The Patternbank team are pleased to bring you their first report from London’s Spring 2014 Top Drawer and HOME shows. (A free downloadable report!)

This report pulls together inspiring design and exciting creativity from greetings and wrap to cutting-edge interiors. We’re sure you’ll find this an interesting and inspiring snapshot into what’s new in 2014. If you’ve missed the show, we offer a quick overview – free PDF downloadable report useful to keep you up to date with all the key giftware, stationary and interior trends & developments happening for Spring/Summer 2014.

Top Drawer have embarked on their third decade of exhibitions and the show has continued to go from strength to strength. Every year top Draw aim to bring innovative new products and designers to their show, offering over 800 exhibitors with unique design-led ideas and commercial appeal.


Along side Top Draw, HOME exhibited for its third year, doubling its capacity. This season HOME brought together 250 of the very best modern and classic brands from around the globe, 80% of these were showing exclusively at HOME. The show is proud to champion new British design, hosting the best British-based designers in the ‘Homegrown’ area, giving visitors and press access to fresh new talent and the hottest trends.



This report pulls together inspiring design and exciting creativity from greetings and wrap to cutting-edge interiors. We’re sure you’ll find this an interesting and inspiring snapshot into what’s new in 2014.

Enter your email address and we’ll send you the link...

Patternbank brings you a quick overview of some key print & graphic trends happening this Christmas. As each year passes different styles are emerging creating new visual dimensions to the festive period.

Trend 1 – Vintage Regenerated


Found Wrapping Paper – Hand Painted Illustrations – Naive Pattern – Retro Baubles – Muted Colour Tones – Scripted Fonts – Stylised Character Drawings

Trend 2 – Scandinavian Style


Flat Graphics – Nordic References – Bold Pattern and Graphic Elements – Folklore Fairytale – Rich Detail – Cross-stitch Embroidery – Folkloric Nostalgia

Trend 3 – Modern Statements


Edgy Illustration  – Photo Collage – Craft Chalk Typography – Rich Depth of Detail – Updated look to Christmas Graphics – Intense Graphic Pattern – Pencil and Line Drawn Creations


The Patternbank were in awe at the jaw dropping work of internationally renowned graphic designer and creative director Johnathan Zawada. Sydney based Zawada is a heavyweight within the industry and has collaborated with a list of impressive clients.(Ksubi, Surface to Air, Coca Cola, Semi Permanent and BMW to name a few) We love his diversity of style and visual aesthetic which makes his work stand out. Mixing photographic elements with abstract objects gives depth and real visual excitement to his work. Enjoy more of Zawada’s amazing artworks and collaborations on his portfolio site.



More →

Ana Montiel is a London-based, Spanish visual artist and designer. Her work enhances a universe of materials and media that range from screen printing to ceramics, through surface design, videoart and collage. Her influences are as diverse as David Lynch and his holistic approach to creativity, Jung’s Red Book, the Arts & Crafts movements, Quantum Physics, Astrology, Yoga or Ayurveda. She works for a wide range of clients including Anthropologie, Carolina Herrera and Nina Ricci. To see more of her work visit her website.


More →


Pomme Chan came to the U.K. from Bangkok, Thailand, ten years ago to study at the London College of Communication. Her degree in Interior Design gave her a strong foundation to branch out into Graphics and Surface pattern and her successful career has covered projects within fashion, music, media, including interior design. Pomme’s illustration has an organic feel and most pieces are hand drawn using ‘honest tools’. Her work has been used by designers such as Diane Von Furstenburg and some of her favourite commissions have been giant wall paintings which Pomme feels, allow a great scope for creativity. See her full range of projects here.



More →


The Patternbank team love this latest luxury brand collaboration that we spotted recently. Musician M.I.A. has teamed up with Versace in presenting a striking collection for the label’s Versus offshoot. For her capsule line, the 38-year old singer looked to counterfeit culture and the Versace knock offs she recalls seeing on market stalls as a youngster to inform her designs.  Check out Versace for the full collection.



More →


Patternbank are loving the amazing artwork from recently graduated printmaker and illustrator Elliot Coffin. With his hands in many pies including his involvement in the Fingerprint Club, (a collective of young printmakers) and a band member/ album cover designer in his band ‘ Paradox of The Plankton’, Coffin still finds time to run his own blog and print his own bedding. His graduation show from The Arts University at Bournmouth, was held at ‘The Rag Factory’ in Brick Lane and images from this and other projects Coffin has been involved in can be seen here.



More →

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


More →

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!


More →

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


More →


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’



More →

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


More →


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.



More →


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.



More →


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



More →


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.



More →

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

More →

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.


More →

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.

More →


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.



More →