Delight & Whimsy in 2014

December 26th, 2014

Clever and Artistic  Round Up 2014

This grouping is marked by bright colors and bold graphics. Here are a few projects that brought a smile to many – be it through interesting construction, playful design or clever execution.

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1. Arpana Rayamajhi’s Napal inspired jewelry.

2. Accessorizing your closet in the most silly and fabulous way.

3. Celebrating the female form, hieroglyphics style, with Rachel Levit. 

4. Impossible 3D Paper patterns by Maud Vantours.

5 Voutsa’s quirky and fabulous wallpaper themes.

6. Expressive and unexpected movement through line.

7. DIY Envelopes from Frankie Magazine.

8. Wagner and MM Lafleur cut and redesign American bills.

9. Tiger Sushi Furs and Hand Fun Fans.

10. Fast fashion: in the form of paint, wit and repetition.

CATEGORIES:  AccessoriesArt

Patterns & Branding in 2014

December 24th, 2014

Branding Round Up 2014

Successful branding almost always weaves in a notable texture to accompany the logo. It sets a subconscious and relatable vibe. Here are a few fun collaborations, product lines and branding exercises of note. Enjoy!

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1. Neon Trees’ pattern-tastic music video, Sleeping with a Friend.

2. When Missoni met Converse and they made beautiful kicks together.

3. Piol’s made to measure banner tanagrams.

4. The Phillips Gallery through the lens of camo & instagram.

5. Safari Sundays’ shape shifting brand video.

6. Shoes and body paint with Janine Rewell x Minna Parikka.

7. Buried in Blackberry email. Using repetition as messaging.

8. Bugaboo taps Warhol for their strollers.

9. Polkka Jam expands to calendars, bedding, table wear and paper goods.

10. Truck Club’s ingenious patterned suitcase boxes.


Interesting Textile Finds from 2014

December 23rd, 2014

Interesting Textiles in 2014

Here are a few favorites from the bunch- sharing printed and woven textiles ranging from baby to indie to art to home wear. Enjoy!

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1. Beauty in geometry and mid-century monochromes.

2. Gina Rockenwagner’s sharp and playful quilts.

3. Discovering Alabama Chanin’s placemats at Heath Ceramics.

4. Remarkable art & sculpture made from curled paper.

5. Jacob Magraw’s embroidered pieces are stations for thought and interpretation.

6. Super cool Matisse x Tata Naka mash-up. 

7. Illustrative and feminine florals of the surreal and literal variety.

8. Optics made with acrylic on woven textiles by Samantha Bittman.

9. Adorable bunny sheets for the babies in your life from Blabla.

10. Woven collages from Janelle Pietrzak and Robert Dougherty.


Wrapping Up 2014

December 23rd, 2014


Today’s my last day in the office til January 6th. Taking two weeks off to travel, rest and recharge. In the meantime, I’ve put together a few wrap-up posts to finish off the year. The best and the brightest, so to speak – in the categories of branding, pattern, textiles, architecture, inspiration and whimsical wit. Enjoy and here’s hoping for a brighter year ahead! Happy Holidays.

– Shayna


Friday Quick Links!

December 19th, 2014


1. Santa decked out in luxury fashion via Trendland
2. Beth Hoeckel’s striking collage art via Design Crush
3. Love this light box with changeable letters via sfgirlbybay
4. Lovely lace made out of seeds via Colossal
5. A modern DIY interpretation of a classic via design*sponge
6. Elizabethan cats via Present & Correct
7. Oodles of holiday decorating ideas via Poppytalk
8. Interview with Jason Cesani & Nadia Husiak via The Design Files
9. Digging Liesl Pfeffer’s new work via The Jealous Curator
10. Woven stocking DIY via A Beautiful Mess
11. Giuliano Mauri’s Tree Cathedral via Honestly WTF
12. A conversation between hip hop and pre-16th century art via B4-XVI

Contributed by Emily Gup

Trend: Monster Mash

December 18th, 2014


Graphic design is having it’s hay day. So much so, that simple facial illustrations have become coveted items the fashion, art and editorial worlds. We were charmed by Giulia Scalese’s accessory collages last month, and have been seeing a steady stream of monsters ever since. At this point, our swipe folder’s so robust that it was time to share. Rejecting fine lines and pastel subtleties, this bold and playful trend combines youth, sophistication and wit, characteristics the fashion industry and millennial culture happily embrace. Today’s compilation comes from artists and designers spanning the globe…proving expressive and noseless monsters are something to collect, enjoy and maybe even gift.

Today’s collection includes: 1. Designer: Joshua Riley  | 2.Designer: Antonio Ladrillo  | 3. Kenzo  | 4.Designer: Rob Flowers | 5. Tutti Frutti by Nick Knight | 6. Stella McCartney Key Ring | 7. DSquared2 Broach | 8. Fendi Buggie | 9. Chanel Textile | 10. Artist: Nick Cave

CATEGORIES:  AccessoriesArtColorFashionMensWomens

Retail: Cut & Collaged

December 17th, 2014


This season, I have to admit that I’m a bit behind. I haven’t seen the usual reel of holiday windows- something I truly love and look forward to, mostly because I’ve been head down in work, focused on end-of-the-year deadlines. It’s hard to explain the joy of absorbing something fresh, creative and hand made.  I particularly love seeing windows done on a budget, as they get crafty and experimental. For example, this morning, bleary eyed and focused on my phone, I looked up to avoid tripping on the curb and honed in on the doors belonging to Pas de Calais, a French shop in Soho.

