Multidisciplinary, self-taught, and always evolving, Tyler consistently maintains a heavy illustrative style that transcends his medium of choice. Growing up on the Pacific Northwest and coming of age during the 90’s, Tyler drew inspiration from both the art and culture of the surrounding First Nations and the artists that fueled the second-wave skateboarding subculture. From pen and paper to more recent works using acrylics on wood veneers and hand made paper, Tyler continues to explore the mellow side of symbolism, applying bold shapes to natural surfaces. Check out more of Tyler’s inspiring work on his website here.

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Wow, these bold vibrant and textural delights are from the incredibly talented Liz Payne. Liz Payne is an artist living and working in the inner west of Sydney, Australia. Exploring the combination of what is ‘art’ and ‘craft’ in her work whilst creating a style that is uniquely distinctive, her work breaks free from the mold. Combining paint with a variety of thread and a multitude of beads and sequins, vibrant works of art are created that are both explosions of colour and meticulously intricate in their detail. See more of her crafted embroidery artworks here.

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These are Josh Keyes hyperrealistic post-human paintings where sharks and polar bears inhabit the planet surrounded and adorned by human graffiti. Born in 1969 in Tacoma Washington, Josh Keyes received his BFA in 1992 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from Yale University School of Art. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and has work in private and public collections. Keyes currently lives and works in Portland Oregon with his wife and daughter. Check out more of his poignant work on his website here.

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Patternbank are loving Gunjan Aylawadi’s exploration into paper tapestry, which are inspired be geometric cultural patterns. Gunjan Aylawadi is an Industrial designer and a self-taught artist. She was born in India and currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Aylawadi draws inspiration from repetitive geometric patterns and relief work found within arabesque art & architecture that she grew up around in India. Influenced by her education in the sciences and design, Aylawadi’s work is textural, pure and distinct. She takes her memories of the vibrant collage of the rich cultural environment in India and processes it through a filter of modern design and aesthetic. Her work, geometric in its formal language, is an abstraction of those visuals of wonder and tactile memories of handmade objects of her growing up years. See more of her stunning work here.

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Patternbank were intrigued by Rodrigo Torres new direction into ceramics. Torres has previously worked with cut-paper collage, using currency to create intricate and fantastical scenes, also featured on the Patternbank Blog here. This new medium sees him experiment with vessel-like sculptures in stark contrast to the familiar, pristine, decorative vases found throughout China. Instead we see what appears to be vases still in their packaging, with broken pieces of fragile tape, where clay forms are painted to resemble cardboard textures, looking amazingly realistic. Read more about his work via Yatzer.com

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The first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988). Discover the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. This unprecedented exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections. Engage in the explosive creativity of Basquiat who worked with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Blondie, among others. Featuring rare film, photography and archive material, the show captures the spirit of this self-taught artist, poet, DJ and musician whose influence, since his death at 27 in 1988, has been enormous. This must see exhibition runs from 21 Sep 2017—28 Jan 2018 at the Barbican Art Gallery.

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Patternbank are excited to be part of Arts Thread’s ‘Drop In Portfolio Reviewfor London Design Festival, at the V&A this Monday September 18th 1pm -3:30pm.

Design students and graduates are invited to bring their portfolio of work for advice, guidance and review from industry experts, who include Nissan Design Europe creative and Arts Thread to name a few. Patternbank’s very own Neil Elliott, Senior Trend Editor, will be guiding students & graduates on how to fine tune their portfolios for optimum effect. If you are a textiles student or graduate and in London this Monday pop down to the V&A with your Portfolio.

Monday September 18 2017 1pm – 3.30pm ‘Drop In Portfolio Review’ V&A, Art Studio, Sackler Centre for arts education – Free Drop In Event

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Patternbank love Frida Wannerberger. The illustrator has an innate fascination for beautiful things, the world and the un-everydaily. There is a subtle narrative to her work, expressing an intense love for clothes. An analytical relationship with what we wear along with an attraction to details, ultimately led her onto the path of illustration for fashion. Trained at Central Saint Martins, Frida graduated 2013 with a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration. Frida currently lives in London, where she is an Associate Lecturer on the BA Fashion Illustration Course at London College of Fashion. See more here.

