Pattern Pulp

Being a Mother and a Creative Professional


Summer feels like a distance memory with the seasons shifting and the temperatures dropping…but I do recall a particularly hot and humid day in late July when the incredible team from The Grace Tales came by for a visit. Grace Alyssa Kyo took a series of stunning photos of my son Max and I while the talented Meagan Camp helped organize and style our home.

We discussed everything from my grandparents raising me and their advice and influence, to growing up in Rhode Island and later moving to D.C. then New York. I also talked about my career path and how a job in fashion eventually evolved into a freelance career in trendspotting, design and creative strategy.


A main focal point of the interview was of course this new chapter called motherhood and how life has ebbed and flowed since Maximilian was born.



Check it out on Grace Tales, if you’re interested!


Do It: Sketching while Traveling


Next time you’re a passenger in a car, on the train, in an plane, or simply walking about, take a sketchbook and a fat black marker along with you. Carve out some time to focus on something spectacularly ordinary – a broken brick, an awkward divot in the sidewalk, a beautiful asymmetrical flower, the window grid of the office building across the street…the clouds in the sky.

Draw it. Draw it again. One more time.

Keep at it, until you’ve filled the page and have a few angles that look interesting. Before you know it, you’ll have enough material to weave a themed pattern together from your sketch.

When you’re done, we’d love to see it…share on #mypatternstudio. Also…for more prompt ideas, please do visit My Pattern Studio where you can pick up a book and challenge yourself to 49 more exercises!


Meet Bonnie and Neil


Bonnie and Neil’s geometric prints are recognizable from all pockets of the globe. Bold, graphic and handmade, the brand has evolved to become one of Australia’s most popular independent textile companies. One part Bonnie Ashley and one part Neil Downie, the duo merges backgrounds in floristry, fine art, textiles and furniture making.

When we reached out to include them in our reel of incredible talent for the book, we learned more about the organic process by which each piece is made…


Everything coming out of the studio is hand screen printed on natural materials in Melbourne.  To learn more and and see additional work, check out their line as well as their feature in Pattern Studio!


How to Find Inspiration as a Designer


Every morning I wake up and delete a lot of email. We all do. I always read the Fashion Redef newsletter though. It’s inspiring, succinct and a daily digest that keeps me abreast of what’s happening in the fashion industry. They analyze the sexy and the obscure in a clever and refreshing way. Yesterday, HK Mindy Meissen, the curator, called out this quote from Nike CEO, Mike Parker. It’s everything – and essentially the whole backbone of Pattern Studio.


Friday Quick Links!


1. Dr Propolus adds a personal touch to fashion spreads via Trendland
2. Serena Garcia Dalla Venezi’s hand-sewn works of art via The Jealous Curator
3. Twelve artists customize 12 clocks for Hunting Collective via The Design Files
4. Willian Santiago’s vibrant illustrations via Honestly WTF
5. Fantastic mural by Aaron Robbs and Alex Proba for Dropbox via Sight Unseen
6. Digging Laura Apsit Livens’ latest hat collection via Miss Moss
7. If you want to know what it feels like to be inside a rainbow via Creative Boom
8. Nick Peña’s explorations of time, style, surroundings, and stability via Design Crush
9. Perk up a tote bag with some handmade pom poms via Oh Joy!
10. Love this souk inspired home via design*sponge
11. Yulia Brodskaya studies the beauty found in old age via Colossal
12. Guda Koster plays with pattern via iGNANT

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks


This week’s gallery picks exist at the intersection of memory, imagination and modernity.

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1. Fine art photographer Susanna Majuri is known for images where water is a key element at galleria heino
2. Sarah Letovsky’s GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS brings together an assembly of women, each distinct, separate, and detached. Are they strippers, Mötley Crüe groupies, single moms or curatorial graduate students? Are they Teenage Dreamgirls or Olay Aging Cream Consumers? Why are they wearing clothes? Are they on display for looking or are they looking? at Project Gallery
3. For 20 months, Nidaa Badwan did not leave her 100 square foot room to face the outside world. Inside, in her war-imposed withdrawal and isolation, she created-and photographed-an immersive world of her own. Safe and free in this small oasis, she produced a series of stunning self-portraits, a project she calls 100 Days of Solitude, an homage to the landmark novel of magical realism by Gabriel García Márquez at Postmasters Art
4. In Kevin Peterson’s Sovereign, children and wild animals peacefully coexist as complicit companions in the detritus of stark urban environments. The poetic staging of these unexpected oppositions visually elicits powerful psychological themes. Recurring concepts continue to surface in Peterson’s work, like the perpetuity of change in self and environment, the navigation of personal trauma and loss, and solitude and the pursuit of companionshipat Thinkspace Gallery
5. The North Fork is a photographic narrative derived from the Trent Davis Bailey’s experience of an agricultural valley in western Colorado, experienced first as a child and then as an adult at Koch Gallery
6. Valérie Belin presents All Star, a new portrait gallery of superheroines photographed in a style reminiscent of comic books. at Galerie Nathalie Obadia

Tracking Repetitive + Awesome.
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