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.


CATEGORIES:  ArtColorFashionWomens

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

September 16th, 2014


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


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.


CATEGORIES:  ColorFashionFeatured CategoriesMensTrendWomens

Friday Quick Links!

September 12th, 2014


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?

CATEGORIES:  ArtColorFashionPrintWomens

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

September 9th, 2014


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


Friday Quick Links!

September 5th, 2014


1. Love this stunning editorial via Honestly WTF
2. Lovely new woodblock print from Tugboat Printshop via Colossal
3. Embroidered landscapes by Ana Teresa Barboza via Textile Arts Center
4. Interview with Jennifer Orkin Lewis via Lisa Congdon
5. Jenny Prin’s fantastically colorful paintings via Miss Moss
6. Farrow and Ball’s Japanese inspired wallpaper via poppytalk
7. DIY fruity wedge sandals via P.S. I made this
8. Map inspired rug designs via Monde Mosaic
9. Breaking down bottles & winding them into cases via design-milk
10. Paul Wackers’ colorful plant heavy paintings via The Fox is Black
11. David Pirrie’s dotted mountains via The Jealous Curator
12. Gavin Brown and Peter Curnow’s incredibly eclectic home via The Design Files

Contributed by Emily Gup

Storytelling Through Patterns

September 4th, 2014


While scrolling through Zady this morning, the textile designer, Sandra Nanushka, and the story behind her work really popped. Beyond this beautiful blouse motif, Zady shares her creative process and a behind-the-scenes glance at the initial drawings that premeditated the final textile. Born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, Nanushka absorbed the fashion industry through both her mother’s work, and her studies at the London College of Fashion. This particular pattern pays homage to the shells and magical objects from the old biblical story, Dance of the Seven Veils. To learn more and/or purchase, click here.


In the same world of storytelling with similarly beautiful but distinctly different motifs, we have Mary Katrantzou’s Fall Collection. Neutrals and blush backgrounds are continuing to shine in all creative worlds- from fashion and beauty to web and mobile, and these floating stories are a fun step forward for the new season ahead.


CATEGORIES:  ArtFashionTextilesWomens

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

September 3rd, 2014


The artist’s in this week’s gallery picks pause time in motion, reflecting on the nuance of emotional states and of life changes.

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1. Chris Gwaltney’s ruminations on time in these paintings are reflective of this new stage in his life after the children are grown and both his own father and father-in-law have passed at Seager Gray
2. Jenny Morgan builds on the technical intricacies of her hyperrealism by wearing down, scrubbing away or painting over many of the features of her subjects. For the artist, wearing away at the subjects is at times an emotional roller coaster that is derived from the personal relationship and feelings she has towards the painting’s subject at Purdue Galleries
3. Sissi Farassat isolates each photograph’s subject with her handiwork, replacing the original background with a delicate overlay. By doing so, she blurs the distinction between the photograph and the object, the revealed and the concealed, and eliminates the subject from its original context at Houk Gallery
4. Vesod’s paintings represent frozen moments in time – entangled and linked with the present and future at C.A.V.E Gallery
5. Endless Summer continues Ian Francis’ ongoing investigation into contemporary issues facing the human condition, presenting a new body of identically-sized studies that capture suspended snapshots of modern life at The Outsiders
6. By painting from photographs instead of live models, Kai Samuels-Davis is able to utilize multiple images of the same person—or even images of different people—to create highly layered, dynamic portraits at Dolby Chadwick Gallery


Join the Team!

September 2nd, 2014


We’re on the hunt to add two bright minds to our team. Please have a read and pass along. Thanks!


Do you live in New York and make daily pit stops at Design*Sponge, Business of Fashion, Man Repeller, Brain Pickings, Fashion Redefined and Swiss Miss?  Are you interested in the world of journalism, trends, marketing and design?  If so, you might be the perfect fit for an internship with Pattern Pulp.

We’re a site devoted to tracking ideas and emerging trends that expose, celebrate, share and connect pattern design across all creative platforms and are looking for two sharp tacks (design & editorial) who are fast on their feet and web savvy, with impeccable grammar and a sincere devotion to connecting life’s dots.  Please take a good look at our site and send us an email telling us who you are and what you are good at along with a resume and relevant links. Please put “Pattern Pulp Hire Me” in the subject heading to Editor [at] Patternpulp [dot] com.


Here is a short list of some of the tasks you will be expected to perform:

– Conduct cultural research and trend scanning for daily posts

– Coordinate field research and daily cataloging of information

– Assist in the development of the editorial calendar

– New business and marketing development communications

– Minor photo-editing (photoshop skills required for the design intern)


More Details:

This is an unpaid internship with a daily meal and travel stipend.

Where? Onsite in downtown nyc office

When? 2-3 days a week; beginning asap.

*Must own laptop



Friday Quick Links!

August 29th, 2014


1. Delightfully colorful plein air paintings via The Jealous Curator
2. Interview with bird photographer Leila Jeffreys via The Design Files
3. Fun resin-topped tables via design-milk
4. Digging this DIY God’s eye via The House that Lars Built
5. Absolutely loving the trend of golden temporary tattoos via Honestly WTF
6. Vibrantly colorful art by Daniel Eatock via Design Crush
7.The striking interiors of this brandy bar in Odessa via Yatzer
8. Lovely planters from Cathy Terepocki via Poppytalk
9. Site-specific paintings on the streets of Paris via Colossal
10. The art of totems via AnOther
11. Ancient secrets of color via Trendland
12. Ceramics and book cover art by Rebekah Miles via Miss Moss

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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