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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

July 15th, 2014

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This week’s artists present impressive installations that utilize traditional techniques with a twist.

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1.Dissection aims to be an in-depth reflection on the urban space, taking as starting point several of the structural elements that compose it. at EDP Foundation
2. Zezão’s latest show contains large-scale assemblages composed of materials that evoke his experience of São Paulo’s streets: scraps of wood furniture and building materials, bits of street signs and advertisements, and various found objects at Zipper Galeria
3. Ngatai Taepa’s current practice includes installation works which look at contemporary issues within New Zealand society, as well as paintings that are fueled by a childhood fascination with kowhaiwhai at Page Blackie Gallery
4. Val Britton transforms this gallery’s space with a massive installation of her hand cut assorted papers in her thematic series of cartography inspired landscapes at Gallery Wendi Norris
5. Openness and Clarity seeks to examine the pivotal role that Color Field painters and their direct predecessors played in the evolution of abstract art, while also proving the work’s persisting ability to captivate the contemporary eye at Honor Fraser
6. Drawing upon early forms of technology, A Handweaver’s Pattern Book unfolds throughout the gallery in a sweeping installation of new drawings that operate in the intersection of the handmade and manufactured textiles at Clifton Benevento

 

Taking a Class in Shibori Dying

July 14th, 2014

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A few weeks ago, I signed up for a last minute class in Shibori Dying. I’ve been wanting to take a proper course at the Textile Arts Center for ages, but have had conflicts most of the weeks and weekends it’s been held.

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Shibori’s become a sought after style this summer. From high-end linen homewear and accessories to upscale and low key fashion, the DIY indigo look is something that’s accessible, yet cool, and not necessarily easy to replicate without a significant amount of practice. That is, unless you end up with happy accidents…which are cool if you’re a beginner.

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My friend Linda and I were shooting emails back and forth, talking about how cool a set of shibori-dyed yoga leggings would be…which lead to her stumbling upon the Make Workshop website. Surprisingly, I’d never heard of the site or the classes, though I very familiar with the building, thanks to many visits a few years back to Laurie Rosenwald’s studio.

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Before we knew it, we were meeting an enthusiastic bunch of fellow lady dyers and discussing our expectations for our untreated raw items. I want to say that the course was excellent and that you should all sign up for it, but in all honesty, it was a bit vague and open for the true beginners looking to understand the technique and the steps that go into varied dye results.

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Here are my final products. I brought an old Steven Alan button down and a baby onesie, Linda brought dinner napkins and our friend Kate brought white vans and an American Apparel shirt. My goal was to get a sweet (but not too sweet) heart shape in the middle of the onesie. As you can see, rubber bands were used in abundance and clips helped secure crisp folds. The final color is about five shades lighter when it drained and dried, but overall I’m pretty pleased for a first go at it.

 

 

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Friday Quick Links!

July 11th, 2014

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1. Jellyfish tanks installed in abandoned buildings via Colossal
2. Charmed by this 1940′s bungalow remodel via design*sponge
3. Stella Maria Baer’s watercolors of the solar system & outer space via Design Crush
4. Relaxing vibes and plentiful patterns in the work of Anna Valdez via booooooom
5. Madeline Kidd’s painted gardens via The Design Files
6. A fan of Alex Kanevsky’s paintings via The Jealous Curator
7.Lovely collection and lookbook from Masterpeace via Honestly WTF
8. Looking at textiles in book arts via Textile Arts Center
9. Swell summery rugs via SFGIRLBYBAY
10. Leah Goren on the knocking off of her cat pattern via Leah Goren
11. Digging these punchy beach chairs by Gallant and Jones via Poppytalk
12. Fly Art: A homage to the finer things in life: Art and Hip Hop via Miss Moss

Contributed by Emily Gup

Budget Buys: Rachel Comey Sale

July 11th, 2014

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For those of you in New York, looking to score a few more beautiful discounted pieces, Rachel Comey is hosting a sample sale today and tomorrow. Styles will be 50-80% off clothing, shoes and accessories. I have my eye on this beautiful marble print…it looks like a paint/water/mineral mashup.

 

Patterns from Les Papiers Peints

July 10th, 2014

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The Parisians love hot pink. They also love mustard. These designs are from the company, Les Papiers Peints, and showcase a variety of paper goods and wall decals. This faux headboard is a fabulous and economical alternative to the usual wooden or quilted variety. Click here to see more from their beautiful boutique.

 

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Inspiration & Summer Shadows

July 9th, 2014

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Here are a few snapshots from last week. It was a pleasure getting out from behind the computer screen and finding an unlimited supply of inspiration by the shore. These pictures are from the beach, the boardwalk, the ferry and a few shadow/umbrella formations. Most, could easily transition into textiles…number 4 has Calvin Klein home written all over it. What are some of your favorite everyday patterns that you’re spotting this summer? Share your pictures with us on instagram (with the hashtag #patternpulp so they group together) and I’ll post a few favorites next week!

 

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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

July 8th, 2014

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In this week’s gallery picks, the artists explore fragmentations of reality and of the self.

