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

Patterns in Educational App Design

February 5th, 2015


Tinybop‘s tagline reads, Toys for Tomorrow. Ever since this Brooklyn-based app company launched as an interactive learning platform, I’ve been really impressed with their mission, their gaming categories, and of course, their elegant graphics.

If you’ve visited their site before, you’re probably familiar with the Human Body app – which teaches kids how their bodies operate through playful touch and grab challenges. Today though, I wanted to showcase their new Homes app, which lets you play with weather, interact with your neighbors, and navigate 20+ heavily patterned spaces. Illustrated meticulously by artist, Tuesday Bassen, Tinybop continues to strive high with this latest endeavor, following the success of past creative collaborations – a refreshing step for the gaming world.

Has anyone tried it out yet? Would love to hear your thoughts.


CATEGORIES:  DigitalMediaTechnology

Colors and Artistic Commercialism

February 4th, 2015


Art, is literally in this Spring. I started noticing all of the bright, retro accessories at the Hong Kong Airport last month. The common thread throughout links abstraction and art to fashion and commerce.


Here, we have Marni and their Spring Summer ’15 bags. I subscribe to their blog, and upon opening their newsletter this morning, I came across this Mondrian inspired marketing mashup. The 2D meets 3D blend is a creative stab at a classic work, one which mixes color-blocked geometry with product overlays.


Then there’s Celine. Their infamous trapeze bag carries a multi-colored stripe, signifying a season and an art era. There’s a simple elegance to this accessory that feels independent from it’s leather, color-blocked counterparts.


If you’re connecting the dots to Gene Davis and his famous color exploratories, I am as well. Davis, an American painter, has continually influenced the art and commerce worlds with his large scale post-painterly abstractions and color stripes.


Moving into a playful category that feels more Katy Perry than Joan Didion, Valentino has applied rainbow chevron stripes to it’s Spring ’15 accessories. The move is bold, if not juvenile, in a lavish, cartoonish kind-of-way.


Bringing it back to the art, it wasn’t hard to connect this palette to another Davis painting. The vibrance is infectious, and the historical reference gives the collection weight. Curious, which one is your favorite?


Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

February 3rd, 2015


The art of construction and destruction reign in this week’s gallery picks.

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1.With a relationship to concrete poetry, Katsumi Hayakawa’s 3D works make visual connections between the complex and unseen substructure of the information age and the increasingly dense landscape of modern cities at McClain Gallery
2. Don Kimes’ new works are inspired by the old and blemished paintings that were destroyed by a flood almost a decade ago in the artist’s home. Kimes was fascinated by the outcome, drawing incentive from the way the ruined work looked after the natural incident at Denise Bibro Fine Art
3. Elise Ansel’s paintings are derived from Renaissance and Baroque depictions of bacchanals and figures in the landscape. Her work is about reclaiming, re-visioning and re-presenting paintings that were created at a time when women were seen as objects rather than primary participants in the creative dialog at Pheonix Gallery
4.In Alon Kedem’s paintings, complex entanglements of human beings, x-ray machines, production lines of figures and body parts constitute works full of humor that by their nature elude the expectations created by a theoretical system. They create an attempt – connected with foregone failure – at organization and order.  The works are found in a transition, in an interim world of examination, lack of success, in processes without conclusions at Feinberg Projects
5. The relationship between destruction and creation is an underlying concept in Ori Gersht’s work. “I’m interested in those oppositions of attraction and repulsion and how the moment of destruction in the exploding mirrors becomes for me the moment of creation.” at CRG Gallery
6.Charles Gaines is celebrated for his photographs, drawings, and works on paper that investigate how rules-based procedures construct order and meaning. Working serially in progressive and densely layered bodies of works, Gaines explores the interplay between objectivity and interpretation, the systematic and the poetic at Hammer Museum

Modern Art in Palma De Mallorca

February 2nd, 2015


This past summer, I visited Palma de Mallorca. Interestingly, there weren’t many Americans, though there were lots of Brits and Europeans poking around the cobblestone streets, enjoying their summer holidays.

