Halloween + Skarfe + Lucas Grogan

October 27th, 2014


Just in time for Halloween, we have these majestic beauties hitting the market. Lucas Grogan recently did a collaboration with the Australian scarf company, Skarfe. The collection is an exquisite combination of illustration, styling and photography. I stumbled upon Grogan’s work on instagram a few years ago while in Bali on vacation. He had just completed a mural for Old Man’s Bali – I was an immediate fan. Staying true to his blue and white color palette, this recent debut presents wit, humor and detailing on oversized lightweight cotton scarves.


CATEGORIES:  Around the GlobeArtFashionMensTextilesWomens

Friday Quick Links!

October 24th, 2014


1. Interacting with the landscape via Miss Moss
2. Seriously amazing outdoor cat shelters via design-milk
3. Is this the future of food packaging? via Trendland
4. A different approach to pumpkin carving via design*sponge
5. Collaborating with photographers for embroidery art via The Jealous Curator
6. Birds! And Blazon scarves via Design Crush
7. Replacing guns with flowers via Honestly WTF
8. Turn pumpkins into planters via Oh Joy!
9. Installations in abandoned places via Yellowtrace
10. Dangerous popsicles via The Fox is Black
11. Pretty puzzles by Fredun Shapur via Present & Correct
12. Neat DIY geometric paper masks via Colossal

Contributed by Emily Gup

Gwen Stefani x Pop Electric

October 23rd, 2014

I got an email from my husband last night saying, “If Pattern Pulp directed a video, there’s a good chance you would have done this.” He’s a good one, sending inspiration whenever it comes along…

So, what do we think? This video’s certainly interesting, especially in the overall context of references. Gwen Stefani’s always been sharp and this release, like ones of the past, is a cool combination of creative and commercial efforts.

From a visual standpoint, Baby Don’t Lie is a texture mash up within a computer wonderland. Striped pyramid planes bleed into houndstooth triangles, all while Gwen struts down her signature punk yellow path in variations of mismatched polka dots.

This highly processed reel feels very Japanese or even a bit K-POP, which makes sense since she just launched her Harajuku Lovers “Pop Electric” fragrance line last week. Always polished, in sync and business minded, Gwen’s brand encompasses a laser-like focus. Curious to hear your thoughts- do you think this is more Eastern or Western friendly…or both?


CATEGORIES:  Around the GlobeFashionMusicWomens

Advertising: Patterns in Print

October 22nd, 2014



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Fall advertising’s in full swing and today we’re sharing examples from the home, kids and fashion worlds. Patterns are woven into each spread in artistic, abstract, fluid ways. Pratesi‘s Gatsby bedding line shares the duality of crisp geometry and loose painterly lines. It’s a beautiful balance and particular colorway. It’s like seeing a moodboard alongside the final product- something we’re big fans of.

Following in the footsteps of DVF’s successful collaboration with GAP Kids, Kate and Jack Spade have teamed up to release a limited edition kids collection. From the looks of the ad, it’s going to be print focused. This camo christmas tree is a fun alternative to the red and green themes we’re used to seeing come Christmas time. And…taking things up a notch to a sexier Bright Lights, Big City tone, Jimmy Choo’s Cruise 2015 campaign melds light, movement, sex appeal and a city skyline. Harsh lines are met with loose light. It reminds me of the old Sex and the City Movie poster, right?

CATEGORIES:  ColorFashionHomegoodsMarketingPrintRetailTextilesWomens

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

October 21st, 2014


In this week’s gallery picks, our artists explore the various ways of seeing the world around us and beyond.

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1. Canan Tolon’s paintings at first appear as purely abstract, but with time, the eye discovers familiar urban landscapes in the rhythmic painted streaks. She explores the visualization of space by creating an illusion of depth and engages the view in the game of seeking recognizable imagery and inventing a visual narrative at Von Lintel Gallery
2. Kate Shaw teases out an enduring fascination with interplanetary colonization and what it might mean. Following her travels from the frozen fjords of Iceland to the dense jungles of Costa Rica, Shaw presents here a series of imagined landscapes of the Red Planet at Fehily Contemporary
3. Penelope Umbrico allows the disorienting effects of the iPhone’s gravity sensor and the hallucinogenic effects of more than 500 camera app filters to break up, blend, distort, and de-stabilize the majestic peaks and summits that appear in the original photographs at Mark Moore Gallery
4. Judy Pfaff collages tree roots, limbs, honeycombs, and leaves with ambiguous biomorphic forms at Pavel Zoubok Gallery
5. Miya Ando uses her signature visual vocabulary—subtle gradations of form and color that capture moments in time—to explore impermanence. Hundreds of cascading Bodhi leaves change from green to yellow to orange and finally brown, alluding to momiji-gari, the Japanese tradition of traveling to scenic areas to view autumn leaves at Sundaram Tagore
6. Pedro Calapez ‘s latest exhibition meadow-curtain-round-broken line, offers a succinct overview of his fascination with spatial relationships, landscapes, and the significance of ways of seeing at Lynch Tham


Raquel Allegra: To Live and Dye

October 20th, 2014

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We love Raquel Allegra. Her textiles have a natural beauty to them that make you feel effortlessly put together. We’ve written about her collection and her patterns in the past, and wanted to share this recent collaboration with Merci Merci in Paris. To live and Dye in LA is an installation that overtook the store’s entrance and side wall. Everything about the strung up shirts, hombre gradient, mirrored case and chunky knit wall was breathtaking.


CATEGORIES:  Around the GlobeFashionRetailTextilesWomens

Friday Quick Links!

