Over the past decade Matt W. Moore has created an incredible body of work either as personal, commercial or collaborative projects. He works to the credo ‘range is conducive to growth.’ Graphic design projects often inform the Monumental Murals he paints in city neighborhoods around the world. Leaving himself open to the inspiration of new places, materials, and looming deadlines, for the majority of his projects with art galleries, he arrives to the venue empty-handed, creating the entire body of work as a residency on-site, whether in Paris, São Paulo, or Cincinnati, and always with accompanying outdoor murals and street paintings. Check out much more of his work on his website.


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Pattern is everywhere at the moment and it’s a time where many emerging brands are freshening up new collections with an abundance of found archive prints. The Patternbank team saw these fun, retro inspired shirt prints from Cuckoos Nest, a UK street wear brand that’s turning heads at the moment. We’re loving the mix of edgy street wear and the idyllic outdoors. Engineered Hawaiian style, cute animal character scenes, bear repeats and duck conversation prints give a real earthy twist to their new SS13 Summer collection.



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Patternbank are loving the macarbe compositions of silhouetted animals and plant forms expertly put together by artist Darren Waterston. Waterston is currently exhibiting at The Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. The exhibition showcases the portfolio A Swarm, A Flock, A Host: A Compendium of Creatures, 12 colour aquatints by Waterston and text plates featuring a poem by award-winning writer Mark Doty. The portfolio is a contemporary version of a medieval bestiary, a literary and illustrative form in which animal species, as well as mythological creatures, are catalogued encyclopaedically. “As Mark’s extraordinary poetry took form,” Waterston has said, “I painted in response, inspired by his words though not directly illustrating them.” Check out more of his fascinating paintings at darrenwaterston.com


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Graphic Designer Evelin Kasikov takes her work into the tactile realm of textile design by employing the craft of embroidery in creating her typographical illustrations. Patternbank discovered the Estonian designer at ‘Pick Me Up 2013’ with her embroidery workshop and supersize cross-stitch ‘Pick Me Up’ logo. Evelin has been employed on commissions such as giant wall designs for McGarryBowan’s London offices and illustrations for The Guardian, WIRED and The New York Times. Visit her website to see more.



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Patternbank were at Pick Me Up, UK’s first annual contemporary graphic art fair at Somerset House, London. In it’s Fourth year now the show has grown to be a great place to spot new and upcoming talent with original works and prints available to purchase. Not only that there are various events and workshops to get involved in so altogether a great inspiring day out.

Patternbank highlights the strongest Illustrators, graphic artists and studios seen at the fair this year.


This year was another mass of creative workshops and inspirational content.  Pick Me Up packs together the most exciting international talent from the wonderfully diverse field of graphic arts for an 11-day extravaganza of creative workshops, late-night art and music mash-ups, quirky family-fun events and interactive shopping spaces with original, affordable artwork and limited- edition prints.


Fatherless were on hand  creating one-of-a-kind hand-printed images especially for Pick Me Up crowd, as well as creating prints, t-shirts, broadsides and handbills each day. Formed in 2010 and hailing from Rockford, Illinois, Fatherless is a collaborative print posse of artists, designers, graffiti writers and educators. All of their work consists of hand-screened, limited edition prints, and can best be described as, “a visual mixtape of creative shenagination.”



Katie draws inspiration from traditional scientific illustrations. Katie’s original work was made especially for this years Pick Me Up. Patternbank loved her whimsical studies of biological studies and scientific drawings.

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Geometry Daily is a Tumblr started by German Interaction and Graphic Designer Tilman Zitzmann, he started the blog when he was taking a year out of “normal” agency design work to look after his two small daughters – he needed something to keep him on his designer’s toes. As Tilman explains, “I committed myself to two of my favorite fields, geometry and minimalism, and started creating graphics and publishing them on a Tumblr, one each and every day. It turned out that this was one of the best ideas I ever had.” Brilliant! Go check out the Tumblr.


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Patternbank stumbled across Bike Geeks Flickr page that contains more than 400 pictures of awesome retro antique bicycle head badges. Such a wealth of Graphic inspiration from around the world with the tactile texture of steel, the smooth feel of enamel and the myriad of logos, typefaces and vintage graphics. Check his Flickr page out here.


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Antique and vintage graphics are such a wealth of inspiration for layout, typography and colour. The Patternbank team stumbled on these stunning antique radio tuning dial graphics and thought we’d share. The collection was curated by Michael Feldt for the Indiana Radio site, which is a huge  information database for antique radio enthusiasts. We recommend you delve deeper and check out the site to view more visually inspiring vintage dials and charts. 



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Street art takes many forms, Patternbank stumbled across these unique and dynamic murals and thought we’d share. These hand cut, hand painted creations are the work of Rome based Italian street art duo Sten & Lex. Using a technique they call ‘Hole school’ Sten Lex create huge murals that consist of cut out stencils and blown up photocopied imagery. The duo are best known in the history of stencil making for introducing the halftone stencil technique where the main part of their stencil portraits are composed by thousands of lines. Graphic subject matter is a mix of historical and religious figures as well as Lex herself. They are currently showing at Magda Danysz Gallery in Shanghai until the April 30th so definitely worth a look if you are visiting.



