Design Talk with Percolate & Friends

April 21st, 2014

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If you’re in the East Village tomorrow night and liken yourself to be a maker or a creative consumer, you should join us for this event. I’ll be presenting alongside Percolate, Artsy, Ghostly, SquareSpace and Of a Kind, sharing stories, inspiration, some advice and a few embarrassing photos on the topic of design, collaboration and trend forecasting.

I’m pretty thrilled to be a part of this, as I consume and admire the products and services from all of my fellow presenters. Here are a few shots that made the cut, and yes, that’s me and an easel at four years old…my grandfather started me young. Should be a good time! Click here to register.


CATEGORIES:  ArtEducationalEvent

Friday Quick Links!

April 18th, 2014


1. Art & sculptures made from curled paper via Colossal
2. Ruby Taylor’s illustrations via Miss Moss
3. Sunsets in shattered mirrors via Design Crush
4. Egg gradient via Present & Correct
5. DIY yourself a pretty spring string garden via Poppytalk
6. Entranced by Heath West’s Controlled Randomness via Patternbank
7. Rebecca Louise Law’s gorgeous floral installations via design*sponge
8. Make a pop-up card! via oh joy!
9. Lovely mixed-media editorial via Trendland
10. Max Kauffman’s paintings via booooooom
11. Tiles inspired by Japanese textile dying techniques via design-milk
12. Maud Vantours’ amazing layered paper work via The Jealous Curator

Contributed by Emily Gup

Banner Trends & Pattern Design

April 18th, 2014


Designers have a love/hate relationship with the pixel. We dislike being called pixel pushers, yet glorify the square throughout our work- whether it’s a conscious celebration (like in today’s feature), or a small part of the greater landscape.

We’ve been tracking the life cycle of this motif for a long time, as it’s a geometric staple that’s never going away. What’s interesting though, are the vectorize alterations and evolving color palettes. We started picking up on the trend from Matt W Moore’s murals a few years back, then watched the corporate giant, Chase bank jump in on the action. Percolate then released iOS wallpapers in deep jewel-toned palettes, and now we have pastel grids from Society6, Piol and Squared Array.

The top two designs double as web banners, which is fairly unique in the digital ad buying world. Both caught my eye before starting in on the content…though someone like me may be a bit skewed. The punch of color and linear movement stands out in the sea of model and type heavy advertisements. Big fan over here.



CATEGORIES:  ArtColorDigitalFeatured CategoriesTechnologyTrend

Crafts & Commercialism with Marni

April 17th, 2014


My clients really range. Some have massive budgets with serious production, ad-buying and PR capabilities, while others are start-ups. In the new business environment, every dollar counts, while we find a platform and craft a message to share with the world. You’re probably wondering, well, what does that have to do with the Marni pictures above? Are they one of Shayna’s clients? I wish they were…

I’m sharing these layouts, as they prove a point about creativity. You can hire models and do over (or under) stylized photoshoots, sure, but you really don’t have to…if you have a creative team willing to take risks.

By no means is Marni a budget brand (hello!), but they know that their customer is artistic and wealthy, if not a little out there. They have foresight that they’ll appreciate a quirky campaign showcasing the thought behind the product. So, with paper, scissors and ribbons, one of the cheapest newsletter campaigns that ever existed made it’s way into my inbox…and I loved it.

What do you think?

CATEGORIES:  ArtDIYFashionWomens

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

April 15th, 2014


This week’s gallery picks examine states of being through transformation.

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1. Christopher Russell’s scratched-photo-drawings capture the psychological, otherworldly implications of being at Mark Moore Gallery
2. Elisa Strozyk’s “ceramic-tables” range uses ceramic glazes to create image-like surfaces. These table tops become image carriers that unveil enigmatic poetic worlds at Stilwerk Design Gallery
3. With Organic Project, Andrea Juan bridges the physical and conceptual distance that separates most humans from Antarctica and its melting glaciers, hinting at a new world at Praxis
4. “There is nothing subversive about embroidering, but I corrupt it through my intentions,” writes Carolle Bénitah. “I use its falsely decorative artifices to reinterpret my history and to denounce its failings.” at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
5. Celebrating the chaotic emotional duality that exists in life, Rimi Yang revels in the confusion mankind creates in its attempt to order the un-orderable and to explain the unexplainable at JoAnne Artman Gallery
6. RÖMER + RÖMER’s work celebrates life on the edge; it starts off as an experience, then is captured in a photograph, and finally morphs into a painting reminiscent of a glitched or frozen screen at Freight and Volume

Renovating with the Pattern Foundry

April 15th, 2014


Last night, I got an note from my friend Laurie titled, Patterny Things. It’s not so uncommon, you know, getting emails like this, as everyone from friends, to past teachers, to coworkers and press people share links along on a near-daily-basis. When Laurie gets excited about something though, I listen up.

The Pattern Foundry‘s doing something cool. They’re not encouraging you to buy textured accessories, they want a greater commitment- they want you installing patterned motifs within the architecture of your home.

From tiling and carpeting to ceramics and woodworking, this collective of UK craftspeople share a common interest in all-things decorative. Have a look at their site, as it might inspire you to refresh and revisit your home basics.

CATEGORIES:  ColorDIYHomegoods

Friday Quick Links!

April 11th, 2014


1. Covering Costa Rica in flower petals via designboom
2. Gianna Commito’s vivid geometrics via Artsy Forager
3. Giant street murals by Aryz via Colossal
4. Colorful South African homes via SF Girl By Bay
5. This lamp allows you to poke out your own pattern via Present & Correct
6. These hanging flowers are so pretty via Oh Joy!
7. Layering wood grain to create distinctive patterns via design-milk
8. Excellent flooring DIY project via design*sponge
9. Kip & Co’s towels are brave and busy via The Design Files
10. Andrea Wan’s illustrations via Trendland
11. Digging the colors in Emily Ferretti’s work via Miss Moss
12. Nikoline Liv Andersen creates elaborate garments that are not meant to be worn via Yatzer

Contributed by Emily Gup

Using Instagram to Spot Trends

April 10th, 2014


For better or worse, Instagram keeps me in the loop. Anyone else feel this way?

