Tracking Color & Creating Pattern

April 3rd, 2014


I first learned about stream of continuousness in grade school- probably a week or two after writing my first haiku. I remember the idea being a bit foreign at the time – as a kid learning how to craft a plot and a storyline in relation to form and flow was hard enough. The concept that you could free yourself from those boundaries to write something loose and unstructured seemed a bit counter intuitive. I remember thinking that it felt very journal-like, and that I was surprised by my thought process- at surface value, things didn’t connect, but as the greater picture came to light, the steps along the way made more sense.

Over the years, it’s become increasingly apparent that this method of writing – and thinking – and making, was a lens in which to the view the world- one that many creative thinkers embrace.

So how does this link up to today’s imagery? The color story above is a snapshot of inspiration that led to a pattern I designed. While the imagery as a whole seems a bit disjointed, there’s overlap between two of the three photos at all times. The Karen Kimmel Shape Shifters are from Ten Over Six in Los Angeles. They’re a fantastic combination of color and shape- for art loving kids and adults alike. The macrame shares a similar color story in terms of balance and accents, and is a part of The Platform Experiment- another creative (but unrelated) creative endeavor from Los Angeles. The bottom pattern is a design I recently painted for a Fall/Winter project and incorporates bits and bobs from the above imagery. It’s similar in some ways, yet extremely different, as the floral inspiration and linking paths came from my own head.

Oftentimes we only share the work in it’s final state- I thought it might be interesting to track and share the flow- which is often a  combination of experience, serendipity, inspiration and style. We can’t control the visuals we consume or the color combinations we absorb, but the resulting products usually reflect aspects of these processes.



Trends in Mens Swimwear

April 2nd, 2014


Mens swimwear rarely rocks the boat. The fabrics are usually covered in hibiscus tropics, stripes, solids or plaid. If you’re going the Rip Curl route, the shorts will be lower and longer, Tommy Bahama will have you in all-over Hawaiian prints, and Vilebrequin a more mellow and sophisticated brand, will be covered in illustrated turtles, sailboats and lilies.

Here are a few patterns that are a refreshing addition to the category from Fred Segal on Melrose. Venroy, an Australian brand, has overtaken a portion of the mens department, as the patterns double as merchandising in the dressing room area. While I didn’t catch the brand on the leather/bungee cord/rope belt, it’s interesting and cool, and wanted to add it to the round up. Same goes for these neon cartoon truncks. Fun stuff, right?


CATEGORIES:  FashionFeatured CategoriesMensTrend

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

April 1st, 2014


This week’s choice gallery picks look at human nature and the divine with a playful hand.

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1. Sarah Coleman’s most recent work addresses Illusion while delving into society’s obsession with screen time and mobile devices. With layers of mirrors and glass, she creates three dimensional paintings that use the mirror’s reflection to mimic an internal, back-lit, light source – the screen at George Billis Gallery
2. Merrill Steiger’s compound pictures celebrate our spirituality and our urge to give that spirituality a concrete form, paying homage to their process with her meta-pictures at Walter Wickiser Gallery
3. Dylan Egon’s American Holy Relics at Jonathan Levine Gallery
4. Michael Kagan paints man-made objects and machinery – a rocket, a racecar, a spacesuit, the cockpit of a space shuttle – in this exploration of humankind’s ability to achieve something outside of their physical means at Joshua Liner Gallery
5. An exhibit of photographs, paintings, and mixed media, capturing the modern and classic world of games, including card games, board games, video games,  mind games, erotic games at bG Gallery
6. Dan Hernandez’s ”Genesis 2014” references not only the biblical Book of Genesis, but also the video game console Sega Genesis that was a defining moment in pop culture, especially for those in the artist’s generation at Kim Foster Gallery

Visiting En Soie in Silverlake

March 31st, 2014


This week, I’m working out of West Hollywood. Since I’m here for a bit, I’m exploring some of the neighborhoods, poking in and out of cafes, restaurants, friends’ offices and shops.


I found myself wandering around Sunset Junction in Silverlake yesterday and happened upon En Soie, a gem of a family-run Swiss store, located on Sunset Blvd.


While buying a scarf, I started chatting with one of the daughters, Eleonore Meier, and she explained how one of her sisters paints and prints her patterns while the other works on a jewelry line, all sold at the store.


The Argentinean wine behind the counter was made by her Father. Such an incredibly creative family, I love how they all work together, making likeminded items under a cohesive brand.


While doing a little online research after the visit, I came across this video of Eleonore and her husband on Jessica Comingore’s blog.

It’s beautifully shot, and dives a bit deeper, sharing her ceramics, clothing and lifestyle- she also teaches us how to tie an En Soie scarf in the most casual and sophisticated way.

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All of the pieces are unique in an incredibly wearable way- with lovely unexpected color pairings. If you’re a local, pop on in, otherwise, check out their online shop.

Friday Quick Links!

March 28th, 2014


1. Have you tried out Patatap yet? via The Fox is Black
2. Traveling artists creating art from things collected on the way via Honestly WTF
3. A very pattern-licious gas station via Present & Correct
4. The resurgence of fiber tapestry art via Design Crush
5. Gorgeous versatile furniture pieces from Hirashima via Miss Moss
6. So many fabulous details in Jen Chu’s Brooklyn apartment via design*sponge
7. Intrigued by the sculptural details of LARKBECK’s furniture via design-milk
8. Lovelies from Elise Wehle via The Jealous Curator
9. Children’s art, framed via Oh Joy!
10. Adorable DIY kitty planters via BruDiy
11. Interview with graphic designer & illustrator Eirian Chapman via The Design Files
12. Patterns created on a spinning potter’s wheel via Colossal

Contributed by Emily Gup

Color Stories & Cartoon Cred

March 27th, 2014


For anyone who follows the evolution of seasonal retail, window display design, graphic trends and fashion advertising, they’ll notice these images aren’t exactly new. I’ve been sitting on them for a while. In addition to Pinterest, I have a ‘ready to post’ folder on my desktop filled with about 100 themes that get sorted daily. When the piece feels right, it goes live. For some reason, this cartoon collection and it’s distinct palette’s sat dormant for too long.

