Creative Ensambles & Art Basel

December 3rd, 2014

*arty fashion

As the art and fashion worlds descend upon Miami this week, you can bet that the clothing will mirror the gallery exhibitions. Beyond interesting styling, there are patterns and textiles that are truly going the distance this season, presenting themselves are works of art. Here are a few favorites that incorporate color blocking, surrealism, asymmetry and line work, reminiscent of Sol Lewitt. Any favorites in the bunch?

1) Bottega Veneta, Net-a-Porter  2) Ellery, Moda Operandi  3) Alice Mccall, Moda Operandi  4) Alexander Lewis, Net-a-Porter  5) Kenzo, Moda Operandi  6) Fendi, Net-a-Porter  7) Dries Van Noten, Barneys 8) Muller, Moda Operandi


CATEGORIES:  ArtFashionWomens

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

December 2nd, 2014


This week’s gallery picks are all about observations and the interpretations of moments.

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1. For true enough, Mary Temple debuts lush paintings on canvas and panel—text based abstractions embedded with philosophical and political phrases culled from cultural observation at Mixed Greens
2. POSE’s work explore the ever-evolving notion of the American Dream and its sometimes tenuous relationship to an experienced American history at Library Street Collective
3. Agostino Iacurci takes inspiration from everyday life creating bright multi-layered images, playing with synthetic shapes, bright colors and open titles. “Match Mismatch” is a consideration around the crucial role given to coincidences and correspondences in the interpretation and codification of reality at 19 Karen
4. Michelle Andrade debuts a series of seven acrylic-on- linen paintings that extend her text-based drawings into new figural ground. The work retains the poetic and diaristic qualities of Andrade’s earlier Notebook drawing series, commingling the mundane, the poetic, and the confessional amidst a swirl of brightly colored, nostalgic graphic forms at Charlie James Gallery
5. Jason Willaford’s latest body of work, “Bring into the Fold”, explores his constructivist methodology of quilted, cut and sewn discarded, petroleum-based billboards. It references the prolapse, the idea that these pieces are captured of galvanized at intervals in space and time by sewing pieces of vinyl together, as well as conglomerate constructions, where the artist either revisits or remains in the moment with the pieces at Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas
6.The work in Polly Apfelbaum’s exhibition “Colour Sessions” grew out of the artist’s experience Rome and, in particular, her fascination with the drapery and colored fabrics depicted in Renaissance and Baroque paintings which she saw there at Frith Street Gallery

Trend: Sculptural & Oversized Hats

December 1st, 2014

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While everyone’s talking Cyber Monday, we’re covering hats instead. Hats that could double as lampshades.

Oversized, netted, and larger than life- on the streets and in the pages of countless fashion editorials. When Pharrell made his infamous appearance at the Grammy’s last January (#7), people became obsessed with his curiously-shaped headpiece. It dominated every news outlet, as it was a sculptural statement of style- one that was fresh and unexpected. Fast forward, and the fashion industry has very obviously taken note, as we have multiple interpretations of Vivienne Westwood’s vintage hat dwarfing model heads as statement makers. Above we have styled pieces from:

1) Armani  2) Unknown (styling by Beth Fenton for MUSE)   3) Lanvin 4) Unknown (styling by Yana Kamps for MUSE)  5) Unknown (styling by Yana Kamps for MUSE)  6) Armani  7) Vivienne Westwood Illustration (vintage)

CATEGORIES:  AccessoriesFashionFeatured CategoriesMensTrendWomens

Friday Quick Links!

November 28th, 2014


1. How famous artists would plate Thanksgiving dinner via Colossal
2. Great art in ugly rooms via Monde Mosaic
3. Ikea releases a collection culled from the archives of the 50s-70s via Poppytalk
4. Lovely DIY ranunculi via design*sponge
5. The modern female psyche via Art Hound
6. Neat things by Jo Waterhouse via Miss Moss
7. Creative gift wrapping ideas via Designlovefest
8. DIY adorable clothespin ornaments via Honestly WTF
9. Coco Carpets specializes in one-of-a-kind, vintage berber carpets via Anthology
10. Alon Dodo awesome wood furniture via design-milk
11. Claerwen James’ portraits of girls in flat patterned dresses via The Jealous Curator
12. Craft a pretty wintery wreathe via The Purl Bee

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

November 26th, 2014


This week’s gallery picks are shaped by shared experiences and connections.

