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.”


CATEGORIES:  AccessoriesArtColorFashionMensWomens

Friday Quick Links!

November 7th, 2014


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


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.



Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

November 4th, 2014


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


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.

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CATEGORIES:  AccessoriesFashionFeatured CategoriesTrendWomens

Friday Quick Links!

October 31st, 2014


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

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

October 28th, 2014


We’re exploring artists who truly dive into their materials in this week’s  gallery picks, have a look.

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1. Referencing the sphere of the Infinite (“Ehn Sof,” in Hebrew) as one approaches the limitless nature of the divine, Robert Sagerman compares the rhythmic back and forth actions of looking at and creating his work with the immersion of one in this transcendent field, concurrently acknowledging its endless nature at Thatcher Projects
2. In a career spanning just seventeen years, Judith Scott developed a unique and idiosyncratic method to produce a body of work of remarkable originality. Often working for weeks or months on individual pieces, she used yarn, thread, fabric, and other fibers to envelop found objects into fastidiously woven, wrapped, and bundled structures at Brooklyn Museum
3. Expanding the boundaries of Minimalism’s foundational grid, Alan Shields established his voice as a master of aesthetic invention through a wide-ranging exploration of materials and techniques at Parrish Art Museum
4. Re-use is fundamental in the artistic process of Daniel Gordon. He finds photographic images from the Internet, prints and assembles them into three-dimensional tableaus with scissors and glue. He photographs these arrangements with an 8×10-inch view camera. After the photograph is taken, the sculptures are dismantled and the different pieces (such as background patterns and body parts) are set aside for use in future works at FOAM
5. The sculptures, drawings, installations and videos by this French wife-husband duo, Lucy and Jorge Orta, collectively explore major concerns that define the 21st century: biodiversity, environmental conditions, climate change and exchange among cultures at Ben Maltz Gallery
6. Keving Chupik’s “Clarity of Youth” seek to pay homage to the to the legitimacy of these deceptively simple, yet profound moments of childhood play at Brett Wesley Gallery

Halloween + Skarfe + Lucas Grogan

October 27th, 2014


Just in time for Halloween, we have these majestic beauties hitting the market. Lucas Grogan recently did a collaboration with the Australian scarf company, Skarfe. The collection is an exquisite combination of illustration, styling and photography. I stumbled upon Grogan’s work on instagram a few years ago while in Bali on vacation. He had just completed a mural for Old Man’s Bali – I was an immediate fan. Staying true to his blue and white color palette, this recent debut presents wit, humor and detailing on oversized lightweight cotton scarves.


CATEGORIES:  Around the GlobeArtFashionMensTextilesWomens

Friday Quick Links!

October 24th, 2014


1. Interacting with the landscape via Miss Moss
2. Seriously amazing outdoor cat shelters via design-milk
3. Is this the future of food packaging? via Trendland
4. A different approach to pumpkin carving via design*sponge
5. Collaborating with photographers for embroidery art via The Jealous Curator
6. Birds! And Blazon scarves via Design Crush
7. Replacing guns with flowers via Honestly WTF
8. Turn pumpkins into planters via Oh Joy!
9. Installations in abandoned places via Yellowtrace
10. Dangerous popsicles via The Fox is Black
11. Pretty puzzles by Fredun Shapur via Present & Correct
12. Neat DIY geometric paper masks via Colossal

Contributed by Emily Gup

Gwen Stefani x Pop Electric

October 23rd, 2014

I got an email from my husband last night saying, “If Pattern Pulp directed a video, there’s a good chance you would have done this.” He’s a good one, sending inspiration whenever it comes along…

So, what do we think? This video’s certainly interesting, especially in the overall context of references. Gwen Stefani’s always been sharp and this release, like ones of the past, is a cool combination of creative and commercial efforts.

From a visual standpoint, Baby Don’t Lie is a texture mash up within a computer wonderland. Striped pyramid planes bleed into houndstooth triangles, all while Gwen struts down her signature punk yellow path in variations of mismatched polka dots.

This highly processed reel feels very Japanese or even a bit K-POP, which makes sense since she just launched her Harajuku Lovers “Pop Electric” fragrance line last week. Always polished, in sync and business minded, Gwen’s brand encompasses a laser-like focus. Curious to hear your thoughts- do you think this is more Eastern or Western friendly…or both?


CATEGORIES:  Around the GlobeFashionMusicWomens

Advertising: Patterns in Print

October 22nd, 2014



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Fall advertising’s in full swing and today we’re sharing examples from the home, kids and fashion worlds. Patterns are woven into each spread in artistic, abstract, fluid ways. Pratesi‘s Gatsby bedding line shares the duality of crisp geometry and loose painterly lines. It’s a beautiful balance and particular colorway. It’s like seeing a moodboard alongside the final product- something we’re big fans of.

Following in the footsteps of DVF’s successful collaboration with GAP Kids, Kate and Jack Spade have teamed up to release a limited edition kids collection. From the looks of the ad, it’s going to be print focused. This camo christmas tree is a fun alternative to the red and green themes we’re used to seeing come Christmas time. And…taking things up a notch to a sexier Bright Lights, Big City tone, Jimmy Choo’s Cruise 2015 campaign melds light, movement, sex appeal and a city skyline. Harsh lines are met with loose light. It reminds me of the old Sex and the City Movie poster, right?

CATEGORIES:  ColorFashionHomegoodsMarketingPrintRetailTextilesWomens

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

October 21st, 2014


In this week’s gallery picks, our artists explore the various ways of seeing the world around us and beyond.

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1. Canan Tolon’s paintings at first appear as purely abstract, but with time, the eye discovers familiar urban landscapes in the rhythmic painted streaks. She explores the visualization of space by creating an illusion of depth and engages the view in the game of seeking recognizable imagery and inventing a visual narrative at Von Lintel Gallery
2. Kate Shaw teases out an enduring fascination with interplanetary colonization and what it might mean. Following her travels from the frozen fjords of Iceland to the dense jungles of Costa Rica, Shaw presents here a series of imagined landscapes of the Red Planet at Fehily Contemporary
3. Penelope Umbrico allows the disorienting effects of the iPhone’s gravity sensor and the hallucinogenic effects of more than 500 camera app filters to break up, blend, distort, and de-stabilize the majestic peaks and summits that appear in the original photographs at Mark Moore Gallery
4. Judy Pfaff collages tree roots, limbs, honeycombs, and leaves with ambiguous biomorphic forms at Pavel Zoubok Gallery
5. Miya Ando uses her signature visual vocabulary—subtle gradations of form and color that capture moments in time—to explore impermanence. Hundreds of cascading Bodhi leaves change from green to yellow to orange and finally brown, alluding to momiji-gari, the Japanese tradition of traveling to scenic areas to view autumn leaves at Sundaram Tagore
6. Pedro Calapez ‘s latest exhibition meadow-curtain-round-broken line, offers a succinct overview of his fascination with spatial relationships, landscapes, and the significance of ways of seeing at Lynch Tham


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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