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Pattern is everywhere at the moment and it’s a time where many emerging brands are freshening up new collections with an abundance of found archive prints. The Patternbank team saw these fun, retro inspired shirt prints from Cuckoos Nest, a UK street wear brand that’s turning heads at the moment. We’re loving the mix of edgy street wear and the idyllic outdoors. Engineered Hawaiian style, cute animal character scenes, bear repeats and duck conversation prints give a real earthy twist to their new SS13 Summer collection.

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The amazingly talented illustrator and designer Sarah Arnett can’t fail to inspire you with her impressive portfolio. After initially studying in woven textiles, Arnett graduated from the University of Brighton with a BA Hons in Fashion Design. Her childhood was spent in Africa where she spent hours watching her father in his studio, while he drew and created collages. Much of her inspiration is derived from the the African landscape, with its rich variety of tropical plants which are a key feature throughout her work. Her latest collection for Spring/Summer 2013 ‘Modern Love’ which she has collaborated on with Kim Hunt, displays the deep vibrant colourways of the African terrain. Her latest illustrated work for an exhibition entitled ‘The Illustrated Recipe’ is on show at the ‘Brighton Festival’, until 26th May, see her website for more info.

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Chilean artist Francisca Prieto originally trained and worked as a graphic designer, before moving to London to study an MA at Central Saint Martins. Working from her studio based in London, Francisca takes pages from rare periodicals, sheet music and even the insides of envelopes and transforms them into 3d paper masterpieces. Her mathematical attention to detail creates a textural grid revealing glimpses of illustration and pattern. Francisca will be exhibiting at ‘PINTA’- The Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art Show, at Earls Court London from 4th-7th June 2013. See her website for more

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Patternbank are loving Finnish born illustrator Kustaa Saksi. We’ve been tracking his creative explorations over the last couple of years and has already collaborated with the likes of Nike, Levi’s, Issey Miyake, Playstation and recently Montecore’s S/S 13 collection. Saksi’s fantastical worlds of playful, paradoxical and psychedelic atmospheres have a unique visual look through pattern,texture and graphic form. See more of his amazing work at kustaasaksi.com

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Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Amy Sia is a Fashion/ Textile Designer now living and working in London. Amy’s work is a vibrant and lively collection of prints which have found their way onto scarves, home furnishings and i-phone cases. Her work has recently caught the attention of the Patternbank team and here we ask Amy a few questions about how she got started and about her success to date, with an insight into what inspires her beautiful work.

How did you get into designing textiles, did one thing start your career?

I studied fashion design in Melbourne Australia at RMIT University and from there worked in the fashion industry in Melbourne for a few years. I always loved working on print designs and seeing the print collections from studios. When I moved to London about two and a half years ago I decided to pursue a career in textile print design as there are so many opportunities for this field here. I started by interning at a London print studio and then moved onto freelancing for textile print studios. During a quiet period of freelancing I started doing some work for Society6 a website which allows designers to sell their artwork on products such as mobile phone cases. I also started using pinterest. A writer for refinery29 saw my pinterest and also my work there and I was featured in a story as a top “pinterest power player”. This led to a lot of exposure for my work including being featured on the Martha Stewart blog and ongoing collaborations with Anthropologie and Casemate and that is basically what got the ball rolling!

Where do you get inspiration for your work? What is inspiring you right now?

I love looking at the beauty of God’s creation, nature is amazing there are so many gorgeous colours and shapes it is endless! Fashion is another huge source of inspiration. I love to look at what is on the catwalk, in store and also street fashion through blogs. I do also love to look at prints and patterns from the past and from other cultures.

At the moment I’m loving everything marbled!

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Focusing on the beauty in a jumble of fabrics, blankets, bags and a random collection of goods, Californian based artist, Amy Wilson Faville has photographed shopping carts used by homeless people in San Francisco’s Mission District, to create mixed media constructions. The combination of drawing and collage mixed with random pattern and colour, mirrors the nature of these curious moving homes. Despite the sadness of their haphazard lives, Faville has depicted a certain beauty in her depiction of their belongings and mobile possessions. Faville was artist-in-residence at Recology San Francisco from June – September 2012, you can see more of her work here and other artists too.

 

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‘Black pattern watercolours’ are the mixed media exploration of physical pattern boundaries by Seattle based artist Julie Alpert. Patternbank are loving Julie’s playful studies of individual pattern and the relationship between their outer boundaries. Mixing watercolour, ink and permanent marker these beautifully created works are of great inspiration. If you happen to be in Seattle over the next couple of days we recommend dropping by Soil Art gallery where Julie is exhibiting until the 27th April.

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Successful Animator, Illustrator and Textile designer Monika Forsberg has caught the eye of Patternbank this week. Originally from Lulea in northern Sweden, Monika moved to London to study at Camberwell School of Art and went on to gain a BA (hons) in Illustration at the University of Westminster and an MA (RCA) in Animation at the Royal College of Art. Patternbank were particularly attracted to her designs in coloured pen and her pattern rich illustrations, we love the naive quality of her pen work and the way her images take the eye on a journey, through a fantasy land of pattern and form. Monika’s website is currently being overhauled but if you want to see more, her latest project is an Animated Short for Channel 4, as part of their ‘Random Acts’, to be screened in April.