Does that mean it’s no longer relevant? Perhaps, but there’s a timelessness to the creative, directed primarily through the Comme Des Garcon campaign. I love the Topsy Turvy Tales, illustrated by W. Heath Robinson. With a title like, Pixy Twittertoes and Mr. Merrylegs, it doesn’t get much better than that.

The colors are unexpected and have a vintage appeal. Taking a page out of the same book, these Marc Jacob tights mimic the palette and this Upper East Side shrubbery is sculptural and kid-like, transporting us to Disney World or Bush Gardens. Utilizing a pink, yellow and blue tale, Barneys presents a modern day Lichtenstein, realized through office supplies and post-it notes.


CATEGORIES:  AccessoriesArtColorFashionWomens

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

March 25th, 2014


This week’s gallery picks examine the indelible marks that the past makes on the present.

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1. I Am Writing You Tomorrow artist Penny Hes Yassour’s work pays homage to Chinese ink painting and calligraphy, exploring how meaning is constructed and conveyed in visual art at Pacific Asia Museum
2. Juan Manuel Echavarría’s striking photographs depict the consequences of the endless Colombian drug wars at Josée Bienvenu Gallery
3. Hank Willis Thomas scoured numerous publications and archives looking for graphics, images and audio that exemplify, through popular culture, South Africa’s recent history. at Goodman Gallery
4. Prune Nourry’s Terracotta Daughters is composed by 108 life size sculptures, paying respect to Xi’an, China’s Terracotta Soldiers while turning traditional ideas on their head at Magda Danysz Gallery
5. Jennifer Trask does fascinating work blending bone with botany at Lisa Sette Gallery
6. Joana Vasconcelos explores her roots at Manchester Galleries

Pattern delights from Blabla

March 24th, 2014

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If you’re shopping in the baby department, it’s likely you’ve crossed paths with the adorable line, Blabla. The patterns have a loose illustrative hand and the crochet dolls are sophisticated playmates with soft features and sturdy trunks. We’re fans of everything from the mobiles to the sheets to the bean bags. If you haven’t checked this Atlanta-based company out, bookmark their site, it’s one of the few American lines that truly feels international.


CATEGORIES:  AccessoriesBabyChildrensFashionGiftHomegoods

Friday Quick Links!

March 21st, 2014


1. The Weather Diaries looks at Nordic fashion via Yatzer
2. Eugène Séguy’s gorgeous insect illustrations via Miss Moss
3. Andrea Mastrovito delightful installation via Colossal
4. Julien Renault’s lovely Rainbow Shades via Trendland
5. How fun is this DIY confetti table runner?! via Oh Joy!
6. If Salvador Dalí was a building, what would it look like via Honestly WTF
7. Shiny happy cheerleaders via Design Crush
8. Loving Lyndie Dourthe’s mushroom terrariums via The Jealous Curator
9. Digging these decorative wood tiles via design-milk
10. Give marbling a whirl via Martha Stewart
11. Neat DIY stool via design*sponge
12. DIY galaxy face art! via A Beautiful Mess

Contributed by Emily Gup

Interior Color Stories from Dubai

March 21st, 2014

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Paging through instagram this morning, I came across the work of Kate Lewis. Lewis is a photographer living in Dubai with a gifted eye for chic, modern, magazine-worthy moments. She recently shared these still life color collages from the March edition of Harper’s Baazar Interiors on her tumblr. They’re inspiring in more ways than one, as they convey an interesting balance in color harmony while doubling as unexpected plaids, worthy of art or fashion. Do any of these translate to your home?


CATEGORIES:  Around the GlobeColorFashionHomegoodsWomens

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

March 18th, 2014


It’s all about the ladies in this week’s choice gallery picks!

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1. This exhibition spotlights women artists who use media traditionally associated with women and painters whose subject matter speaks of women’s lives and concerns at Seager Gray Gallery
2. Mel Kadel’s All Tied Up at Merry Karnowsky Gallery
3. Bravely exposing personal traumas, fantasies, and nightmares, Maria Lassnig’s art offers instruction for courageous living in a time of increasingly spectacularized social interaction. at MoMA PS1
4. Beautiful children dressed like small monarchs reign against a backdrop of velvet and brocade, adorned with a crown that looks like a headset, bringing them into contemporary world despite the Baroque atmosphere at Zipper Galeria
5. Leah Fraser’s latest work is based on stories of diverse cultures worldwide at Arthouse Gallery
6. Dressed in costumes and masks she has collected on her travels, Jacqui Stockdale’s hybrid characters are layered with cross-cultural and personal references at Helen Gory

Skin Color, Marketing & Media

March 17th, 2014

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I’m gonna keep this short today, as I injured my hand late last week and am still on the one-handed mend. I recently came across this creative project by Angelica Dass and was really drawn to it. It’s a gem of an exhibition, and when I first saw it, I thought it was from Pantone’s marketing team and was quite pleased to see an effort beyond branded merchandise.

Then, I realized it was an outside project. In the world of mug, makeup and fashion collaborations, this initiative speaks to the soul, touching the entire human race. Everyone’s skin color fits within Pantone’s classification system and the neutral portraiture is quite striking. If I worked at there, I’d get on the phone with Dass immediately and try to broker a collaboration.


CATEGORIES:  ColorMarketingMedia

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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