Friday Quick Links!

February 27th, 2015


1. Great photography from the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards via Colossal
2. Rebecca Clark’s delightful artwork via design*sponge
3. Adoring these prints by Paule T.B. for Noemiah via Poppytalk
4. How awesome is this pavilion via The Fox is Black
5. A graveyard for rejected artwork via Recently Rejected
6. Burly beards and furry critters via Trendland
7. Swooning over Jenny Andrew Anderson’s sense of color via Design Crush
8. Digging Katie Scott’s illustrations via design is mine
9. Simply stunning hand beaded Yoruba chairs from Nigeria via Honestly WTF
10. Mary Laube’s colorful paintings via The Artful Desperado
11. Fun pom pom wall hanging project via A Beautiful Mess
12. Fascinated by Ernest Zacharevic’s street art via Yatzer

Contributed by Emily Gup

Paridust: Where Fashion Meets Art

February 27th, 2015


I stumbled upon Pari Ehsan’s instagram feed last night while procrastinating before bed. I clicked on her photo, and was completely taken by the art and color fields that followed.

Ehsan claims the stark minimalism that’s synonymous with gallery spaces. She merges herself within geometric rooms to create energy between herself, her outfits and the objects. Her presence paired with the square layout of Instagram produces a story – one that’s thoughtfully aware, if not a bit reserved. The minimalism or maximalism used in the styling works beautifully in the series. Here are a few personal favorites, but have a look at her website – it’s an interesting take on pop culture, fashion and the art world.


CATEGORIES:  ArtColorDigital

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

February 24th, 2015


The artists in this week’s gallery picks feature portraiture as a means of exploring heritage and storytelling.

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1.In Alex Katz’s new work, rather than filling each frame, the subjects are assigned to the margins with black space occupying most of each canvas. What is striking about these new portraits is both the depth and diversity of the black paint contrasted against the dramatically studio-lit figures. Presented within a ‘widescreen’ format, the figures become both cinematic and theatrical, resembling performers caught mid-motion by a spotlight at Timothy Taylor Gallery
2. Vanessa Prager’s “imagined” portraits cross the border between the figurative and the abstract with diplomatic immunity. “I made this series to tell stories and as with any story, you need to zoom-in to get the details and zoom-out to grasp the larger thematic concerns.” at Richard Heller Gallery
3. The work of painter and sculptor America Martin is informed by both her Colombian lineage and strong affinity for modernism allowing for a dynamic interplay between cultures, styles, and techniques. Her new series explores familiar themes and subjects within Martin’s practice – female nudes, scenes of musicians, and portraits of indigenous peoples – in oversized depictions that are both iconic and enigmatic, inviting the viewer to further inquiry  at JoAnne Artman Gallery
4. Hung Liu’s artistic practice investigates the complex interactions between individual memory and history, and documentary evidence and artistic expression, among other themes. Her richly-rendered paintings are vivid and powerful, their subjects drawn from personal experience, cultural and political events, literature, and photography at Palm Springs Art Museum
5. Lynnea Holland-Weiss’ exhibition Unfold All Over is filled with large figurative paintings full of mood, color and pattern that delve into our human instincts and the mystery of being at Store 1026
6. Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic raise questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture at Brooklyn Museum

Luke Archer’s Natural Markings

February 23rd, 2015

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In the world of composition, inspiration and random pen marks, Luke Archer excels at all. His style incorporates natural stone surfaces, silhouettes, tools and machines to create uniquely patterned prints. Subtle and texture-filled, Archer’s style is reminiscent of a moving wave in the fashion world – one that cues the 80’s and early 90’s. It merges old school marbling techniques with clean-edged geometry – and brands like Acne, Aritzia and American Apparel have all been a part of resurrecting this style. To deep dive into Archer’s portfolio, click here. To see some other interesting interpretations, check out Jen AltmanSanttu Mustonen and Lisa Toff.



Friday Quick Links!

