Pattern Pulp

Meet Tilman


A few years ago, we came across the curious and meticulous site, Geometry Daily. Every day, there was an original work of art that highlighted the beauty and elegance behind the everyday line. After a bit of digging, we discovered the Nuremberg-based founder and graphic designer, Tilman Zitzmann was behind it.


What began as a small side project in 2012 grew into a widely followed and celebrated site devoted to experimentation in line work. When we started pulling the Pattern Studio book together, we knew we wanted Tilman to be a part of it, as his outlook on geometry is fascinating.

Tilman also works and teaches design at TH Nürnberg.  To learn more about his work, check out Geometry Daily as well as his feature in Pattern Studio!


Meet Ana Montiel


Ana Montiel is a Spanish visual artist and designer based in Mexico City. She’s meticulous, thoughtful and continually inspired by travel. Whenever she’s in New York and we’re able to catch up, it’s a true delight.

Her work ranges from screen printing and painting to ceramics. When asked what inspires her, she calls upon quantum physics, ancient cultures, and the unseen altered states of nature.


Ana’s clients are based all over the world and she has authored two wonderful guide books entitled, The Paintbrush Playbook and The Pencil Playbook. To learn more and see additional work, visit her website and check out her feature in Pattern Studio!


Meet Michael De Feo, The Flower Guy


As consumers of written media, we’re constantly invited to broadcast our thoughts and contribute to evolving conversations. Jumping in to personalize a produced piece is easy, encouraged and kind of addictive.


Then there’s Instagram. It’s a little bit different.


It’s a visual forum – meant for documentation, curation and exploration. A few weeks ago, I came across The Flower Guy’s feed – an incredibly vibrant collection of painted florals by artist, Michael De Feo.

Using printed magazine covers as his canvas of expression, De Feo builds floral patterns, submerging each model behind thickets of brush strokes. The results are beautiful and eye catching. They make you reassess the photography in new dimensional ways, while blurring the inherent commercial message. If you haven’t yet visited his feed, take a look!


Meet Field Kallop


Field Kallop was born and raised in New York City, where she now lives and works. Her art reflects a fascination with math, physics, and astronomy – all melded together with inspiration from twentieth-century abstract artists such as Emma Kunz and Agnes Martin. When we spoke with Field about her process, we were inspired by the way she views creativity and science as interconnected entities.


The sense of play and experimentation within Field’s oeuvre is beautiful. To learn more and view Field’s incredible portfolio, visit her website and check out her feature in Pattern Studio!

The Business of Creativity


Last week, I had the good fortune of speaking with Gwen Moran of Fast Company on the business of creativity and the art of finding inspiration from your surroundings. Moran asked how observing the world and sketching patterns can help you become a better problem solver.

In my experience, creating patterns has always been a balance of art and science – where I’ve been forced to use both the left and right sides of my brain to solve a problem. Where one side is whimsical and exploratory, the other is technical and mathematic. When you give yourself space to focus on particular details beyond your regular routine, solutions often present themselves in unexpected forms. It’s all an overlapping web of connectivity.

I’m really proud to be a part of the piece – give it a go if you have a moment!

Start Creating Patterns: Your First Exercise


Pattern Studio is divided into sections – experimental mark making, workbook prompts and an artist resource library. The section pictured above is all about rolling your sleeves up, getting off of your phone, and exploring your surroundings with a new set of eyes and a mark-making tool in hand.


Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some prompts on Pattern Pulp’s design feed. Today we’ll kick off with this early morning exercise:

Every time you take a shower, new condensation patterns appear in the form of drips and droplets on the bathroom tiles and door. Once you’ve dried off, grab your camera and snap a shot before it fogs up and evaporates. Copy the intricate pattern onto a piece of paper – or into your Pattern Studio book.

Once you’re done, we’d love to see it! Take a picture and share it with us on instagram via #mypatternstudio!


Tracking Repetitive + Awesome.
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