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Brandon Locher’s Creative Process

July 6th, 2015

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Nearly a year ago, we shared the incredible illustration work of Brandon Locher. It’s easy to recognize a Locher piece, as his distinct style is intricate, colorless and evolutionary of his Mazes to the Motherlode series. Locher draws for ten hours straight, going into a meditative disciplined state. In his own words:

Our journey must be to awaken here and now. To be fully alive, we must be fully present. Hopefully embedded within these illustrations lies a personal topographic blueprint for the vision and self creation of even smaller moons, larger galaxies, and realized worlds. I became very meditative while making these pieces. My self-focused mantra was making this creative process completely effortless.

Here is one of his newest works – a 20″ x 20″ illustration which was made exclusively for The Ghostly Store. It’s a tremendous tangle of mono-patch chords, an appropriate collaboration for an electronic music based label. Click here to buy and learn more.

 

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Friday Quick Links

July 3rd, 2015

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1. Tomas Saraceno’s airborne “vehicles” created from recycled bags via Anthology
2. Artist-designed, digitally printed, on-demand wallpaper from Feathr via design-milk
3. Yosuzi Sylvester’s gorgeous hand woven hats via Honestly WTF
4. Stefaan De Croock uses wooden doors to create wall murals via Creative Boom
5. Swooning for Deco wallpaper via Present & Correct
6. Interview with ceramicist Amanda Smith via The Jealous Curator
7. DIY hand-painted abstract curtain panel via A Beautiful Mess
8. Genevieve Felix Reynolds’ intricate layered paintings via The Design Files
9. Fun DIY Instagram wall art via Poppytalk
10. How gorgeous are the colors in The Good Machinery’s jewelry via Design Crush
11. Digging Tiff Manuell’s handmade accessories via The Design Files
12. Lovely collaged paintings by Camille Hoffman via booooooom

Contributed by Emily Gup

Shoes, Stars & Stripes for the 4th!

July 3rd, 2015

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In the vein of our upcoming holiday weekend, it’s hard not to share these fabulous sneakers from Saint Laurent. Amusingly, they’re French, not American, though they carry the essence of American patriotism that’s also reminiscent of Wonder Woman…right? Super fun, yet a serious splurge.

Enjoy the long holiday weekend in whatever sneakers you may or may not be wearing and happy 4th to you all!

 

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Addiction & Obsession in Paris

July 2nd, 2015

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I’ve been meaning to post this show since I returned from Paris…it’s one of the best retail-meets-art installations I’ve seen in a while. Merci Merci is a wonderfully curated lifestyle, fashion, home and art experience in Le Marais. Whenever I visit, I make sure to pop in to see the latest presentation. As you can image, I was beside myself when I stumbled upon the Addiction and Obsession show that’s currently on display. Celebrating pattern, photography, objects and markings, both Paola Navone and Daniel Rozensztroch have joined forces to share their life’s work. Each artist’s process is documented in both an addictive and obsessional manner, then commercialized and sold in the store in the form of wallpaper and printed materials.

Obsession by Daniel Rozensztroch, Artistic director for merci. Obsession because he has always been fascinated with everyday objects and the inventiveness that emanates from them.
Russian ornaments from the 19th and 20th centuries, brushes, toothbrushes, spoons or hangers, obsession is accepted and displayed on 3 meter long sheets of paper, representing these symbols of popular art in an oversized manner. 

Addiction by Paola Navone, longtime lover of the color that fades between blue and indigo. Full framed depiction of autobiographical patterns. The fish ( her astrological sign ), the frank look, and omnipresent Asian culture with the shadow of a geisha and traditional textile pattern.

To purchase the enlarged and oversized wallpaper versions of their work – which was super cool, click here. It took every bit of willpower to not to buy the toothbrush print. It’s a conversation starter for any bathroom.

 

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

June 30th, 2015

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In this week’s gallery picks, we’re celebrating America.

