Friday Quick Links!

January 29th, 2016


1. Fascinated by these material experiments from Hilda Hellstrom via Trendland
2. Oh the wanderlust inspired by Nicola Odemann’s photos via Miss Moss
3. A house made entirely of cardboard via Hi-Fructose
4. Swooning for the Rayleigh Table Lamp via Design Crush
5. Pairing fashionably clothed bodies with botanical bouquets via Honestly WTF
6. Kostas Neofitidis’ art panels with colorful, positive messages via Yatzer
7. In love with this painted armoire via Poppytalk
8. Interview with the gents behind design studio Dowel Jones via The Design Files
9. DIY marbled clay hooks via design*sponge
10. Ai Weiwei’s paper dragons inside Paris’s Le Bon Marché via Colossal
11. Talking with Leah Giberson via The Jealous Curator
12. Javier de Riba paints elaborate flooring in deserted areas via design-milk

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

January 26th, 2016


We’re exploring identity and culture through the body in this week’s gallery picks.

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1. Bring it Home: (Re)Locating Cultural Legacy through the Body presents work from artists representing diverse Bay Area communities, and centers thematically on how these artists grapple with cultural identity and its relationship to the human condition at San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries
2. In Katherine Bradford’s Fear of Waves , painting and swimming share immersion and a certain loss of control that is simultaneously wild and structured. The body in nature; we see ourselves situated in relationship to the deep other at Canada New York
3. The compelling work and storyof Vivian Maier at Merry Karnowsky Gallery
4. Tattooing in London has a long and rich history, dating back to a time before Captain Cook made his adventures to the Pacific. Tattoo London will offer insight into the history of professional tattooing in London as well as revealing life inside four contemporary tattoo studios in the capital via Museum of London
5. Expanding on her language that traditionally highlights misfits, outcasts, and the misunderstood – Allison Schulnik introduces a wild new cast of mythological creatures replete with centaurettes, unicorns, and otherworldly outsiders in various stages of liberation. Continuing her exploration of selfhood through diverse and rich allegories, her new subjects radiate gracefulness that is both vulnerable and stoic—a type of synthesis that is a hallmark in Schulnik’s work at Mark Moore Gallery
6. Lani Emmanuel’s figures of young women portray emotion and identity by focusing on body language, gesture and gaze. She captures each figure’s self-expression through their wardrobe. For most adolescent girls, fashion is a means of self-expression that allows for identity experimentation at Lora Schlesinger Gallery


Rebecca Atwood for Method Soap

January 25th, 2016


Most people in the design and homegoods space are familiar with Rebecca Atwood’s stunning watercolors. Her nature-inspired patterns evoke calming worlds through soft dyes and beautiful handmade shapes. Recently, though instagram, I came across her most recent commercial collaboration – a limited edition packaging partnership with Method Soap.


Method is a simple, design-forward, no-fuss brand. It’s made it’s mark riding the transparency wave over the past few years and has become a trusted name in the bathroom and cleaning supply industry. It’s fun to see them branch out a bit and experiment with a high-end pattern collaboration. This one in particular feels extremely appropriate, as many of Atwood’s watercolors have a fluidity that feels right for a liquids-based company. If you’re looking to add subtle organic patterns to you home, this is an easy win/win solution.


Friday Quick Links!

January 22nd, 2016


1. Elise Ansel’s work is derived from historical Old Master paintings via Miss Moss
2. Add some green to winter with a paper philodendron via The House that Lars Built
3. Jan Kalab’s organic abstraction via Trendland
4. The bold and colorful art of Esther Olsson via The Design Files
5. Wakako Kawakami’s giant textile birds via Hi Fructose
6. Simon Beck’s impressive snow art via Colossal
7. Lovely embroidery by Sarah K. Benning via Honestly WTF
8. Incredible paintbrush portraits by Rebecca Szeto via Design*Sponge
9. Santiago Salvador Ascui’s colorful of nondescript figures via Design Crush
10. A DIY ombre abacus, for all of your counting needs via Lovely Indeed
11. Koo Seong Youn’s delightful candy peonies via The Jealous Curator
12. Amazing and affordable rugs via Sight Unseen

Contributed by Emily Gup

Black + White Baby Themes

January 21st, 2016


Pattern Pulp’s been a hint quieter these last few weeks. Between a renovation, a move to Brooklyn, some family related medical stuff, wrapping the galleys for my Pattern Studio Chronicle book (!) and my own pending labor, things have been, well, busy. I haven’t talked about being pregnant all that much here – and have tried to keep the baby stuff to a minimum, but in my hunt for decorative and necessary items in these last few weeks of my third trimester, I figured I’d share a few favorite finds with all of you. The theme here is black and white – and as usual, I’ve veered away from cutesy…if you’re into this direction, I’d love to know, as I’m happy to post more on the topic.

