Friday Quick Links!

May 15th, 2015


1. Accidents by Zeren Badar via We The Urban
2. Karen Margolis’ architectural renderings of the mind’s operations via Design Crush
3. Interview with artist Elizabeth Barnett via The Design Files
4.Open weave color blocking via Present & Correct
5. New wallpaper from Juju papers via Design*Sponge
6. Whimsical art from Laura Berger via iGNANT
7. Amazing sculptural lighting by LZF Lamps via design-milk
8. Absolutely stunning wall murals via Honestly WTF
9. Business cards made from crayons via Creative Boom
10. A visit to Clementina van der Walt’s ceramic studio via Miss Moss
11. When oil, ink and soap interact via Colossal
12. Digging these paintings by Michael Carson via The Jealous Curator

Contributed by Emily Gup

Trend: Grids & Motifs

May 14th, 2015

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Grids, motifs and colorways have been finding their way into my social feed as of late. While the theme’s not necessarily a new concept, the minimalist and spatial approach feels quite current. A few favorites weave color, illustration and narrative into an organized grid.

Julia Dault’s Toronto exhibition, Color Me Badd showcases color and form in a highly graphic and flat way. The colors are bright and the shapes are abstract. Next up, is a snapshot I took while in Marrakesh of a Berber rug. While it’s old, it feels on trend for what interior stores are stocking these days.

Then there’s a snapshot by Lesley Morphy from the Canal Street station. I’m forever in a rush when I go left at this visual fork in the road, as it’s the subway stop closest to my office – but always wonder about the story behind the icons – does anyone know?

And the glue that holds this all together, is Vivienne Westwood’s latest commercial print ad. The sticker laden stall compliments the art world, just as it mimics real life.


Colors & Summer Brights

May 13th, 2015

1Summer_BrightsSummer’s arrived – especially in Manhattan where the temps are teetering on 90 degrees Farenheit. In acknowledgment and celebration of the season change, I thought I’d share some snaps from the past few weeks.


It’s been a bit of a travel forecasting whirlwind, and interestingly, it seems like the global color palettes are on the same page. The rose floral clutch is from Selfridges, while the mega leaf was spotted during a wedding weekend celebration in Tulum, Mexico. It truly feels like the Mara Hoffman of plants. I inserted myself in the mix- since the orange and pink play was unexpected, but extremely characteristic of the vibrancy throughout Morocco. That said, this dress is a Balinese print. This was a brief roadside coffee break, enroute to Marrakesh. Hay Design has created a pop up shop at Liberty London, and unsurprisingly, the patterns were fabulous. Here are a few tote bags from their spring collection. The geometric paper is from Pentreath & Hall, an interiors store just off Lambs Conduit Street in London. The folds make the 2D/3D graphics truly pop.


In putting this together, I thought I’d make a quick print that embodied all of the above, incorporating the colors and mood from each image. I don’t usually share my designs on the blog, but figured it’d be useful to illustrate the meaning behind concept and creation.


CATEGORIES:  Around the GlobeArtColor

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

May 12th, 2015


In this week’s gallery picks, process, pattern and color reign supreme.

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1. Rosson Crow has long been fascinated by history and the psychology of interior spaces, and has addressed subjects as varied as French Revolutionary interiors, New York City graffiti and the films of Alfred Hitchcock in his work. This exhibition represents Crow’s response to the paintings of Florine Stettheimer and debuts a new technique of Xerox transfers layered with painting on the canvases at Sargent’s Daughters
2. Richard Hull calls his recent paintings and drawings “stolen portraits.” His crayon drawings, in particular, are portraits in the form of hairdos, each one expressing a distinct visual personality rather than a representation of a particular individual at Western Projects
3. The bold brushstrokes and swirly shapes in Yayoi Kusama latest works seem to hover between figuration and abstraction; vibrant, animated, and intense, they transcend their medium to introduce their own pictorial logic, at once contemporary and universal. As such, while they continue Kusama’s innovative exploration of form, subject matter, and space, they also represent a connection to her work from the past six decades at David Zwirner
4. In James Little’s new paintings, color and structure are critical fixations that complement his geometric pictorial style.  The edges of his vertical bands are saturated with lucid color as they give way to other patterns – chevrons, rectangles and zigzag designs of varying widths at June Kelly Gallery
5. By folding, tearing, and combining, Yun-Woo Choi obfuscates the meanings constructed in two-dimensional printed material in an attempt to deliver intuitive feelings to the viewer at Open Source Gallery
6. Carlos Estrada-Vega’s paintings are composed of more than 300 blocks of color. Considering each as an individual brushstroke, Estrada-Vega proceeds to compose his paintings intuitively, mounting these pieces onto metal plates using magnets at Margaret Thatcher Projects