From observing work-in-progress from inspiring creatives to following design shows I can’t attend, the influx of imagery is really useful and pretty inspiring. Oftentimes, it helps confirm theories that have been floating around in my head- in regard to trends popping up in various design communities around the world, (say in Australia, Helsinki and L.A), and also leads me to new ideas and talent. It’s a pretty useful tool beyond selfies and party pics.

Yesterday, I took a screenshot of the Phillips Auction House invite. It seems fairly standard at first, but I loved the combination of camo and metallic in an upscale layout. This artistic commerce pays homage to Andy Warhol, presenting part of a timeless series. This lead me along the path of neon camo and got me thinking about where it’s popping up this season. You can always expect reinterpretations, so it’s worth following the art world to stay abreast, if not ahead of curb. Art always leads fashion (in my humble opinion).

Here we have sneakers, (bags and wallets) from Valentino. The kicks straddle a unisex vibe, but are sold in the men’s department. This chambray/camo/drawstring pullover by General Idea is another commercial, yet creative direction for guys that feels fresh this season. If you’re looking to simply add elements of the concept to your wall or iPhone, check out Joe Van Wetering’s work. His prints speak to the camo-loving monochromatist.


CATEGORIES:  ArtColorFashionMensPrintTechnologyTextilesWomens

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

April 8th, 2014


Exploring landscapes and ourselves with a mix of figurative & abstract art in today’s gallery picks.

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1. Marco Casentini’s signature geometric abstractions composed of overlapping shapes in vibrant, contrasting colors at Brian Gross Fine Art
2. America Martin’s favorite landscape is that of the human form, her work is distinguished by a command of line and color, making playful references to both classic and indigenous art forms at Mark Gallery
3. Sometimes purely formal, other times historical, philosophical, or metaphysical, Howard Fonda’s paintings freely alternate between abstraction and figuration at Mixed Greens
4. Janaina Tschäpe explores, through multiple mediums, amorphous landscapes and their abundant luscious properties at Edourd Malingue Gallery
5. For Ali Banisadr, painting is a means to reflect visually on his thoughts, memories, and imagination. The artist thinks of his pictures as “encyclopedic worlds” where all elements come together and can be seen instantaneously at Sperone Westwater
6. Amalgamating an array of iconic imagery that exists across Romanian and American culture, Marius Bercea has created a diverse series of vibrant landscapes that fluctuate between the utopian and dystopian, between flux and stasis, blurring the boundaries between reality and imagination at Blain|Southern


Around the Globe in San Francisco

April 8th, 2014

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I’m finally back in New York after a two week stint on the west coast. The weather was a welcome change, as was catching up with family, friends and colleagues I don’t get to see that often.


My hand’s been on the mend for the past few weeks as well, from a somewhat ridiculous kitchen accident involving a wine bottle opener…(I know…) which has been fairly frustrating (particularly in the work dept). I will say that Sherpaa, Mt. Sinai, NYU Langone and Beth Israel and I have all become my good friends this month. Sherpaa, in particular. On a more positive and serious note though, on week three, while on the road, I was able to start designing again, which was a long awaited relief (for both me, and my clients).


To balance my new-found free time during this unworkable, yet medicated period, I went on more inspiration hunts, photographing, absorbing, meeting new people and mentally sketching new ideas out in my head. I also watched two full seasons of Nashville and signed up for a Hulu Plus account. It was a forced break in a sense, and terrible timing, as several deadlines had been looming, but so is life. Sometimes accidents happen, and you just have to be grateful that you have a good support system and healthcare.


Today, I thought I’d share some pictures from my last pitstop in San Francisco, before heading to the airport. Justin (my husband) and I met up with a few friends at Heath Ceramics in the Mission, off of many solid recommendations. It’s a superb space filled with beautiful objects.


In another world where I didn’t have a kitchen set I was using and already attached to, I’d fill my home with their ceramics and textiles. The vibe throughout is modern, but simple and very color and texture focused. If you like Fort Standard, Anthology Mag, Purl, and Steven Alan, these products are for you.


For over a half a century, Heath Ceramics has produced handcrafted tableware and architectural tile in it’s Sausalito, CA factory. They also carry the Alabama Chanin line- which is prominently featured today.


Their placemats combine organic cotton and intricate stitching- reminiscent of Japanese decorative techniques. They’re as simple as they are busy, and if you’re looking to make your own, they sell DIY kits.


The ceramic plates follow a similar stitch story, only the application is obviously different. It’s all delicate and a nice balance of folk meets modern. If you’re in the area, don’t skip this gem, there are so many interesting stories throughout and small gifts to purchase, if you’re in the market for that kind of thing.

Friday Quick Links!

April 4th, 2014


1. Perfectly pretty planters for spring via Poppytalk
2. Crafting a faux-stained glass window via Design Crush
3. Neat new knitting technique via design-milk
4. Craving these citrusy kicks via Miss Moss
5.DIY wall-hanging for your jewelry via design*sponge
6. Photographic mandalas via Patternbank
7.Inventive infographics via Trendland
8. Unraveling fashion via booooooom
9. Playful wallpaper and surface designs by Ashley le Quere via The Design Files
10. Kaleidoscope Portraits by Norg Nodis via Swissmiss
11. Pictures pieced together like a puzzle via The Jealous Curator
12. Swooning over these scarves via Honestly WTF

Contributed by Emily Gup

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.



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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