Here’s my latest round up:

  1. 1. Cole and Son Columbus Etched Wallpaper, Nubie Boutique, $108
  2. 2. The onesie every new mom can relate to, Etsy
  3. 3. Cotton Baby Mittens, Rocky Racoon Apparel, $7
  4. 4. Messenger Diaper Bag, Littlephant, $215
  5. 5. Hello, Animals, Baby Book, $5.95
  6. 6. Freehand Swaddle Blankets, Land of Nod, $49
  7. 7. Miffy Light, MoMA Store, $199


CATEGORIES:  AccessoriesBabyChildrensFashionWomens

Brand Collaboration: CB2 x The Hill-Side

January 20th, 2016


During a recent perusal of CB2 on a hunt for wall shelving, I came across an interesting brand collaboration. The Hill-Side, a menswear company founded by Emil and Sandy Corillo recently teamed up with the home goods store to infuse pattern and masculine urban themes into bedding and living accessories.


Made locally in New York City, the brand specializes in unique patterns and selvage-themed fabric. Founded initially as a tie and handkerchief company, they’ve since expanded to mens fashion and most recently, into home goods -as  evident by this commercial partnership. The floral theme is enlarged, minimized and deconstructed in ways that feel neutral and complimentary to warm woods, leathers and stripes. I’m a big fan of the line and the varied application of pattern. Kudos to both creative teams.


CATEGORIES:  HomegoodsTextiles

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

January 19th, 2016


This week’s artists draw inspiration from the comfortable and the insights of their intuition.

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1. Lori Ellison’s paintings and drawings are characterized by dense, pattern-filled compositions executed with a devotional intensity. The work incorporates both abstract geometric motifs and those drawn from nature. Organic motifs found in some of the works were inspired by Ellison’s visits to the recent Matisse exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art at McKenzie Fine Art
2. The work in Chris Oatey’s current exhibition is created through a meditative process. A painting develops outdoors over the course of several days. Falling snow covers the surface and subsequently melts to randomly distribute layers of pigment. The paintings serve as vehicle for later CB1 Gallery
3. Created during a very brief period, from 1989 until her early, unexpected and tragic death at the age of 29, Illse D’Hollander’s oeuvre exhibits a highly developed sense of color, composition, scale and surface, through the use of subtle tones and pared down compositions. On her work: “A painting comes into being when ideas and the act of painting coincide. When referring to ideas, it implies that as a painter, I am not facing my canvas as a neutral being but as an acting being who is investing into the act of painting. My being is present in my action on the canvas.” at Ilse D’Hollander
4. Taking the pathetic, melancholic and disillusioned attributes present in daily life, as well as the more mundane, and that which thrills and exhilarates us, Shrigley’s work is both honest and entertaining, contemplating issues such as death, love, insecurities and other emotional traumas in a manner that is quite factual and unapologetic at Galleri Nicolai Wallner
5. From hard-line bands to vivid stains to veils of color fields, Ronnie Landfieldʼs work always reflects his transforming insights on color and life. As the artist said in a recent interview, “I believe the most profound paintings allow people to look at the work and access the ability to see themselves.” at STUX + HALLER GALLERY
6. In Comfort Inn, Matt Phillips paintings simultaneously evoke and employ the deeply familiar architecture of decorative surfaces, textiles and fabrics, suggestive of a habitable yet transient domesticity. Like the Comfort Inn hotel across the street from his studio, his work conjures, as he puts it, “a space that is initially foreign… even artificial, yet somehow becomes a stage for something deeply human.” at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects

Recognizing MLK

January 18th, 2016


Today, I’m working on a galleys deadline for my forthcoming Pattern Studio book for Chronicle. But in fine tuning illustrations and copy editing text, I wanted to take a break from regular scheduled programming to illustrate a piece of art reflective of the day. Here is the famous image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a true hero in American history.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.




Friday Quick Links!

January 15th, 2016


1. Nacho Alegre’s photographs of Ricardo Bofill’s architecture via Sight Unseen
2. Gorgeous folkloric costumes from Germany via Yatzer
3. Jonathan Callan’s impressive book sculptures via Creative Boom
4. Interview with illustrator Kat Chadwick via The Design Files
5. A great interview with textile artist Maryanne Moodie via The Jealous Curator
6. Sebastian Errazuriz’s furniture built from fallen trees via Colossal
7. Neckties that take advantage of 3D knitting via design-milk
8. Jazzed about the upcoming infusion of Brazil coming to Ikea via Poppytalk
9. Ashley Eliza Williams’ otherworldly paintings via Design Crush
10. Loving Danielle Clough’s embroidered rackets via Honestly WTF
11. Portraits that explore body perceptions via iGNANT
12. Playing with the relationship between 2D and 3D pieces via design*sponge

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

January 13th, 2016


Exploring overlaps and contrary concepts in this weeks gallery picks.

