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Friday Quick Links!

October 10th, 2014

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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

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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

Friday Quick Links!

October 3rd, 2014

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1. Can’t sleep? Count rainbow sheep via Honestly WTF
2. Twenty-first century color via Trend Tablet
3. Travis Bedel’s anatomical collages via Colossal
4. The cinemas of India Present & Correct
5. Swooning over these punchy patterned dishes via Oh Joy!
6. Belinda Marshall’s cheerfully colored abstract works via The Jealous Curator
7. Interview with artist Jon Campbell via The Design Files
8. Eley Kishimoto’s first wallpaper collection via design-milk
9. Makelike’s latest wallpaper series, the Shapes Collection via design*sponge
10. These dog collars are truly stylin’ via Design Crush
11. A thorough and playful rundown of SS15 fashion week via Miss Moss
12. Agog over this color drenched home via Poppytalk

Contributed by Emily Gup

Kickstarter & Jacques-Elliott

October 2nd, 2014

We’ve long been fans of Elliot Aronow and all that he creates and curates. Elliot’s latest venture is on Kickstarter, where he’s looking to raise some funds to expand his brand offerings. His ties are sharp and on point. They have quirk and wit and understated flair. They’re the perfect addition to zest up a suit.

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I love all elements of this brand- the tongue and cheek editorial, the music roots, the creative vision and the entrepreneurial spirit driving the product. Support and buy a tie if you’re so inclined!

 

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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

September 30th, 2014

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Using the landscape as a jumping off point for lush abstractions in this week’s gallery picks.

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1. IN MEDIAS RES is a chronicle of José Parlá’s life, beginning with his childhood and including his extensive travels around the world. Through choreographed, painterly works, the artist creates impressions of life-altering moments that have impacted his art making process at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
2. David Johns’ work combines fine art training with the traditional teachings he learned as a child and the Dine philosophy of life by which he lives. The symmetry of David’s paintings reflect this harmony and balance; the colors and textures he creates reflect the beauty of the land from which he comes at Zane Bennett Gallery
3. A look into the brief but critical period in Helen Frankenthaler’s career during 1962–63, when she “composed with color” rather than with line, resulting in the freer compositions that came to exemplify her long and prolific career at Gagosian Gallery
4. David Kinsey’s “Cushion of Memory” takes cues from the likes of the Sequoia National Park — near his home on the west coast — to create deep, abstract landscapes at Library Street Collective
5. Angelina Nasso’s presents a new group of oil paintings inspired by the lush forest setting of upstate New York where she lives and works. Her use of vibrant color and abstract forms is a vehicle for her continued study of the notion that all things come about from unity by means of adaption at McClain Gallery
6. Sue Williams’ work has long been known for combining themes of gender politics and the body. The exhibition features some of Williams’ earlier anthropomorphic paintings from the late 1990s leading to current works painted during the last seven or eight years, moving from the untidy, abject visual play on the body and bodily functions, to paintings which address traumatic geopolitical and environmental events at James Cohan Gallery

 

Branding: Examining Trunk Club

September 30th, 2014

3trunk club1trunk club2trunk clubIn New York, you move a lot. I’ve packed my bags eight times in the past 12 years. It’s sort of funny, every time I look at my credit report, I oddly get nostalgic. The list of addresses laid out ever so clearly, mark the timeline of my personal and professional evolution. With moving, comes mail. Lots of mail. Your mail, past tenant’s packages, your neighbor’s coupons… I’m actually amazed that everything important (except for a tax return or two) has found it’s way to me over the years.

Yesterday, I got a mailer from Trunk Club – which was addressed to the previous tenant. Before tossing it into recycling, as I don’t typically don’t shop for men’s clothing, I was drawn to the pattern, and, to the velvet-smooth paper stock.

Trunk Club as a brand is an interesting concept, one that a few players are experimenting with these days. I listened to a bit about it on NPR two weeks ago, and was amused by the feedback from the male office reporters. Women have softened to the concept of clothing showing up weekly through Rent the Runway and same day shipping from Net-a-Porter and M.M. Lafleur, but this idea of a stylist sending you items that will most likely fit is a cool time saver.

The heritage look and feel of the pattern is great- the imperfect dotted line drew me in. It’s also an innovative way to play up the box’s strengths. I’m down with this packaging and curious who’s behind it- does anyone know?

 

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Friday Quick Links!

September 26th, 2014

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1. Agog over Mario Testino’ Alta Moda photos via Honestly WTF
2. Ani Kasten’s ceramics balance roughness and delicacy via The Fox is Black
3. Isabelle Arsenault’s super sweet illustrations via Design Crush
4. Travess Smalley’s fascinating “Vector Weave” works via Trendland
5. Fabulous colors and patterns from La Casita de Wendy’s latest collection via Oh Joy!
6. Alicia Scardetta’s impressive wall hangings via design*sponge
7. Charlotte Trounce’s amazing illustrative fashion week recaps via Miss Moss
8. Rami Kim’s delightfully weird little ceramics via The Jealous Curator
9. Javier Jaén’s simple, inventive images via booooooom
10. DIY hand printed rug via Poppytalk
11. Interview with florist and jeweler Rachel Gorman via The Design Files
12. Dan Tobin Smith’s chromatically arranged trash via Colossal

Contributed by Emily Gup

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

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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