Patternbank brings you a snapshot of the key prints seen at the recent Part 1 New Designers Graduate show, which is celebrating it’s 30th year.

The Patternbank team once again had the privilege of experiencing this years emerging talent at the New Designers Graduate show. Taking place over two weeks at London’s Business Design Centre, with eight distinct design zones and two prestigious Awards Evenings, New Designers is the UK’s most important graduate design exhibition, full of innovation and fresh thinking. Part 1 of the graduate show focused on Textiles and surface pattern design courses and was the ultimate event to spot the next wave of creative talent to hit the industry.


All images copyright ©Harriet Mackie  2015, Leeds College of Art


All images copyright ©Sophia Curran  2015, Norwich University of Art


All images copyright ©Penny Jeffries  2015, Bath University

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A heatwave has come just in time for the first week of Wimbledon, (29th June – 12th July) and with temperatures up in the 30’s and getting hotter this week you’ll need to look cool on the court. This collaboration with Mary Katrantzou and Adidas Originals is right on queue. A range of crazy prints on tennis inspired skirts and dresses plus cute bomber jackets, track pants and cool pool slides will certainly make you stand out from the crowd from the usual tennis set. Check out the rest of the collection here and enjoy the sun!



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Patternbank are excited to announce the we’ve partnered with 3M ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape to create 5 inspirational trends for this 2016 Pattern Forecast report.

The report can be downloaded from the ScotchBlue website and along with the helpful tutorials and videos enables anyone to easily create stunning patterns in and around your home and office.



Striking Linework


From tabby cats and wood grain to crosswalks and ladder rungs, stripes are all around you. Their simple structure makes them a classic pattern that’s been used for thousands of years – but it also means that they’re a vital part of modern design vocabulary. Lately, there’s been a resurgence of stripes with a bold, modern twist. Our Striking Linework pattern reflects that trend, and incorporates sharp angles that personalize the simple stripe and give it power. A fractured, abstract look also helps dimensionalize stripes to add depth and form to any surface.



Mod Optic


3D geometric designs might seem relatively new, but you can find them in unexpected places – like woven baskets, latticework, and marble floors – that have existed for centuries. More recently, well-known artists like M.C. Escher have also drawn on these strong mathematical shapes and forms to define what’s known as “optical art.” Building on these traditions, bold geometric designs are now making their way back into the market with subtle twists in scale and color. Our Mod Optic pattern draws on these strong three-dimensional patterns for a clean, modern style that communicates sophistication and audacity.


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Activewear and performance apparel has become a driving force for many print and pattern trends happening at the moment. Patternbank are loving these latest offerings from the man of the moment Pharrell Williams and iconic sports brand Adidas. The collaboration named the ’Jacquard Pack’ uses embroidered floral patterns in two lavish colour combinations. Classic Stan Smith trainers and a unisex jacket are brought to life with the sophisticated pattern fusion of street and luxury.  The Pharrell Williams x  Adidas Originals collection will be available on May 30 in Adidas Originals Flagship Stores and selected Adidas boutiques.



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Our designers and developers have been busy over the last few months working on some amazing new features on the Patternbank Textile Design Studio. The most significant upgrade is the ability to view all of the designs in 3 scenarios; a dress, a swimsuit and a duvet and pillow set – this enables buyers to easily visualise how the designs may look out in the wild.

We also have a new zoom function that lets buyers take a closer look at the detail of a design before they make a purchase – this also speeds up upload time as designers no longer need to create individual previews. We’ve also cleaned up the design of the site allowing the designs to be the stars and added large header images throughout, to better showcase the amazing designs.


Midnight Rose by Elizabeth Jane



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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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Patternbank recently approached the art and design duo Ingrid van der Zalm and Annie Ching to find out a little bit about what inspires them and Inhabitant their recent collaborative project.

Tell us more about your latest work

Inhabitant is an art & design studio set up by us (Annie Ching and Ingrid van der Zalm). We met each other during our study Fashion design at ArtEZ School of Arts in Arnhem, The Netherlands. We both work independently as designer (Annie) and artist (me) but in Inhabitant we find each other in our shared love for materials and prints.


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

Annie: I’m Annie Ching and I’m a knitwear designer. I used to work for own knitwear label together with my friend back in Hong Kong (It’s called Furansu Now I just start to work as an in-house designer. I am always impressed with textiles and I like to experiment with different materials and apply them into textiles & fabrics.

Ingrid: I’m Ingrid van der Zalm and I’m an artist and textile designer based in Arnhem. During my studies I already specialized in textiles and prints, because I love playing with materials and textures. Next to working as a designer I have been developing myself as an artist, and lately I have been focusing my research on materials in a broader sense. Our first project together for Inhabitant is a digitally printed scarves collection, consisting of 7 different prints printed on 100% silk.


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

Our scarves collection is inspired by sea animals like octopus and jelly fish and the art of Hans Bellmer. For the presentation of our collection we were inspired by the material polyether foam. We loved the dirty candy colours and the soft, artificial out of this world texture which matched the scarves very well. We got the opportunity to present our scarves in the windows of beautiful concept store Friday next and so we made a collage of our scarves mixed with pieces of polyether foam.