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1. Peter Wayne Lewis’ paintings refer to the building blocks of nature at its fundamental level from a micro as well as macro point of view at JayJay
2. Jacolby Satterwhite is interested in process as a metanarrative: the narrative between past, present, and future, and how that process relates a broad, shared experience at OHWOW
3. Pat Passloff’s Abstract Expressionist paintings from 1950 – 1959 at Elizabeth Harris Gallery
4.Over the past decade, Jonas Wood has developed a singular style of representational image-making. Working from a vast archive of photographs––shot and collected by the artist or sourced via the Internet––Wood reinterprets everyday views from his life at David Kordansky Gallery
5. Florian Maier-Aichen captures a distinct sense of time, place, and memory in his photographs, connecting viewer and subject through expansive aerial views and analogue digital Blum & Poe
6. Robert Proch’s Land Without Footprints presents a futuristic realm where perspective is distorted and humans connect solely in a web-orientated universe at Lazarides Rathbone

Friday Quick Links!

November 21st, 2014


1. Crazy Wind beautiful traditional Japanese textiles via Textile Arts Center
2. Swoon worthy color by Jeremy Rabus via Design Crush
3. Love this interview with Iris Apfel via Man Repeller
4. The making of artisinal globes via Honestly WTF
5. Seventeenth century technique meets modern characters via Trendland
6. Kara Walker caught your selfies via Vulture
7. Celebrating the experimental 1930s Russian ballet The Bolt via Present & Correct
8. Chris Wood’s work expresses the “magic of light” via The Jealous Curator
9. Tables covered in crocheted plastic bags via design-milk
10. New prints from Stina Persson via Poppytalk
11. Gorgeous bags hand-woven by a group of women in Ghana via Miss Moss
12. Interview with jeweler and sculptor Anna Varendorff via The Design Files

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

November 18th, 2014


Get drenched in color, as this week’s artists apply brights boldly over geometry and planes.

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1. Aikaterini Gegisian’s new work is built around the concept and practice of collage or – in a more cinematic sense, the ‘jump-cut’ at Tin Type Gallery
2. Rachel Siporin, a painter for several decades, discovered color reduction woodcuts in 2011. Her latest exhibition investigates personal narratives that include bathers by the shore, singers under the spotlight, and figures against the backdrop of natural disasters at Bowery Gallery
3.Jeffrey Beauchamp is a trickster with prodigious skills and a wry sense of humor. Every painting is an improvisation, the artist surfing the imagination and remaining loose enough to respond to images and impulses that reveal themselves at Seager Gray
4.Through stream-of-consciousness painting, Doze Green creates fractured imagery to convey infinite possibilities at Jonathan Levine Gallery
5.Ricardo Mazal’s paintings evolved from a recent journey to Bhutan. The work draws on previous explorations into themes of life, death, transformation and regeneration at Sundaram Tagore
6.Small is Beautiful challenges contemporary artists working in all media to produce works with a fixed economy of scale, each piece measuring approximately 9 x 7 inches at Flowers Galleries

Voutsa’s Hand Painted Wallpaper

November 17th, 2014

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I have a soft spot for wallpaper – it’s the easiest and most direct way to add personality to a room. Is it an investment? Sure. Do you want to install if you’re renting? Maybe not. But if you’re able to make the commitment, the payoff is creative gold. I recently discovered Voutsa while browsing through instagram – their collaboration with The Sabah Dealer caught my eye. The texture, movement and color palette in each pattern conveys luxury in the most playful way – reminiscent of the loose painterly vibe found at The Carlyle or Crosby Hotels…but a hint more modern.

Based in New York, and founded by George Venson, the brand has evolved over the past year, with a nice array of collaborations, ranging from a partnership with Anthropology to custom work with ASH, to a limited edition shoe extension with The Sabah Dealer. I’m excited to see what’s next, as these textures feel really timeless. I’m a fan, are you?


CATEGORIES:  ArtColorHomegoodsTextiles

Friday Quick Links!