Cycling Climbs & Textured Landscapes

May 12th, 2015


Artists often see the world through varied prisms. It almost doesn’t matter if graphic elements are manmade or within natural habitats, they pop through visual texture. Nigel Peake, the illustrator behind In the City, recently released 20 prints, illustrating this concept. The collection follows his biking travails and is called Cycling Climbs. The infographics merged with geometry and illustration create a beautiful storyline. If you’re your a fan of art, cycling and/or landscape development, this 44 page publication is for you.


CATEGORIES:  ArtBook ReviewsColor

Friday Quick Links!

May 8th, 2015


1. Interview with Tim Rouse and Anastasia Phillips via The Design Files
2. DIY abstract botanical art via Anthology
3. Lovely handmade paper animations via Colossal
4. Anne Ten Donkelaar’s flower constructions via Trendland
5. Ellen Sur­rey’s small paintings based on film stills via Brown Paper Bag
6. DIY photo headboards! via Poppytalk
7. Allyson Mellberg’s otherworldly illustrations via Creative Boom
8. Elin’s beautifully embroidered mold specimens via The Jealous Curator
9. Tassel up some gladiator sandals via Honestly WTF
10. Kristi Kohut paintings are inspired by agate rock formations via Design*Sponge
11. Make these pretty little pocket wall planters via Design Love Fest
12. Gorgeous silk pieces from AH/OH via Miss Moss

Contributed by Emily Gup

Spotting Ceramic Tiles in Morocco

May 6th, 2015


This post seems so obvious, I almost second guessed adding it to the reel, but tiling is and always has been integral to Moroccan culture that it would be crazy not to share some of the patterns and mosaic work from my travels around the country. The colors shifted from vibrant to subdued and were dispersed with care and geometric precision depending on location.


The storefronts, restaurants, houses of prayer and general architecture were a maze of intersecting patterns. Merged with cement and clay, these glazed geometric formations told stories of each location. Jewish stars covered the old synagogue in Marrakesh while abstract landscapes covered shops along the High Atlas Mountains.


While in Fez, I visited a workshop that documented the ancient technique – vats of clay would be baked in the sun then turned into long slabs. They’d then be scored and cut by local craftsmen, then glazed and placed into patterned formations. Bowls and table wear would be painted, while walls would be laid and spackled. The entire process was as beautiful as it was laborious- something that almost feels nostalgic with today’s design and construction methods.


Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

May 6th, 2015


Textiles are the thread that links this week’s gallery picks.

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1. Working with repurposed materials, Ben Venom combines the often menacing and combative countercultural imagery of biker gangs, metal music and the occult with the comforts of domesticity in a series of quilts and textile-based works at Ever Gold Gallery
2. Exploring the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion, and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
3. Jim Drain’s Seems/Seams at Various Small Fires
4. Anton Alvarez constructed The Thread-Wrapping Machine as his tool and medium. Used much like a DIY sewing machine with pedal control, the “wrapper” joins a mix of wood, plastic, metal, fur, felt, paint and other materials into bright, exuberant furniture. The exhibition will celebrate process, performance and craft, as well as design objects with and without “function” at Salon 94
5. Samantha Bittman’s new body of work includes a series of paintings on handwoven textiles, custom digitally printed wallpaper and a handmade tile floor sculpture at Johansson Projects
6. When considering tapestries and textile arts, images of pastoral landscapes and decorative designs come to mind. Erin M. Riley sources contemporary imagery from the Internet, exploring the millennial fascination for young women and self-portrait photography, colloquially referred to as “selfies” at Joshua Liner Gallery

Vibrance & Inspiration from Morocco

May 4th, 2015


Pattern Pulp’s been kind of quiet as of late. There’s been a lot going on – some things have been really exciting, and all consuming in the work arena, while others have been difficult, and simply put, a pause on life.