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Patternbank returned again this year to sample the latest injection of Uk based Printmakers and Graphic artists, and a growing selection of global talent, exhibiting at last weeks Pick Me Up . This years festival was held at Somerset House, London and ran for 11 days between 24th April and 4th May. Pick Me Up has become the UK’s best contemporary graphic art fair and now in it’s sixth year the show has become a great place to spot new and upcoming talent. Seminars with guest speakers and printmaking workshops make this an unmissable event with original artworks and prints available to purchase. If you missed out this year we’ve put together a selection of exhibitors for you to peruse at your convenience.




French graphic designer Laura Jouan is now based in London since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2014. For Pick Me Up, Laura was exhibiting her project Layering Layers, Layering Content, which investigates poster formats. See more work from the artist here.


Moth are a London based animation collective comprising of David Prosser, Daniel Chester and Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2010, the designers began to collaborate on projects and explored a shared love for all things drawn. Moth have produced work for clients such as WWF and  Global Canopy Programme. See more of their captivating animation here.

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Patternbank will be showing their latest collection at The London Print Design Fair, the most prestigious design show in London on the 23rd and 24th April 2015. The London Print Design Fair showcases a unique offer of print design, embroidery, knit and vintage design to London. With all of the top International studios, presenting their latest collections under one roof, the LPDF is the quintessential place to get inspired. The new venue this year is the inspiring Lindley Hall, Elverton Street, London SW1P 2QW. See you there!



Llew Mejia usually spends his time as a fashion and textile designer producing designs for brands such as Adidas, Reebok and Anthropologie but these designs include a series of wallpapers created for Astek Inc. with the idea of bringing the outdoors in. Llew’s travels backward and forward between Mexico and Southwestern United States as a child have clearly influenced his work and with a taste for the occult, Mexican culture has also influenced his life. See more of Llew’s illustrative designs here.



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The Patternbank Studio is 1 year old this week and as a thank you to all our amazing designers and buyers we’re offering 10% off everything in the Studio, this includes Stock and Premium designs and our influential Trend Reports – hurry though as the code is only valid until Friday 3rd April 2015, just enter the discount code STUDIO1 at checkout.


What an amazing year it’s been, we’ve had more than 12,000 designs uploaded to the site by more than 600 designers from all corners of the globe. Our mission is to become the largest online marketplace to buy and sell original textile print designs and with the success of the first year we believe we’re well on the way to achieving that. Thanks again to all our incredible designers and buyers, we couldn’t have done it without you.



Patternbank Premium is our private members-only area containing exclusive hand-picked directional and on-trend designs from the largest collection of designers in the world. Unlike the Stock non-exclusive part of the site where designs can be bought multiple times, Patternbank Premium designs come with an exclusive license. They can be used for worldwide unlimited print production, are in repeat (where applicable) and available as a layered PSD or AI file which gives you the ability to modify further. Apply for access here.



All of the above designs can be purchased exclusively from the Patternbank Studio:

Feathers and Flowers by Elmira Amirova

Seamless Pattern Blue Golden Flowers Textile by Patruschka Hetterschij

Indigo Times by Calavera Sur (Premium access required)

Tropical by Bluejass

Gradient Tile by Camila Herreira



Patternbank are loving the collaboration between Luxury design house Hermès and American artist Sheila Hicks, creating this beautiful ‘Voyage en Ikat’ tableware collection. Inspired by ikat, an exceptional weaving and dyeing technique originating in Asia, Voyage en Ikat celebrates intermingled uses and an ongoing dialogue between East and West. More than twenty hues centered on sapphire, ruby and emerald, are enhanced by 24-carat matte gold and come to life in designs composed ‘thread by thread’. Check out the full range at Hermes.



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At Patternbank we love to showcase creativity, ingenuity and talent in our Featured Designer posts, so this month we’d love to introduce you to one of our Premium designers Eugenia Zeiser in the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Born in Russia with a childhood spent in Germany, Eugenia went on to study in the Netherlands, and is currently enjoying her tropical home on Magnetic Island, off the East coast of Australia.

With plenty of experience working in the fashion industry, Eugenia loves the pace, experimentation and scope which this industry offers. One of the designer’s latest collaborations was with Wergo, a sheltered workshop in Berlin, which helps support people with different disabilities, here Eugenia produced her first collection ‘Multicultural Mix’. More recently Eugenia has worked with emerging Sydney based designer Katya Komarova on her fashion brand ‘Style by Mosquito’.

Travel serves as a prominent inspiration for Eugenia’s design work and in her current location, particularly the Great Barrier Reef. With a passion for Gaudi’s creations and her photographic collection of Portuguese tiles, foreign cultures and diverse surroundings are a strong influence, not forgetting her Russian soul which follows her wherever she goes. Take a look at more of her amazing designs here on her profile page. The featured design above is Anm_07 and is available exclusively on the Patternbank Studio as are all the designs shown here.