November 14th, 2014


1. Kat O’Sullivan’s psychedelic retreat via designboom
2. Greta Van Campen’s gorgeous graphic paintings via Miss Moss
3. Olivia Rae James’ buddy system via SF Girl By Bay
4. Interview with painter Fred Fowler via The Design Files
5. Lovely little loom tutorial via Sugar and Charm
6. Merve Özaslan’s intriguing collages via Honestly WTF
7. Rachel Ibarra‘s papier-mâché and canvas vessels via Design Crush
8. Loving Schönstaub’s nebula rugs and towels via Colossal
9. Celia Johnson’s punchy, pop-y work via Art Hound
10. DIY Basket weaving via design*sponge
11. London’s eccentric new museum via The Fox is Black
12. Awesome installations by Maser via The Jealous Curator

Contributed by Emily Gup

Ethical Shopping with To The Market

November 14th, 2014


I remember the morning I sat down with my friend Jane to catch up on life and fill each other in on all things new. She told me about her latest work on the field…which involved a trip to India to visit trafficking survivors who were getting their lives back together.  I sat there amazed. She then told me about a business idea she had about giving these women a self-sustaining platform for economic independence. And so her journey began…that was 18 months ago.

Fast forward, and today’s feature is all about the company she’s just launched, called TO THE MARKET – a social enterprise and marketplace focused on selling products made by survivors of abuse, conflict and disease. The items range from ballet slippers and quilts to jewelry scarves and clothing.

In her own words, “I felt like existing efforts to ‘empower’ vulnerable populations were largely focused on providing social services—things like food, housing and pro-bono legal assistance. Social services are extraordinarily important, particularly in emergency situations, but they are rarely sustainable for the duration of a survivor’s life. The dignity of work is not only restorative to one’s spirit, but it also helps to ensure that the survivors of abuse don’t return to their exploitative relationships; that survivors of conflict can forge a new life without relying on charity; and that survivors of disease could afford the care that they need.”

Visit the site, learn about the mission and support the women behind the products. The first feature story highlights Aashiana, a New Delhi shelter which employs and trains HIV/AIDs infected women to make jewelry. It’s an amazing mission and I’m grateful it’s finally live.

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

November 11th, 2014


This artists in this week’s gallery picks cleverly examine the underlying structures of society in their work.

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1. Julian Stanczak’s reverence for color comes from a desire to translate the drama and power of nature into a universal impression at Mitchell-Ines & Nash
2. “Gold” is a group exhibition that examines the use, role, and effect of gold in contemporary works of art at Dillon Gallery
3. Jessica Wimbley’s The Belle Series is a group of digital works on canvas based on ideas of origin: biological, genetic, cultural and historical at Western-Project
4. Dalston Anatomy is a visual document and investigation of Dalston’s Ridley Road Market, located in East London. Noting the transient nature of the market and the rapidly changing neighborhood, Vitturi’s series strives to honor and preserve this vibrant, multicultural environment at Yossi Milo Gallery
5. Greg Irvine’s latest work at Hawthorn Studio Gallery
6. Mockingbird takes its title from “ Operation Mockingbird”, a CIA initiative that began in 1948 using art and culture to propagate psychological warfare at Marlborough Chelsea

Accessorizing Your Still Lifes

November 11th, 2014

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Still life photography is having it’s hay day. Whether the backdrops are bright and vivacious, or witty, weird and muted, this 2D effect is playing out all over fashion realm – in print, digital and retail. It feels like a natural progression from the fused and flattened geometry planes we’ve been seeing for a while.

Some of my favorite still life artists at the moment are Arthur Woodcroft, Charlie Schuck, Armin Zogbaum and Jamie Julien Brown and today’s discover of The Collecteur by Giulia Scalese is the newest to the bunch. Her witty combinations and visual layouts are crisp, fun and metaphoric. Her use of pareidolia makes a huge impact – making each image a personality to react to.

In her words, “My love of quirky, colorful items – combined with a background in photography, digital manipulation, and visual merchandising — is essentially what lead me here. I’m highly inspired by bold characters and funky personalities, which I try to convey in each image.”


CATEGORIES:  AccessoriesArtColorFashionMensWomens

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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