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I found myself wandering between gelato stands, hidden beaches, food markets and cultural institutions. Along the way, I visited Es Baluard, the Museum of Modern Contemporary Art in Palma.

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Here are a few snaps of the Implosio Carte Blanche a Comicnostrum exhibit. The works on display ranged from well known Spanish artists to modern up-and-comers and presented a flow that was very engaging. The vast walls in contrast with clustered groupings worked brilliantly – the visual approach complimented the diverse collection.

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In between the paintings and mixed media, was a looping video and costume display (artist unknown). It featured two women in transparent bodysuits doing an athletic dance routine. It reminded me a bit of The Class, a yoga-meets-bootcamp full body workout I try to regularly do when I’m in New York.

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It was all very captivating in an unfamiliar way, and the accompanying outfits presented a balance of high concept fashion and athletic irony. The graphic shadows and red stitched anatomy completely desexualized the nakedness of the women. It was unexpected and mechanical in a refreshing way.

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Then there was Joan Miro in 3D. This was one of the highlights of the exhibit. His works have a playful maturity to them. If you’re a fan of his drawings, the sculptures will make you yearn for animated accompaniments to the art. There’s boundless expressiveness to each colorful mark.

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Baltazar Torres also made a big impression – his metallic urban sculptures are an interconnected maze of buildings that any city dweller can appreciate. Stacks of shiny rectangles are adjoined to create geometric landscapes.

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And last but not least, this piece (artist unknown) merges two distinct worlds: one filled with a cultural Spanish icon and another with futuristic florescent lights emulating the guts of a bull. It sparks a debate on the graphic nature of death on display.

Friday Quick Links!

January 30th, 2015


1. “Everyday is beautiful if you choose to see it” says Robert Jahns via Honestly WTF
2. Katy Smail’s charming zodiac illustrations via Trendland
3. Modern technology melded with traditional craft via Yellowtrace
4. Lovely hand drawn patterns by Dupenny via Anthology
5. A collection of abandoned greenhouses via Messy Nessy Chic
6. Loving Laurel Canyon Dreaming’s prints via Design Crush
7. Interview with sportswear designer Johanna F. Schneider via FvF
8. Gorgeous shots of Greenland by Carmen Marchena via Miss Moss
9. Emil Kozak’s layered black and white ink drawings and serigraphs via design-milk
10. Air plant “jellyfish” via Colossal
11. Diggable DIY polkadot clock via design*sponge
12. Would love to hang around this lovely flower wall via Poppytalk

Contributed by Emily Gup

Artist Profile: ChiChiLand

January 29th, 2015

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Meet Çiğdem Michalski, aka ChichiLand. Based in San Francisco, Michalski melds urban environments with adorable mini creatures to create folk art that’s both modern and whimsical. Her primary focus is on illustration and textile design and the results are fresh and kid friendly. Who doesn’t love an alligator in a bikini, a strawberry ballerina, or a one-eyed dancing ice cream cone? Keep your eyes peeled for what’s to come, as we’re certain Michalski’s repeats will continue to surprise and delight.


CATEGORIES:  ArtChildrensFashionTextilesWomens

Illustration & Winter Plaids

January 28th, 2015


If you’re from the Northeast, you probably feel a bit like this today. Meet Christopher David Ryan, the talented illustrator behind these winter-appropriate graphics. His minimalist lines and personalities mirror pop culture and add perspective and visual commentary to themes we’re used to consuming. For a fun reel, visit his site, it’ll be a bright addition to your Wednesday.

Tuesday Gallery Picks

January 27th, 2015


Myth and ephemerality play a large part in this week’s gallery picks.