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Texprint award winner 2012, Ying Wu has achieved an enviable portfolio since her foundation at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2007. After gaining an MA in Textile Print at the Royal College of Art (RCA), Ying was selected for the Texprint program. Exhibiting at various shows including INDIGO Premier Vision with Texprint, Ying had already secured a work placement at Alexander McQueen during her time at the RCA and spent time working for Liberty’s Art Fabric design department. Patternbank love her intricate attention to detail, and the imagination which oozes from her designs. Visit Alotofpatterns for a deeper delve into her work.

 

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Stockholm based print designer Hannah Waldron exhibits a strong sense of pattern and structure in her prints, and more recently has embraced weave, translating her signature style into structured textiles. With an enviable list of commissions in her portfolio including a tapestry commission for PICK ME UP 2012, and various projects for the V&A, Pizza Express and Paul Smith to name but a few, Hannah’s success is abundant. Patternbank love her stylised approach to pattern, building images with simple lines and blocks. Hannah’s ‘Furoshiki‘ (a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that were frequently used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods) are available to buy, with 10% of sales  going towards recovery efforts in Tohoku, specifically to rebuild a sewing factory where Furoshikis are made.

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Patternbank love these delicately tattooed life studies by artist and freelance illustrator Stasia Burrington. Stasia creates a surprising contrast in her work by combining simple pencil drawings with fabric cutouts of richly coloured blooms which give these studies an oriental feel. To see the full array of Stasia’s talent , including her stunning illustration visit her website.

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Accomplished, Massachusetts based artist and horticulturalist Michelle Morin, paints her subjects with a naive simplicity which gives her work a wonderful patterned quality. With many years spent designing gardens, Michelle has developed an in-depth knowledge of her subject matter and is able to convey the complexities of the flora and fauna with her application of watercolour and gouache. See more of Michelle’s beautiful work on her website.

 

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Berlin based Artist/ Illustrater Amrei Hofstätter is a self admitted Origami obsessive. The Japanese paper art is evident in her work, adding the charateristic shapes and dimension. The idea of misbalance and imperfection serves as inspiration, and her interest in Freud’s idea of the ‘uncanny’ and the human psyche, fuel her desire to create a feeling of irritation within the viewer, evoking something inside they were not yet aware of. Patternbank loved fashion designer Manish Arora’s heavily embellished, futuristic collection Amrei collaborated with in A/W 11/12. Visit her website to see more.

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Argentinian artist and illustrator Estela A. Cuadro allows her love of music to help her become introspective and find inspiration from within.Estella feels it nourishes her imagination and motivates creativity. Drawing became an important part of her life as young as five, and her parents encouraged her to take influence from other painters and artists. After graduating from a graphic design course at the University of Buenos Aires, Estela took up illustration professionally. Her mentor Silvia Mato has helped her to discover a sensual side of her creativity and how to develop an energy within her work. Patternbank love Estela’s use of colour bleeding and sweeping lines which create movement and character. To see Estella’s extensive portfolio of art and publications visit her website.

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Originally from Tel Aviv, Israel Tali Furman is now based in London, UK where she is studying for her MA in Textiles at The Royal College of Art. This set of prints belong to a small collection that are inspired by distortion, demolishing details and a lost memory, Tali’s prints deal with the boundaries of art, print and textiles. See more of her inspiring work at talifurman.com

 

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With Christmas almost upon us, the Patternbank team thought we’d share these festive illustrations by Finnish designer Klaus Haapaniemi. Artist Klaus Haapaniemi and designer Mia Wallenius founded their design studio together back in January 2010. Their design approach is influenced by nature, Finnish folklore, fantasy and traditional decorative arts with a modern twist. Feast your eyes on their stunning creations.

The Patternbank team wish you all a Happy Christmas and fantastic new year !

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Nathalie du Pasquier is a founding member of The Memphis Group which was an influential Italian design and architecture group. In the period from 1981 – 1987 they designed Post Modern furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass and metal objects. When the band broke in 1987 she devoted herself almost exclusively to painting. To find out much more about this groundbreaking designer visit her website. To see some of the incredible work by the Memphis Group check out this Flickr Page.

 

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Patternbank would love to share these wonderful designs from freelance textile designer Amelia Graham. Since graduating from Chelsea College of Art she has successfully worked with clients including Anthropologie, BCBG Max Azria, Calvin Klein, DKNY, DVF, H&M, Paul & Joe and Topshop. During that time she has lived in Paris and now lives and works in London. Her design work shows a great love and interest in architecture, science and nature. Take a look at more of her beautiful prints at ameliagraham.com and society6.com where her designs can be bought on various products and on pinterest where her inspirations are collected.

 

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Artist and illustrator Petra Börner was introduced to a career in design as an assistant in an animation and illustration studio. After studying Fashion in London, Börner went on to launch her own fashion label, Rosetta but was ultimately drawn back to her true passion of illustration, and has gone on to produce designs ranging from crockery and fabrics to book covers and gift wrap. This Swedish born, London based designer has retained her Nordic roots and its influence is characteristic in her art. See more from Petra Börner at her website. 

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