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As part of their programme of inspirational evening events the Victoria & Albert Museum showcased fashion designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos in conversation with Kinvara Balfour. The Patternbank team were there to gain a little insight into the creative minds behind the successful fashion label Peter Pilotto.
After graduating together from the famous Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, considered one of the strongest and most creative fashions schools in the world, they decided to re-locate to London in order to launch their careers. Peter had already attracted attention with his final collection and with the help and support from the British Fashion Council and the fashion press, their business was already given the boost it needed for commercial success. As a collaborative business the designers experimented with various combinations of both the names, but with nothing working they decided it had to be Peter Pilotto, “It just sounded good”.

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Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival returns for its seventh year, featuring top emerging illustrators and designers as well as more established names in graphic arts. The Patternbank team visited the show this week, we’ve selected our highlights from the show. If you’re in London this weekend pop down to Somerset House, the show runs till 2nd May so not many days left to view these graphic delights. More info here.

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Patternbank are entranced by the beautiful and incredibly detailed work of dutch artist Marlies Niemeijer. Niemeijer graduated from the Amsterdam Artemis Academy and began her illustrative career at Piet Boon where she worked on various international projects. Noted for her finely detailed drawings Niemeijer works on commissions under the name Angels-Trumpet.

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REGISTER now for Patternbank’s exclusive print trend webinar, Thursday, May 5th, 2016 at 16:00 (BST) / 11:00 (EDT). Neil Elliott, our Senior Trends Editor will be presenting the latest print trend forecast report release. This hour long presentation will look to four overarching Macro trends and the key emerging print directions that we can extract from them. This new exclusive webinar will inspire and inform you on the key trends emerging for Autumn/Winter 2017/18. As an added bonus we will also be reviewing the recent AW 16/17 Catwalk show print trend report analysing the strongest 10 print trends that will be influencing the season.

The cost of this exclusive Webinar which is limited to 100 places is $220 which includes a copy of the report

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Check out round two of the #GucciGram Project, celebrating Gucci’s Tian print. In this series, Asian artists have interpreted the Tian pattern, which literally translates as “sky” or “Heaven” which Gucci illustrated with a flower and bird. “#GucciGram is a starting point to tell different stories, which are all united by a great freedom. Today creativity is often born and finds its voice in digital media, vital source of visual culture.” Alessandro Michele. This campaign is running on all Gucci’s social channels and on Gucci’s website, see more here.

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We’re very proud to announce our Autumn/Winter 2017/18 print and pattern trend report. Our trend team have researched a wide range of industries to enable us to deliver this directional and commercially relevant print trend forecast. Everything from art, film, catwalk, music, pop culture, emerging brands and upcoming art exhibitions have been analysed.

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Patternbank are loving the pattern rich and philosophical work of Japanese artist Naomi Okubo, in her Bio she says, “I’ve always cared about appearances. The ideas for my work come from an inferiority complex and my experiences in adolescence. As an adolescent, everyone starts to care about how other people think of their appearances. In my personal experiences, when I changed my own image, people changed their attitude toward me. they started to concern me, and our relationship became better. I also realized the power of fashion and the fear of other’s watchful eyes. I have been interested in appearances ever since”. See more of her work here.

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Today Patternbank are featuring the work of print designer Ruby Valderama in our ongoing series to highlight our fantastic designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Ruby has been designing for Patternbank since 2014 and her extensive collection includes a great selection of paisleys to retro florals, which have been key trends on the AW16./17 catwalk. Check out more of Ruby’s collection of designs here on her Patternbank Studio profile page.

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In Flow – available exclusively on our Online Textile Design Studio

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Patternbank love the vibrancy in Chloe Sells photography where her surroundings can be seen in her unique images. Chloe lives and works between London and Maun, Botswana. Photographing with large format cameras she then manipulates the image during the printing process. These experimental methods range from screens, overlays, open-weave fabrics and movements of the paper to create bold dramatic images. Patternbank love the tropical feel to her work highlighted in the African landscapes of her home. Her latest work titled Under The Sun will be exhibited at Julie Saul Gallery, New York 21 April – 21 June 2016.

