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Safer Streets + Graphic Design


It’s been a while since we last posted and I’ve been thinking a lot about what best represents the present and the future. Do I share imagery from a recent trip to Sydney and Tokyo? Do I talk about the US election? Do I continue posting Pattern Studio artist features? It’s an interesting spot – deciding what to break the silence with when you’ve gone a while without publishing.

In reality, all of these topics have merit. Though, I’d like to jump back in by highlighting a positive and action-oriented move that’s changing lives for the better. In an effort to curb car crashes at it’s busiest intersections, the city of Austin has enhanced it’s infrastructure by adding bold stripes, Twister looking polka dots and buffers throughout the city.


This graphic approach is an affordable way to reclaim safe spaces for pedestrians and is a parallel solution that’s already up and running in New York and LA. While finding a harmonious relationship between cars and humans isn’t an easy feat, adding safeguards where possible is an important move when considering the future growth and appeal for walking cities in America and around the world.


Gifting Patterns this Holiday


The holidays are just around the corner and we wanted to get our gift guide up and out the door in time for last minute decision making! Aside from charitable donations, travel and experiential classes, pattern and texture is the way to go when you’re in the market for something special.

Here are ten of our favorite items:


1. DIY Wooden Doll Family Kit | $28

These minimalist figurines offer infinite possibilities. You can make all-over polka dots, stripes, or geometrics…or keep it simple or more traditional. This kit will bring out the inner child in anyone willing to roll their sleeves up for an afternoon art project.

2. Machine de Terre Ra Necklace | $285

Over the past two years, I’ve shared an office with three incredible business women. One of them, Randi Mates, the founder of Aesa, has blown my mind every time she’s released a new collection. Her pieces are the culmination of art, science, old world technique and a passion that’s often lost in today’s fashion world. This necklace embodies that.

3. Nicola Gariner Dinosaur | Price Upon Request

Like mustard, I collect dolls. And, while I don’t own this dinosaur, a good friend sent me a picture and a link, saying it was very me. She was right. Nicola Gariner makes playful dolls ranging from llamas, hens and fish, to patterned dino mash ups. I wouldn’t think twice about getting this for myself or my 10 month old son.

4. Terrazzo Rose Any Year Planner by Julia Kostreva| $32

I generally use the Fantastical App in place of apple’s iPhone calendar. There are times to go digital, and times to go analog. If you’re willing to do both, may I suggest perusing Julia Kostreva’s collection of planners and journals. Her patterns are stunning and the idea of keeping a log of a repetitive actions is a worthy challenge for the new year.

5. Aelfie Mahu Bath Mat | $38

Aelfie has been making colorful, quirky graphic home goods for several years now. One of my favorite bedspreads happens to be from them. If you’re looking for a high impact / low cost item that will get a lot of use, this bath mat is the way to go.

6. Harvest Navy Napkins by Hillery Sproatt | 6 for $30

Hillery Sproatt has mastered the art of whimsy and her latest illustrative collaboration with Unison is a fabulous one. Her watercolor narratives appear in a black and white toss on a set of cotton satin napkins. This is the ultimate I’m grown up – but not too grown up gift.

7. ARA 250 – Metallic by Matthew Shilian | $300

You’ll never go wrong with art. Actually, that’s not true…everyone is particular when it comes to this topic. I should have said, you’ll never go wrong with a piece from Matthew Shilian. His origami 3D masterpieces are something to behold. My husband and I have one of his works and we’re in constant awe of it’s mathematical manmade perfection.

8. Weekender by To the Market | $120

If you haven’t yet heard of To The Market, make sure to dive in and learn more about this wonderful and important company. Full disclosure – I’m a proud advisor of TTM and fully believe in their mission to economically empower vulnerable women through global artisan enterprise. Also, this kantha stitch bag is a timeless beauty for any man or woman in your life.

9. Hopper in Green Socks by Richer Poorer from Of a Kind | $12 a pair

Everyone needs socks – why not make them playful?!

10. Lumio Light by Max Gunawan | $125 – $190

Lumio graciously gifted me a light last week. Unsure how I would take to it, I slowly opened the box…I have to be honest, complete wonderment ensued. Both my son and I were sucked in, Harry Potter (or Lion, Witch and Wardrobe) style by the magical glow of the accordion light behind the unassuming book cover. For the practical buyers out there, it doubles as a phone charger. This is a wonderful – if not mystical gift for a new parent or anyone, really, who appreciates design.


Meet Tilman


A few years ago, we came across the curious and meticulous site, Geometry Daily. Every day, there was an original work of art that highlighted the beauty and elegance behind the everyday line. After a bit of digging, we discovered the Nuremberg-based founder and graphic designer, Tilman Zitzmann was behind it.


What began as a small side project in 2012 grew into a widely followed and celebrated site devoted to experimentation in line work. When we started pulling the Pattern Studio book together, we knew we wanted Tilman to be a part of it, as his outlook on geometry is fascinating.

Tilman also works and teaches design at TH Nürnberg.  To learn more about his work, check out Geometry Daily as well as his feature in Pattern Studio!


Meet Ana Montiel


Ana Montiel is a Spanish visual artist and designer based in Mexico City. She’s meticulous, thoughtful and continually inspired by travel. Whenever she’s in New York and we’re able to catch up, it’s a true delight.

Her work ranges from screen printing and painting to ceramics. When asked what inspires her, she calls upon quantum physics, ancient cultures, and the unseen altered states of nature.


Ana’s clients are based all over the world and she has authored two wonderful guide books entitled, The Paintbrush Playbook and The Pencil Playbook. To learn more and see additional work, visit her website and check out her feature in Pattern Studio!


Meet Michael De Feo, The Flower Guy


As consumers of written media, we’re constantly invited to broadcast our thoughts and contribute to evolving conversations. Jumping in to personalize a produced piece is easy, encouraged and kind of addictive.


Then there’s Instagram. It’s a little bit different.


It’s a visual forum – meant for documentation, curation and exploration. A few weeks ago, I came across The Flower Guy’s feed – an incredibly vibrant collection of painted florals by artist, Michael De Feo.

Using printed magazine covers as his canvas of expression, De Feo builds floral patterns, submerging each model behind thickets of brush strokes. The results are beautiful and eye catching. They make you reassess the photography in new dimensional ways, while blurring the inherent commercial message. If you haven’t yet visited his feed, take a look!


Meet Field Kallop


Field Kallop was born and raised in New York City, where she now lives and works. Her art reflects a fascination with math, physics, and astronomy – all melded together with inspiration from twentieth-century abstract artists such as Emma Kunz and Agnes Martin. When we spoke with Field about her process, we were inspired by the way she views creativity and science as interconnected entities.


The sense of play and experimentation within Field’s oeuvre is beautiful. To learn more and view Field’s incredible portfolio, visit her website and check out her feature in Pattern Studio!

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