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1. Over the period of one year, San Francisco based artist John Chiara made numerous trips to Coahoma County, Mississippi, located in the town of Clarksdale. The photographs made during this time showcase the rich quality of the Mississippi earth with subtle notes of local history at Rose Gallery
2. Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent is the first full-scale exhibition to survey the entire career of pioneering artist and designer Corita Kent. Her vibrant, Pop-inspired prints from mine a variety of secular and religious sources and using the populist printmaking medium to pose philosophical questions about racism, war, poverty, and religion. Her work was widely recognized for its revolutionary impact and remains an iconic symbol of that period in American history at Pasadena Museum of California Art
3. New York View celebrates a selection of work by artists, illustrators and graphic designers who have been commissioned by the MTA to design posters and who have been selected to create permanent public work for the MTA system. We examine the way the artists move from pen and paper to more durable materials like glass, mosaic and stainless steel as work is translated to become a permanent fixture in the neighborhoods of New York at Society of Illustrators
4. Kelly Franklin & Carol Jarvis’s show, “Poor Richard”, is an ode to the writings of Benjamin Franklin in his published work “Poor Richard’s Almanac” from the early to mid 1700’s. Many of these sayings about life and practical living have survived in everyday use, and just as many have been forgotten at Paradigm Arts
5. Comprising more than six hundred works, America Is Hard to See elaborates the themes, ideas, beliefs, and passions that have galvanized American artists in their struggle to work within and against established conventions, often directly engaging their political and social contexts at Whitney Museum of American Art
6. Known for his iconic street art pieces of playful children set in urban contexts, Bumblebee draws from a nostalgic love of childhood memory and its simplicity at Thinkspace Gallery

Textiles at the Brooklyn Art Museum

June 29th, 2015

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If you’re looking for a bit of textile inspiration, check out the Brooklyn Art Museum. They have some wonderful pieces to inspect – like this Ted Hallman wall hanging from 1965. Hillman is an American artist who was a true vanguard in mixed media and textile development in the late 1950’s. He would combine natural fibers with acrylic, then experiment weaving them together.

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This elevator door was designed by the American artist, Louis Henry Sullivan and is from the Chicago Stock Exchange in 1893. It’s thought that Sullivan’s work was simplified by his most famous disciple, Frank Lloyd Wright – as his other wrought iron works were more intricate. It’s pretty remarkable who relevant and almost current this pattern is today.

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If you head up to the fifth floor, you’ll find a robust library of African textiles. While these patterns may seem similar, they represent varied political, social, religious and personal beliefs. Each repeat conveys wealth, power, ideas and artistic styles from across the continent. This section was complimented by a large series of videos, sculptures and cultural paintings.

 

 

Friday Quick Links!

June 26th, 2015

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1. Not your usual magnets via design-milk
2. Lovely collagraphs by Tessa Horrocks via The Jealous Curator
3. Pretty botanical wood slice DIY project via Tidbits
4. Colorful sculptures by Brooklyn Community-Supported Art & Design via Trendland
5. Anna Mo‘s delightfully chunky blankets, scarves and rugs via Honestly WTF
6. Megan Nicolson turns drop cloths and paint rags into art via Design Crush
7. Parisian roof tops by Michael Wolf via Yellowtrace
8. A look inside Amy Hamley of redraven studios work space of via design*sponge
9. Forgotten Europe by Matt Emmett via Creative Boom
10. Wooden bird callers made from old xylophone parts via Present & Correct
11. Time-lapse videos of Joe Mangrum’s sand-paintings via Colossal
12. Make giant flower pinwheels via The House that Lars Built

Contributed by Emily Gup

Retail: London Storefronts

June 24th, 2015

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There’s a lot of good color making the rounds in London this Spring.

We’ve been in a pastel period for some time, and it seems like we’re moving a bit forward, finally. Between Maitre Choux’s grand opening and the Liberty x Nike collaboration, the graphics are flat colorful vectors full of wit and whimsy.

The new patisserie in South Kensington is a passion project by Joakim Prat, and the editable items mirror the branding in their geometric story. The desserts are absolutely delicious, I highly recommend popping in if you’re a local – I went on a recent trip with my friend Lily, and it took all the willpower in the world to resist ripping into the package before getting it home to share.

Down on Regent Street, Liberty London’s window is a 3D model of patterned terrain. Foam core has been cut into curved landscapes, depicting depth through pattern. Check it out if you’re walking by, it’s really well done.


