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.
Azuma Makoto takes flowers and transforms them into frozen wonders, locked in ice, their stillness observed until the ice begins to melt. You may recognise his work from the Dries Van Noten SS17 show where Azuma transformed nearly 100 types of rare flowers into 23 different arrangements. Check out more of Azuma’s creations at azumamakoto.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fashion photographer Nick Knight has a real passion for the English Tea Rose and takes time out of his day to pick the blooms straight from his own garden, recording with a smartphone and uploading straight to Instagram. Patternbank love his whole feed which is full of fashion and art inspiration and would love to have a view into this garden full of beautiful roses. Nick Knight is a pioneer in the digital age with his fashion website Showstudio.
Bunnie Reis is a “natural storyteller, time traveler and lover of all that is us, living in a world filled with magic and imagination.” From her Cosmic Animal Gloves, a Patternbank favourite, where she plays with the idea of old and new, transforming old leather gloves with visual symmetry and cosmic references to spirit animals. To her paintings, which are filled with magic and imagination, her work is constantly individual. Check out more of her work on her website and Instagram.
Check out the awesome work of ‘Inka Stencil Works’, a hugely talented artist based in Devon, UK. He’s been cutting stencils for over 10 years and is heavily influenced by hip-hop and graffiti scenes but loves a wide variety of art and media which is reflected in his eclectic output. Be sure to check out his Facebook and Flickr pages for more great work.
The London-based, Finnish, artisanal design and lifestyle brand Klaus Haapaniemi was founded by Klaus Haapaniemi and Mia Wallenius 2010. Their design approach is influenced by nature, Finnish folklore and traditional decorative arts with a modern twist. The inspiration for their prints comes from a rich selection of cultural references: the worlds of art, ballet, music and storytelling. Klaus Haapaniemi produces a luxurious home collection focusing on hand printed textiles, cushions, woven throws and hand made rugs. The expanding accessories collection carries permanent, timeless silk scarves, silk pajamas and dressing gowns. Check out their website or visit their Shoreditch store.
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