Experimenting with new techniques can be a key part of elevating artworks. Patternbank recently stumbled across Kris Trappeniers a Belgium – based artist. Describing himself as a “paper sculptor” we were in awe at his incredibly delicate portraits.  Using just a ballpoint pen and a sharp scalpel Trappeniers painstakingly cuts out his artworks to create these linear halftone effects – simply stunning stuff.

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Strong, bold graphic work from LA based multi-media designer Justin Harder. Most of his work is for music videos and commercials but his still graphics work, with stylised vector illustrations and vivid colour use is a strong graphic trend for 2013. He also writes Yoems (yes, it’s meant to be a ‘Y’, Justin’s own word) – here’s a short, modest one from 2011:

I am a sexy Beast
On a long leash
Fighting for peace.

Nice one Justin – we think your Graphics are pretty sexy too – go check out more of his creative output at justinharder.la

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With tattoo graphics still continuing to trend in the t-shirt market, these colourful artworks grabbed the Patternbank teams attention recently. Spanish Illustrator Ricardo Cavolo’s playful tattoo artworks mix religious art, Russian criminal tattoos, South American flora and nautical themes in a unique style.

Not satisfied with capturing his thoughts on pieces of paper, Ricardo is always on the look out for new surfaces and textures with which to explore; whether it’s textiles, wood, or even skin, his illustrations instantly bring these surfaces to life. Ricardocavolo.com

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Motorbike visuals and heritage vibes are still continuing to be a relevant graphic trend for A/W 2012. The Patternbank team spotted these beautifully crafted branding graphics by Caleb Owen Everitt. Caleb recently teamed up with Ryan Rodes and are now working together as Land design studio. Caleb’s authentic looking layouts and hand crafted font work that give these branded graphics such strong visual impact. The team already have an impressive list of clients which include Vans, Falcon Motorcycles, Levi, Nike and Stag Austin.

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New York City, letters, graffiti and text all serve as sources of inspiration for Greg Lamarche. His collages incorporate found materials and a variety of commercially printed papers. Each unique work is created by hand cut paper collected over the years and blends the elements of graphic design and fine arts.  Born and raised in New York, Greg Lamarche created his first collages in the sixth grade when he used reworks wrappers found in his schoolyard.

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Glitch art is a major evolving trend within live visuals, web graphics, festivals and apparel graphics. Patternbank spotted this creative illustrator whose work grabbed our attention recently. Sebastian Onufszak has etched into the industry with a fresh perspective, evident in his captivating graphic statements.

Polish born illustrator, designer and director Sebastian Onufszak has been working for an international range of high-end clients in the fields of print, interactive and motion media as a self-employed designer. His commercial and personal works were featured in numerous design publications and exhibitions worldwide.

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These Iconic Portraits Made of Headshots by Kim Dong Yoo are hand painted multidimensional portraits of iconic figures, from Michael Jackson and Madonna to John F. Kennedy and Albert Einstein, comprised of various well-known individuals.

Though these images may seem like your average, recycled headshot of a classic star, they are, in fact, oil paintings made up of thousands of portraits of another established individual.

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We stumbled upon these great pieces by Marius Roosendaal, a Graphic Designer and Art Director from the Netherlands. The project is titled ‘Make Something Cool Every Day’ and we think he has certainly succeeded as these bold, abstract, geometric pieces really work well. They are futuristic and retro all at the same time with a great use of space and texture. An inspiration to us all to see if we can ‘MSCED’. msced.mariusroosendaal.com

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Collaborations are a key part of creating new energy within a brand and can also be a great marketing tool for any new or emerging artist. Part of Carhartt’s Spring/Summer collection is a collaboration with Alessandro ‘Zuek’ Simonetti on a series of t-shirts. The Italian photographer’s black-and-white images appear on four t-shirts, which are currently available at Carhartt flagships and retailers.

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With photographic t-shirt prints still trending at many of the recent apparel trade shows(Bread & Butter, Magic, Capsule), Patternbank felt these photo collage artworks by Nick Morris were of real fresh graphic inspiration. Featuring evocative, retro-style images, Nick Morris’ art calls to mind a time of artistic girl-next-door pin ups and sleek muscle cars, with a tinge of sci-fi.

Aussie Nick Morris has worked in the street/surf/art sub-culture since the early 90s and has worked for brands such as Quiksilver, Paul Frank, Stussy and Mambo.

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Typographical trends and styling are an ever-changing creative language. Patternbank loved Dries Van Noten’s recent colourful collaboration with artists Letman and Gijs Freiling.

Dries Van Noten’s F/W men’s 2012 runway show was turned into a working mural art piece. Letman and Gijs Freiling interpreting Van Noten’s “psychedelic elegance” collection with a mix of eye-catching typography, surreal illustrations and acid-bright colourful patterns.

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Vintage graphics are such a major source of inspiration for new design developments. Patternbank aims to deliver vintage print & graphics for direction and inspiration in layout, colour use and typography. The Patternbank team love these vintage American bus passes which put current day travel cards to shame.

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Lola Dupré is a collage artist and illustrator currently working near Avignon in the south of France. The collage work is all painstakingly handmade with paper, scissors and glue. We love these handcrafted pieces – taking Aubrey Beardley’s original illustrations and literally exploding them into a thousand tiny pieces, the result is mesmerising. loladupre.com

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Marni, a highlight of the Milan Fashion Week calendar which is headed up by its founder, Consuelo Castiglioni, is to create a spring collection for both men and women for high street retailer H&M, which will be released on March 8, 2012. Inspired by the classic clashing of Marni prints (we’re talking 60′s polka dot meets geometric images), the collection promises to be a must have range of the season.

Sofia Coppola chose to film her first fashion advert for Marni  H&M in Morocco because the country’s colours match the brand’s bold prints.

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One of London Fashion Week’s brightest talents, designer Mary Katrantzou has created a nine-piece collection for Topshop.

The standout piece from the collection is the ‘Pheasant Dream’ dress. Reminiscent of a porcelain vase, with a fuchsia bouquet formed around a high neckline and a floral china Ming vase skirt, the item is made from satin and retails at £350. The range went on sale in selected Topshop stores on February 17.

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Christine Mayer’s philosophy is one of unique clothes with a past life. All the materials of the Peace Collection have at some time been linen sheets, table clothes, antique flour bags, mangle clothes, military tents or duffel bags. Here the beauty is in the detail of the fabrics with hand stitched monograms elegantly combined with angora and cashmere wool. All materials of the Mayer Peace Collection are from German antique dealers and European productions. This combines with a constant focus on the environment,reducing harmful emissions in turn with sustainability and social responsibility in their approach to garment production. mayer-berlin.com

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