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Daniel Shiel’s professional training as an archaeologist in the UK puts his photographic work into context, though he can trace his preoccupations back to childhood holidays exploring historical and industrial landscapes.The subjects he photographs have ‘minor histories’; from their creation to destruction, from usefulness to abandonment.He extracts specific details from photographic images, isolating them from their original context. These provide ‘materials’ or ‘pallets’ which are combined, using collage.The resulting structures attempt to define and express the uncertain sensations and responses experienced during his explorations. They may have a surrealist quality; becoming remote landscapes and settings of questionable and unsettling perspective and narrative.Patternbank loves the visual feast these collective images deliver. Distressed texture highlights intricate, vintage, typography or frames the surprising placements of architectural features. Visit Daniel’s website to see more.



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These quirky, oddball illustrations are the work of Netherlands based art studio Patswerk. Situated in The Hague, Patswerk was founded in 2008 by long time friends Ramon Avelino, Rogier Mulder and Lex van Tol. The studio collective use playful, surreal, complex compositions that mix an array of everyday objects in fresh colourful statements. See more of their unique and fun work at the recently updated website patswerk.nl.



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This collection of Graphic Collages by Sarah Mazzetti caught our eye this week. The Bologna based artist who’s better known for her bold and vibrant poster designs, was trained in Communication (Bachelors Degree) at Bologna University and in Illustration at IED Milan. She’s been freelance since 2009 and has collaborated with magazines such as GQ Italy and L’Europeo. Mazzetti has since joined forces with Guilia Sagramola and Cristina Dizioni to form Tiara, an illustration and comics label with an enviable list of clients, including the creatively inspiring magazine Anorak. Patternbank loves her energetic collage style and the hand drawn quality of her graphics, see her full range of posters and art at her website.





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Agata Dudek graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2010 and has already completed a wide range of stunning design projects including Magazine Illustration, Posters, Book Covers, Street Art and Toy Design. Loving the simple block colours and stencil effect of these pieces. For more of her creative output check her Behance page.


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Patternbank have spotted Ed Fairburn’s amazing map based portraits on a handful of inspirational blogs recently and thought we’d share. Based in Cardiff, illustrator Ed Fairburn creates portraits using old vintage maps to bring his unique artworks to life. He explains ‘ I paint, draw and construct using a flexible range of tangible media across a wide range of surfaces and contexts, allowing my practice to exist across various disciplines.’ Patternbank love the way Ed’s illustrations transpire from intricate road networks and structured landscapes. See more of his work at his portfolio site edfairburn.com 



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Patternbank loves the awe-inspiring street art by Greek illustrator and artist Alexandros Vasmoulakis. We were drawn to his fresh contemporary take on street art. Graffiti was the  foundation for his progression into painting, and after studying at the Athens School of Fine Arts, Vasmoulakis worked as an illustrator with advertising companies producing ad murals. See more of Alexandros abstract wall murals on his portfolio site vasmou.com



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With the Spring/Summer season just around the corner, keeping track of new and emerging graphic tee shirt trends is key. Patternbank spotted these graphic delights by street-wear brand Carhartt. They have just released a batch of 70 strong tee shirt styles with a real mix of inspiring graphic. The S/S13 collection sees a strong visual play on twisted retro sports graphics, outdoor hunting themes and comic book inspired prints. Guest artists called upon these season included: David Lanaspa, Doubleday & Cartwright, Rise Above, Typeholics, Playarea, Will Kemp, and Sergey Shapiro. Check out the full range at Carharrt website.



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Mary Kate McDevitt is a letterer and illustrator living and working in Portland, OR. Mary Kate graduated from Tyler School of Art in 2007 with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration. She worked as a designer at a studio in Lancaster, PA for 2 years. In 2010, Mary Kate moved out to Portland, OR to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator and artist and we’re glad she did, as she is creating some beautiful hand drawn lettering, Illustration and Typography. Go check out her portfolio on her website.


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‘New Levels’ is an experimental collection of work by John Chae. Here Chae mixes surreal  Pop art techniques with anime visuals to create a real modern twist on Escher style. The Patternbank team love the fresh new aesthetic and fractured effects created in these mesmerizing artworks. Chae was born in Boulder, Colorado but grew up in Seoul, Korea. He studied painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and after graduating moved to Brooklyn.



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As you probably know the Patternbank team love vintage graphics and find these sorts of sites incredibly inspirational. The Bottle Cap Man is a great visual catolog of old and new beer and soda bottle caps from the U.S. We love the diversity of the graphics on show within the site, from cool layout ideas to interesting colour combinations, this site is a treasure trove for inspiration and ideas. Check out more of this inspiring resource and get lost in the world of bottle caps.

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