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1.Peter Regli presents a stylized landscape with carefully composed arrangements of marble sculptures depicting ancient statues, such as Hayagriva, the horse-headed avatar of Vishnu; religious idols, such as the Buddha; popular figurines such as the Japanese maneki-neko fortune cat; and household items, such as a child’s piggy bank—familiar images rendered unfamiliar by material reconstitution at Karma
2. In I shall stay the way I am because I do not give a damn…, four artists navigate altering realities at Lombard Freid
3. Michiel Voet and Karim Ramtani’s artistic reconstruction of an invisible life at Nieuw Dakota
4. These paintings explore the experience of living in a society that fragments our identities. By layering multiple images onto a single plane, Kaitlyn Stubbs seeks not to abstract reality, but to create a more whole representation of it at The One Well
5. Michelle Jezierski’s newest paintings emphasize the creation of new spatial dimensions through contrasting different layers of imagery at Feinberg Projects
6. Franklin Evans’ practice is a network, in constant flux, in absorption of adjacent content, in defocused experience of the contemporary, in rhizomic replication, and in reference to itself.  at Ameringer McEnery Yohe

Expressive Movement Through Line

July 7th, 2014

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As designers, strategists, merchandisers and buyers, we see inspiration all the time. If you’re anything like me, you have magazine tears all over your office and home – tacked to moodboards and stacked in piles on your kitchen table. We collect, hoard, and piece together stories, waiting for the final puzzle piece to transition an idea into action. Most of the time, an idea’s come to fruition after a folder’s been filled with random (yet not-so-random), disparate imagery.

Today’s pieces, which are void of color (specifically red, white and blue), come from a Saint Laurent ad, a dress pattern from Tel Aviv, and an illustration I found on Pinterest. The movement through line is interesting- specifically through the varied application: beading, shapes and storytelling. The vibe is timeless and a reminder of what’s current in both high and mass production.

 

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Friday Quick Links!

July 4th, 2014

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1. Design icon: the American flag via design*sponge
2. Loving everything from Arro Home by Beci Orpin via The Design Files
3. Super summery paintings by Josep Moncada via The Artful Desperado
4. Toino Abel’s gorgeous traditional Portuguese baskets via Miss Moss
5. Festive lei inspired jewelry by Rebecca Roke via Present & Correct
6. DIY some star spangled shorts via What I Wore
7. A selection of perfect summery fonts via The Fox is Blank
8. Greg Klassen embeds glass rivers and lakes into furniture via Colossal
9. Michelle Blade’s ethereal artwork via The Jealous Curator
10. Love this look inside San Francisco’s flower market via SF Girl by Bay
11. Zim & Zou crafted the fox’s den window with paper for Hermès via designboom
12. The lights of the US at night as a silk scarf via Swissmiss

Contributed by Emily Gup

Turquoise: Grids & Movement

July 2nd, 2014

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Summer’s on the mind, particularly leading into July 4th, and many of you are on vacation, attempting to peel yourself from work and the daily grind. If you have a creative eye, though, you’re still finding inspiration, only this week it’s literal, as opposed to online. Be it shadows and shells at the beach, lines and sand textures on the boardwalk or wavy grids in and around the pool. I’m in Fire Island this week, working in the morning and cooking/beaching/biking in evening and thought a turq story would be relevant- particularly one that incorporates water and movement. These pieces transition from art and technique to photography and social media. It’s interesting to see the overlap between the imagery, style and form.

1. Art by Kathy Leeloo 2. Archival Pigment Print (artist unknown) 3. Pool photo from SwissMiss’s instagram feed 4|5|6: Artwork made with paste and paper by Ellen Golla

 

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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

July 1st, 2014

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We’re celebrating the Fourth of July by looking at America through time and space in this week’s gallery picks.

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1. . As children, Damian Stamer and his identical twin brother would explore the woods around his home. Within his work are the memories and images of ruined buildings from a time and way of life in the South that was and is coming to an end at Zane Bennett Gallery
2. Rhode Island-based Steven Coyle’s new beach series at Paul Thiebaud Gallery
3. No doubt we are living in the future, but is it the place we imagined ourselves growing up into when we were young? at Gauntlet Gallery
4. Bill Owens’s Suburbia (1973) is a series of strange and compelling photographs that reveal the complexities of the American middle-class landscape.at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
5.Having spent a great deal of time in the Southwestern United States, John Oteri is inspired by those areas and uses them as backdrops for the majority of his work. at Joe Wade Fine Art
6. Robert Weingarten describes Pentimento, his recent body of work, as “a re-affirmation of the power of photographic memory.” Beginning with historic photographs that document major events of the last hundred years, Weingarten re-visits the original locations of these pictures and then makes photographs of the site as it exists today at Craig Krull Gallery

 

Friday Quick Links!

June 27th, 2014

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1. Dreaming of running away to Morocco via Honestly WTF
2. Gelatin mold inspired planters via Trendland
3. Loving Justina Blakeney’s captivating foliage portraits via Miss Moss
4. Gorgeous reclaimed wood walls via design-milk
5. Adoring the colors in Niels Strøyer Christophersen’s home via The Artful Desperado
6. Patrick Weder’s honeycomb light sculptures via design*sponge
7. JR tuned the Panthèon inside out! via Yatzer
8. Fifty Soviet objects from both work and play via Present & Correct
9. A look at the art of Japanese Parquetry via Colossal
10. Interview with painter Laura Jones via The Design Files
11. B.A. Lampman’s beautifully bizzarre collages via The Jealous Curator
12. Yuko Nishimura transforms single white sheets of paper into wall reliefs via booooooom

Contributed by Emily Gup

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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