October 17th, 2014


1. Pretty pumpkins that are DIY via Poppytalk
2. Lesia Paramonova & Hsiao Ron Cheng’s capsule collection via Style Bubble
3. Diana Sudyka’s whimsical artwork via Design Crush
4. Adrian Landon Wood’s take on traditional folk art via Arthound
5. Ailara Berdyyeva explores color and its application to weaving via Trendland
6. Loving Petra Börner’s sense of color via Anthology Mag
7. Knitting… with glass via Colossal
8. How fabulous is this DIY geometric wood flooring? via Vintage Revivals
9. Pete Cromer’s delightful Aussie bird prints via Miss Moss
10. Avi Fedida striking “Grit” furniture series via design-milk
11. Jess Wong’s hand lettering via The Design Files
12. DIY floral skull centerpiece via Honestly Yum

Contributed by Emily Gup

Worn Stories by Emily Spivack

October 15th, 2014

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By now, I’m hoping many of you have heard about Emily Spivack’s recent book release, Worn Stories. I’m a bit late in featuring it, but have been glued to all of the reviews and positive attention it’s been getting. Finally, jumping in!

Spivack has devoted many years to documenting stories about fashion, memory and historical relevance. She has a fascinating resume that includes curating, writing and speaking for art institutions and fashion platforms. They include Threaded, the Smithsonian’s only fashion history blog, Shop Well with You, an organization devoted to helping women with cancer improve self body image, the MoMA on historical fashion archiving and most recently, Sentimental Value, a site and exhibit devoted to collecting stories and clothing from ebay…which actually became the catalyst for this very book.

Here is Emily signing my copy at her release party – one that I plowed through upon returning home. The stories are smart, varied and a compelling window into our relationship with clothing. They dive much deeper than what we’re used to consuming through fashion marketing content, which is refreshingly honest. I highly recommend picking up a copy if you haven’t already…click here to purchase.

CATEGORIES:  Book ReviewsFashionGiftMensPrintWomens

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

October 14th, 2014


Exploring the ephemeral with unique takes on traditional crafts and techniques .

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1. Victoria Reichelt’s paintings and Carly Fischer’s sculptures explore a common vocabulary around the precarious medium of paper at This is No Fantasy
2. Yusuke Asai paints with dirt, an ephemeral, living medium at Rice Gallery
3. The sculptures in Théâtre de la Mémoire are reminiscent of meticulously detailed dollhouses. Giai-Miniet views his boxes as a metaphor for the human condition, which is comprised of biological functions, as well as a desire to achieve intellectual and spiritual enlightenment. at Jonathan Levine Gallery
4. Celebrating 5 years of We Make Carpets’ ability to turn most anything into a stunning carpet at MU
5. Multi-generational in scope, Thread Linesbrings together those pioneers who—challenging entrenched modernist hierarchies—first unraveled the distinction between textile and art with a new wave of contemporary practitioners who have inherited and expanded upon their groundbreaking gestures at The Drawing Center
6. Cynthia Ona Innis explores environmental transitions and shifting terrains above and below the surface, from the geysers of Iceland to the fault lines of the Eastern Sierras through the manipulation and layering of textiles at Traywick Contemporary

Lagom Design x Lotta Nieminen

October 13th, 2014

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I love Lotta Neinimen’s work. I’ve been watching her creative evolution for a while now, from her days at Ro&Co to her departure into the land of freelance. Her work is so distinctive – regardless of the brand, it’s easy to spot her eye, her hand, and her creative direction. One of Neinimen’s latest projects is a collaboration with the UK card and paper company, Lagom Design. These wrapping paper patterns are delightful and the colorways add a sophisticated tone. Click here to peruse and purchase.


CATEGORIES:  ArtPackagingPrint

Friday Quick Links!

October 10th, 2014


1. Love the jewelry, love the braids via Design Crush
2. Retro-inspired self-adhesive removable wallpaper! via design-milk
3. Interview with weaver and maker Harriet Goodall via The Design Files
4. Confetti! In a balloon! via Swissmiss
5. Laura Plageman explores the art of photography via Trendland
6. This cozy lake house is so dreamy for fall via Honestly WTF
7. Christophe Piallat’s paper art via design*sponge
8. Nifty DIY marbled flower pots via Oh Joy!
9. Jewelry with form and function via Yatzer
10. Digging Alex Morrison’s artworks via Present & Correct
11. A colorful look at how crayons are made via Laughing Squid
12. Rebecca Adam’s striking black and white paintings via The Jealous Curator

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

October 7th, 2014


Examining culture and custom in this week’s choice gallery picks.

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1. With a nod towards environmental issues and man’s permanent interference with nature, Lucy McLauchlan’s latest work is reminiscent of her engagement with the local community, uncovering moments where the two worlds collide and escaping walls of concrete and steel at Lazarides Rathbone
2. In the past, Lisa Kokin has incorporated readable text or text translated into form in her art. In her new work, she has substituted text for fragments of stripped-down zippers with (in her own words) “their attendant metaphors of concealment, closure and impenetrability.” at Seager/Gray Gallery
3. Charlie Smith explores Making/Unmaking at GRIN
4. Both delicate and fearsome, the traditional Chinese dragon kite embodies a mythical symbol of power. Ai Weiwei unfurls a spectacular contemporary version of this age-old art form at Alcatraz
5. Anna Fidler’s paintings celebrate the euphoric, rebellious and mythical while consciously contemplating the transformational qualities of ritual and landscape at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art
6. Jamex de la Torre states, “‘Folkloric’ refers to our interest in the Mexican vernacular; ‘acid’ represents our contemporary reinterpretations and utilization of new material technologies. In this body of work, we have explored tendencies to revisit our 60s and 70s flower child art roots with free-flowing images of beautiful and strange nature at Mindy Soloman Gallery

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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