February 20th, 2015


1. Molly Hatch’s fantastic plate mosaics via My Modern Met
2. Welcoming the year of the sheep/goat via Present & Correct
3. Digging this DIY faux stained glass via A Beautiful Mess
4. Surreal human landscapes by Rocio Montoya via Trendland
5. Interview with glass artist Mariella McKinley via The Design Files
6. Mixing fairy tales and fashion via The Jealous Curator
7. Frozen sand on the shore of Lake Michigan via Colossal
8. René Barba’s playful paper lamps via design-milk
9. Charmed by Carson Ellis’ Home illustrations via design*sponge
10. Fun DIY paper marbling process via Honestly WTF
11. Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia’s textile art via Design Crush
12. Cheery chicken plates by Holly Fearn via Miss Moss

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

February 17th, 2015


Each artist in this week’s gallery picks has cultivated their own unique language of expression in their respective bodies of work.

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1. Constance Lowe’s exhibition, Air to Ground, consists of highly textural geometric collages. These works are all part of Lowe’s Garden City series, 2013 to the present, which, formally and conceptually, evolve from US geological landsat (NASA land satellite) photographs that depict the circle-and-grid-shaped center-pivot irrigation farming patterns that dot the Midwest’s landscape at Ruiz-Healy Art
2. Using the concept of the graffiti tag as a starting point to craft a secret language of symbols, RETNA’s canvasses are messages known to him and his inner circle alone. Each block of text is a sophisticated system of hieroglyphs, calligraphy and illuminated script. “Articulate & Harmonic Symphonies of the Soul” includes RETNA’s most important pieces of recent years and a careful selection of his newest works on canvas by the artist at Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery
3. Important late works of Serge Poliakoff are juxtaposed with a small selection of works from 1950 and 1951, in order to illustrate the circular nature of his practice at Timothy Taylor Gallery
4. Liz Nielsen’s work in Wolf Moon is a contemporary application of one of the best known and most engaging avant-garde photographic processes, the photogram, whereby an image is created without a camera by placing objects directly onto photographic paper and exposing them to light at Denny Gallery
5. The Musical Box, features two pairings of artists:John Newman and Cary Smith; and Evie Falci and Robert Otto Epstein at Jeff Bailey Gallery
6. On the 20th anniversary of Nancy Graves’ death, Mitchell-Innes & Nash presents work from the first half of her artistic career, 1969 to 1982, and features painting, drawing, sculpture, and film. For Graves, the revelations of contemporary scientific research and the excitement of new discoveries were integral to the artist’s artistic practice at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Max Mara’s Texture Blocking

February 16th, 2015

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A set designer, a pattern maker and a photographer walk into a bar together…

Just kidding….but in all seriousness, this Max Mara’s Spring ’15 ad campaign kinda goes there. It’s hard not to love the balance of complex simplicity in the collage work. Between the pattern contrasts and varied scales, we get lost in the chaos- the only thing that saves us from a maze of black and white shapes is the color red and the focal point of a face. Using shape, flow and a beautiful model, the art direction guides us to the floral flow of the red jumper…the perfect step forward for the pattern on pattern look, wouldn’t you say?


CATEGORIES:  ColorFashionMarketingPrintWomens

Friday Quick Links!

February 13th, 2015


1. Soppy is the illustrated love story by Philippa Rice via Miss Moss
2. Pitt Bulls wearing flower crowns! via Sophia Gamand
3. A kind of Weeble for pens via Design Crush
4. Love the color is Claire Desjardin’s paintings via design-milk
5. Interview with artist Stephen Baker via The Design Files
6. Bangles embedded with flowers and bark! via Colossal
7. Urban yoga by Anja Humljan via Trendland
8. Marta Spendowska’s delicate watercolor abstract florals via The Jealous Curator
9. Pretty DIY woven placemats via design*sponge
10. Certainly more attractive than your average drying rack via Present & Correct
11. Who needs a camera when you use an embroidery hoop? via Honestly WTF
12. Digging these distortions by Hickey Heart via We The Urban

