Shayna Kulik has built her career on pattern as the founder of Pattern Pulp Studio, a trend forecasting and design company dedicated to tracking and linking emerging global concepts in print and pattern. (You may also know her from the colorful and eye catching blog of the same name.) After finding herself constantly talking with friends and colleagues  about how to wean themselves off of technology (sound familiar?) in order to explore, create and appreciate design in the world around us, Shayna decided to take action. The result is her book, Pattern Studio, a guide to seeing patterns in your surroundings and using them as inspiration to create your own. It is one part workbook and one part showcase featuring the process of 50 exceptional designers from across the world. We think it’s the perfect gift for that creative somebody on your list and a great way to slow down yourself. Shayna shares more below and you can take a peek at Pattern Studio in the slideshow.

What do you find compelling about pattern?
So many things! I find it fascinating how symmetry in nature lays the foundation for all things in life. Whether we realize it or not, we interact with patterns on a daily basis and what we’re attracted to defines our personal style and point of view on the world. Like a web, it’s all connected, both literally and figuratively.

What inspired you to write Pattern Studio?
Pattern Studio is a guide to seeing your world through patterns. In creating this book, my hope was to show how a keen sense of awareness can lead to inspiration and creativity.
I tend to get lost in everyday wonders, from the unique swirl of a oil-doused rain puddle to a hidden stripe in an overhead power line. My goal with this book was to get people off their digital technology long enough to explore and create new work of their own.

What was your biggest challenge while writing Pattern Studio?
My primary goal was to make patterns accessible to aspiring designers and enthusiasts while also being useful to seasoned professionals. Striking a balance of appeal was probably my biggest challenge.

Now that Pattern Studio is available, what’s next for you?
In this next chapter, I’d like to seek out ways in which pattern design can make a positive impact on the world. By fusing vibrant textures within the civic space, you’re able to provoke conversations that can improve communities. I know this sounds a bit vague, but I’m currently working on a project, that while I can’t fully share the details, shows how patterns can reclaim old perceptions and reinvent the wheel for social good.