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Patternbank love these intricate leaf sculptures by Cornwall based artist Susanna Bauer – she explains “There is a fine balance in my work between fragility and strength; literally, when it comes to pulling a fine thread through a brittle leaf or thin dry piece of wood, but also in a wider context – the tenderness and tension in human connections, the transient yet enduring beauty of nature that can be found in the smallest detail, vulnerability and resilience that could be transferred to nature as a whole or the stories of individual beings.” Check out more of her beautiful work here.

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Patternbank are loving Francesco Clement’s Models as Muse series for Harpers Bazaar. Celebrating super models past and present, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Anne Ewers, Liya Kebede and Iman. Captured on canvas adorned in gowns from Versace, Valentino, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana and Salvatore Ferragamo and snapped with their portraits by photographer Jason Schmidt. To see the full article visit Harpers Bazaar here.

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Jiyong Lee is a studio artist and educator who lives and works in Carbondale, Illinois. An associate professor of art at Southern Illinois University, Lee has headed the glass program there since 2005. Lee was born and raised in South Korea. He earned his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. The segmentation series is inspired by my fascination with science of cell, its division and the journey of growth that starts from a single cell and goes through a million divisions to become a life. Check out more on his website.

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Patternbank had the pleasure of discovering and talking to collector and artist Michaela McMillan, at the recent Top Drawer show at London’s Olympia. The artist comments on her work, “I create individual handmade sculptures depicting stories about characters in glass domes. My figures add a contemporary twist to vintage Matryoshkas, with each sculpture having its own personality and history”. Patternbank love her use of items and images collected and squirrelled away, which find their new home in these eclectic and unique pieces of art. Visit her website to see more. 

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The Patternbank team once again travelled to Paris this February to absorb and experience Première Vision’s Spring/Summer 2017 show. Along with thousands of fashion professionals, designers and students flocking to Parc d’ Expositions, the team joined the throng to gather and record Première Vision’s print and pattern trend forecasts for Spring/Summer 2017.

Along with thousands of fashion professionals, designers and students ocking to Parc d’ Expositions, the team joined the throng to gather and record Première Vision’s print and pattern trend forecasts for Spring/Summer 2017. Collated into 15 inspirational print trends with mood and print direction pages per story. This concise trend report will be an essential design tool to inspire and direct your new print and pattern developments.

This season, 55,025 visitors attended the show to discover the collections and new product developments proposed by 1,725 selected exhibiting companies. Once again the smaller trend forum areas were inspirational spaces with plenty of direction print stories for Spring/Summer 2017. In this report we have analysed 15 of the most important print trends coming through for next season.

  • 15 Première Vision print trends for Spring/Summer 2017

  • 50 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 120 on trend hand-picked images

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Writer and artist Christopher Russell works in mixed-media to create these mysterious and sometimes dark artworks. Working from his studio, a converted garage just outside Los Angeles Russell begins by capturing photographs of ruined and abandoned spaces or wild landscapes and then manipulates them digitally before scratching patterns and images into their surfaces with a razor. Check out more of his work at russellarchive.com

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Patternbank are loving these amazing paper cut artworks from Brooklyn based artist Xin Song. Her recent work borrows images from old and discarded magazines. She explains ‘Every day I see, hear, feel and think about the world through magazines which people glance through and then throw away.  For me, I have found importance and value in these materials as in many ways they are mirrored the world around us. Through paper cutting, I try to take what is ordinarily a folk, vernacular form, not very highly regarded in terms of artistic hierarchy, and turn it into a serious high art form.’ Enjoy more of her powerful and delicate work on her website www.xinsong.com.

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Activewear, Sportswear, Athleisure – call it what you will, this sector has seen massive growth over the past few years. It’s moved out of the gyms and yoga studios into main high street fashion. Our team (who all love yoga!) have been out and about around the globe to bring you this Spring/Summer 2017 print and pattern trend report. We hope you enjoy this report as much as we enjoyed creating it and don’t forget you can shop our Activewear category on the Patternbank studio.

Our team have researched the global Activewear market to offer a snapshot of what trends are happening today. Keeping up with the fast moving pace of the retail environment is a daunting task, so for your convenience the Patternbank team have put together this concise retail overview delivering the strongest Activewear print trends happening in-store this season.

  • 8 print trend stories broken down into mood, print direction & colour

  • 8 retail print stories with activewear from Nike, Reebok, Sweaty Betty, Lululemon, Free People & more

  • Over 60 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 180 directional hand-picked images

  • Colour palette breakdowns with Pantone TCX references

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Patternbank thought we’d share again the work of talented illustrator and print designer Sarah Arnett who produced some exciting work shown here, collaborating with Kim Hunt a creative director in the fashion industry. The British design studio Modern Love, define themselves as “digital settlers”, as applied to a person born and instructed in a non digital world, but who integrates the use of technologies in their work.

The duo ran a year long exhibition throughout 2015, Adventures Numeriques aimed to experiment the possible relations between traditional craft work and digital technologies in the fields of textiles and fashion. If you didn’t get a chance to visit you can still view their work on the website and photos from the exhibition here. Patternbank love their concept of embracing the digital technology available to us but still remembering the importance of craft and how it can enhance what we produce. We look forward to seeing future collaborations from this talented duo.

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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 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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