Contributed by Emily Gup

Morag Myerscough for J.Crew

February 12th, 2015

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J.Crew recently teamed up with the talented Morag Myerscough to design their London storefront on Marylebone High Street. Here are a few images from their blog, shot by the talented Kasia Bobula, where Myerscough’s creative process is documented. As you can see, the colors bounce around with a vibrant fluidity. This piece is a playful exercise in color theory – one that has beautiful movement. Artistic brand partnerships are quite common these days – and a stellar one plays up to both strengths. We think this one falls under that category, what do you think?


CATEGORIES:  ArtChildrensColorFashionMarketingMensSet DesignWomens

Geometry & Spatial Design

February 11th, 2015

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I recently stumbled upon two artists with parallels so strong, it seemed appropriate to write a piece about the similarities in their work. Meet Phuong Thuy Nguyen and Esther Stocker. Nguyen is from Budapest and works with woven objects and sculptural textiles, while Stocker is originally from Silandro, and is a master at perspective and spatial ambiguity.

Both work within the confines of a black and white palette and create illusionary geometry that manipulates the context of space. I find both of these bodies of work to be very inspiring- from the cast shadows and collaged lines to the intricate folding and origami-like repeats. It would be fun to see a grand collaboration between these two women, wouldn’t it?


CATEGORIES:  ArtRetailSet DesignTextiles

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

February 10th, 2015


Whether pulled from tradition or passion, we love the way these artists use color to express themselves and their worlds.

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1. Employing materials typical to Mali, namely woven and dyed cloths, hand-embroidered and stitched together, Abdoulaye Konaté draws on the West African tradition of using textiles as a mode of communication and commemoration at Blain|Southern
2. Beyond the aesthetics of the race, Brian Alfred explores the global threads that feed into making all aspects of the race possible. Depicting both pieces and scenes of tracks across the world, oil slogans, and referencing companies that contribute monetarily to the races, he broadens his global AMERINGER | McENERY | YOHE
3. Recognized for exceptional color intensity, William Pachner’s works often depict erotic and biblical themes. His drawings and paintings contain a paradox of meanings: the form, movement, and gesture affirm vitality, yet they are tinged with horror and violence. Loss and absence—of sight, family, and homeland, alongside the personal and artistic annihilation Pachner has faced—are represented in various configurations unique to each composition at Mindy Soloman Gallery
4. Alicia McCarthy’s energetic works weave together color, pattern and occasional lyrical or understatedly profound phrases. The artist is drawn to the discarded. Digesting the city’s landscape, ambivalent everyday items sheared from their original intent are re-appropriated into intimate art objects at V1 Gallery
5. Soaked, Not Resting will examine the different ways in which renowned Color Field painter Helen Frankenthaler and emerging artist Aimée Parrott negotiate the picture plane, looking in particular at both artists’ deployment of staining at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
6. Chamberlain, De Kooning & Others at Allan Stone Projects


Friday Quick Links!

February 6th, 2015


1. SCAD’s colorful exploration of micro housing via design-milk
2. Adorable DIY Valentine’s mini-zine via design*sponge
3. Fun painterly rectangles via Poppytalk
4. Sally King Benedict’s gorgeous series of abstract portraits via Honestly WTF
5. Awesome mirrored coffee mugs that reflect their saucers via Colossal
6. A great interview with Grace Bonney via The Great Discontent
7. Fabulously colorful vessels by KLEIN&SCHÖN via The Design Files
8. More attractive than your average acoustic panels via Present & Correct
9. Who needs taxidermy when you can have flowers via Lost at E Minor
10. Interview with the Milleneufcentquatrevigntquatre team via Textile Arts Center
11. An adorable DIY leather heart peter pan collar via The House That Lars Built
12. Beautiful dreamy paintings by Jeremy Miranda via The Jealous Curator

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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