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

Artist Profile: Chyrum Lambert

June 9th, 2014

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I recently got a note from the artist Chyrum Lambert, and subsequently fell into a fifteen minute vortex of collage and muted storytelling. Lambert lives in LA and creates beautiful textured layouts that appear abstract from afar, but get more directive the longer you stare. Using ink, dye, stain, acrylic, wax, epoxy, and oil, the works stand on their own, but simultaneous work as a collective unit.  Lambert’s style seems easily transferrable to fashion or editorial…I’d love to see his art grace the pages of The New Yorker or perhaps, even a Marni skirt.



Friday Quick Links!

June 6th, 2014


1. Soviet housing throughout Hungary by Katharina Rogers via Present & Correct
2. A peek inside the studio of K&R Ceramics via design*sponge
3. Taking a classic game and simplifying it with the use of color via Design Crush
4. Sweet DIY embroidered wooden box via Honestly WTF
5. Lovely ceramic and copper wind chime you can DIY via Poppytalk
6. The Sock Drawer’s awesome art socks via Miss Moss
7. Amanda Brazier creates her own paint from soil via The Jealous Curator
8. Digging these contemporary Indian Rugs via Trendland
9. Whip up some super adorable fruit cupcakes via Oh Joy!
10. Jim Bachor mends potholes with mosaics via Colossal
11. Illustrator Adriana Picker via The Design Files
12. Love this patchwork furniture by kith&kin via design-milk

Contributed by Emily Gup

Work From My Latest Redesign

June 5th, 2014


About a month ago, I refreshed my online portfolio with a quick and dirty redesign. I had a speaking engagement with the kind folks at Percolate, and realized about two weeks prior, that my personal domain hadn’t been touched in three years (crazy, but maybe some of you can relate)! It was time to replace it with something current and representative of my current aesthetic…not to mention the work I’ve done in-between.

While it’s still very much a work-in-progress (these things always are), I thought I’d share some imagery with you. I have an active pattern library now with roughly 150 prints, for clients who’d like to purchase or license (beyond custom pattern design) and am continuing to do creative brand development and marketing strategy (my bread and butter).

Hopefully soon, I’ll get to share a few collaborations that I’ve been working on over the past few months. When it comes to fashion and product development, the timelines are loooong, it’s always a test of patience! Particularly now that so much of my work is in the digital space.

In the meantime, check out what’s up and feel free to share your thoughts- I’d love to hear your feedback. Over time, I’ll be adding more in-depth imagery and explanations to compliment… Thanks!


CATEGORIES:  DigitalMarketingMediaNews

Trend: Feminine Florals for Summer

June 4th, 2014

1floral_skeetch_trendFlowers are everywhere – as to be expected…we’re upon summer! What’s interesting though, is the type of flower we’re seeing. Every season, we get accustomed to new design styles, and this time around, painstaking detail and illustration is front and center.


Line work dominates, reminding us of the medical journals that started popping up when organic and artisanal packaging started filling store shelves. It almost doesn’t matter if the colors are vibrant or muted, as the illustrations tell the story.


The style transcends products both locally and abroad- as the imagery above is from Sweden, the Philippines, New York, Miami and Paris. While we’re used to seeing flowers and vines from fashion and beauty, it’s most interesting to see the application blown out of proportion and scattered throughout the home sector…that’s when we know the design is here to stay, at least for a few years.

1. Genus Chair by Pillip Estlund  2. Wallpaper from A Bakeri Grows in Greenpoint (via Design*Sponge) 3. Nature & Human Collection by Lesia Paramonova 4. Illustrative work-in-progress by Daryl Feril 5. A Beautiful oversized knit I shot while in Stockholm 2 weeks ago 6. and another photo I took while at & Other Stories


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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