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Patternbank love the bold illustrations by Edinburgh artist Dominic Kesterton, born and raised in York, Kesterton is a natural storyteller putting pen to paper with some wild imagination. Instantly recognisable Kesterton’s illustrations are bold and bright where line moves freely making plant filled worlds with amusing shapes. Kesterton’s projects include work for clients: Converse, Lazy Oaf, Nowbrow, Peckam Print Studio, Creative Edinburgh, Novation, Illustrated Mind, Harvest Skate Co and Outside Apparel. He also runs a risograph printing service and sell T-shirts independently through his online shop Half Joyed. Check out more of his work on his tumblr and instagram account.

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For Liberty’s 140th anniversary celebrations, textile artist Louise Gardiner was commissioned to create a giant embroidered quilt. With the title of ‘Steering the Lighthouse of Love’, this artwork used Victorian Maritime tattoos as its theme. Louise spent time researching historical maritime tattoos and was fascinated by their cheeky imagery and subversive nature. The quilt is on show in the haberdashery department of Liberty until next spring, see more here.

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Dismaland – Bemusement Park. Are you looking for an alternative to the soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out? Or just somewhere a lot cheaper? Then this is the place for you – a vibrant new world that provides an escape from mindless escapism.

“The UK’s most disappointing visitor attraction!”

The must-see event is only running for 5 weeks from 21st August – 27th September 2015 on the seafront in legendary Weston-super-Mare, Somerset UK. The event includes Galleries, Model Village, Cinderella’s Castle, Guerilla Island and much more – for a full site map go here. Over 60 artists from all over the world including Banksy, Damien Hirst and David Shrigley have created a range of incredible, thought provoking and anarchic pieces of work for the event – a full list can be found here.

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Patternbank love Eleanor Taylor’s somewhat somber illustrations, where she plays with symbols and folklore to create a textural narrative. Eleanor grew up in Brighton, England and after studying a BA in illustration she went on to complete an MA at The Royal College of Art. Experimenting with a mix of mediums from pencil, paint, ink and collage Eleanor brings all these elements together using digital techniques which adds another dimension to her work. Both decorative and conceptual ideas are equally important in Eleanor’s illustration’s to tell the story. Check out more of her visions on her tumblr eleanorvisionstumblr.com

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S/S 2016 – WILD FLORAL MIXING / BOTANICAL STUDIES / WATERCOLOUR DETAIL / MINUTE FLOWERS / FLORAL BOUQUETS / ROMANTIC STYLING

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ANNIE’S LACE BY SOFIA PERINA-MILLER / BLUE GARDEN BY PRINTMUSE / BOTANICAL FLORAL STUDIES BY ELEANOR VORSTIUS / ROMANTIC FLOWERS BY MARIA ISABEL RODRIGUEZ

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Image credits: Steven Meisel for Vogue, Mouni Feddag, Stella McCartney S/S16 – Vogue.com, Michelle Morin, Gucci Florals, Monique Lhuillier S/S16 Vogue.com, Hennie Haworth.

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Check out these awesome drawings by David Ernst, we just love the way he can transform any picture with his painstakingly intricate cross hatching to create a new and completely different illustration. We’re also loving his diverse subject matter of seemingly totally random images which keeps his work very fresh. For more amazing work from this talented guy check out his Tumblr.

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Ryan Tippery is a visual artist / designer based in Chicago. From his site he explains: “The Formel series marries itself with the Informel group. The latter has an emphasis on expression, intuition and spontaneity. Formel is taking that intuitive expression and confining it graphically to show a level of control and composition that the informel paintings rebel against. Continuing the same ideas behind the Informel paintings, this series seeks to translate unconscious thought processes into a visual realm.” Check out more of Ryan’s creations here.

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ABSTRACT FLOWER BY BOZHIDAR SVILENOV / BAMBOO LEAVES BY SONAL KUMAR / BRUSH & FLOWER BY LUIZ LONDRES / JAPANESE BIRDS BY PRINTMUSE

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Image credits: Alexa Chung, Valentino Resort SS16 Vogue, Kawabata Gyokusho, Japanese Chiyogami Paper, Vivienne Tam A/W 15/16 Style.com, Kenzo SS15, Hyakka Ryoran, Florence Broadhurst

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Based in Brooklyn, NY, Stearns’s work is centered on the use of electronic technologies and electronic media to explore dynamic relationships between ideas and material as mobilized within complex and interconnected societies. Deconstruction, reconfiguration, and extension are key methodologies and techniques employed in the production of works that range from audio visual performances, electronic sculptures, light and sound installation, digital textiles, and other oddities both digital and material. For more amazing work, visit his website.

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Patternbank loves the work of Michigan born artist and sculptor Jason Middlebrook. His captivating geometric paintings on slices of tree trunk give the surreal effect of a contemporary, abstract grain. The artist says,”No matter what I paint on those planks, I have to take into account that the tree did so much more work than what I did. The tree lived for a hundred years, and it compressed all that time into the grain. Every time I do a plank painting, I’m trying to respect nature, but also create my own parking lot, my own highway. I think that’s what the planks are about, trying to draw attention to the tree, draw attention to the form, and then delicately make a statement with my hand. Because the tree is the narrative.” See Jason’s website here. 