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1. A group show with a throughly playful vibe at Andrea Schwartz Gallery
2. Saner’s works are heavily influenced by traditional Mexican customs and folklore. ForPrimitivo, the artist created lively portraits of characters wearing Nahuale masks reminiscent of those found on the streets of Mexico and according to legend, have the power to transform human beings into animals at Jonathan Levine Gallery
3.Integrating memory, literature, art history, and contemporary culture, Heidi Howard deftly paints portraits with loose, lively, gestural brush strokes, full of color, pattern, line, and a figuration, abstract to defined, reminiscent of old masters such as Matisse, Bonnard, Vuillard, Botticelli at Nancy Margolis Gallery
4.On the theme of the artist as mythologist, in her series ‘I remember Paradise’, Lakwena Maciver uses the relationship between myth and adornment to explore the possibility that myths – expressed through films, paintings, songs, advertisements – carry ‘echoes’ of paradise, pointing to a past and a future glory which we only see glimpses of in the present at Papillion Art
5. The Making of Personal Theory: Mysticism and Metaphysics in the Work of Sara Kathryn Arledge, Charles Irvin, and Jim Shaw is a three-person exhibition that takes notions of “the mystical” as an entry point to consider daily encounters that are marked with eccentricity, the surreal, and a dream-like passage of time at Armory Center for the Arts
6. Yellena James’ ethereal ecosystems at LeQuiVivre

Friday Quick Links!

January 23rd, 2015


1. Tadao Cern‘s sleeping beach-goers via Design Crush
2. Make some pretty nested clay bowls via This Heart of Mine
3. Romina Ressia’s twist on renaissance style portraiture via Trendland
4. A bracelet that turns your skin into a touch screen display via design-milk
5. DIY some lovely incense via Poppytalk
6. Monika Traikov’s photo manipulations via WeTheUrban
7. Stunning tattoos by Jade Tomlinson and Kev James via Colossal
8. Studio tour with Maira Kalman via design*sponge
9. Up your basket game with tassels via Honestly WTF
10. Interview with photographer and designer Martyn Thompson via The Design Files
11. Kiana Mosley’s lovely watercolor works via The Jealous Curator
12. Loving Dina Khalifé’s creative textiles and playful lookbook via Miss Moss

Contributed by Emily Gup

News to Share…

January 23rd, 2015


Fun news to (finally) report…I’m creating a Pattern Sketchbook with Chronicle, and it’ll be coming out in Spring 2016. (Yay!) We’ll be focusing on pattern spotting in the world around us, and how inspiration becomes a purposeful repeat.

I know that sounds like a massively long time from now, but everything is actually due rather soon, so…here’s where you come in.

I have a nice outline coming together of who I’d love to include in this book, but I’m always on the hunt for new pattern designers, artists and illustrators- especially young talented ones. I’ve always been a strong believer of following the experienced creators as much as the fresh up-and-comers.

So, please feel free to submit work that follows these guidelines. I’d love to include 1 or 2 art students to the mix.  

Please address your emails to: with the subject title: Patterns & Inspiration. Please, no heavy files – just links and jpgs.

Thank You!



Spotting Texture on Instagram

January 21st, 2015

#foam wall

A photo posted by Jessica Goldfond (@theshinysquirrel) on

I recently saw this image, screenshot it, and decided to do a quick post about the simplicity and dimension. A few days later, Megan Morton posted this prism-paper-cut-pineapple, citing Australian stylist, Marsha Golemac. As one does with Instagram, I dove into the exploration hole. To be expected, Golemac’s feed was fabulous. The array of work spanned cool styling, crisp photography and varied grids of all shapes and sizes.

Like me, I’m sure many of you used to find this kind of imagery in print publications – now, nearly everything is in real time and on Instagram. While I still buy bodega magazines for the editorial spreads, the never-ending stream of visuals has become my most valued source of inspiration.

No paper cuts. So sleepy. How good is blue? Goodnight x

A photo posted by marshagolemac (@marshagolemac) on

If you have a photographic memory, it’s almost sport to connect photos from unrelated sources. Scouring for new talent is much simpler as well. The interconnectedness of it all feels like we’re all intertwined, if not approachable – especially within niche communities.

So, back to 3D prisms. I think they’re great, and these creative variations explore a trend we’ve been seeing for a while. Curious to hear your thoughts, what’s the last thing you’ve seen multiples of in your feed? Share away!

CATEGORIES:  ArtDigitalDIYRetailSet Design

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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