Today I’m back, and sharing a glimpse of recent travels. My beloved grandmother passed away nearly three weeks ago, and while this post isn’t necessarily about her, she was eager to hear about a trip to Morocco that was planned awhile ago. She wanted to see all of the curious inspirations and hear about the culture, the food, the birds and the music. After we laid her to rest, my husband and I decided that it was important to still go- that it would hopefully serve as a distraction, a transition and a reflective period while we mourned her loss. We joined good friends and took off in somewhat of a daze, with an itinerary that was loose but linear.


The mornings and evenings were sad and reflective times, but the days were shiny and full of color and delight. We traveled from Casablanca to Fez to the Sahara Desert then Marrakesh and ended in Essaouira. It was an absolute whirlwind, one that felt appropriate and extremely inspiring. I’ll post more specifically over the coming days, but here’s a little overview of our travels – more to come soon.


CATEGORIES:  Around the GlobeTextiles

Friday Quick Links

May 1st, 2015


1. Stunning color portraits from 1913 via Colossal
2. “Hot Mess” vases by Tanner Bowman via Trendland
3. Niki de Saint Phalle’s magical Tarot Garden via Honestly WTF
4. Camouflage patterns made from common everyday stains via swissmiss
5. Interview with textile artist Victoria Pemberton of Bind | Fold via The Design Files
6. Girls holding flowers by Luisa Brimble via Oh Joy!
7. Digging this DIY coil door mat – so many possibilities via design*sponge
8. Adriano Alarcon fills in half his beard with small objects via iGNANT
9. Adoring Seonna Hong’s landscapes via The Jealous Curator
10. Talwst creates miniature dioramas in antique ring boxes via Design Crush
11. Lovely DIY Mother’s Day card vases via The House That Lars Built
12. Museum paintings pasted onto city streets via My Modern Met

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

April 29th, 2015



The artists in this week’s gallery picks explore duality.

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1. Leehyun Kim paints to reveal the emotion underneath the masked expressions of passersby at Pheonix Gallery
2. Fuel to the fire forms a bridge between the two figures Ricardo Brey unites within himself: on the one hand the historical artist at a crucial time in the history of Cuban art, and on the other the artist who lives and works in Flanders, and makes work that is highly contemporary, critical to the consumption of images and the slickness in which they now tend to dress themselves at Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen
3. Ryan Callanan aka RYCA draws upon a broad spectrum of Contemporary popular culture in his works; referencing film, music and art history that is often seen as refreshingly comic and accessible. With early influences including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Ryan would take classic Warhol imagery and replace its subject with Star Wars and other movie references in his work at Copro Gallery
4. Chloe Wise conflates so-called “guilty” commercial, gastronomical, and sexual pleasures—it bags, carb-rich breakfast foods, and fetish gear— creating imagined hybrids of frivolity and excess. Cast in urethane, strikingly painted with trompe l’oeil effects, and re-contextualized as art objects, food and fashion are rid of their use value and are planted firmly in the symbolic at Division Gallery
5. In his new body of work, Yinka Shonibare contemplates the changing state of the Earth’s climate and the human instinct for survival in the face of the extreme weather experienced worldwide. Rage of the Ballet Gods sees Shonibare connecting with myth to find solace in the fantastical during an unnerving time at James Cohan Gallery
6. “At the heart of these works is the eternal push and pull of the spirit. The two-headed beast, the twin within, living just beneath the skin, sharing the shell and breathing life in through the cracks. They are psychic creatures blistered by hope and beaten with twinges of nostalgia” Sarah Louise Davey on her works in The Garden of No Distant Place at Paradigm Arts

Friday Quick Links!

April 24th, 2015


1. The 200 pound turban via Honestly WTF
2. Ceramic underwater creature air plant holders via Colossal
3. DIY watercolor phrase art via A Beautiful Mess
4. Swooning over these gorgeous kimonos via Present & Correct
5. Loving Hannah Lee’s free patterns available for download via design*sponge
6. A levitating light! via Poppytalk
7. Digging the vibrant colors of Anne Sophie Adelys’ art via The Jealous Curator
8. Sand and salt paintings by Fernando Mastrangelo via Trendland
9. Mid-century surface design & Kurdish mixed technique weavings via design-milk
10. The interesting aesthetic of melted popsicles via Design Crush
11. Kwangho Lee’s hyperreal paintings of cacti via Miss Moss
12. Interview with jewelry designer Jeb Brown via The Design Files

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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