Trend: Textural & Tonal Blush

June 25th, 2014

textural & tonal blush_patternpulp

It seems like a funny thing to write that blush is everywhere these days…but in all honesty, it kind of is. The color (also known to many as rose gold) has transcended gender lines and is making it’s way through the fashion, art, home and beauty worlds this summer.

Stylists are putting male models in blush colored t-shirts for insurance ads, just as beauty brands are decorating eyelids in high-end campaigns. Cut collages, ribbed packaging, shimmering surfaces and natural patterns are the markers of variation, and it’s almost fun spotting new interpretations. Here are a few examples that hop between continents and genres, proving the sophisticated seasonal staying power of this minimalist hue.

1. Maison & Object Asia Print Advertisement 2. & 3. Collage: Absence and Rediscovery by Anthony Gerace 4. Brit Rhythm Fragrance by Burberry  5. Volcano Keepsake from Ya Wen Chau’s Heirlooms Collection 6. 3D Printed Housewears by David Steiner of The Royal Academy of Art 7. Plaid floral appliqués for Carven 8. Rose gold Tattoo Eyeshadow by Maybelline for Marie Claire


CATEGORIES:  ArtBeautyColorDIYFashionFeatured CategoriesTrendWomens

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

June 24th, 2014


This week’s artists integrate photography into their process.

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1. In Luke Butler’s series “The End”, he paints THE END as a figure in a landscape. Removed from its narrative role, it is both familiar and strange. As a static image, it seems contradictory, absurd, and poignant – an anti-picture at Charlie James Gallery
2. Lee Jeonglok’s Palette of Light at Kwanhoon Gallery
3. The word Se means fate, fortune and destiny. Within this theme, El Antsui explores three states of mind: affirmation, intimation, and revelation through the form of hundreds of liquor bottle tops woven into a tapestry-like sculpture at Axel Vervoordt
4. Emerson Cooper relentlessly collects vintage photographs and Victorian cabinet cards. He transforms them into meticulously constructed, psychologically charged artworks by using a mix of thread, paint, collage or digital manipulation at Muriel Guépin Gallery
5. The six artists in Frameshift collide with and attempt to negotiate the technical image as encoded by the camera at Denny Gallery
6. The photographs of Tim Parchikov’s series “Burning News” show the problem of how the human consciousness reacts to the flow of information – being constantly bombarded by the ‘hot news’ until it reaches a critical point at | PRISKA PASQUER

Of a Kind x Pattern Pulp

June 23rd, 2014


It’s hard to keep track of everyone who references Of a Kind…it literally comes up in conversation all the time. The limited edition runs are unique, locally produced and curated with a cool, ethically-contious customer in mind. The photos and styling are extremely accessible, and the writing has a sharp point of view, which is a welcome relief in the sea of click-bait headlines. I personally think they balance the world of ecom and editorial beautifully. About a month ago, I got a chance to chat with Mattie Kahn, and she posted our Q&A on Friday. Feel free to have a look- we covered home trends, guilty pleasures and Hilary Clinton!



Friday Quick Links!

June 20th, 2014


1. Helena Wurzel’s super summery paintings via Design Crush
2. Make patterned snacks with these engraved rolling pins! via Colossal
3. Loving Molly Mendoza’s illustrations via The Fox is Black
4. Get crafting and make a floral crown! via Honestly WTF
5. Loving the fun walls of this home via Poppytalk
6. Nail art meets art history via Miss Moss
7. Digging Emily Green and Dale Hardiman’s Up Up Lights via The Design Files
8. Pretty bluebird woodcut sculpture prints via swissmiss
9. Prettify some track lighting via design*sponge
10. Art trading cards by owvBICS via Trendland
11. No more ugly power strips! via design-milk
12. Karen O’Neil’s juicy paintings via The Jealous Curator

Contributed by Emily Gup

Homegoods from Helsinki

June 19th, 2014


We’ve been big fans of Polkka Jam since they launched. The palettes are fresh and the graphics are a beautiful balance between simple and interesting. Today, we’re fixated on the Huvila Collection, which launched this past Spring.

The collection comes from a place of love, honoring the small and meaningful moments we spend with friends and family. The graphics signify a secret garden gone wild. If you’re looking to freshen up your table or bed, snap these up quickly, as they’re a limited edition run.


CATEGORIES:  Around the GlobeColorGiftHomegoodsTextiles

Trend: Athleticism Meets Lifestyle

June 18th, 2014


Just two years ago, we noticed Blackmilk making waves throughout the legging industry. Since that summer, competitors have popped up throughout the globe, creating colorful athletic lines to support active lifestyles. This phenomenon made sportswear more colorful and fashionable, not to mention, extremely wearable as everyday attire. Here are a few pieces that reflect this trend. You’ll notice florals, pattern blocking, geometrics, camouflage, and abstract textures.

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1. Alala makes sportswear luxurious through clean and elegant design, using expressive ink-like marks to add a refined, artistic feel in their Spring/Summer 2014 Collection.

2. Nike teams up with Liberty of London to add a splash of floral neon in their Womens Quickstrike Pack sneaker collection.

3. Lucas Hugh’s combination of florals, geometric patterns and architectural lines ultimately create colorful, flattering silhouettes for workout attire in his Spring/Summer 2014 Collection.

4. The Seea Calafia Leggings made by Without Walls finds the right balance between form and function. The leggings, consisting of an abstracted graphic floral print, are also ideal for several sports activities and even covers up to UPF 50+ for max sun protection.

