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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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Inspired by nature and with a love for vintage books, postcards and found bits of paper, collage artist and illustrator Rachael Grant assembles these beautiful montages. There sometimes freakish and awkward groupings are what makes them so interesting and depicts the sometimes fragile environments, where nature collides and becomes vulnerable. Patternbank love the vintage quality to Rachael’s work, made contemporary by adding strong colours and unusual layouts.

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Patternbank recently stumbled on this collection of charming illustrations by artist Ayumi Miyahara. Ayumi’s simple, illustration style gives her subjects a glowing innocence and her beautiful brushwork adds a retro pattern quality to her floral compilations. See more of her illustration on her Tumblr here.

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Patternbank are loving the work of Spanish artist Ana Beltrá, who has been inspired by her time spent in the jungles of Borneo. Beltrán has created these wonderful abstractions in collage using a variety of materials. She also displays a great eye for pattern with the vibrant designs on her website here.

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Pawel Nolbert, a graphic artist from Poland has a vision of the world that is one of bright popping colours and distorting reality, sometimes juxtaposing images to unusual effect, in his words, “We construct our reality in our own way. We do that everyday on our instagrams, blogs and other carefully curated outlets. Knowing that the world around us doesn’t look like this, we somehow want to believe that all those often extremely filtered and post-processed images in our IG stream are actually the real thing.” Check out Nolbert’s Instagram hello colour for a peak into his colourful world.

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As part of their programme of inspirational evening events the Victoria & Albert Museum showcased fashion designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos in conversation with Kinvara Balfour. The Patternbank team were there to gain a little insight into the creative minds behind the successful fashion label Peter Pilotto.
After graduating together from the famous Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, considered one of the strongest and most creative fashions schools in the world, they decided to re-locate to London in order to launch their careers. Peter had already attracted attention with his final collection and with the help and support from the British Fashion Council and the fashion press, their business was already given the boost it needed for commercial success. As a collaborative business the designers experimented with various combinations of both the names, but with nothing working they decided it had to be Peter Pilotto, “It just sounded good”.

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Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival returns for its seventh year, featuring top emerging illustrators and designers as well as more established names in graphic arts. The Patternbank team visited the show this week, we’ve selected our highlights from the show. If you’re in London this weekend pop down to Somerset House, the show runs till 2nd May so not many days left to view these graphic delights. More info here.

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Patternbank are entranced by the beautiful and incredibly detailed work of dutch artist Marlies Niemeijer. Niemeijer graduated from the Amsterdam Artemis Academy and began her illustrative career at Piet Boon where she worked on various international projects. Noted for her finely detailed drawings Niemeijer works on commissions under the name Angels-Trumpet.

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Check out round two of the #GucciGram Project, celebrating Gucci’s Tian print. In this series, Asian artists have interpreted the Tian pattern, which literally translates as “sky” or “Heaven” which Gucci illustrated with a flower and bird. “#GucciGram is a starting point to tell different stories, which are all united by a great freedom. Today creativity is often born and finds its voice in digital media, vital source of visual culture.” Alessandro Michele. This campaign is running on all Gucci’s social channels and on Gucci’s website, see more here.

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We’re very proud to announce our Autumn/Winter 2017/18 print and pattern trend report. Our trend team have researched a wide range of industries to enable us to deliver this directional and commercially relevant print trend forecast. Everything from art, film, catwalk, music, pop culture, emerging brands and upcoming art exhibitions have been analysed.

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Patternbank are loving the pattern rich and philosophical work of Japanese artist Naomi Okubo, in her Bio she says, “I’ve always cared about appearances. The ideas for my work come from an inferiority complex and my experiences in adolescence. As an adolescent, everyone starts to care about how other people think of their appearances. In my personal experiences, when I changed my own image, people changed their attitude toward me. they started to concern me, and our relationship became better. I also realized the power of fashion and the fear of other’s watchful eyes. I have been interested in appearances ever since”. See more of her work here.

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Patternbank love the vibrancy in Chloe Sells photography where her surroundings can be seen in her unique images. Chloe lives and works between London and Maun, Botswana. Photographing with large format cameras she then manipulates the image during the printing process. These experimental methods range from screens, overlays, open-weave fabrics and movements of the paper to create bold dramatic images. Patternbank love the tropical feel to her work highlighted in the African landscapes of her home. Her latest work titled Under The Sun will be exhibited at Julie Saul Gallery, New York 21 April – 21 June 2016.

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