At first glance the work of photographer Andreas Zimmermann appears to depict urban landscapes created out of children’s toy building blocks. The photographs are in fact high-resolution photos of individual Lego which are then digitally assembled on a computer to produce these clever landscape patterns. Patternbank love the playful colour and composition where order sometimes clashes, tricking the eye into seeing something that is not quite what it first appears.

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Enter the wonderful multicoloured magical world of Australian artist Tanya Schultz who works as Pip & Pop. She creates immersive installations and artworks from an eclectic range of materials including sugar, glitter, candy, plastic flowers, everyday craft materials and all sorts of objects she finds on her travels. For more magic, check out her website here.

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Patternbank are loving these modernist interior illustrations by Romanian artist Ana Popescu. With the holiday season not too far away these beautifully stylish illustrations focus on texture, interior layouts and muted colour plays. With the David Hockney exhibition happening at the Tate Britain until the 29th May, these artworks are a refreshing new look on holiday home illustrations. See more of her stunning work here popescuana.com

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Midnight Floral by Vivian Lau

Trend Stories: Exotic Island

Categories: Womenswear, Floral, Tropical, Giftware/Stationery, Swimwear, Nature

Tags: Autumn/winter, Big flowers, Dark colours, Dark floral, Floral, Flowers, Plants, Resort, Vector, Vector pattern, Wild flowers, Womenswear


Each month or so we highlight our favourite designs from the many designs that get uploaded by our talented designers. You can now shop over 30k+ designs online, all painstakingly curated into Categories, Trend Stories and Tags which makes finding the designs you’re looking for super simple and quick. Here are 17 highlights from our Editors’ Picks. Patternbank – the world’s leading online textile design studio for print, pattern and trend forecasting.

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Patternbank met Carina Sohl at the highly creative experimental zone of Maison D’Exceptions back in February 2017 at Premiere Vision and were in love with the delicate beauty of her craft, mixing nature and eco-friendly technology, Carina transforms her wild gatherings into unique botanical patterns. Carina developed her craft from combining a love of nature with the material leather, discovered on a course back in 2006. The result is beautifully detailed and intricate patterns, each unique in their fragile leaves that are captured only once, to create one-off designs. Carina has collaborated with brands like the luxury fashion house Loewe and Berluti where her designs have been used on dresses and wallets. Follow her journey here on her Instagram account and on her website here.

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We’re loving the beautiful pattern-centric work of Stefania Tejada who is an illustrator, designer, communication developer, content producer and stylist based in Bogotá, Colombia. She has worked for Savvy Studio and BBDO focusing on communication development and content production. Her clients include Lenny Letter, Tumblr, C37, Infashion, Why Wait, DNA Magazine and Meow Magazine among others. Check her website out here.

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Our aim when we started Patternbank was to re-invent the way buyers purchase textile designs and open up the way designers were able to sell their work online. Today buyers from all over the world are now able to purchase an incredibly diverse range of designs from our large team of talented designers.

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Activewear, Sportswear, Athleisure – call it what you will, this sector has seen massive growth over the past few years. It’s moved out of the gyms and yoga studios into main high street fashion. Our team have been out and about to bring you this Spring/Summer 2018 print and pattern trend report. We hope you enjoy this report as much as we enjoyed creating it and don’t forget you can shop our Activewear category on the Patternbank studio.

  • 5 print trend stories broken down into mood, print direction & colour

  • Over 30 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 50 directional hand-picked images

  • Colour palette breakdowns with Pantone TCX references

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Filip Hodas is a 3D illustrator based in Prague. In 2015 he started doing daily renders to improve his 3D workflow and explore possibilities of Cinema 4D, Octane render and bunch of other tools. These are the amazing fruits of his daily renders. He has prints available on Society 6 and his Instagram account can found here.

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Diane Itter was an American fibre artist working in the early 1970’s creating small-scale works from fine, vividly coloured threads. Inspired by historical textiles from Peru, Japan and Africa, her work took on a very different approach to other fibre artists of the time, who were producing large scale hangings and woven sculptures using natural, undyed fibres and unevenly tied knots. Studying at the University of Pittsburg, she was encouraged by the artist William Itter (her future husband) to experiment with hand-tied knots rather than loom-woven fabrics. A game changer of her time, Itter led to the next wave of experimental fibre artists such as Lia Cook and Helena Hernmarck. Sadly she died in 1989 at just age 43 but her beautiful work can still be seen in museum collections around the world.

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Patternbank are loving Zak Ové’s celebration of African and Trinidadian culture, where he pays tribute to both spiritual and artistic African identity. Born in London he now lives and works in both London and Trinidad. Zak works in sculpture, film, painting and photography, often collaging antique and found materials, where he is interested in reinterpreting lost culture and mythology. We particular love these wonderful collaged works, a carnival of decoration and pattern! Check out his Instagram page here for more inspiring work.

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David McLeod’s work experiments with colour, form and texture in a truly modern way, pushing the boundaries to produce surreal, organic animations and compositions of curious, abstract shapes. His series “Colourflow” can be viewed on Vimeo as hypnotic displays of moving particles, not unlike a Starling Murmuration: where they form a fantastic acrobatic mass before roosting. Another playful side to his work are his typography explorations into different hair characteristics through a bad pun. Originally from Australia, he now lives and works in New York City, go check out more of his recent work on Instagram where you can find visual inspiration interspersed by wonderful natural images.

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Josh Blackwell transforms the humble carrier bag into these elaborate and colourful pieces of artwork, where he considers their previous life and easy throw away nature. Instead their degraded status is brought to life with beautiful, colourful stitching in geometric patterns where references to a past life can be made. Discover more of his art objects and installations that explore and challenge the purpose and use of everyday items at joshblackwell.com

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Igor is a neurobiologist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and uses a confocal laser-scanning microscope to capture the incredible beauty and complexity of mantises, chameleons, butterflies, moths, stag beetles, geckos, frogs, caterpillars, snakes and any other form of creepy crawlie. Check out more of Igor’s incredible microscopy photography here.

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