These are a beautiful series of risograph prints by Nick Liefhebber inspired by the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam and Heart of Darkness. The Hortus was founded as a medicinal garden by the mayor of Amsterdam to save the town from a new plague epidemic. It has inspired and helped many people since. This series of risograph prints explores different views and elements found in the botanical garden, both in form and subject. Check them out on Behance.





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The Patternbank team returned to Bovey Tracey in Devon for The Contemporary Craft Festival 5-7 June 2015. This year the festival picked up 2 Gold Best Event awards in Devon and Silver for South West Tourism Event of the Year. The Contemporary Craft Festival is one of the UK’s largest craft events with over 200 diverse and talented makers of ceramics, textiles, mixed media, jewellery, glass and furniture. Here are some of our favourites from the day.

Katrin Moye


Working with ceramics and paper Katrin Moye focuses on surface decoration, with patterns referencing personal memories, literature, family history and folk art. In particular her childhood memories of Germany in 1970’s with references to her German family roots and Scandinavian style influences from her Danish godmother.

Bryony Rose


Bryony Rose creates whimsical animals sculpted from beautiful vintage fabrics adding details in lace and decorative buttons. We particularly love her playful mice balanced on old cotton reels, so pretty.

Ella Robinson


Unique, vibrant and decorative would best describe Ella Robinson’s one of pieces of driftwood and washed-up artefacts collected from the south coast of England. Driftwood is made interesting with stitched patterns, cacti imagery and wrapped in brilliant striped threads.

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Maxim Santalov - Russian Abstraction 001

Maxim started drawing after school in Moscow while waiting for his grandmother to finish work in the hairdressers, he created small intricate artworks on the magazine covers. This developed into a daily ritual and a serious passion. The No Man’s Art Gallery in Amsterdam picked up on Maxim’s work and organised for him to come over to Amsterdam and work in their gallery for a month. You can find more of Santalov’s amazing work over on the No Man’s Art Gallery site.

Maxim Santalov - Russian Abstraction 002


Maxim Santalov - Russian Abstraction 003

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Franklin Evans was born in Reno, Nevada in 1967. He studied art and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in 1989 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1993. Much of his work is a build up of paint and collage, a layering of colour and imagery reminiscent of a studio wall where the paintings are created. His current exhibition Headandhandinhand is currently showing at FL Gallery Milan until 4th September ’15, to see more of Franklin’s work visit his website here.



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Kate Prior - Strange and Wonderful Illustrations 001

Have you ever wondered where all those completely crazy illustrations come from in Urban Outfitters; well wonder no more because we can reveal that they come from the wonderful mind of Kate Prior. She’s the resident in-house illustrator for UO Europe & USA. The work here is a mix of work from her wonderful portfolio. She sounds like great fun, just like her work – check out an interview with her on the Urban Outfitters Blog and of course her website.

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Kate Prior - Strange and Wonderful Illustrations 004

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A combination of Japanese Manga and the sophisticated fluidity of Art Nouveau are the inspiration behind the work of artist Audrey Kawasaki. The technical precision in Audrey’s technique creates sharp graphic imagery and combined with the use of wooden panels as a base, gives her work texture and depth. Patternbank loves her ability to capture emotion, with her adolescent subjects exuding innocence and eroticism, all set in a frame of typically Japanese imagery. See more on Audrey’s website.



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POSE (Jordan Nickel) began work as a graffiti artist and his studio work is strongly influenced by this. “My artwork is pretty cut and dry,” POSE says. “I’m taking from the world around me – whether it be signs, or my wife’s old childhood books.” Using vivid colours POSE captures slices of comic art alongside advertising graphics, collage, sign painting and graffiti and literally lets his imagination run wild. Take a look through his gallery of work at and you will be taken back to some favourite Comic Book Memories.


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When viewing some of the exquisite photography of Erik Madigan Heck its almost impossible to decide …. is it a photograph, or a painting?  The photographer and filmmaker has captured some of fashion’s most eye-catching and intriguing imagery. Working with clients such as Thom Browne, Mary Katrantzou and Harpers he has used his talent to create drama and beauty with his lens, transforming advertising images into art.  With pattern and colour spilling from the canvas, or textural monochrome testing your perception his work is captivating, and a feast for the eyes. See more of Erik’s projects on his website here.




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Patternbank have just returned form the recent Pulse London event where designers and brands show their latest products to the industry. Held at it’s new home of Olympia the show is an irresistible source for stand-out homeware and design. In particular the Launchpad area showcases new and emerging talent offering their latest design collections. Here are our show highlights of the strongest and most directional designers beginning with some key trends that we spotted at the show.

Trade show info – Pulse,  Olympia, London 110-12th May 2015



Charles of Lloyd / Disaster Designs / Jessica Russell Flint / Kris Tate for Bespo




Disaster Designs/ Paige Cartledge / Jacqueline Colley / Jen Rowland

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The recent trend for collaborations between fashion and heritage textile design, sees this latest creative twinning. High street brand Oasis linked arms with the V&A at the museum last month to showcase their highly desirable capsule collection. With a selection of botanical prints and feminine florals from the V&A’s archives, Oasis have produced a range of kimonos, dresses and coordinating pieces which are sure to fly. A small selection of patterned footwear completes the look in the shape of V&A printed Gandys flip-flops. Check out the full collection when it launches this month in the UK.



With this compassionate brand you get to look good and feel good at the same time. Gandys was the brainchild of two inspiring brothers after the devastating loss of both their parents in 2004’s Tsunami. Rob and Paul were compelled to continue their parents charitable efforts and give something to children less fortunate than themselves. 10% of the company’s profits goes towards their charity Orphans for Orphans. Read more of the boys story and and check out the charity’s progress here.