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1. While the natural world plays a profound role in Matthias Meyer’s work, he achieves in its depiction a synthesis between the representational and the abstract. Both mysterious and revealing, the water’s surface reflects its surroundings while simultaneously drawing the viewer’s attention into the depths beneath at Danese Corey
2. “Pulling imagery and motif from organic form, architecture, media and design I create densely layered, mixed-media paintings that are invested in process and grounded in traditional craft. I’m interested in the overlap of nature and culture and the patterns present in both; the tension between them drives my exploration of color, surface and materiality.” – Nina Tichava at George Billis Gallery
3. Gao Rong has navigated notions of femininity and identity through domestic architectures in her previous series in which she created facsimile houses, rooms, and sites of memory rendered entirely in embroidered thread. Rather than romanticize the handicraft, however, Gao threads narratives together painstakingly through these embroidered fabrics, sometimes mimicking the act of suturing a wound. For her current solo exhibition, The Simple Line, Gao condenses this process into abstract hoops that dissect the tensions between formalist styles and traditional folk craft indigenous to female domestic life in China at Klein Sun Gallery
4. David Lefebvre manipulates his landscape paintings Galerie Zurcher
5. Rock and Refuge, Carol Es’ latest exhibition, will include her Joshua Tree paintings as well as a drawing installation from her ongoing Journal Project at Craig Krull Gallery
6. Tony Ingrisano’s practice draws inspiration from various infrastructure systems, from man-made power grids to naturally occurring river circuits. Ignoring their intended functionality, Ingrisano instead focuses on the beauty and rhythm found within their forms. The work presented in this exhibition furthers Ingrisano’s exploration of the aesthetic possibilities surrounding organizational systems by expanding into the theoretical. His interest lies specifically within geometric perspective and what a breakdown of the rules governing that perspective can add to the discourse about systems at Lesley Heller Workspace

Friday Quick Links!

January 8th, 2016


1. An interview with the duo behind Safomasi textiles via design*sponge
2. Logarithmic map of the entire known universe by Pablo Carlos Budassi via Colossal
3. Ceramics that blur the lines between function, design & sculpture via Deign Crush
4. Gorgeous fashion photographs from Cathleen Naundorf via Patzer
5. “Carpets” made from soft urethane foam via design-milk
6. Inside the studio of Workaday Handmade via Sight Unseen
7. Peek inside the few remaining textile mills in America’s Northeast via Honestly WTF
8. Amazing photographs of snowflakes by Don Komarechka via The Jealous Curator
9. Yusuke Asai paints only with natural pigments and water via Hi Fructose
10. Some fantastically fun pillows from Arro Home via Miss Moss
11. Lisa Lapointe’s pencil drawings are influenced by mythology via Trendland
12. Justina Blakeney talks about prop styling via Oh Joy!

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

January 5th, 2016


This week’s artists use color to explore relationships in all of its forms.

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1. Tom Krumpak’s Bamboo tall, blue sky, a painted abstract picture, inside wooden room is comprised of a body of work, inspired by the relationship between Mid-20th-Century Modern architectural design and traditional Japanese Shoji screened dwellings found in the United States and Japan at Lora Schlesinger Gallery
2. Concrete Cuba is one of the first major presentations outside of Cuba to focus exclusively on the origins of concretism in Cuba during the 1950s, and will include important works from the late 1940s through the early 1960s by the twelve artists who were at different times associated with the short-lived group at David Zwirner
3. Zhu Jinshi All the works in the exhibition are accumulations of Chinese aesthetic and socio-political histories and hard labor, drawn from the artist’s experience growing up during the Cultural Revolution at Blum & Poe
4. The genesis of Agathe de Bailliencourt’s Couleurs du temps is rooted in a three month residency in Marfa, Texas in 2014. Marfa’s extraordinary landscape and desert environment had a profound impact on Bailliencourt’s notion of time, space and horizon. The new paintings produced in Berlin continue her reflections on these concepts, with the artist questioning ‘what does it mean to paint a landscape today?’ at Blain|Southern
5. In Odili Donald Odita’s The Velocity of Change, the artist “hope[s] to engage the intrinsic power of color in its ability to escape the definitions of language that limit and paralyze” at Jack Shainman Gallery
6. In Color Matters, the artworks examine how color relationships function, on many levels, with their own logic. By definition, the first, or root, level of color usage is the purely abstract manipulation of the element of color for its own sake. It can be perceptual, realistic, theoretical or symbolic at The Painting Center

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