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Its not hard spot the artistic origins which have influenced the work of Miami born artist Alex Yanes . During his teenage years in the 80’s and 90’s, Yeans was immersed in the hip-hop, skateboard and tattoo cultures. This artistic and experimental environment fuelled Yeans’ creativity and helped him produce this collection of vibrant graphic art. Where his work was once confined to canvas, recently his pieces have evolved to include wood, acrylic, resin and enamel in colourful, 3 dimensional installations. See more by visiting his website here.

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These exquisite drawings and illustrations are the work of German artist Kaethe Butcher. Not surprisingly Kaethe has sought inspiration from artists such as Carson Ellis, Takato Yamamoto, Riikka Sormunen and Egon Schiele, whose influences are evident in her own work. Her subject matter hinges on femininity and the purity of female relationships, with many of her pieces involving erotically intertwined limbs, and evocative poses. As the artist says “who doesn’t like naughty stuff?”. To see more of her portfolio visit her website here.

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The Patternbank team returned to Kensington Olympia once again for Top Drawer & Home‘s Spring 2016 show. The team have selected a handful of top picks from the show with added spark of creativity from innovative designers and artists exhibiting in the Spotted at Top Drawer area. 

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Hannah Rampley

Hannah Rampley graduated from Leeds College of Art in 2013 with a First Class Honours degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern design. Since graduation she has worked both in-house and freelance for design companies internationally, creating a body of work that is both varied and highly unique. Hannah designs and prints fabrics, paints wall murals for companies, and can provide custom illustration for a variety of needs including advertising and editorial. Hannah’s clients include Mollie Makes, Anthropologie, Zizzi Ristorante, Petit Bateau, The British Museum, Tigerprint, Rachel’s Yoghurts (under Dutch Uncle) and many more.

 

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Velvet Olive

Velvet Olive is an inspiring design company that was 10 years in the making and today sells beautifully creative cards to homes and major retailers all around the world. The originator and director Kathryn Fletcher is a designer who creates a product both lovely to have and to hold, with the quality of the recycled board both rich in texture and weight harmonising with her warm and elegant approach to print. Her company statement “Endeavouring never to offend your eyes”, means the designs are considered with people’s reactions to them in mind and the homes they will live in. Velvet Olive is a company that cares about the products, how they are made and the team that produces them and is a firm supporter of Made in Britain!!!

 

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Hole in my Pocket

Hole in my Pocket have been involved in a number of diverse projects within the realm of art and the architecture since early 2002.The broad interests of HIMP are reflected in the diversity of their work which includes exhibition design, painting, video, writing, performance art and conceptual work as well as traveling around the coastline of Scotland with an old air hostess trolley full of wine.The following pages will provide a catalogue of some of their work as well as a brief insight into those behind the projects.

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The team at Patternbank are excited to bring you our latest Print & Graphics report round up from the internationally renowned Berlin trade shows – Seek, Bright and Premium.

Hot off the trade show floor, print and graphic trends from the recent Berlin Trade show instalment. After Bread & Butter was finally laid to rest it was the turn of its fellow trade show companions to pull in the fashion crowds. All eager to get a glimpse of the latest emerging brands and key trends happening for the Autumn/Winter 2016/17 season.

In this handy condensed report the Patternbank team deliver the hottest print & graphic trends that were seen. Our team walked the three most directional streetwear and casual wear shows happening in Europe at the moment – Seek, Bright and Premium.

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  • Berlin trade show round up which focuses on the key print & graphic trends coming through for A/W 2016.

  • 16 Print & Graphics Trends covering 20 pages of inspirational and directional content.

  • Covering Berlin’s January 2016 trade shows: Seek, Bright & Premium.

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Patternbank thought we’d share artist Danielle Clough’s fabulous embroidered vintage tennis and badminton rackets which have been doing the rounds on all the very best blogs this month. Vibrant and quirky with thick brightly textured yarns weaving their way across tough strings, Danielle’s flowers look completely at home. Not surprisingly all Danielle’s rackets have sold out after being featured on Colossal, Creative Boom, plus many other great sites so guess what she’s serving up some more and starting an online store.