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Patternbank are loving the latest collaboration between iconic Finnish brand Marimekko and US super store Target. Summer brights and bold prints collide to create a fun collection that spans over women’s and girls’ apparel, accessories, swimwear, outdoor decor, furniture, and entertaining essentials. Most pieces will be $50 and under so a prime opportunity to get hold of some design classics for the Summer.  The collaboration goes on sale from April 17th, find more info at Target & Marimekkio.

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Patternbank love these intricate leaf sculptures by Cornwall based artist Susanna Bauer – she explains “There is a fine balance in my work between fragility and strength; literally, when it comes to pulling a fine thread through a brittle leaf or thin dry piece of wood, but also in a wider context – the tenderness and tension in human connections, the transient yet enduring beauty of nature that can be found in the smallest detail, vulnerability and resilience that could be transferred to nature as a whole or the stories of individual beings.” Check out more of her beautiful work here.

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Patternbank are wishing English Victorian artist, William Morris a happy birthday today. Born 182 years ago, Morris has always been a main reference point for many new designs & catwalk collections. We raise our glass to the Arts & Crafts textile designer, poet, novelist and socialist activist. Find below a small selection of our favourite textiles designs that have inspired everyone from Gucci, Burberry and Valentino to name a few. Find more of Morris’s inspirational classics at TateWilliamMorris.com and The William Morris Society.

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Patternbank are loving Francesco Clement’s Models as Muse series for Harpers Bazaar. Celebrating super models past and present, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Anne Ewers, Liya Kebede and Iman. Captured on canvas adorned in gowns from Versace, Valentino, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana and Salvatore Ferragamo and snapped with their portraits by photographer Jason Schmidt. To see the full article visit Harpers Bazaar here.

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Jiyong Lee is a studio artist and educator who lives and works in Carbondale, Illinois. An associate professor of art at Southern Illinois University, Lee has headed the glass program there since 2005. Lee was born and raised in South Korea. He earned his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. The segmentation series is inspired by my fascination with science of cell, its division and the journey of growth that starts from a single cell and goes through a million divisions to become a life. Check out more on his website.

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The Patternbank Team have analysed all the key print trends at Paris Fashion Week and today we bring you the final instalment from all the Paris shows. There were wonderfully fresh print ideas from Givenchy inspired by Egyptian Iconography and dresses made of an array of scarf prints from Balenciaga. Watch out for our Autumn/Winter 2016/17 Catwalk Print Trend Report to inspire you in all your new seasonal developments.

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Soft Python skins – Egyptian Iconography – Bold Mandela Pattern – Engineered Prints  – Eye of Horus – Psychedelic Mysticism – Abstracted Pharaoh Pattern – Geometric Layers

Givenchy photos via Vogue.com

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Indian Paisley Pattern – Ornate Indian Silk Embroidery – Bold Furnishing Florals – Luxe Textured Flowers – Collaged Scarf Prints – 70’s Folk Pattern – Indian Paisley Print – Simple Folk Border

Balenciaga photos via Vogue.com

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Multiple Jacquard Pattern – Decadent Renaissance Florals – Flower Groupings – Metallic Jacquard – Dark Opulence – Distorted Background – Painterly Bouquets – Floral Richness – Sumptuous Roses

Comme des Garcons photos via Vogue.com

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The Patternbank Team have analysed all the key print trends at Paris Fashion Week and today we bring you Part 1 of the highlights from the shows. There were patterns in abundance on the Paris catwalk with bright billowy Indian floral prints and paisley pattern from Leonard to a more sombre dark mood of the 1920’s in dark devoré velvets and cheetah and leopard patterns at Dries Van Noten. Watch out for the final instalment of Paris Fashion Week tomorrow.

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Silk Scarf Printed Layouts – 60’s Paisley Prints – Indian Paisley References – Delicate Pen Florals – Large Scale Flower Heads – Saturated Colour on Black – Bohemian Essence – Delicate Neutrals

Leonard photos via Vogue.com

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Pretty Broken Ditsy Pattern – Ethnic Stitched Kaftans – Blurred Mark Making – Moroccan References – Stitched Looking Prints – Ethnic Intarsia Knits – Textured Colour Mixing – Fringing Details

Chloé photos via Vogue.com

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Wild Pattern Mixing – Abstract Geometric – Wild West and African Mix – Intricate Pattern Layers – Folksy borders – Photographic Fantasy Landscapes – Tribal References – African Wax Patterns

Manish Arora photos via Vogue.com

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