Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo is a graphic designer and illustrator born in Chile. After graduating from Universidad de Valparaiso, he went on to Escuela de Cine de Chile to specialize in Film Studies. Since 2000, Alvaro has worked as Art Director in design projects and as a Film Editor and Post-producer in audiovisual projects. Alvaro’s illustration work uses a combination of traditional techniques and digital image processing. He has collaborated with print media such as The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Wired, Rolling Stone, New Republic, Forbes, Harper’s Bazaar, etc. We’re loving Alvaro’s use of colour and the expressive line-work echoing the features and giving a vibrancy to his subjects. See more of the artist’s work here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Patternbank brings you a snapshot of the key prints seen at the recent  New Designers Graduate show, which is celebrating it’s 31st year.

The Patternbank team once again had the privilege of experiencing this years emerging talent at the New Designers Graduate show. Taking place over two weeks at London’s Business Design Centre, with eight distinct design zones and two prestigious Awards Evenings, New Designers is the UK’s most important graduate design exhibition, full of innovation and fresh thinking. Part 1 of the graduate show focused on Textiles and surface pattern design courses and was the ultimate event to spot the next wave of creative talent to hit the industry. More →

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Patternbank are loving the expressive use of watercolour found in these fashion illustrations by Fahren Feingold. Feingold studied illustration at New Yorks Parsons School of Design and has worked as a fashion designer for Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, DKNY, Splendid and L’Agence. Her work is available to buy on the award winning online fashion website showstudio.com, founded and directed by Nick Knight. Check out more of her illustrations on Feingold’s instagram and tumblr.

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The Patternbank team recently stumbled on these pattern enhanced photographic works from Russian art studio Yakovley & Aleeva. Here mixing fashion and opulent Slavic culture to create a collection of stunningly beautiful folklore statements. Vibrant colour, Russian culture and rich pattern collide to deliver an updated folk look. See more of Yakovley & Aleeva’ s work here on their Behance portfolio site.

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Cruschiform is a French creative studio based in Paris, they work on a variety of projects from illustrative forms to full art direction and graphic design solutions. The studio was founded in 2007 by Marie-laure Cruschi with the intention to continuously experiment and explore new areas to challenge limitations. Marie-Laure says “My art grows into the poetry of simple modular forms. Little by little, my graphic vocabulary get more and more figurative, driving me to new narratives territories, without losing sight that I believe the best work is a combination of a keen mind, a great know-how, a good dose of insight and a bit of malice”. See more from Cruschiform here.

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We recently discovered the work of Berlin based artist Romy Blümel, her intricately detailed and beautifully stylised illustrations are captivating and intriguing. In the process of creating her artworks, Romy employs an unusual technique – a combination of emulating the look of a woodcut or linocut but in her preferred medium of painting. Working in paint allows Romy to communicate with a broad spectrum of colour and to utilise the texture of brush strokes, be they bold or subtle. She often draws directly on to an area of paint with a knife. Paintings are sometimes merged with ink drawings, layers being created in several stages. The combination creates a unique and luminescent image, with striking textures and vivid colours.

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Patternbank are loving the beautiful stylish illustrations of Ayumi Takahashi. Born in China, raised in Japan, Ayumi graduated from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, United States and who also studied graphic design at Central Saint Martins. Currently living in Portland working in the field of painting, drawing, digital, printmaking, textile design and graphic design. See more of her amazing work here ayumitakahashi.com

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Internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains is a large-scale site-specific public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, approximately ten miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada. Comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than thirty feet high, Seven Magic Mountains is situated within the Ivanpah Valley adjacent to Sheep Mountain and the McCullough, Bird Spring, and Goodsprings ranges of mountains. A creative expression of human presence in the desert, Seven Magic Mountains punctuates the Mojave with a poetic burst of form and color. The exhibition opens May 11, 2016 and will be on view for two years. Visit the official site here.

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Patternbank are loving the vibrant geometric work of multidisciplinary artist Okuda San Miguel. Okuda is based in Madrid, where you can see many of his pieces on rail-roads and abandoned factories, instantly recognisable from his particular style. Often using structured patterns that could be categorised as Pop Surrealism, his work blends multicoloured geometric architecture with organic shapes, bodies without identity, headless animals and symbols that encourage reflection. His work can be seen in streets and galleries around the world.

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A hugely popular part of our site is the seasonal trend themes section – all our designers receive a monthly directional trend newsletter, they design into themes and then we collate them into seasonal trend stories. This saves our buyers valuable time when looking for those new prints. ‘Midnight Garden’ is one of our current favourites, go check it out here.

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With Chelsea flower show in full swing this week, we thought a little floral inspiration with a twist was needed in the shape of Tokyo based artist Taiichiro Yoshida. The artist is renowned for his intricate floral wildlife sculptures rendered in hundreds of hammered metal blooms. Decorative metalworking in Japan has a long history that began sometime in the fourth to fifth centuries. These skills have been passed down through the generations and Taiichiro continues the tradition in these flower encrusted animals and birds. See more from Taiichiro on his website and for an in depth insight into the processes involved visit  Highfructose here.

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Patternbank fell in love with these sculptural jewellery pieces created by Japanese artist Mariko Kusumoto. She explains on her website “My recent fabric pieces have developed with much experimentation and demonstrate an evolution from the properties of metal to something completely opposite. During the experimental process there is sometimes a breathtaking moment; I ‘catch’ those moments and develop ideas from that point. I like the softness, gentle texture, and atmospheric (e.g., translucent) quality of the fabrics I use. In all of my work there is always the insistence on skill and craftsmanship.” She also creates other beautiful creations out of metal and resin as well as fibre – go check it out on her website.

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Patternbank are a big fan of the beautiful draughtsmanship found in Kit Miles‘s work. Miles has recently been awarded the 2016 prize for best new designer at this years Homes and Gardens designer awards. Not surprisingly Miles is an advocate of the skills for drawing, enabling wonderful and often surrealist imagery to be incorporated into their designs. Miles formed his studio after completing his MA at the Royal College of Art and has since worked on projects for Duplex’s Colour Futures exhibition at Somerset House for the London Design Festival and a new line of fabrics for Liberty of London.

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Contributing-Editors

Patternbank is looking to build a team of global inspiration curators. If you have a creative eye, have a passion for trends and can write, you could be just what we are looking for.

We are looking for guest contributing editors to supply inspiring articles that will creatively fuel designers, brands and the design community. All that’s needed is a selection of sized images and a couple of lines of text explaining about the subject. All chosen and published articles will have guest editor info at the bottom of the page. If you become a regular contributor we will add you to our Contributing Editor page.

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