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Spanish artist Maria Torroba is inspired by the great portraits of the 15th,16th and 17th century and produces these magnificent regal artworks in oil and collage, incorporating Spanish and Belgian linens, antique lace embroidered by her grandmother, ribbons, hessian and even shells collected on her travels. Torroba currently lives and works between Madrid and her farm in Extremadura, where she works as a painter and breeds Spanish horses. Her work has been shown in several exhibitions and is now held in private collections in Mexico, Argentina, London and Shanghai. The Stephanie Hoppen Gallery holds a permanent collection of her work.

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Patternbank are smitten with Helen Ahpornsiri’s beautifully delicate illustrations crafted from tiny dried and pressed ferns. Ahpornsiri has been making her pictures in the East Sussex countryside where she lives since being inspired one day to try and create a Fern Weevil she had been drawing in ink out of real pressed Fern’s. Since that day her beautiful patterns have evolved using the tiniest pieces of foliage to make butterflies, seahorses, beetles, dragonflies, moths, hares and owls. Follow her on Instagram to see her breathtakingly beautiful work unfold and to purchase your very own piece go to her shop on Etsy.

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This project and book by Paula Zuccotti aims to illustrate a moment in time, in the lives of a handful of people through the items they touch in a day. Paula travelled the world to find a selection of people from an array of cultures, ages, professions and backgrounds. The resulting photographic images depict an assemblage of daily essentials in the lives of a handful of individuals, ranging from an eight year old in Melbourne to a Drag Queen in Tokyo.
“I felt the urge to document our current interaction with these objects. Many of the things we know about past civilisations are from insights gathered through their objects. Their tools, utensils, clothes, manuscripts and art have taught us about the work they did, what they hunted, grew and ate and how they dressed or expressed themselves. Will ours do the same?” Read more about the individuals involved in her project here, or visit her website here.

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Pascal Jaouen is a master of embroidery and first made his name in high-end ready to wear where he invited the public to view his work during the collections. Now working as a tutor Jaouen shares his knowledge with other keen embroiderers wanting to learn traditional and more modern techniques at The Art Embroidery School where he works. If you fancy your hand at one of the courses you can sign up here.

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Artist, innovator, designer, musician and visionary, just a few of the titles attributed to the late David Bowie. The rock chameleon and pioneer of metrosexuality was a trail blazer in his field and has inspired generations of music lovers and artists alike with his avant garde creativity. The Patternbank team pay tribute to this truly influential man with a collection of Bowie inspired art and photography which capture the essence of this great style icon. His presence will be sadly missed but his work, and creative influence will live on.

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Master of precision and patience Rogan Brown is the artist responsible for this collection of intricate and fascinating art works. These impossibly delicate structures are inspired by microwords, from human pathogens and bacteria to microscopic vegetation. Some pieces are constructed by hand with layers of paper which have been painstakingly carved with a scalpel, taking months to complete. The artist bases his work on the micro organisms but says “Each motif is however completely fictive and imagined; it is this interplay between the imagination and the “real” world that fascinates me, reality is transformed and estranged through the creative process which paradoxically makes the finished work more real and unique.” See more of Rogan’s work by visiting his website here.

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Edelplast is the brain child of recently graduated object and jewellery designer Billie Van Niewenhuyzen. With the increasing global issue of E-waste, discarded cables and disused plastics the designer made a decision to reinvent these waste materials. Billie harvests these redundant products from their original home and combines, moulds and sculpts them to produce these stunning pieces decoration for the body. To see more of her work and read about her philosophy behind Eldeplast visit her website here or her Arts Thread profile here.

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To round off the year the Patternbank team revisited our inspiring posts and have selected our favourites from 2015. We wish all our readers, designers and customers a very happy & inspiring 2016. We have loads of new innovative features and developments lined up for 2016 so stay tuned over the upcoming months.

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  1. Llew Mejia – The Outdoors Illustrated
  2. Sarah K. Benning – Embroidered Horticultural Vignettes
  3. Christopher Marley – Insect Mosaics
  4. Joyce Kozloff – Maps & Patterns

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5.  Jason Woodside – Geometrical Juxtaposition
6.  Molly Hatch – Whimsical Ceramics
7.  Jennifer Orkin Lewis – Expressive Florals
8. Jonas Wood – Graphical Tropicals

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9.    Nick Liefhebber – Heart of Darkness
10.  Ouida Touchön – Carving Out Nature
11.   Elise Morris – Unexpected Beauty
12.  Philip Govedare – Complex Landscapes

 

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Susan O’Byrne was born in Cork, Ireland. She began her artistic studies at Grennan Mill Craft School where she received a certificate with merit in 1991. In 1994 she moved to Scotland to take up a place at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 1999 with a First-Class Honours Degree in Design and Applied Art. In 2002 she was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in ceramics, also from Edinburgh College of Art. These beautiful sculptures of animal and birdlife are created using a wire frame onto which Susan applies fine layers of patterned paperclay in a mosaic layout over the surface of each creature. Instead of creating exact replicas of particular species the artist has focused on producing human emotion in each of her sculptures. See her website here.