Eugenia also designs for Patternbank Premium our collection of exclusively licensed designs (once a design is sold it is instantly removed from the site), this section of the site is a members-only area aimed at key buyers in the fashion and surface design industry where access is granted on application.


Anm_02 available exclusively on our Online Textile Design Studio



Eh_02 available exclusively on our Online Textile Print Design Studio


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If you’re a Patternbank Designer you can now add the Patternbank Company Page to your LinkedIn profile to let everyone know you’re part of the growing community – LinkedIn have a handy guide on how to do this here. We’ll be publishing fresh new content as well as future opportunities as Patternbank continues to grow.

As I’m sure you’re aware, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with 300 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the globe. Their mission is simple: connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do, so start following the Patternbank LinkedIn Company Page now.

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Patternbank are exhibiting at Première Vision Paris on 10-12 February 2015. Première Vision Designs (formerly Indigo) brings together a rigorous selection of specialised international studios to present their latest collections of textile patterns and designs.

The Patternbank Studio – our innovative online textile design studio sent out directional briefs to all our designers and we’ve picked the absolute best ones to take with us to Paris for inclusion in our Collection. Come over and say hello, we’re on Stand 5Y23.

Patterns, embroideries and appliqued motifs, knits, fabrics, transfer papers, and vintage products are just some of the elements that comprise Première Vision Design’s unique offer and wide scope for industry professionals across all sectors: men’s, women’s, juniors’, children’s, childcare products, lingerie, swimwear, sportswear, accessories, knits and more.





The trend for printed sportswear, which now includes clothing for running, workout, yoga, dance, ballet barre, swimming, cycling and ski wear is more popular than ever. Collaborations with designers such as Stella McCartney, The Farm Company and Topshop for Adidas, Richard Nicoll for Sweaty Betty and Nike x Liberty, sportswear looks on the catwalk and new technology in fabrics it looks like the trend is here to stay. Patternbank have a Sportswear Category featuring exclusive prints from our innovative Online Textile Design Studio, go check it out.

Adidas Originals

Adidas Originals by The Farm Company


Patternbank Studio Designs by Polina Moroz, Bruce, Luigi Riccardi, Kerrie Cauvin


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Today we’re featuring the work of textile print designer Varpu Kronholm, in our ongoing series highlighting the many talented designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Varpu’s background is actually in fashion design but after a stint working for a designer her passion for pattern steered her towards a career in freelance textile design. Galleries, museums and creative media are a source of inspiration for the designer, but often Varpu takes influence from her surroundings, ” I walk down the street and I see a some spilt paint or a beautiful texture on the pavement and I immediately want to get working! Different textures are actually something that are inspiring me a lot at the moment.” Marimekko has influenced Varpu’s style and taste from an early age but when asked which designer she most admires Varpu answered , “It’s unfair to pick out just one favourite but for example I really admire Gunta Stölzl. She lifted textile design from just being a craft to a modern art form. Her works are simply stunning and some look incredibly contemporary even today after about 90 years!”

Take a look at more of her amazing designs here on her profile page. The featured design above is Citrus and is available exclusively on the Patternbank Studio as are all the designs shown here.


Varpu also designs for Patternbank Premium our collection of one-off designs (once a design is sold it is instantly removed from the site), this section of the site is a members-only area aimed at key buyers in the fashion and surface design industry where access is granted on application.


Tropical Orchids available exclusively on our Online Textile Design Studio



Lavender Curves available exclusively on our Online Textile Design Studio


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Patternbank discovered this funky collaboration between Sight Unseen and the online platform for creative print projects, Print All Over Me. The pair developed a range of apparel and accessories exclusively for the Standard, Miami. The range features prints by Paul Wackers, Ellen Van Dusen, Peter Judson, Rachel Domm, Caitlen Foster, Marta Veludo, Eunice Luk, Branden Collins and Rafael de Cardenas. If you fancy a piece for your wardrobe, the range is available at The Standard for the rest of December. If Miami doesn’t happen to be your back yard, fear not, the range will be available to buy online at Print All Over Me from January 2015.



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One of the most requested features on the Patternbank Studio was a shopping bag, well we’ve been working hard and yesterday we rolled out a perfectly designed shopping cart so go ahead and try it out and make sure you fill it up, happy shopping.


Premium designs are now £300 / €400 / $500 – 23% Price Drop – The Premium area of the site is our members-only area where we sell designs with a one-off exclusive license to customers that need their designs to be one-offs and not available antwhere else (if you’re not a member already but would like to be – apply here). We’re dropping our prices in this section by a whopping 23% – this will enable us to remain competitive in the marketplace and realise our goal of being the go-to online resource for print, pattern and graphics.

We hope that these changes make using the Patternbank Studio easier and more cost effective. These are just the first of many great plans we have for the Studio in 2015 so keep your eyes peeled.



Originally from China, Jane Han Zhang has been living and studying in London since 2007. Her MA final collection at The Royal College of Art entitled ‘The Juxtaposition of Cultures’, takes inspiration from Chinese Calligraphy, the English forests and an Indian colour palette. Her spontaneous mark making together with deliberate illustration create a balanced and wearable collection of print designs. See more from Jane’s portfolio here.



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