5. Another example of Without Walls’ ability to strike a balance between form and function: comfortable, quick-dry polyester and breathable cotton in a classic camo print for men in their Undefeated Camo Run Tight.

6. Live The Process printed leggings + bra top is an example of a more classic, feminine floral print, but through the lens of a subdued palette.

7. Without Walls Printed Drop-Inseam Pant is an example of one of their louder, brighter, geometric patterns.

8. Sweaty Betty Chandrasana Yoga Leggings – while these leggings are made with the intention of use for Downward-Facing Dog, the shades of blue placed in various geometric blocks gives an added style statement to your practice.



Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

June 17th, 2014


This week’s gallery picks examine ideas about transcending limitations.

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1. Aside from sculpture, Thomas Campbell is well respected for his sewn works—multicolored pieces of paper, joined together. Campbell was inspired to start sewing paper by his friends Margaret Kilgallen and Barry McGee and began quilting in 1999 at Joshua Liner Gallery
2. Alec Egan visual language is aggressive and visceral, based in questions of authenticity and art historical myths and clichés at Western Project
3. Spencer Finch’s installation inspired medieval Books of Hours—beautiful, hand-painted works that served as personal prayer books for different times of the day and different periods of the year at The Morgan
4. Kim, Joon’s work explores themes of desire, memory, fragility and obsession using digitally rendered tattoos, porcelain, animal skins and human body parts at Sundaram Tagore
5. Koi No Yokan explores new relationships with artists in flourishing states of practice, either emerging or mid-career at 101/EXHIBIT
6. In  her new series, Colleen Philippi contemplates and addresses how our lives are alternately formed of chaos and our attempts to create order from such  chaos at Newzones

Food Textures from Tel Aviv

June 16th, 2014


Whenever I visit a new country, I do a few things. I get my hair washed and blown out- specifically to see how they manage women’s beauty…which is interestingly different depending on where you go. I have an old project with Bumble and bumble to thank for that random and educational obsession.


I also rent an airbnb, set up meetings with local artists and tech entrepreneurs, and go to the local food market. It’s the easiest and fastest way to observe how the locals consume, bargain and coexist. Here are some shots my husband took while we visited the Carmet Market in Tel Aviv last month.


All of the baklava pastries and bread products are geometrically baked, sliced and presented. They make these accidental patterns that are beautiful and very inspiring. What are some of your favorite food markets from around the world?


CATEGORIES:  Around the GlobeFood

Friday Quick Links!

June 13th, 2014


1. Michelle Armas’ new abstract works via design-milk
2. Intriguing body casts by Daniel Ramos Obregón via The Jealous Curator
3. Make your own floral chandelier! via design*sponge
4. Melissa Zexter’s embroidered photographs via Design Crush
5. Adorable new goodies from Studio Arhoj via Miss Moss
6. Jazz up your floor with electrical tape! via Jezebel
7. Adorable mobiles by Kim Baise via Oh Happy Day
8. Are pineapples the new owls? via SF Girl by Bay
9. Weave a wall hanging via Honestly WTF
10. Interview with ceramicist Sarah Schembri via The Design Files
11. Digging these framed lightbulbs via Present & Correct
12. Sliced glass paintings by Loren Stump via Colossal

Contributed by Emily Gup

Hannah Waldron’s Woven Art

June 13th, 2014


When I see a project like this, my jaw drops. It’s one thing to design an intricate layout in illustrator or photoshop where your planes are 2D and your toolset is smooth and mathematical. It’s another thing to translate that work of art into a 3D woven masterpiece. Behold, Hanna Waldron’s latest creative endeavor, Cloud in Hand.


Waldron has been studying textiles for the past two years in Sweden, at Konstfack, and has recently presented her Master’s project, a woven poem…bringing Patti Smith’s The Coral Sea to life.


My Master’s project, an intricate weaving based on the poem The Coral Sea by Patti Smith, is a tapestry for the present. My design celebrates Smith’s luminous crafting of words to convey the physical world and aims to translate the tactile qualities of the poem into the tactile medium of weaving.

I believe that there is a need now in contemporary society for greater material knowledge. This work aims to put value into making and investigate interdisciplinary approaches to sharing material knowledge.


CATEGORIES:  ArtMusicTextiles

The Physics of Pattern Making

June 11th, 2014

Physics of Pattern Making

Watch this, I promise it’ll amaze you. It’s the visualization of frequency and sound waves through the use of salt.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that patterns and symmetry lay the foundation of life. This demo’s a nice reminder, simplifying complex equations for everyone to understand.


CATEGORIES:  ArtTechnology

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

June 10th, 2014


This week’s artists revive craft techniques and discarded objects, giving these forms a new life and story.

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1. Adia Millett’s Objects of What Remains uses components of craft, including materiality, texture, layering, architectural façades, and repetition, to investigate memory and the concept of ghosts at Mixed Greens
2. In My God, It’s Full of Stars, collaborative team Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis expand the production of a common object, a vinyl record, into a metaphor for the cosmos at Pierogi
3. Henrique Oliveira’s cavernous series of tunnels crafted from reclaimed wood at Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade
4. A group of intrepid artists are working to reclaim the photograph as a unique and handmade object, through an entirely unexpected medium: embroidery at Robert Mann
5. In his Quilt series, Sanford Biggers appropriates antebellum quilts from the American South and renders them with acrylic, spray paint, silkscreen, embroidery, and fine art paper. The result depicts aggregate symbols from the Underground Railroad and sacred geometry, particularly the mandala at David Castillo Gallery
6. Jacob Magraw’s embroidered pieces are stations for thought and interpretation at Park Life Store

Welcome! I’m Shayna.
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