The anticipation is building as the eagerly awaited Isabel Marant collection for H&M draws nearer. Parisian designer Isabel Marant has teamed up with high street store H&M to create this autumn/winter designer collection featuring clothing as well as accessories for women, men and teenagers. Patternbank have long been a fan of her effortless style where she mixes different elements in her collection to create texture and detail.

“I aim to create something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality” say Isabel Marant. The collection is available from November 14th 2013 in H&M 250 stores worldwide. Isabel Marant photos via and


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Patternbank love Lulie Wallace’s ability to see the vibrancy and pattern in the landscapes and flowers that surround her. One of her flower paintings, Phoebe, has been enlarged as a wall mural for Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, Wallace’s favourite store, sell some of her paintings alongside their home ware, a perfect partner to their own vibrant textiles. Wallace’s paintings and textiles are available to buy on her website but snap them up while you can, they’re pretty popular!


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Sarah Swash and Toshio Yamanaka are the talented duo behind the London label SWASH. Swash and Yamanaka met at Central Saint Martins in 2001 and in 2004 won the prestigious Hyéres prize. Now based in creative East London their distinctive hand-drawn scarves and womenswear label grows in popularity, stocked in Barneys, New York, Le Bon Marché, Paris and Liberty, London. Patternbank love their fun whimsical style, where they feature Candy their beloved Whippet, a prominent lucky mascot who pops up in many of their scarves and accessories. To see the full collection visit


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Patternbank are loving Keiko Nishiyama’s picturesque garden inspired collection from her MA graduate show. Keiko Nishiyama studied BA Fashion and performance in Tokyo. after working for an assistant designer, completed an MA in fashion design at London College of Fashion. The idea of printing ‘hybrid imported plants’ in which new flowers were mixed to create an atmosphere of mystery. All the draft prints are hand-drawn creating the illusion of distance to rearrange and reposition the flowers.

“Anthology of Art”
This collection born out of English picturesque garden. The garden would compare anthology of art. In 18th century,Despite the British devotion to naturalism, features such as ruins and follies hybrid flowers became gradually more and more ornamental. The idea that the inclusion of artificial elements in fact contributes to the concept of a ‘naturalistic garden’



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Patternbank brings you a snapshot of the key prints seen at the recent Part 1 New Designers Graduate show.

The Patternbank team recently visited the New Designers Graduate show at London’s Business Design Centre. Taking place over two weeks, 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 ©Hannah Bowen 2013, Leeds College of Art & Design



All images copyright ©Freya Gardner2013, Arts University Bournemouth 



All images copyright ©Katie Fitzpatrick 2013, Leeds College of Art and Design



All images copyright ©Stephanie Rostron 2013, Leeds College of Art & Design



All images copyright ©Karolina Klimczyk 2013, Edinburgh College of Art


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Inspired by draped curtains, crumpled blankets and scrunched plastic bags Stéphanie Baechler’s ‘Fabric Project’ creates a complex relationship between 2D and 3D textile manipulation. Installations of hung fabrics begin the journey of this project. Effortlesss, fluid folds and creases of fabric are captured and transferred back onto a combination of fabric and paper creating intriguing, illusional prints. The unstructured final pieces move and interact with the model, and another dimension of folds and creases are added to the fabric. See a clip of Stéphanie Baechler’s innovative work here.



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Artist and designer, Vasare Nar  has kindly agreed to be featured in our Designer Spotlight. We put a few questions to her and  Vasare has shared her experiences and inspirations with us, read on for an insight into her life.

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

I’m still in the early stages of my career but its all-very motivating to keep going and see where it will take me. I graduated From University of Ulster in 2001 with a BA (hons) Design For Visual. We got to do a variety of projects, but I realized that I was always more about visuals, exploring colors and ways to use more art in my Graphic Design projects. I was always trying to incorporate Fashion, and sometimes even procrastinated in my University Library by reading latest textile print forecast reports. Looking though Vintage Vogue magazines and photocopying the things I Liked the most (our uni had massive collection of magazines and books about fashion and print, as there was Textiles Department). After graduation I just started working on self initiated projects and posting them on my blog, and submitting my work to sites such as society6 , that was a great start for exposure.



