media art work via Design Crush
7. Adoring Marika Giacinti collection of cushions via SF Girl By Bay
8. Loving these vintage “do not disturb” signs via Present & Correct
9. Jeppe Hein’s experimental sculpture via Yellowtrace
10. What do you think about cardboard furniture? via Poppytalk
11. Explore new light technologies in textiles via design-milk
12. DIY fabric pyramid bookends via design*sponge

Contributed by Emily Gup

Steven Alan’s Subtle Spring Textures

February 20th, 2014

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Much of the time, we tend to focus on bold contrasts, like this, this and this. Though, subtleties are just as interesting, if not more wearable. Here are a few pieces from Steven Alan‘s spring delivery – the collection’s a sophisticated menagerie of neutrals. We’re particularly keen on the blue cotton geometric slack and the pale pink polyester/cotton dress. What do you think? Are you ready to toss the winter wardrobe in the under-bed bins? We certainly are…

 

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Concrete Living & Gridded Perspectives

February 19th, 2014

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Meet Eva van Ooijen, a Dutch photographer, collage artist and trend researcher. Her portfolio recently found it’s way into my inbox, and while streaming through her work, I was drawn to her Wired series. More people than ever are choosing to live in cities, close to one another, between stone walls. This collection reminds us of the structural reinventions that are continuously reoccurring from generation to generation. Does it look like your metropolis?

 

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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

February 18th, 2014

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The artists in this week’s gallery picks brood about the intricacies of life and art in moody, muted palettes.

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1. Collaging ephemera collected from New York City sidewalks with artist Simon Evans’ own notes, the artist’s abstractions resemble dense, gestural almost-landscapes. Their expansive accumulation parallels the omnipresent digital cloud, archiving the trace elements of human experience to map a collective consciousness at James Cohan Gallery
2. George Condo has explored the relationship between the directness of drawing and the controlled methods of painting. His new works on paper are characterized by a dark brooding palette and a return to the figurative in subject matter at Skarstedt Gallery
3. Ross Chisholm distorts traditional portraiture with interventions and various manipulations – such as injecting geometric abstraction, combining figures from different centuries, or even updating a noblewoman’s fashion with 1980s punk accents at Green Art Gallery
4. For The Bestiary, Phlegm creates a modern bestiary within his own universe through an immersive and large scale installation in wood, clay and plaster. at Howard Griffin Gallery
5. Tiffany Wollman raises questions about the impact of the oil & gas industry and the Harper Government on fresh water in her latest work at AVALANCHE!
6. “Drawing is explosive, it is direct, and it is amoral.  Drawing is honest, and deceitful, it is raw, out of control, and it is measured, it is the pristine page of a notebook and also debris of the studio floor.  Drawing is the wellspring of the mind pouring onto the page – the most direct form of visual communication.” at Greenpoint Terminal Gallery

 

Wagner & M.M. Lafleur’s Bird of Fortune

February 18th, 2014

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Off the heels of President’s Day, we thought we’d share a collaboration that hits an interesting cultural mark. Miyako, the creative director behind the women’s workwear brand, M.M. Lafleur, along with mixed media artist, Mark Wanger, have teamed up to create an impressive piece of wearable art.

Made entirely from collaged currency, Wanger’s peacock entitled, Bird of Fortune, is a departure from his regular editorial and media collaborations. Merging masculine and feminine along with capitalism and anarchy, this monetary creation is a beautiful deconstructed piece, filled with innuendos. The elegant wrap and flow obscures the obvious, spurring interest and intrigue. We’re big fans. What do you think? Click here to explore and/or purchase.

 

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Friday Quick Links!

February 14th, 2014

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1. DIY floral letters via Honestly WTF
2. Tata Naka and Matisse mash up via Miss Moss
3. Making hearts with circles via design*sponge
4. Really attracted to these copper chairs via SF Girl By Bay
5. Intrigued by HUXHUX Design’s “Tectonic Fields” wallpaper via design-milk
6. Interview with artist Michael Muir via The Design Files
7. Pretty oxidized copper mirrors that double as wall shelves via Trendland
8. Buildings that look like other things via Present & Correct
9. Oh Joy’s party collection for Target looks like so much fun via Oh Joy!
10. Sweet watercolor valentines via Design Crush
11. These mobiles are pretty adorable via Poppytalk
12. Lovely floral illustrations via Colossal

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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