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Mixing pop culture icons with stylised artworks, designer BFGF caught our eye recently. These fresh homewares are the work of Lilian Martinez who calls her creative endeavor BFGF an “Art Brand”. Patternbank were drawn to the compelling randomness of the content. Simpson’s characters, sports brand logos, historic female sculptures, and basketballs all feature within her work. Mixing history, pop culture elements, and tropical plant life to create amazing art pieces. Based in California BFGF sells through her website and Society6.

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Patternbank were fortunate enough to visit The World of Anna Sui exhibition, at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, a few weeks back. If you haven’t managed to visit yet, we would urge you to go and loose yourself in this fabulous collection of work. Since her first catwalk show in 1991, Anna Sui has become known for creating fabulous original clothing, inspired by spectacular amounts of research into vintage fashion and popular culture. The exhibition is arranged in Anna Sui’s ‘archetypes’ including the rock star, the schoolgirl, the punk, nomads, and surfers, these motifs feature in all her work. From fairy tales and fables to Victoriana, Sui researches her current cultural obsessions in minute detail to create a different story with each collection.

Sui is especially known for the richness of her printed textiles, combining a complex layering and mixing of patterns, texture and colours. This is a must see for any textile designer starting out, or in fact, those working now in the industry. It reminds us of the richness all around us and that inspiration can be found from many cultures and fashion movements, to evolve in to something new and exciting! Don’t wait too long as the exhibition only runs until October 1st.

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This is our essential Vision 1–5: Collection Autumn/Winter 2018/19 Print and Pattern Trend Report Bundle containing all 5 of our popular Vision Print Reports.

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Vision 1: AW 18/19 Print Trend Themes
Faded Wash / Flat Abstract / American Prairie

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Rowan Mersh is a multi-media sculptor who explores form through intuitive application of a material’s inherent qualities. His diverse and experimental approach to creation is epitomised by his ability to take very ordinary materials and transform them into the extraordinary. From textile sculpture to kinetic and interactive installation, Mersh’s pieces are inventive and multipurpose, bridging the realms of art, design and fashion. Mersh, a graduate of the Royal College of Art in 2005, continues to live and work in London. Check out more of his incredible works on his website here.

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Patternbank are loving the vibrant and colourful work of Alaskan born artist Kim Sielbeck. When not creating colorful, bright art, Kim is traveling, playing surf guitar in her band Puppies, reading, hiking, or sailing around the islands. She shows her work in several self-publishing art and comics shows every year. Kim’s client list is impressive, with Nylon Magazine, Time Out New York, and Buzzfeed included in previous collaborations. See more of Kim’s bright and uplifting work on her site kimsielbeck.com

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Justyna Wołodkiewicz creates wonderful abstract and beautifully unique embroideries, adding polymer clay to produce 3-Dimensional surfaces, that appear to grow from their traditional wooden hoops. Each piece is unique in colour, texture and shape, evolving in a spontaneous and organic way. The finished pieces look a little bit like living organisms or curious plant life from the deep, you can see more on her Instagram and purchase her works from her Etsy shop.

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The Patternbank trends team featured Matt W. Moore’s captivating geometric artworks in our Autumn/Winter 2018/19 Raw Nature Materials Trends, for the recent London Textile Fair. Moore’s ‘Mosaic Mandala Series’ explored the beauty of Utah and the celebrate the native colour palette of the landscape. After traveling to Utah for an artist residency with SUMMIT on Powder Mountain, Moore skilfully arranged found river pebbles, dried wild grasses and bark to create these stunning nature inspired mandalas. Explore more of his work here.

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Wow, Patternbank is loving Gucci’s latest Campaign for Fall-Winter 2017. Rewind to the 50s/60s and Sci-fi B-movie aliens and fantastical worlds. Enhanced colour filters and retro future visuals beam you to a surreal universe. Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele worked with Photographer Glen Luchford and art direction by Christopher Simmonds, to visit worlds straight from the back catalog of iconic TV classic ‘Star Trek’ – ‘Beam me up Scotty!’ See Gucci’s fantastical campaign in its entirety below.

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Patternbank are loving this visually enhanced photographic series entitled ‘Constructed’, by artist, illustrator and designer Pawel Nolbert. Pawel blends graphic and photography elements and poses questions like: where does the “photo” end and “graphy” begin?  The use of what tools make it a photography, and distinct it from a graphic? Does it make sense to create that distinction anymore?
Pawel has a high calibre of companies that he has worked for, these include Nike, Google, Apple, Sony and Disney to name a few. See more of his jaw dropping work at nolbert.com

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