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Our festive Christmas event is live with a 20% saving on everything on our site which includes all Designs and Trend Reports. This includes all Stock Designs and Premium Designs so if you’ve been thinking of purchasing prints for your up and coming collection or buying a report for inspiration then now is the time to buy.

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Patternbank have been feeling the Christmas vibe and have been checking out the latest styles on the high street for christmas this year. We have put together some key looks spotted in the shops and of course online from simple modern geo patterns, bright neon pops of colour, fun imagery, we love the space theme very current with our own astronaut up in space right now and beautiful crafted looks, the choice is yours. Happy Christmas dressing!

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Different Tree Wrap – John Lewis, Eldan Christmas Tree Decs – Habitat, Geo Reindeer – Cox and Cox, Borba Christmas Tree Decs – Habitat, Boutique Iron Gem Geo Drop – John Lewis, Fir Tree Card – Luna & Curious, DIY Washy Tape Gift Wrap – almostmakesperfect.com, Hanging Paper Fan – Selfridges, Noel Placemats – Habitat


 

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Dinara Mirtalipova, Christmas Napkin Set – Coral & Tusk, Kraft Lace Tree Charity Christmas Cards – Habitat, Wooden Reindeer Tags – Meri Meri, Rico Christmas Cross Stitch Stamp – John Lewis, Paper Christmas Tree, Heaven Sends – Selfridges, Reindeer Gift Bag – Meri Meri


 

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Beaded UFO – Conran Shop, Man on the Moon Gift Wrap – John Lewis, Glittery Blue and Silver Bauble – Conran Shop, Robot Snowman – Conran Shop, Starbust LED Window Light – John Lewis, Paper Planet Decoration – Conran Shop

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James Denmark was born in Winter Haven, Florida in 1936 where he found inspiration from his grandmother, a wire sculptor and quilt artist and his grandfather, a bricklayer noted for his unique custom design moulds. From a young age he was exposed to colour and form which later gave him the strengths found in his work. Experimenting with collage using brightly hand coloured papers, fabrics and objects his compositions are free, capturing the spirit found in everyday life. At seventy-plus his work is still sort after by galleries and collectors worldwide most notably the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Stockholm’s Absolute collection. Patternbank are smitten with his style for using patterned papers in an eclectic mix of shapes and textures.

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Time is running out to visit The Fabric of India, a fabulous exhibition at The Victoria Albert Museum which ends on 10th January 2016. The exhibition was highlighted by Vogue as a must-see and we would agree, if your a fan of Indian textiles like The Patternbank Team then you won’t be disappointed. With around 200 objects many being brought out of storage for the first time and the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India, spanning from the 3rd century to the present day this truly is a gem of India’s rich textile tradition. Particularly interesting and beautiful were some of the more utilitarian fabrics that show the sheer brilliance of India’s craftspeople. The exhibition is organised by curators Rosemary Crill and Divia Patel. Go check it out and the V&A is always a delight in itself.

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The decorative work of Robert Kushner has attracted our attention recently. No newcomer to the art scene, Kushner has been exhibiting his work since the 1970’s. His more recent work introduces the use of geometricized pattern which backs his flower paintings, highlighting and contrasting the floral elements. Most the these patterns are inspired by traditional tribal embroideries from Uzbekistan and are sometimes beautifully applied using gold, silver and patinted copper leaf. See more of his portfolio here.

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Patternbank are loving the work of artist Minwoo Sung where the artist defines her subject by covering it in a natural camouflage of delicate foliage. Each painting shows the fragility of the human figure and at the same time captures a sensitivity whereby what lies beneath our outer layers is a beauty far deeper. Patternbank love the way she has used the veins in the leaves like veins in the human body connecting and travelling around the image. The solid black backgrounds make a stark contrast to this with the use of intense colours of blue, red and pink. Check out more of her sensual work at ablefineartny.com

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