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Last week New York’s Metropolitan Museum launched its latest exhibition ‘China Through The Looking glass’ . Organised by The Costume Institute in collaboration with the Department of Asian Art, the exhibition explores the influence of Chinese arts and aesthetics on western fashion, and its historical references throughout film, art and design. Chinese costume and vintage ceramics sit alongside modern creations from designers such as John Galliano, Valentino and Roberto Cavalli, with excerpts of Chinese cinema playing throughout the exhibition revealing its powerful influence on our understanding of Chinese culture. The exhibition is on until August 16th if you’re fortunate enough to be stateside, if not check out the museum website here.


Mary Katrantzou F/W11/12 Fashion Shoot



Film still from Daughter of the Dragon,1931 – Ralph Lauren Fall/Winter 11/12


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Painter and road tripper Mae Chevrette is a self taught artist who loves to explore the world around her using her photography and found objects to inspire her work. Patternbank particularly love her use of the written word and layering of collage to create these wonderful prints that would look fantastic as printed T-shirts. Mae lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts, you can purchase prints of her work on Etsy and follow her travels on her blog.


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Patternbank love the freshness of hand crafted techniques that mix with graphic subject matter. Here Australian studio Maricor/Maricar create awe inspiring visual statements through the use of embroidered thread. Colourful pattern work, quirky typographical statements and beautiful mark marking visuals are studied then recreated through embroidered techniques. These guys have been around for a while now but are pushing the boundaries between illustrated materials and true stand alone art pieces – amazing stuff! They have recently worked with the likes of Vogue Japan, Wired magazine and Saatchi & Saatchi. Check out more of their incredible work on their site



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Joyce Kozloff has engaged in a love of pattern and art throughout her long career. A founder member of the Heresies publishing collective and an originating figure of the Pattern and Decoration movement Kozloff’s patterned paintings comprise of hand painted glazed ceramic tiles and pieced silk wall hangings. From 2013-2015 inspired by recent travels along the silk route she returned to the Islamic star patterns that influenced her early work using these to create new reimagined patterns, expanding the scale and infusing elements from previous projects. The result is a hypnotic mix of patterns that tessellate and merge to create stunning compositions of vibrant colour.


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Growing up in Little Rock, AR, Lisa Krannichfeld experienced an eclectic mix of both South American and Chinese cultures. This has influenced her style where she combines traditional Chinese ink and watercolours but applies them in a contemporary, less controlled way. Her subjects being primarily women, Lisa’s soft and watery use of ink gives her portraits movement and expression. With the added dimension of bold oriental patterns in each of her paintings, this contrast of styles highlights their etherial femininity. See more here.



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Elise Morris explores nature through her watercolours capturing fleeting moments in the unexpected beauty she sees. Beginning with a simple line drawing Elise adds layers of translucent watercolour leaving space and adding dappled light and shadows. The resulting paintings and drawings explore concepts of nature, at the edge of abstraction. Elise lives and works in Northern California and is also the founder of The Studio Work, a blog in which she documents studio visits and interviews with Bay Area Artists.


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Aiko Tezuka is fixated on fabrics and their ancient history, with an inquisitive mind she visits fabric museums to learn how textile artists of the past produced such intricate detail in their work without modern facilities like electricity. Certain techniques of Japanese fabrics from the 8th century have now been lost but Tezuka feels these great masters can speak to her as she treads their ancient past. History becomes unravelled exposing the structures beneath and Tezuka recomposes the fibres to make something new and a whole lot more revealing.


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Patternbank were honoured to be invited to pin to Tate Modern’s Pinterest board – Pattern Power, a celebration of pattern in art coinciding with a major exhibition of Sonia Delaunay’s work. You can check out Patternbank on Pinterest here. This first UK retrospective of Sonia Delaunay at Tate Modern brings to light a life and work often overshadowed by her husband but none the less just as important. The exhibition features a wide range of her work from vibrant abstract paintings to decorative textiles and clothes she made across a sixty-year career.



Born Sarah Stern in Ukraine she later changed her name to Sonia Terk when she was sent to live with her uncle and aunt in St Petersburg. Delaunay studied art in Germany before moving to Paris in 1906 where she fell in love and married Robert Delaunay. One of the pieces in the exhibition, a small blanket she stitched for her son is a patchwork of abstract shapes demonstrating how she mixed Russian folk-craft with a more dynamic modern style that became her signature. Experimenting with colour and shape Delaunay covered the walls of their apartment with hues of contrasting colours and together she and Robert created the concept of simultanéisme. This didn’t end there and Delaunay continued with cushions, lampshades, furniture and then finally clothes where with her friends they dressed up in fantastically patterned clothes. Sonia Delaunay is at The Tate Modern, London from 15th April to 9th August. See The Tate Modern’s Pinterest page for pins inspired by Delaunay where Patternbank will be pinning alongside The Tate and other guest pinners.

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Patternbank love the sheer scale and intensity of John McAllister’s paintings from the collection “Tides must Exalt” which showed at the James Fuentes Gallery in New York in April 2014. The paintings depict both interior spaces and outdoor scenes where the colour hues have been turned right up to dazzle us with their luminosity in unreal pink and purple skies. McAllister takes everyday objects of flowers, fruits, dishes, chairs, tables and windows giving them an almost serene and dream like quality.  Browse more of John McAllister’s paintings at


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Oregon based illustrator and designer Katie Daisy understands The Language of Flowers and appreciates nature, it’s in her soul as are many of her other favourite pastimes which she lists as professional daydreamer, lover of all things rural, songbirds, stargazing, love poems, hiking, mornings and wandering the country. Daisy works in watercolour and acrylic selling high quality prints through her etsy shop and licensing a wide range of products where she captures the spirit of her surroundings in word and picture. See her world at


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