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Animating Fashion Through Sculpture

September 26th, 2014

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If you’re on instagram and following the fashion world, you’ve probably noticed a lot of overlap these days- between the art world, brands and approachable sculpture. Here are three examples of artists with growing social media followings, and their reinterpretations of fashion week, envisioned through everyday objects.

There’s an extremely playful element here- something whimsical, fast and fleeting that marks the symbiotic relationship between the 3D animated plane, fashion and instagram. Eleanor Macnair renders photographs through playdoh, Harley Langberg uses everyday food to reinterpret pop culture and Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson pokes fun at luxury by reimaging iconic patterns and figures on everyday items, such as bananas, shopping bags and laundry detergent.

It’s fun to see the industry embracing these artists, as audience participation isn’t going away, and harnessing talent both in and out of the marketing bubble is a great opportunity for everyone.

 

How Designers Make Their Beds

September 25th, 2014

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Here’s a fascinating little window into the brain of a designer and their attachment to sleep and bed-making. Meet Shanan Campanero, founder and creative director of Eskayel design studio, Ghislaine Vinas, founder of Ghislaine Vinas Interior Design, Jasmine Takanikos, the branding expert behind Jasmine Takanikos Consulting Group and American Design Club co-founder Kiel Mead.

The video has each designer making their bed and either wearing or showcasing something meaningful to them. We’re all an opinionated bunch, and when it comes to  personal space, nothing holds a candle to the spot where you spend 1/3 of your life. I really enjoyed this short. Interestingly, nearly everyone opted for crisp white sheets…

 

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

September 23rd, 2014

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This week’s artists piece together realities to create their own universe.

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1. In Eske Kath’s new work, he examines his interest in the forces of destruction and rebirth and the tension as an artist between chaos and control at Charlie James Gallery
2. Nicolas Cuellar’s work is an exotic amalgamation of fantasy, Surrealism and folklore at Skot Foreman Fine Art
3. Jules de Balincourt explores private themes that evoke architecture, travel, human migrations and artificial places, in a floating, idealized and escapist atmosphere with hints of a pervading vulnerability at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
4. In Deb Mansfield’s new series of photo-tapestries, And dive into the sea, the precarious nature of travel is explored through internet-found images of island crossings and early forays into space at Stills Gallery
5. Josh Dorman weaves together a whorl of images borrowed from texts on botany, aerospace engineering, cattle disease, and microbiology to generate an internal logic within each painting. Dualistic ideas of chaos and order, natural and manmade, fluidity and restraint reoccur in his collaged universes to prompt discovery and fantasy at Ryan Lee Gallery
6. Vikky Alexander’s new series combines found images of animals with postcards of historic buildings, architectural marvels, museums, palaces and gardens that she has collected during her travels over the last 30 years at Wilding Cran Gallery

DuPenny’s Burlesque Silhouettes

September 22nd, 2014

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The first time I saw DuPenny‘s catalog of work was at the New York Gift Fair a few years back. The installation reminded me of the repeats I used to work on when I was full-time corporate designer at Playboy. The pin-up as art, regardless of style, taste or preference has a timeless component to it and Emily Dupen, the founder, has found a good deal of success in it’s reinvention. Her latest exploration into furniture design has given the mainstay theme new life. Dupenny’s use of line is a refreshing take, and a reinvention of sorts, of the classic sailor tattoo. Imagine having this lounge chair amidst your lawn furniture- it’s definitely a conversation starter.

 

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Friday Quick Links!

September 19th, 2014

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1. A great interview with Yayoi Kusama via The Telegraph
2. Perfectly patterned plates via Present & Correct
3. Rebecca Atwood’s latest collection via Miss Moss
4. Ikea’s new paper shop via Poppytalk
5. The outrageously colorful art of Jennifer Sanchez via The Jealous Curator
6. Adoring Natalie Miller’s weaving works via The Design Files
7. Artist Sarah Symes works with fabric instead of paint via design-milk
8. Diggable DIY paper lantern mobile via Oh Joy!
9. Thoroughly lovely scarves by No Ocean via Design Crush
10. Lorraine Loots’s Postcards for Ants via Colossal
11. Craft a colorful pajaki via Honestly WTF
12. Talking with Lisa Congdon about life and Art, Inc via design*sponge

Contributed by Emily Gup

Palettes & Mirroring Industries

September 17th, 2014

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On Monday, I was sitting in a meeting with a new client in midtown, and couldn’t help but stare at this painting on their conference room wall. The colors and layout had a vintage meets modern mood- something that’s really relevant this season. Fast forward, and as I’m streaming through Pinterest today, Rachel Comey’s collage collection for Fall has been populating the Opening Ceremony feed. Life imitating art and vice versa is the best.

