Patternbank are loving the work of Husmann/Tschaeni (Michael Husmann Tschaeni & Mira Tschaeni)- an artist couple that are based in Switzerland and both studied at the College of Art in Lucerne. They have exhibited between New Delhi, Los Angeles and Melbourne. They work backward, painting in layers on the reverse of acrylic glass, using different materials, such as enamel, oil colour, watercolour, crayon, glitter, and spray. It is like if two completely different, somewhat incompatible picture languages collided when they started working together. But somehow they manage to create pictures, stories, and installations together, without having to change their own individual styles. Enjoy more of their work here & on their Instagram.

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The Patternbank team are once again loving Lisa Krannichfeld’s mixed media artworks that incorporate watercolour and intense pattern plays. We featured Lisa back in 2015 but spotted some of her powerful new work recently.
Lisa was born and raised in Little Rock, AR in an interesting cultural mix of a Chinese family living in the American South. Her experiences growing up in these two intermixing cultures and their traditions have greatly influenced her work, which primarily focuses on the woman as its subject. Her expressive portraits refute the traditional portrayal of women being passive subjects to gaze upon, evident in their disinterested, and at times defiant expressions. Breaking traditions further, Lisa often uses traditional Chinese ink and watercolour materials in a nontraditional uncontrolled, free-flowing way often mixed with unconventional materials. See more of her stunning work on her website lisakrannichfeld.com or check out her work at The Other Art Fair in Los Angeles March 15-18.

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Astrocyte took place at the Design Exchange’s EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation, and Technology from September 28 to October 8, 2017. The 10 day festival presented to thousands of visitors the ground-breaking innovations that take the UNDP’s Sustainable Development Goals to heart, sparking conversations about the future of design. Astrocyte is part of the larger scope of work of the Living Architecture Systems: a research cluster that combines art, architecture, engineering, and science into experiential test-beds, hoping to address questions about the future of built environments – Can architecture integrate living functions? Could future buildings think, and care? And how can we design living architecture that enhances the ways in which we interact with the environment and with each other? To find out more about Astrocyte and its creator, artist and architect Philip Beesley visit Philip Beesley Architect Inc.

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Self taught photographer Benoit Paillé explores the relationships between humans and their environment, taking spontaneous pictures using a flash effect. The results are beautiful, surreal representations, of kitch landscapes and strange scenery. He sees himself as a hyper realist painter, his pictures documenting an altered state of mind. Check out more on his Instagram.

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Mary Iverson’s paintings explore the balance between the natural world and industrial activities, inspiring conversations about the causes and consequences of climate change. Her main sources of inspiration are close to her home: the beautiful Port of Seattle, and three magnificent National Parks (Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades National Park). For more of her thought provoking work visit her website here.

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Bryan Ray is an American artist with a passion for creative exploration. He has produced a distinct body of work encompassing a wide range of visual mediums from video, fashion design, to fine art. Often building on a unique juxtaposition of elements he creates a personal narrative between art and observer that focuses on their internal perspectives of time, space, and perceived realities. These sculptures were created through a painstaking process, which combines warm natural forms with bold colorful man made elements. See more of Bryan’s incredible work on his website.

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Patternbank are loving the work of Eva Magill-Oliver. With her base in the mountains of North Carolina Eva has developed her art, from her uniquely paper based collage to include oil and acrylic on canvas. Inspired by her surroundings Eva says, “Nature has always been my main source of inspiration. It informs both the subject matter and color palettes in my work. The natural world is an infinite resource for documenting and exploring shapes, patterns, and textures. It also invites personal reflection and meditation. My landscapes and abstracts are a perfect example of this intersection of physical surroundings and self-awareness. They are a simple representation of a contemplative process and express a quiet intensity that reflects my own personality”. See more of Eva’s portfolio here. You can also follow her on Instagram and check out her progress by visiting her blog.

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Patternbank have written about Elyse Graham’s colourful work before, with her wonderful synthetic versions of natural crystals or geodes. Graham’s new work, The Black Magic Collection, sees her experimenting with colour and form again, in these unique vessels. Resin is poured into a mold, layer by layer, building the piece from the outside in. Once a piece has reached a desired thickness, it is carved, sanded and hand-polished to reveal hidden layers of colour and unexpected graphic patterns.

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If you are looking for a slightly Mediterranean flavour to the festive Holiday experience, check out the Smeg, Dolce & Gabbana takeover at Harrods (November 2nd to December 28th 2017). The most famous British department store is showcasing a traditional Italian marketplace amidst puppets, lights and well-groomed trees that all give off an Italian & Sicilian style.

Patternbank are loving the new additions to the Smeg Dolce & Gabbana small appliance collection, which include Juicers, kettles & toasters. All decorated with themes and iconic motifs from Sicilian Culture. Get one on your Christmas wish list!

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Patternbank were out at the London Illustration Fair launch last night. London’s contemporary illustration event has returned this weekend with a programme packed full of the most exciting illustration, printmaking, and design! Back in residence on London’s Southbank at the raw industrial space of the Bargehouse, this year The London Illustration Fair puts the emphasis on play with interactive artworks and hands-on workshops. With over 65 exhibitors, from the hottest emerging talent to established names, The London Illustration Fair is the destination to discover the best in illustration today. The fair runs from 1st – 3rd December, more info here. Check out our favorite artists/studios seen at the fair.

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Every now and then we stumble across new artists artwork that stops us in our tracks. These mixed media paintings are a collection of found photos, which use oil paint, and vibrant pattern overlays to breath fresh life into forgotten memories of yesteryear. Denver based artist Daisy Patton is behind these intriguing brushes with the past. The Patternbank team are loving the more vibrant pieces, where colourful florals or tropical plants have been awoken by Daisy’s creative brushwork. See more of her work here.

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The Patternbank Team were blown away by the stunning detail of these mandala works by Asmahan A. Mosleh. Infused with gold leaf accents, Yemeni artist Asmahan, shares her work on her Instagram @murderandrose, where each piece takes upward of 80 hours to complete. Using acrylic paints and drawing the thinnest of line in pen, she then fils with bright pops of colour and completes with pearls of paint, for the final texture and detail.

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Welcome to Patternbank’s first Vision instalment for Spring/Summer 2019.

We aim to innovate and inspire you and your team so you are ahead of the curve for next season. We’ll be delivering a collection of inspiring and directional trend reports throughout the season. Each Vision trend alert contains 3 key seasonal print trends. Each trend theme includes an over-arching directional mood page, 2 print direction pages and 2 colour usage pages.

Vision 1: SS19 Print Trend Themes
White Meadow / Classical Ornament / Unfinished Nature


PURCHASE THE REPORT NOW - £20 / $28 / €26

 

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Working with predominantly raw clay, Phoebe Cummings creates temporary sculptures and installations, made on site and only lasting the duration of the exhibition. Responding to the natural world around her, her work interprets art and design sources, including porcelain sculpture, botanical illustration, prints and architectural ornament. Patternbank love the natural poetic and delicate fragility of her work, that is only with us for it’s allotted time. Phoebe Cummings has also just been awarded BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, in partnership with the V&A and the Crafts Council, this prize aims to find and celebrate the most innovative and exciting craft practitioner or designer-maker resident in the UK today. To see more of her beautiful work check out her Instagram.

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Mexican textile artist Victoria Villasana, creates colourful embroidered patterns, over vintage photographs of artists, musicians and icons of present and past. Highlighting garment details and facial features, Villasana brings the images to life, with a modern twist and somewhat surreal quality. For more of her colourful transformations, check out her Instagram feed and victoriavillasana.com.

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