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Philip’s landscape paintings are derived from sites that are both visually compelling and charged with implications of use, development and ownership. The conditions of the landscape including light, color, texture and atmosphere give meaning to place. The transformation of land and sky through industry and enterprise may be deliberate, or simply the unintended consequence of the human impact on a fragile environment. For more, visit Philip’s website.

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Indulge your senses and immerse yourself in Sayuri Sasaki Hemann’s magical underworld. This etherial collection of stitched and embroidered sea creatures capture the delicate detail of the real thing. Sayer says, “I am most inspired by the way light reflects on each medium, threads and fibers, everchanging underwater sea creatures, and vivid colors of life.” These animals are made out of felt and coloured organza and are suspended from the ceiling to create an installation of teaming marine life. Urban Aquarium is currently on show at Contemporary Art Center of Peoria until Aug 21st. If can’t make it see more from Sayuri here.

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The team at Patternbank are excited to bring you our latest Print & Graphics report from the internationally renowned Berlin trade shows – Premium, Seek, Bright and Bread and Butter… and it’s a free download!

 

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The Patternbank team were at the recent Berlin fashion week to check out the upcoming trends seen at Seek, Bright, Premium and BBB (RIP). The Berlin trade shows are a great place to track new emerging brands and get a feeling for the key trends coming through for Spring/Summer 2016.

 

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We’re sure you’ll find this report a valuable insight into what’s new in Print, Pattern and Graphics for Spring/Summer 2016. Download the full report here!

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Morgana Wallace mixes watercolour with paper collage to create these colourful three-dimentional illustrations using layers of cut paper to build on her mythical stories. Wallace is a mixed media artist based in Victoria, Canada where she puts together mythological scenes telling stories in texture, colour and beautiful detail. You can follow her work on her blog here and on instagram.

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Back in 2014 textile designers Helle Gråbæk and Maria Kirk Mikkelsen collaborated on a project to ‘Salute the Sketch’. These incomplete weavings, like a sketch, are unfinished, displaying the raw edges of work in progress. ‘We love colour and texture. Out with all the rules and the opinions of others and in with spots of colour. Bring on the distortion. Our textile training has taught us a love of pattern. Anni Albers and Gunta Stolzl. Our history, our passion. Vertical, horizontal, organic, geometric, contextual and contrasting.’ See more from the designers here.

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Patternbank brings you the second snapshot of strongest graduates from the  New Designers Part 2  & D&AD’s New Blood Graduate shows. The Patternbank team once again had the privilege of experiencing this years emerging talent at the shows. Part 2 of the New Designers  show focuses on Illustration, Graphic Design and product design courses. D&AD’s New Blood which is situated in Shoreditch is a powerhouse of visual communication courses showcasing the next generation of graduates keen to impress. These events are the ultimate opportunity to spot the next wave of creative talent to hit the industry.

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India – Taylor Smith (Middlesex University), Andrew Tickner (University of Westminster) / Lauren White (Arts University Bournemouth), Sampada Gurung (Falmouth Illustration), Georgina Ridler (Plymouth College of Art)

 

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Kyle Jackson (University of Wolverhampton), Chelsea Smith (Nottingham Trent University) / Lana Cross (University of Derby), Sam Brown (Plymouth College of Art), Tom Exon (Buckinghamshire New University)

 

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Leah Trengove (Plymouth College of Art),  Gemma Taylor (University of Herfordshire) / Lauren McNab (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design), Dom Tsoi (Plymouth College of Art)

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Theses textural and sculptural artworks are the creations of textile artist Chung Im Kim. Born in Korea, Chung relocated to Canada back in 1990, here she set up work in her Harbourfront Centre textile studio in Cooktown, Ontario. Chung likes to use the patterns in organic plant structures combined with the sturdy characteristics of felt to create her textural art works, Chung say’s, ‘Mother nature produces seemingly complex and yet ultimately ‘simple’ solutions to form living things, creating uniqueness and efficiency.  I hope to conjure a sense of the refined energy that nature demonstrates and the awesome ability of continuous renewal’. Visit Chung’s website to see how these pieces are created and check out her other projects.

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Patternbank love the abstract geometric panels that artist Revok creates from his studio in Los Angeles. Using vibrant colours Revok puts together striking patterns using found materials sourced from abandoned homes, schools, businesses and churches, sampling bits and pieces of people’s lives, hopes, dreams and aspirations, reinterpreted through rich decay and age-worn patina. Born in 1977 in Riverside, California, Revok (Jason Williams) is respected for decades of influential and pioneering work as a graffiti writer. Check out more of his work at revok1.com

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Patternbank are loving the work of L.A. based artist Jonas Wood. His successful mix of modernist style and vibrant pop art gives his paintings an edgy naivety. A master of the still life, his recent collection of solitary potted tropicals, referred to as ‘Landscape Pots’ have an intriguing combination of simplistic foliage, enhanced by complex landscape decorating each pot. See more here.

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