Patternbank were excited to hear about a new exhibition exploring the work of designer and artist Josef Frank, due to take place at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum from 27th January – 7th May 2017. This will be the first ever UK exhibition showcasing the designers work, which will include furniture, glassware, lighting and interior design. Born in Austria Josef Frank moved to Sweden in 1933, where he developed his colourful brand of modernism, working with Estrid Ericson on a number of interior design ideas, together redefining what is regarded as Swedish Modern. The exhibition in association with Millesgarden, Stockholm highlights Frank’s vibrant designs for Svenskt Tenn alongside a number of his previously unknown watercolours. The museum is also holding a one day event before the exhibition opens to the public, where you will be able to meet the exhibition curator and team, a fantastic opportunity to learn more about what promises to be a wonderful insight into the work of Josef Frank.

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Floral Seamless Pattern by Tatyana Anisimova

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

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Patternbank is the world’s leading online textile design studio for print, pattern and trend forecasting and 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 21 highlights from our Editors’ Picks.

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Patternbank love Gail Kellet’s linocut studies of the Australian flora and fauna where she lives on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Southern Australia. Kelley enhances the main image in her work with bold elements in both the foreground and background including large areas of black and white, giving the plants centre stage. Check out more of her work here.

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Pantone recently revealed their 2017 colour of the year. Already seen on the Spring/Summer 2017 catwalks, Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring. The colour is all about rejuvenation and freshness. This vibrant colour can be used across many product categories from apparel to interiors.

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If there is one book to buy before 2016 is over, it must be Peter Koepke’s ‘Patterns – Inside the Design Library‘. This pattern lover’s dream book offers a snoop inside the Hudson Valley Design Library, the world’s largest archive of patterns and textiles. Browse through centuries of textiles, iconic prints and lost patterns from the past. A must have visual resource for anyone who designs, buys or loves prints & patterns. Patternbank interviewed Peter to get a further insight into the Design Library.

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Alison Moritsugu was born and raised in Hawaii and left the islands after high school. She received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She lives and works in Beacon, NY. The artist says , “My work reveals how idealized images of the land shape our concept of the natural world – in essence, how our experiences are mediated by the mechanisms of art and culture” Moritsugu paints these traditional idealistic landscapes directly onto log cross sections with the bark in tact. ‘These landscapes appear as an homage to the idyllic art of the Hudson River School yet, by viewing the painting’s surface, the cross section of a tree, any sense of nostalgia or celebration of nature is countered by the evidence of its destruction.” See more here.

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We fell in love with the magical fairytale illustrations by Chris Hagan. He is a freelance illustrator based in Brighton UK. He creates contemporary illustrations inspired by English folk tales, early American folk art and British art from the 1940s onwards, and contemporary Illustration. Check out more of his great work on his website or his Etsy shop.

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The Patternbank team are loving street artist Pastel Fd, a painter and architect, working in Buenos Aires. Pastel uses the urban landscape and unloved derelict builds as creative canvas. Pastel Fd explains: “Far away of conventional architecture, I understand work on the street as a urban acupuncture. Modern cities are full of “Non-places” because of irregular and not inclusive masterplanning. So paintings can be a kickstart for those places, working on the local identity and not being another tool of social gentrification. I try to base my work on experiences. Considering the space where I get to create my work, it may be a city, a rural space, an open space or a closed space. At first trying to understand the conditions that the environment offers and not to impose an already established concept for the space. Working with symbolism like arrowheads and flora, the pieces begin a dialogue about the nature of man and his surroundings. The existential, real, pure and tragic, almost forgotten in modern society.” See more of his amazing urban transformations on his portfolio site.

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Jonathan Zawada created these mesmerising and surreal artworks for Mark Pritchard’s first solo album in five years titled ‘Under the Sun’ on Warp Records. Zawada created the set of mysterious artworks using computer graphic landscapes while Pritchard was working on the album. Check out more of Zawada’s work on his website.

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The personal Art Collection of the late David Bowie has caused quite a stir this week, which is not surprising when you see it contains some 400 items of which over 200 are from some of the most important British artists of the 20th century, including Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Frank Auerbach and Damien Hirst. Bowie was an avid and passionate collector of 20th-century British Art, with a deep understanding of the artworks he owned.

“Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way I feel in the mornings. The same work can change me in different ways, depending on what I’m going through.” – DAVID BOWIE quoted in The New York Times, 1998.

The Bowie/Collector collection is currently on display at Sotheby’s New Bond Street Galleries, London and online so if you can spare some time go check it out before it goes under the hammer. The artworks will be auctioned by Sothebys.com on the 10 – 11th November Here are some of Patternbank’s favourites including the wonderful ‘Fanaglo Store’ by Norman Catherine and the magnificent ‘Air Power’ by Jean-Michel Basquiat, which is expected to fetch up to £3.5 million.

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Jack Vanzet is a creative director and multidisciplinary artist from Melbourne, Australia who works in the fields of graphic design, art direction, typography, illustration and branding. He has worked with a variety of different agencies and clients including Sony, Tumblr, EMI, Warner Music, Vice Magazine and Universal Music Group and many more. For more incredible work check out his website and to stay up to date with Jack’s abstract series and other new work follow him on Instagram.

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The Patternbank team were in awe when we stumbled across the hypnotic and beautiful work of Betsy Walton. Betsy is a US Based illustrator and painter based in Portland Oregon. She explains “ My style is informed by a range of influences including Byzantine icon paintings, American folk art, geometric abstraction, and the work of many contemporary illustrators and painters. I work with a spontaneous approach and few expectations of specific results. I rarely sketch preliminary drawings before diving into a painting, in the belief that the image formed through the painting process itself will be rich, revealing, and vital.” See more of Betsy’s crafted painting on her portfolio site Morningcraft.

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Minori is a 23 year old fashion icon who has reinvented the fashion seen on the streets of Harajuku in Tokyo. She dresses up in a fashion style called “Shironuri”, which means “painted in white”. She’s been featured in Vogue and now has a large international fan base, due to coverage of her outfits by TokyoFashion.com.

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French royal lithographer Étienne Denisse (active 1814-57) worked for the botanical garden of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. He lived for many years in the French West Indies, employed by the government to illustrate plants and collect horticultural specimens. Published 1843; Flore d’Amérique included more than 200 plates in total and created a sensation when first released. See the entire 200 plates here.

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Paint splatters and artistic daubs had never looked so sophisticated until designer Olya Glagoleva collaborated with Lisa Smirnova to create this painters studio collection. The designer and artist combined their creative skills to give these accidental drips and splashes a creative twist, taking over 100 hours to painstakingly embroider and embellish these unique garments. See more of Glagoleva’s designs on her Instagram here, and Smirnov’s illustrations and embroidery here.

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