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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.

HEAD OVER TO PATTERNBANK > USE DISCOUNT CODE: XMAS2015

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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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The wonderful use of denim in these urban landscapes by Korean artist Choi So Young caught Patternbank’s eye this week. The way that Choi So Young puts to use second hand jeans using their pockets, seams, belt loops and buttons, which then become the windows, streets and buildings of her landscapes is like a painting in itself. Particularly clever is the different shades of blue, bleached denim and reverse of the fabric that feature in her pictures, usually of her hometown Busan. Some of her works have already fetched staggering prices at auction of over 2 million dollars and been sold by international auction house Christie’s. Patternbank love this idea of re-using items no longer needed and giving them a new and unexpected use. Already ideas similar to this are featuring in products for interiors where recycling something old and creating something new is a big trend. Check out more of her incredible artworks at artnet.com

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Patternbank are loving the creative work of Chilean artist Sebastian Vargas. After studying art at the Finis Terrae University of Chile and graduating with a degree in printing and sculpture in 2002 Vargas has flourished as a experimental artist. Vargas explains “ I experiment with a wide range of styles, subjects, materials, and mediums, producing a vast body of work that is consistently experimental and artistically diverse. This is also evident in each of my paintings through the accumulation of an array of different technics within one canvas. My paintings hold a constant dialogue between graphics, painting, and photograph.”  See more of Vargas amazing creative explorations on his site tanvargas.com

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After receiving a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and without an income, stitch artist Sarah K. Benning decided to set up shop on Etsy, in an effort to get by. This move into self employment has paid off with her business going from strength to strength. The Baltimore born artist now resides in sunny Menorca, Spain, where she spends her days meticulously filling embroidery rings with beautifully stitched plant life. See more of Sarah’s art and find out where she’ll be popping up next to peddle her wares, here.

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Organized by month, Food Scans is a series that showcases the beauty and bounty of seasonal fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Just as produce picked at peak flavor requires very little adornment on the plate, such was the case with these pictures. Simply placed on the scanner, we’re able to see every curve, nook, and cranny in incredible detail — and mirrored images allow us to explore symmetry, natural beauty, and the way imperfections and inconsistencies often become the most breathtaking examples of nature’s artistry. Food Scans is a joint collaboration between Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin. Hargreaves + Levin.

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Sylvain Tremblay mixes fashion and nature into visually stimulating multi-media works. Tremblay received a BA in Anthropology at Montreal University and continued his studies at LaSalle College in Visual Presentation. Print designer by day and an autodidact painter by night, Tremblay explores colour, texture and beauty through collaged portraiture. Colliding the tangible and digital worlds, Tremblay works to take the inspiration found in nature, photography, and fashion to create artwork that immobilizes you with direct eye contact and slaps you with color.

Through a process that begins in the digital realm and ends with the directness of the artist’s hand in vivid mark-making, images are transformed into hypnotic, ephemeral works of art. The Montreal native establishes motion and depth through textures and colors spurned from nature and fashion to create an aesthetically intriguing interpretation of beauty. Sylvain is also a very talented Textile Designer and has a Seller account on the Patternbank Studio, go check his profile page here and also his website here.

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Kate is a Surface Pattern Designer who has recently completed the BA(Hons) Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design Programme at Leeds College of Art. Her practice employs an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary design processes to translate detailed pattern illustrations for a variety of print contexts. After winning her undergraduate student bursary award with The Textile Society, Kate went on to create her degree collection ‘Crafted Intricacy’ that combines hand drawn illustration with digital pattern making, laser engraving and traditional woodblock printing. Patternbank loves the intricacy of detail in these beautifully designed woodblocks together with the clever use of laser technology to give this historical craft a modern twist. See more of her work here.

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Patternbank are loving the playful geometric work of German designer Ruben Fischer. Bold colour and striking graphic layouts appear throughout Fischer’s fresh modern artworks. Stripes, simple shapes, scribbles, graphic key lines and graph paper are taken through an abstract process to create some captivating visual statements. Fischer recently graduated from  HfG Offenbach University of Art & Design and is currently working at Hort creative studios in Berlin. See more of his work on his tumblr – rubenfischer.tumblr.com

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These highly decorative and unmistakably unique ceramic tiles and patterned pots are the work of Brazilian artist and architect Calu Fontes. These pattern rich pieces are influenced by her family’s roots in the heart in the Bahia region of Brazil. With references to gods from the Afro-Brazilian region of Candomble, combined with flowers, fruits and stylised nature, Calu crams an elaborate collage of pattern and colour into each of her creations. See more of her work here.

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Jess Johnson’s drawing and installation practice is inspired by the speculative intersections between language, science fiction, culture and technology. In her drawings she depicts complex worlds that combine densely layered patterns, objects and figures within architectural settings.  Johnson’s drawings are often displayed within constructed environments that act as physical portals into her speculative worlds. Her recent experiments of translating her drawings into animated video have enabled her audiences the simulated experience of entering the hypnotic spaces depicted in her drawings. See more from Jess here.

 

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