I think they’re magnificent in a collaged/marbled/cut-out kind of way. They’re the opposite of minimalism, which is a welcome relief, and feel like the 3D version of Elephant Magazine or a spread in ID or Dazed and Confused. Huge fan. What do you think?



Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

December 16th, 2014


This week’s gallery picks highlight femininity, culture and the art of creation.

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1.Missy Weimer introduces new mixed media work she artist describes as exploring the “making of meaning”at Micaëla Contemporary Projects
2.Examining Picasso’s late transformation in style, as seen exclusively through the portraits of Jacqueline, his last and perhaps greatest love at Pace Gallery
3.Artist and designer Julie Verhoeven has created an immersive installation that explores concepts of femininity and how they are represented in popular culture, both past and present at Institute of Contemporary Arts
4.Möbius, González Palma’s latest body of work, juxtaposes the early 1900’s concretist/rationalist movement in Latin American art with the midcentury streak of intense nostalgia—also known as magical Lisa Sette Gallery
5.In Liz Collin’swork, art and applied design coexist: a painting is a rug is a blanket is a dress is wallpaper at Heller Gallery
6.Raised in Nigeria, Okore’s affinity for tactile and gristly elements from the semi-urban environs of Nsukka in south-eastern Nigeria, have inspired a body of works that broadly focus on transformation and regeneration of mundane ecological and man-made objects at David Krut Projects

Color Spotting in and Around L.A.

December 16th, 2014

visiting LA

At the end of October, my husband and I spent some time in LA. We had a wedding in Oakland, but figured it made sense to go a bit early, do some work, meet up with friends, and drive up the coast. Here are a few shots from my bouts around West Hollywood, Silverlake, Koreatown and Venice Beach.

Peach, blush and nude tones were still prevalent – they’ve had serious staying power for the past few years. A few favorites across the board were from A.P.C in the form of quilting, Ten Over Six as jewelry, ceramics and mobiles and Fred Segal, as a fringe leather and denim jacket. En Soie had quirky embroidery and printed saying on their womens’ and children’s accessories.

visiting LA 2a

Bold blue accents also held their own- either in combination with neutral palettes, or in tandem with other saturated brights. The two examples above are from Siglo Moderno, a luxury design showroom and Chariots on Fire, a beautifully curated home accessories shop. We also ate at Commissary, which had the most interesting menu. I wanted to include it, as the mix and match theme seemed to be a new update to my dining travails in L.A. At the few new places we visited, lots of various non-related plates were encouraged – most of which were unhealthy, but delicious. In a city obsessed with image, health and clean food, it almost seemed like a direct reaction to a trend that’s defined the area for so long. Anyone else feel the same way?


Friday Quick Links!

December 12th, 2014


1. Retro summer pics, because we just had our first snow via Miss Moss
2. Loving this pattern filled calendar via The Jealous Curator
3. A very modern DIY Christmas tree via design*sponge
4. You should probably make these adorable clay coasters via Oh Joy!
5. DIY citrus wreathe via Poppytalk
6. Photographing quantum mechanics blackboards around the world via We The Urban
7. Lovely DIY God’s eyes via Honestly WTF
8. Pretty desktop wallpapers from KT Smail via Designlovefest
9. A quirky take on the Christmas tree via Present & Correct
10. Wanting this glow in the dark wood table via Colossal
11. Delectable handmade tableware from Studio One Studio via Design Crush
12. Ready to wear straight out of the printer! via design-milk

Contributed by Emily Gup

Power Plays & Transparent Barriers

December 11th, 2014


I recently worked on four sets of FW 16/17 palettes for The Color Association for our biannual meeting. Whenever it’s time to convene, I spend a few weeks fixated on key visuals from the fashion, art, news and technology worlds and try to wrap my head around general cultural themes that have evolutional staying power.

I collect imagery and toy with ideas tied to politics, pop culture and generational shifts while attempting to trust my gut with what’s relevant and what feels tired. Sometimes it’s optimistic, other times it’s a bit grim. Mostly though, it’s a balancing act of positive and negative forces.

Here are a few magazine tears that caught my eye and fed some of my thinking in the last report. The palettes are for women’s fashion, so I always try to consider the commercial messaging I’m being fed. These fence and fishnet themes kept popping up in the pages of editorial shoots and fashion advertising. Looking at them, I see lust, capture, bondage, transparency, barriers, and female role playing.

Personally, this not-so-subtle messaging seems to both endorse and artistically react to the sexualization and confinement of women, a theme with unfortunate staying power in past and present realities.

This imagery contradicts the Lean In mentality society embraced in 2013.  Can you imagine Tavi Gevinson, Taylor Swift or Leandra Medine – all thought leaders and Gen Y role models modeling in fetishized meek poses? It seems to go against the grain of art by women for women – especially with a lack of underlying humor and irony (except for maybe the blue face mask).

There’s a fine line between art, fashion and propaganda, and while these magazine pages have abstract beauty to them, they also convey stark messaging. It’s simply hard to detach them from today’s political matters – specifically in regard to gender power plays and violence against women. In absorbing these works as a whole, I wonder where we’re headed over the next few years.

I’m also curious how you all read into them. Are you seeing what I’m seeing? And, does the 2016 election paint a brighter picture for women or are we just momentarily circulating within a culture that celebrates these ideals?

CATEGORIES:  ArtColorFashionFeatured CategoriesTrendWomens

Making Textiles with Maruja

December 10th, 2014

Here’s a little reminder of the tlc that goes into screen printing fabric. The step-by-step process can be tedious, but yields beautiful results. This pattern belongs to Maruja and was printed at a factory in Red Hook. I love how the video was made- it allows the viewer to follow along in the creative process and visualize how an illustration can become a textile.



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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