El Gato Chimney paints nature with extraordinary detail, the natural world is given a magical twist, birdlife and other fantastical creatures, dressed in adornments of patterned fabrics, carry their homes, sometimes on fire, wherever they go. El Gato lives and works in Milan, Italy and began his career as a self taught artist, with an interest in graffiti, street art, steampunk culture and surrealism. His research for his work includes subjects such as alchemy, ancient and modern art, magic, mirabilia, occultism, popular folklore, spiritualism and tribal art. Check out his Instagram for more of his magical birdlife and the James Freeman Gallery where his paintings are currently on show.

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The studio strive to create mind tickling and unexpected experiences through materiality and technology. With a background in architecture and spatial design Wang & Söderström combines, collects and explores physical elements in a digital environment. Utilising new technologies to shape tomorrow’s visual and spatial experiences. The multidisciplinary studio operate within visual communication and digital/physical fabrication as an important part of developing and stretching the boundaries within other fields such as spatial design, art and crafts. Check more incredible work out on their website.

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Wow, we’re loving these playful silk screen art structures by Kate Banazi. London born Banazi studied at Central St Martins and now currently lives in Sydney, Australia. She celebrates the subtle variations of serigraph printing, exploring the layering of colour and graphic elements alongside linear grid structures and hand drawn forms. See more of her experimental work on her website www.katebanazi.com

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Check out this creative project by a group of Taiwanese art students from the National Taiwan University of the Arts. Hung I-chen, Geo Yi-hui and Cheng You-ti, produced a collection of tempting looking frozen lollypops in graphic, eye catching packaging, but with a sinister twist. Together they collected 100 samples of polluted water from locations throughout Taiwan, these were then frozen onto sticks and preserved in polyester resin and on close inspection the suspended pollutants and fragments of rubbish are clear to see. This project was designed to raise awareness about water pollution and its devastating impact the world over. Find out more about the project and how it was created on the group’s Facebook.

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Akira Ikezoe is a New York based artist, born in Kochi Japan, working with painting, drawing, performance and animation, his work explores the wandering relationships between humans and nature and shows a sense of humour as well as philosophical side. Patternbank love the zen-like quality to his work and simple primitive style, of curious potted plants, objects and intriguing imagery.

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It’s the doodle man himself… Mr Doodle! A crazy doodler from England. His work consumes walls, furniture and many surfaces and is often described as ‘Graffiti Spaghetti’. This is because his clusters of characters, objects and patterns group together in a formation that appears to continue to grow relentlessly. Check more non stop doodling over on his website here. You can also purchase some great items over on his shop here.

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Judit Just is an artist originally from Barcelona and now living in Asheville, N.C. She has a very successful Etsy shop using the name Juju Just where you can purchase her amazing tapestries (if she has any left as they tend to sell out pretty quickly). She has an incredible eye for colour which can be seen clearly on her Instagram account here – go check it out!

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Patternbank love the intricacy in Australian artist Louise Saxton’s crafted reconstructions using found vintage embroidery. Working in Melbourne, Victoria, Louise uses past collections of discarded needlework, lace and other beautiful items, creating something new and wonderful, preserving the past and in her words “a silent collaboration with the anonymous original makers.” Follow her journal here, for an insight into the process of how she works and her recent exhibitions.

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Patternbank are loving James Merry’s embroidered floral editions to vintage clothing on instantly recognisable sports logos. James Merry, a hand embroidery artist originally from Gloucestershire in the UK, now lives in Iceland where he has been living and working with Bjork since 2009. Some of his other projects include a capsule collection for Opening Ceremony and extravagant masks and costumes for Bjork’s stage and music videos. Check out more on his Instagram feed.

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Bloodlines, an exhibition currently running at The Andy Warhol Museum until May 21st 2017, presents a new body of work by New York-based artist Firelei Báez. The exhibition showcases paintings and drawings depicting textiles, hair designs and body ornaments, linking symbols of power with human gestures. Báez’s work is instantly beautiful with her gifted ease at using different mediums from abstract washes of paint to intricate drawings of botanical flora and fauna and mixing patterns along the way. Inspired by lineages of black resistance and making connections that further our understanding of dispersed groups, Báez is interested in the craft and art forms traditionally thought of as “women’s work” where textiles, jewellery and ceramics is constant in her work and this in turn can be seen in her own intensive artistic labour, understanding their struggles and illustrating this within her own work.

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Patternbank are loving these abstract paintings by Toronto artist Kathryn Macnaughton. We are particularly drawn to the flat colour-blocked shapes and playful forms created by the composition. Mixing plant life, abstract shapes and silhouetted form, Macnaughton creative pieces portray movement through the use of dark and light colour. See more of her work on her website kathrynmacnaughton.com

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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

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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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