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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

June 23rd, 2015

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Our artists are crafting stories and expanding upon themes in this week’s gallery picks.

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1. Trenton Doyle Hancock’s I Want To Be at the Meeting After the Separation will feature a number of new paintings, part of Hancock’s ongoing grand saga portraying the birth, death, afterlife and dream-like states of a range of characters, particularly the Mounds (half-animal, half-plant like creatures) and their aggressors, the Vegans at Hales Gallery
2. In his latest body of work, Paul Wackers continues to play with notions of the familiar, creating dynamic and increasingly complex visual environments replete with recognizable yet ultimately unknowable objects. In these paintings of shelves, windows, and interior landscapes, forms range from non-representational layers of viscous paint to discernible objects at Morgan Lehman Gallery
3. Alexandra Grant and Steve Roden: “These Carnations Defy Language” began as a “seed”—a conversation between the artists in regards to Mute Objects of Expression, an anthology of the French poet Francis Ponge at Pasadena Museum of California Art
4. Edith Beaucage’s Chill Bivouac Rhymes invites you to follow a small group of teens at a rave concert. In parallel to Roland Barthes search for openness of interpretation in literature; Beaucage organized her current exhibition to allow for a looseleaf narrative at CB1 Gallery
5. Kelsey Brookes: Plants Of The Gods features new monumental paintings based on Brookes’ scientific investigations into nature’s ancient botanical compounds at Eric Firestone Gallery
6. Santi Moix’s works have long been characterized by their accumulation of saturated biomorphic forms that are simultaneously figurative, narrative and abstract. Here, Moix returns to the central themes in his oeuvre, evoking plant and animal life by sifting through the breadth of studies and trial works on paper then collaging them onto large canvas backdrops at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Homegoods at Autour Du Monde

June 22nd, 2015

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People often ask which stores are an important barometer of what’s fresh in and around Paris. There are the obvious spots (Merci Merci, Colette, Tom Greyhound)…and Le Marais and Pigalle at large, but I never go without paying a visit to Bensimon’s home and lifestyle store, Autour Du Monde.

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Here are a few snapshots from my most recent visit. Things were quite modern and geometric. As usual, there were pink and yellow florescent accents to compliment linen homewear. It’s also worth noting the clever ceramic, lighting and bedding items that were a reminder that we’re still in a color-blocked trend cycle. One of my favorite collections was the all-over print tennis sneakers – a collaboration with Corso Como, Milan’s best known concept store. They almost look like something Shantell Martin would draw.

 

Friday Quick Links!

June 19th, 2015

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1. Love these cracked log lamps by Duncan Meerding via Colossal
2. Interview with illustrator Monika Forsberg via Lisa Congdon
3. Make a gorgeous floral chandelier via gretchen gretchen
4. Exploring textiles and architecture via Trendland
5. Jason Middlebrook paints on chunks of discarded wood via The Jealous Curator
6. Craft a fun fringed backdrop via Oh Joy!
7. Martin Wehmer’s super thick brushstrokes via Miss Moss
8. Make yourself some embroidered hankies via Honestly WTF
9. Linda Linko likes a little imperfection and incompleteness via Anthology
10. Impromptu set ups of similarly colored items via Present & Correct
11. Sandra Eterovic’s delightfully colorful home via The Design Files
12. A look inside Kiki Slaughter’s studio via design*sponge

Contributed by Emily Gup

Athleisure & Collaboration in Paris

June 17th, 2015

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Athleisure is a term that’s been thrown around a lot over the past year. It’s quickly becoming the main course of fashion, at least in terms of everyday activewear. When we think of it’s presence here in the states, it feels either mass, or somewhat unattainable financially. Having just returned from Paris, it was interesting to see how athletics have been incorporated into everyday life- from a stylish and wearable angle.

The extremes seem to be closing in on a central point thanks to an array of on-point collaborations. Here are a pair of Adidas Stan Smiths covered in a floral brocade with a matching jacket by Pharrell Williams.

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The look is a fun one that’s unisex and extremely current for where we’re heading in the category. These versions are by CLOT and Rod Laver Vin. If you find yourself in the London, Paris or Berlin this summer, make sure to pop into No42, as they’re showcasing the best and the brightest in the experimental side of the field.

 

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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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