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Fresh from London Fashion week, Christopher Kane’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection has a distinct minimalist feel. Simple relaxed suiting is complimented with strong graphic print placements. Kane’s 3D linear depictions of the human form are oversized creating a futuristic edge, and his use of pure monochrome against bold primary colours on black, give this look eye catching appeal. Check out the full collection at



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Paris based illustrator Rosemarie Auberson’s elegant, dreamy collages are built with a combination of texture, drawing and colour. She mixes simple forms of pattern and organic imagery to create these beautifully minimal compositions. The muted simplicity of a black and white photo is bought to life with expressive flashes of bright colour and bold mark making. See more of her stunning collages here, as well as her collaboration with New York designer Rachel Comey.



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Midnight Garden by GUKUUKI

Patternbank were excited to see our Première Vision + Indigo – Autumn/Winter 2013/14 Print Trend Report being used as inspiration for the Find New Designers Print and Pattern Pin Hop June 2013 on Pinterest. A Pin Hop is a variation on the Blog Hop idea, but instead of having to trawl through lots of different Blogs you can see everything on one Pinterest board. Brilliant! Over 50 hand picked super talented surface pattern designers submitted original designs to the Pin Hop which started on Saturday June 15th. Check it out here.

The 4 chosen stories were Midnight Garden, Optical Day, Historical Adornment and Urban Metropolis. Each designer picked one theme and created a pattern and 2 – 6 coordinates.

We’ll certainly be keeping an eye on many of these designers for our forthcoming ‘Patternbank Studio’ where we’ll be selling print and pattern designs online. If you would like to be one of the first to appear & sell designs sign up now for the pre-launch application. Please email with 4 – 6 sample designs.

I’m sure you’ll agree that there are some incredible designs by some very talented designers, we’ve picked a few of our favourites here, just click on the images to visit their Blog. We’re looking forward to the next Pin Hop. Thanks to Tina Olsson / FYLLAYTA for oganising the event.

Midnight Garden by Ella Tjader


Midnight Garden by Catriona Robyn – CR Designs

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Jennifer Sanchez is a real favourite of Patternbank so we thought we would share with you again some more of her vibrant work. The technique of layering patterns, stripes and colour is just so perfect to the eye and would look great incorporated in print designs for the fashion market. Sanchez already licenses her work in areas such as fabric, wallpaper and packaging and recently has been inspired by textile designs by Native American Indians and Bauhaus masters Gunta Stölzl and Anni Albers. Check out more of her work at and on her Etsy page.


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Ashley Miller, Lizzie Thomson and Katelyn Brehony are the creative force behind the Brooklyn, NY based fashion label How Very Dare. Founded in October 2011 after a good stint in the fashion industry where they gained invaluable experience and knowledge, they ventured out into the digital print world to create their own garments at an accessible price tag. Patternbank catch up with them here after their recent launch of their new collection Trash to Treasure and find out a little bit about what makes their photo-real label so individual, fun and exciting. Trash to Treasure and previous collections are available to buy from their shop on etsy.

How did you get into the Fashion business, did one thing start your career?

The three of us met while working at Betsey Johnson. Betsey has an energy and a vibrancy unlike any other and she has definitely shaped our careers. We loved working together and after some time we decided to branch out and start up our own label –  How Very Dare.

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

Inspiration can come at the most random times, on a subway ride, in the middle of the night…We’re lucky enough to live in NYC, a city surrounded by progressive artists and new emerging talent.
Concepts for our collections translate from what is around us, and then we think about how we can lay it down into a wearable print. Our upcoming collection, Trash to Treasure, is based on flea market finds. Items that were once disposable emerge with a new lease of life the second time around. We started with photographs of vintage treasure, then pieced the items together working this concept into a collection of engineered prints.

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Freelance illustrator Claire Duffy graduated from The University of West England in 2011 after studying illustration. Claire’s alluring illustrative style has a simple quality with a pattern, depicting detail and character in her designs. With only a couple of years since leaving education Claire has gone on to gain work with Urban Outfitters Zine, Inspired Times Magazine and is currently working on a project with Kettle Collective. See more of her work on her website.



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Inaluxe is a small design team consisting of Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd. Based in the Grampians in Victoria, Austrailia this artist duo run a small business selling Art prints, taken from their collaborative works. Inspired by artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and the early Abstract Expressionists, and the work of Mark Rothco, they work together using Guache, Inks and Acrylic combined with Paper, wood panels and linen to create the ir original pieces. Their philosophy is to make it simple, using the best materials possible with a sense responsibility to use sustainable resources. See more from Inaluxe at their website. 



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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



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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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