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We recently discovered the work of Berlin based artist Romy Blümel, her intricately detailed and beautifully stylised illustrations are captivating and intriguing. In the process of creating her artworks, Romy employs an unusual technique – a combination of emulating the look of a woodcut or linocut but in her preferred medium of painting. Working in paint allows Romy to communicate with a broad spectrum of colour and to utilise the texture of brush strokes, be they bold or subtle. She often draws directly on to an area of paint with a knife. Paintings are sometimes merged with ink drawings, layers being created in several stages. The combination creates a unique and luminescent image, with striking textures and vivid colours.

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Romy kindly agreed to answer a few questions we put her way, to give us a more fascinating insight into what fuels her creativity.

 How did you get into art and illustration, did one thing spark your interest?

I was interested in art since my early childhood. I remember myself sitting on the floor, drawing with markers and crayons often animals and faces from magazines. Later I loved to visit the local antiquarian bookshop in my hometown where I discovered illustration.

After school I worked for a year as an assistant of an artist couple (painter & sculpter) in Berlin. I liked the atmosphere there, beeing sourrounded by all the materials and conversations about art, and I started to paint. From 2003 -2008 I studied illustration at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, where I often went to the museums to draw, but also in cafes, parks etc…

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The Patternbank Team have been analysing the latest Resort 2017 collections and have put together the strongest print trends alongside designs from the Patternbank Online Textile Design Studio that we think perfectly complement each story. The Resort collections give us a sneak preview of what we can expect from the Spring/Summer 2017 Catwalk shows. Slightly more commercially focused, but nevertheless important in their instant availability and timely showings, even the men are getting in on the act showcasing men’s pre-collections alongside womenswear. Watch out for Part 2 later this week.

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Floral Solos » Pink Flowers 02 by dancelstudio / Rachel Zoe / Dreamy Pansy Floral by Mercedes Quevedo / Christopher Kane / Alexis Mabille / Daisies and Anemones by Flavia Suguitani Cintra Esteves / Christian Sirano / Painted Tulip Floral by Jo Mitchell

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com


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Mixed Mono » Black & White by Angelina / Fendi / Black and White Stripes by Katrina Girl / Prabal Kurung / Marc Jacobs / Vk149 by Vicktoria Krupp / Monse / Abstract 7 by Yordanka Poleganova

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com


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Nature Lover » 2K1615 Botanical Garden by Kamil Kurt / Tadashi Shoji / Botanical Garden by Valentina Sevza / Antonio Marras / Marissa Webb / Vintage Roses on Darkblue by Kamil Kurt / Erdem / Floral Ocean 111 by Valentina Sevza

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com


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Pretty Ditsy » MSGM / Nature Flowers by Oslo Prints / Versace / Ditsy Vintage Folk Floral by Rachael Jane HarrisonDitsy Flowers by Rebecca May / Orla Kiely / Ditsy by Melina Blazevic / Erdem

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com


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Simplicity » Tory Burch / Graphic Floral by Manukian Ashram / Brooks Brothers / Leaves by Vivienn KristofFlora by Angelina / Josie Natori / Flower Bunch with Dark Background by Joseph Engulf / Tory Burch

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com


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Strong Stripes » Emilio Pucci / Mint Black and White Stripes by Jessica Halford / Edun / Simple Stripe 2B by SikdesignMarbella by Fernando Palma / Emilio Pucci / Stripes Stripes Stripes by Rebecca May / MSGM

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com


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Tripped Out » Moschino / 70s Bohemian Flower by Cestquigucci / Moschino / Small by Salpique ArteMalachite Texture by Simoneta De Simone / Moschino / Morselli Mattia by Blur / Roberto Cavalli

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com

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Patternbank are excited to introduce our latest trend tool that focuses on Interiors and Home Print Trends for Autumn/Winter 2017/18. Our interiors team have been researching and analysing the world of design, art and pattern to create this essential print trend report. With over 50 pages of inspirational mood, colour and pattern trend intelligence, this print trend forecast aims to assist and inspire with all your new season developments.

  • 4 macro trends, 12 print stories and print direction pages

  • Over 50 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 150 directional hand-picked images for Autumn/Winter 2017/18

  • Colour palette breakdowns with Pantone TCX references

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Our inspiration is split into four over arching macro trends. These four mood setting themes are then split into three smaller and more directional trends, all containing a mood board and print direction pages with credited images for your convenience. The print directions break down each of the moods to focus on inspirational print and pattern direction.

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Today Patternbank are featuring the work of print designer Tatyana Anisimova in our ongoing series highlighting our fantastic designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Tatyana is one of our newest designers here at Patternbank, her intricately patterned vector designs range, from rich Indian paisleys to traditional folk prints.  Check out more of Tatyana’s work here on her Patternbank Studio profile page.

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Paisley Ornament available exclusively on our Online Textile Design Studio

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Patternbank are loving the beautiful stylish illustrations of Ayumi Takahashi. Born in China, raised in Japan, Ayumi graduated from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, United States and who also studied graphic design at Central Saint Martins. Currently living in Portland working in the field of painting, drawing, digital, printmaking, textile design and graphic design. See more of her amazing work here ayumitakahashi.com

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The Patternbank team were lucky enough to get our hands on tickets to Wednesday nights Gala Awards Show at this years London Graduate Fashion Week. This year celebrating an amazing 25th year of showcasing the exciting new fashion generation of designers. Christopher Bailey, Vivienne Westwood, Holly Fulton and Julien MacDonald were amongst the crowd celebrating the last days gala awards show. Here’s our round up of the prints that featured in the final selection of graduates.(image above Chloe Jackson, Nottingham Trent University – Winner of the N Brown Textile Award)

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Madia Boshon, University of Northampton

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Bareia Ahmad, University For the Creative Arts Epsom

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