 

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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

September 16th, 2014

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This week’s artists explore the art of movement in its many forms.

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1. Exploring the splendor of the female form in dance, REKA’s deft brushstrokes and fluid lines create a hypnotic dynamic movement that prances between his canvases at Stolen Space
2. Daniel Sturgis’ dizzying explorations of shape and form at Art First
3. Kelsey Brookes explores the science of sleep via Library Street Collective
4. Exploring the ideas of Goethe’s Colour Theory, though both painting and a botanical installation at Rook & Raven Gallery
5. James Nares’ High Speed Drawings demonstrates his masterful ability to capture precise moments in time and extend them through visual representation at Paul Kasmin Gallery
6. Space Age riffs on Lucio Fontana’s description of Spatialism (Spazialismo), which called for artists to expand their work into the third dimension, and away from the illusory space of traditional easel painting at Hus Gallery

Trend: Geometric Monochromatism

September 15th, 2014

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The color gray has a timeless essence. When it comes to decorating your home, it’s usually incorporated into luxurious surfaces such as stone, velvet, felt, linens and paint. In the fashion world, gray has always defined the mature sphere. Mothers, aunts, uncles, teachers and politicians have always owned the hue- giving the impression that it’s a sea apart from trend-focused fabrics.

With the help of many heavy hitters, we’re starting to see a shift and a new appreciation for natural textures and gray planes. Gridded simplicity, architectural layouts and the contrasting accents have made their way into accessories and outerwear for both men and women. Everyone from Vince, Akris, Moncler, Proenza Schouler, Celine, Chloe, Prada and Valentino have embraced this neutral concoction, celebrating geometric monochromatism.

Intentionally or unintentionally, all of these pieces seem to link back to this piece from Pae White. “Dwight Harmon Painting/Overheard” was recently featured in the New York Times Style Magazine. It’s a stunning compliment to the collection.

 

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Friday Quick Links!

September 12th, 2014

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1. Wallpaper inspired by classic works of art via design-milk
2. Acrylic on woven textile works by Samantha Bittman via booooooom
3. Make yourself a leather visor via Honestly WTF
4. Getting a giggle over Rob Snow’s “Animal Behaviour” via Monde Mosaic
5. Love this textile heavy home via design*sponge
6. Interview with painter Belynda Hayes via The Design Files
7. Carnation gradation via Present & Correct
8. Digging Seaworthy’s geometric jewelry via Miss Moss
9. Gustavo Silva Nunez’s striking photorealistic paintings via Yatzer
10. These DIY painted rock cacti are so neat via Poppytalk
11. Hu Shaoming’s fascinating sculptures via Colossal
12. Lola Donoghue’s stunning abstracts via The Jealous Curator

Contributed by Emily Gup

Arpana Rayamajhi & Design Crush

September 11th, 2014

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Did a little guest post for Design Crush today on the talented jewelry designer, Arpana Rayamajhi. Her look book just came out and I’m a huge fan. Have a read

 

Negative Space & Playful Color Blocking

September 11th, 2014

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I love flat design. When you work in the digital sphere, it has a different meaning than when you work with tangible items, but the contrast of 2D shapes on a 3D body can downplay even the most sophisticated cut. These pieces from Delpozo and Adeam Collection play within a similar palette, exaggerating negative space. The lyrical movement of line nearly looks topographical from an aerial view. What do you think?

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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

September 9th, 2014

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Our choice gallery picks this week use form and texture to explore the effect of history on objects.

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1. In her newest works, each titled Waulked Triangle, Helen Mirra weaves with a continuous strand on a triangle loom. It is a slow and primitive method, and also physically engaging at Peter Freeman Inc
2. Virgil Marti’s art merges his passion for Americana with his distinctive explorations of the world of domestic interiors at Locks Gallery
3. Photography, painting, sculpture, video and mixed-media installations by twelve artists from Thailand and Singapore exploring the human condition will be on view at Sundaram Tagore
4. Debra Smith works with fabric as if a painter would work with paint, creating gestural and graphic abstract works while the use of vintage textiles brings it’s own history to the work at Haw Contemporary
5. Nick Cave’s two exhibitions share certain elements such as found objects presented within elaborate armatures built up with items from his familiar lexicon of ceramic birds and flowers, porcelain fruit, and copies of Capodimonte; however, the content between the two is quite different at Jack Shainman
6. Sheila Hick’s latest work, Unknown Data at Galerie Frank Elbaz

 

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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