Our new upgraded online textile print design studio went live a few weeks ago and our buyers and designers are loving the new format, you can find more info on all the new features here. Our team assess each design that gets submitted to the Studio, the ones that really shine get put in our Editor’s Picks – here are 12 highlights for October.
Patternbank love the colour and movement created in these photographs by New York artist Kim Kleever. Reminiscent of historical landscape artists like Turner and the Hudson River School, Kleever assembles miniature scenes in a 200 gallon tank and then submerges them in water. Paint is dispersed through the water creating these random abstract images which he then photographs with stunning results. Check out his Instagram for some beautiful colour inspiration.
Check out these cool urban shots from 20 year old photographer Chris Forsyth. Going Underground, in various cities such as Berlin, Munich and Stockholm, the photographer has captured some stunning views of seemingly unremarkable public transport locations. Cleverly lit and imaginatively placed Forsyth has managed to maximise colour, pattern and symmetry to create some mesmerising imagery. See more here.
Patternbank love these beautiful artworks by painter/illustrator Sophie Grandval. Grandval began her career as a textile designer working for such famous names as Givenchy, Dior, Balmain and Deusse. Since then she has concentrated on her extraordinary talent for painting where her work can be found in such prestigious collections as Mrs Mellon, Givenchy, President Mitterrand and Prince Charles.
Injecting bold patterns and creating edgy aesthetics into your home has never been easier, however only if you know how. We love interior trend specialists Habitat and their collection of unique statement furniture, furnishings and iconic accessories. Here are some of our favourites to help liven up your abode for AW16.
Rachel Newling works with linocut to produce stunning artworks depicting some of Australia’s unique bird species and tropical flora and fauna. The Linocuts are hand printed on to handmade Japanese Washi paper and then hand coloured once the print has dried. Newling uses lightfast acrylic gouache paint and an artist’s proof print as her guide for the colours and tones applied to the print in the same edition, “there are always slight variations as my colouring is “painterly’ therefore each print in an edition is an individual.” Patternbank love her depiction of some wonderful looking Cockatoo’s alongside the native species of Australia. Newling grew up nr Padstow, Cornwall and attended an art school in London, before she made the big move to Australia.
Nigerian born painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby uses a variety of techniques to create her multi layered artworks. Her paintings depict collaged still life scenes and situations based on memories from her adopted home in the US and her birth home in Nigeria. Patternbank are loving her mix of collage and African print. Her use of layers with painted details, create flat plains with a three dimensional depth. See more of her painted collages on her website.
Katy Smail paints florals from the world of fashion in such a whimsical way, you can even watch her paintings as they take shape at high speed on her Instagram page. Patternbank found themselves transfixed watching her create, lost in all those brush marks. Katy also designs beautiful bespoke stationery for weddings, where her hand-drawn designs capture the bride and groom in such a cheery and personal way. Originally from Scotland, Katy studied at Edinburgh College of Art with a First class (hons) degree in Illustration. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York where she works as an illustrator, painter and art director, so if you have wedding plans, you know where to go for that personal touch. Check out the rest of her Instagram page here.
The Patternbank team recently discovered these beautiful sketches by Jessie LeBaron. Jessie heads up a boutique garden design studio based in Brooklyn, New York. Their primary focus is plants, in all their glory, but Jessie was originally trained as a painter and has been the reciepant of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Painting as well as a Starr scholar at the Royal Academy of Art in London. She has been an avid nature lover since childhood and has worked as a professional hands-on gardener and designer for over a decade. She continues to paint, draw and make pottery in her free time. See more from Jessie LeBaron Gardens here.
Patternbank are a big fan of Katie Scott’s work and with the release of her new book Botanicum next month we thought we’d share some of the illustrations with you, along with others from her book Animalium. Scott was also asked to create this animated “living wallpaper” for Publicis for their London office, taking her work to another level. “Together we created two seamlessly looping animations for display on an ultra-wide projector system and an LCD video wall. The animations evolve slowly over time, creating a subtle sense of movement with their fantastical botanical activity. This brings an intriguing feeling of change to the space in which they are displayed.” Truly beautiful and captivating work.
These beautiful and serene photographs of Mária’s local swimming pool are utterly captivating. We love the calmness, the reflections in the water, the architecture and the overall painterly feel. She was born in 1988 in Slovakia. She finished her university studies of conservation – restoration and archeology. Check out more of her photographs on her website.
If your looking for some great colour inspiration for Autumn/Winter 2017 then take a look at the work of Cristina Coral. Patternbank love the project “The Other Part of Me”, where Crisitina looks at the hidden part of ourselves, using the camera to reveal a sense of hidden beauty and how we allow or not allow ourselves to be revealed to the world. Cristina is a self taught photographer and has found photography to be her way of language to express the world around her. Check out more of her projects of discovery at cristinacoral.it
These beautifully opulent illustrations are the work of Russian painter Slava Fokk. Patternbank are loving the elegant rich subject matter that has a slight art deco look to the mood and styling. Slava Fokk was born in 1976 in Krasnodar, Southern Russia and is representative of the fourth generation in his dynasty of artists that have been conveying its art views and professional skills through decades. At the present moment Slava Fokk lives in Los-Angeles and works on his new paintings.
Fly Chen was born in China in 1989, he now works and lives in London and is a recent graduate of Central Saint Martins School of Art. We love the bright and bold colours he uses that are influenced by pop art – we’re sure that Fly has an equally bright future ahead of him – check out his website for more exceptional work.
Boring old office furniture is given a new lease of life by Rotterdam based design duo Ward Van Gembert and Adriaan Van Der Ploeg. Their website Night Shop was launched in 2010 offering a huge collection of items ranging from hand decorated furniture to their P.O.V. bespoke rainbow light walls. Ward and Adriaan are mainly interested in mixing elements of high culture and popular culture into their designs, and investigating the boundaries between good and bad taste. See more here.
Brighton based sculptor Frances Doherty had originally expressed her creativity in a more culinary manner as the owner of a restaurant, but after experimenting with ceramics at an evening class, Frances was inspired to study in Ceramics, Plastics and Photography. The artist graduated in 2001 and set up her workshop in Hove, renting out space to other artists and designers. With an interest in nature the artist says, “My inspiration comes from flowers and plants that we see all around us, in gardens, fields even cracks in the pavement. I particularly love the secret worlds inside these flowers, in the patterns and textures hidden away that give a continuing sense of promise and renewal. I like to play with scale and will often imagine the size that a plant must appear to an insect…what is it about the flower that attracts or repels? Often I will scale my sculpture up so that we can have an ‘insects eye view’ of it.” See more of Frances’s ceramic sculptures on her website.
Born in Sweden in 1972, Daniel Egnéus has spent 20 years living in cities across Europe Prague, London, Berlin, Bologna, Rome, Milano and has now made Athens, Greece his base. His work is a reflection of his colourful life in Milan, Rome and Athens, with days filled with friends and time spent daydreaming all helping to shape Daniel’s work, and inspiring us with it’s beauty and depth. With no formal education Daniel’s work is purely from the heart providing a view into the subconscious creative mind. See more here. More →
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