Brandon Locher’s Motherlode Series

August 21st, 2014

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It’s imperative to recognize that our dissatisfaction originates within us.  It arises out of our own blindness to what our situation actually is, out of our wanting reality to be something other than what it is.

Here is an enlarged glimpse of Brandon Locher’s Mazes to the Motherlode series, as well as a quote explaining it’s purpose and existence. I’ve been following Locher’s work for some time- as I first discovered him through Ghostly International. His instagram is wonderful, as he shares his work-in-progress, so you’re able to see how these intricate and magnificent pieces form. At times, Locher finds himself drawing for 10 hours straight – which requires incredible discipline.


He’s generously sharing several of these works for desktop download via Ghostly. Click here to view.



Marketing: Taylor Swift for Keds

August 20th, 2014


How many of you clicked on Taylor Swift’s new video, Shake It Off, and were welcomed to Vevo with a 15 second promo for Swift’s new collaboration with Keds? I watched the ad and thought it was a very nice, safe, Americana collaboration. Keds are easy, approachable, and affordable for her core demographic of teenage girls.

While listening, she talked about patterns and leather laces…the line really stuck for me. It apparently stuck for my husband as well, as it was a topic of conversation this morning when we were both getting ready for work. So, while polka dots, stripes and florals might not be revolutionary when it comes to artistic collaborations, the video accompanying the marketing spot has hit millions since it’s release, and I’m guessing her words have resonated with many, like me- thus, making this interesting enough to write about. What do you think?


CATEGORIES:  AccessoriesFashionMarketingMediaWomens

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

August 19th, 2014

gallerypicks_patternpulp73This week’s artists create their work from an assemblage of objects and images.

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1. Drawing from the four pillars of design—shape, form, pattern, and color—each artist in the exhibition uses various medium and technique resulting in a range of works that expand upon thought-generative concepts that push against assumptions of design at CES Contemporary
2. X-O’s (also known as Hyland Mather) artwork is made of found, recycled objects, which he gathers while roaming streets of various countries, visiting urban areas and industrial scrap and waste fields at Masters Projects
3. The Clayton Brothers examine the mythos, culture, and visual language of an archetypal second-hand store located near their studio at Mark Moore Gallery
4. Cut/Copy/Paste presents three American artists who explore the boundaries of the contemporary collage and the re-appropriation of images at Beers Contemporary
5. “My art consists of abstract compositions that stem out of images of patterns mostly found in nature. Photographs are processed into mechanical drawings that are then transformed through the use of vinyl, paint, glue, resin, wood, found materials, and even recycled artwork” at Mindy Soloman Gallery
6. Examining the south through art at 333 Montezuma Arts


Budget Friendly Prints from Europe

August 18th, 2014


I recently returned from eight days in London and Spain…which were a dream…after combatting the jet lag, of course. These patterns are just a few of many that I snapped while in Marylebone, Mallorca, Ibiza and Barcelona…the top left is of a door in Ibiza that shares a striking resemblance to a moire pattern. The second “wind and energy” print is from the Swedish store, And Other Stories (a personal favorite). There’s a simplicity to it that I just love. The bottom left is a new release from Zara, but I swear it looks like a Marni duplicate…can anyone confirm? The last print is from Monki, another Swedish store geared towards the young at heart with a few sophisticated basics (think Aritzia). I love the neon.


Friday Quick Links!

August 15th, 2014


1. Jay Mohler’s stunning yarn mandalas via Honestly WTF
2. Amazing paper cut illustrations by Maude White via Colossal
3. Awesome DIY resin inlaid wood via Shinium
4. Interview with artist Lucas Grogan via The Design Files
5. Making marble float via The Fox is Black
6. Making textiles work in a 100 year old home via design*sponge
7. Hitomi Hosono’s amazing hidden porcelain bowls via The Jealous Curator
8. Gemis Luciani’s deconstructed and reassembled magazine via Trendland
9. Grant Gronewold aka HTML Flowers personal drawings via booooooom
10. These aren’t the bean bags you had as a kid via Miss Moss
11. Valerie Hammond ethereal mixed media artwork via Art is a Way
12. Julie Lansom’s lovely Sputnik lamps via design-milk

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tauba Auerbach x Sam Fleischner

August 14th, 2014

This video reveals the quiet excitement that comes of opening and inspecting a new work of art. Familiar as a book in shape and presentation, but captured as much more through narrative sound, color, and light. Shot and directed by Sam Fleischner, Tauba Auerbach‘s latest 6 volume book series presents a beautiful array of pop-up art. Enjoy the video and click here to learn more about this simple and complex series!



Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

August 12th, 2014


This week’s artists are contemplating personas.

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1. David Lefebvre paints his memories, including glitches at Galerie Zurcher
2. Sebastian Cortés’ series Sidhpur: Time Present Time Past forms the first in-depth photographic exploration of the Bohra Islamic community in Sidhpur, a little-known small town in Gujarat at Tasveer
3. Ayo Scott’s recent work focuses on leveraging technology to create a symbiosis between the analog and the digital. He achieves this through a reflexive technique that begins with digital collaging and juxtaposition of distinct elements drawn from European masters, African masks and popular iconography at Octavia Art Gallery
4. “Women of today are assaulted by a continuous stream of media bytes dictating how we should look, think, and purchase. My latest paintings are part of my ‘Persona’ series and through them I explore the ‘masks’ women wear in their quest to discover their true selves.” at Scott Richards Contemporary Art
5. Jordan Matter captures fantastical moments of daily life Savin Museum
6. Stephen O’Donnell’s curious self-portraits present the artist guised as various historicized figures, from pre-revolutionary French aristocrats to Spanish grandees and mythological heroes at Winston Wachter Fine Art

Blackberry & Banner Art

August 11th, 2014


This banner isn’t fresh, per say, but when I took a screen shot of it, I thought the design progression was quite clever and worth sharing. So, here we go. Blackberry for Sprint shares their message with an onslaught of mail. It’s highly effective and a nice reminder that one letter may seem like no big deal, but when you’re overwhelmed, it can be suffocating. Much like the hanger display for Anthropologie, small things in mass make a big impact. Bravo on what could have been a banal banner design.


CATEGORIES:  DigitalMarketingMediaTechnology

Friday Quick Links!

August 8th, 2014


1. Capturing the geometric structures and visual patterns of mosques via Juxtapoz
2. Jacqui Fink’s gorgeous giant knit work via Trend Tablet
3. Lovely art by Monica Ramos via Art Hound
4. Upcycle some vintage plates via Honestly WTF
5. Flora Borsi’s striking photography via The Artful Desperado
6. Faig Ahmed’s take on tradition via Textile Arts Center
7. The beauty of vintage paintings via SF Girl By Bay
8. What a lovely free natural fabric dyes chart via design*sponge
9. Transforming rare & unique textiles into colorful silk prints via Miss Moss
10. Moki Mioke’s mossy universe via trendland
11. Lucy Sparrow’s fully stocked “felt” market via The Jealous Curator
12. Stained glass windows created form layered laser-cut paper via Colossal

Contributed by Emily Gup

Retail Installations & Hanger Art

August 7th, 2014


When I saw this at Anthropologie a while back, I was floored at how dry cleaner hangers could live an ethereal life beyond their intended purpose…but that’s what good retail installations do, right? They take ordinary, everyday objects and give them new meaning. These triangular ribbons mimic an avian theme and I love it. What do you think?


CATEGORIES:  HomegoodsRetailSet Design

Trend: Expressive Ceramics

August 6th, 2014

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One of a kind ceramics are truly having their heyday. From asymmetrical and collaged art to speckled ashtrays, striped planters, and glazed experiments, the imperfect line in tandem with a crisp finish, is blanketing the home market these days. Here are a few favorites from the following shops and studios:

1. Jennie Jieun Lee 2. Planters from Ten Over Six 3. Sculpture by Georgia Harvey 4. Green Ceramic Soy Candle from Little Paper Planes 5. Gold Striped Porcelain Bowls by Isabel Halley Ceramics for Of a Kind 6. Speckled Ashtray by Studio Ultralite

CATEGORIES:  AccessoriesArtColorDIYFeatured CategoriesGiftHomegoodsTrend

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

August 6th, 2014


There’s an underlying importance of line and layers in this week’s gallery picks.

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1. Focusing on systems and patterns, Joe Lloyd’s paintings appear highly composed; however, the choices he makes are spontaneous and experimental at Western Project
2. Providing a fresh narrative to the exhibition space, Summer Mixer artists present traditional and new-media works, featuring painting, weaving, collage, and digital art techniques at Joshua Liner Gallery
3. Hand pulled prints by creators from Latin America who have left their mark on the international arena at Praxis
4.The works that constitute the core visual component of the Vita E Morte are images of nature (or images of man’s representation of nature) that have been databent at Subliminal Projects
5. Soojung Park creates luminous linear abstractions that play on contrasts of various textures, flatness and space, buoyancy and heft at Ruth Bachofner Gallery
6. Cycles and Spires explores the cyclical nature of life and death through continual motion in different mediums at galerie102

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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