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Katy Smail paints florals from the world of fashion in such a whimsical way, you can even watch her paintings as they take shape at high speed on her Instagram page. Patternbank found themselves transfixed watching her create, lost in all those brush marks. Katy also designs beautiful bespoke stationery for weddings, where her hand-drawn designs capture the bride and groom in such a cheery and personal way. Originally from Scotland, Katy studied at Edinburgh College of Art with a First class (hons) degree in Illustration. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York where she works as an illustrator, painter and art director, so if you have wedding plans, you know where to go for that personal touch. Check out the rest of her Instagram page here.

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Patternbank are the loving the simple but bold work of Tokyo based  Australian artist Karan Singh. While he studied interaction design, the self-taught artist has focused on visual arts and illustration for the past nine years, drawing inspiration from graphic design sensibilities and op-art minimalism. His bold and vibrant work is a playful interpretation of minimalism particularly focusing on depth and dimension through pattern and repetition.  His professional career has seen him based in a number of cities including New York, Malmö, Sydney, Melbourne and now Tokyo over a variety of disciplines ranging from art for IBM, animations for the band OK Go, textiles for Heineken and a typeface for The Designers Foundry. Check out more of Karan’s work at his debut solo exhibition Potluck or head over to his website.

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The Patternbank team recently discovered these beautiful sketches by Jessie LeBaron. Jessie heads up a boutique garden design studio based in Brooklyn, New York. Their primary focus is plants, in all their glory, but Jessie was originally trained as a painter and has been the reciepant of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Painting as well as a Starr scholar at the Royal Academy of Art in London.  She has been an avid nature lover since childhood and has worked as a professional hands-on gardener and designer for over a decade.  She continues to paint, draw and make pottery in her free time. See more from Jessie LeBaron Gardens here.

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Patternbank are a big fan of Katie Scott’s work and with the release of her new book Botanicum next month we thought we’d share some of the illustrations with you, along with others from her book Animalium. Scott was also asked to create this animated “living wallpaper” for Publicis for their London office, taking her work to another level. “Together we created two seamlessly looping animations for display on an ultra-wide projector system and an LCD video wall. The animations evolve slowly over time, creating a subtle sense of movement with their fantastical botanical activity. This brings an intriguing feeling of change to the space in which they are displayed.” Truly beautiful and captivating work.

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These beautiful and serene photographs of Mária’s local swimming pool are utterly captivating. We love the calmness, the reflections in the water, the architecture and the overall painterly feel. She was born in 1988 in Slovakia. She finished her university studies of conservation – restoration and archeology. Check out more of her photographs on her website.

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If your looking for some great colour inspiration for Autumn/Winter 2017 then take a look at the work of Cristina Coral. Patternbank love the project “The Other Part of Me”, where Crisitina looks at the hidden part of ourselves, using the camera to reveal a sense of hidden beauty and how we allow or not allow ourselves to be revealed to the world. Cristina is a self taught photographer and has found photography to be her way of language to express the world around her. Check out more of her projects of discovery at cristinacoral.it

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Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo is a graphic designer and illustrator born in Chile. After graduating from Universidad de Valparaiso, he went on to Escuela de Cine de Chile to specialize in Film Studies. Since 2000, Alvaro has worked as Art Director in design projects and as a Film Editor and Post-producer in audiovisual projects. Alvaro’s illustration work uses a combination of traditional techniques and digital image processing. He has collaborated with print media such as The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Wired, Rolling Stone, New Republic, Forbes, Harper’s Bazaar, etc. We’re loving Alvaro’s use of colour and the expressive line-work echoing the features and giving a vibrancy to his subjects. See more of the artist’s work here.

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These beautifully opulent illustrations are the work of Russian painter Slava Fokk. Patternbank are loving the elegant rich subject matter that has a slight art deco look to the mood and styling. Slava Fokk was born in 1976 in Krasnodar, Southern Russia and is representative of the fourth generation in his dynasty of artists that have been conveying its art views and professional skills through decades. At the present moment Slava Fokk lives in Los-Angeles and works on his new paintings.

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Ka Wa Key‘s work explores the identity of Asian men with the roots of their sensuous cultures and aesthetics. His personal design process involves the hybridities in; Eastern and Western clothing, masculine and feminine representations and the traditional textile crafts with the latest fashion technology. Key graduated from the Royal College of Art in London with a Master’s degree in Fashion Menswear in 2015 with the scholarships he obtained by winning the Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (YDTA) and the Hong Kong Fashion Designers’ Association Talent Award. He was nominated as one of the finalists at the H&M Design Award for his graduate collection, which was showcased in “DOUBLE JE” contemporary art exhibition in Palais de Tokyo in Paris. See more here.

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Patternbank are excited to collaborate with trends consultant Geraldine Wharry. In this inspirational guest editor post, we look forward to Spring/Summer 2018.

– In an imaginary world inspired by Augmented Reality, designers and artists celebrate nature’s wonders in a sensual and exotically dark direction.

– Innovation comes through mixing natural elements such as palm trees, saturated brights and Ikat prints with glitch effect, pixilation, blurring and distorting.

– The influencers of this trend are iconic media artist Nam Jun Paik as well as Neon artist Kleber Matheus – the latter currently exhibiting at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.

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Created by curious minds and colour-lovers, Guäva Print Studio specializes in prints and graphics for fashion brands. The studio focuses on urban, high end clients, with a vast selection of highly artistic prints, without losing sight of the commercial factor. Our line caters mostly but not exclusively to contemporary womenswear, menswear, swimwear, activewear and leisurewear. Check out their new Patternbank Online Textile Design Studio Profile Page.

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Our Summer Sale is live with a 15% saving on everything on our site which includes all Designs and Trend Reports. This includes all Stock Designs and Premium Designs so if you’ve been thinking of purchasing prints for your up and coming collection or buying a report for inspiration then now is the time to buy. The offer runs all week from Monday 8th August to Sunday 14th August 2016 – just enter the code SUMMER16 at checkout to receive 15% OFF.

HEAD OVER TO PATTERNBANK > USE DISCOUNT CODE: SUMMER16

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Today Patternbank are featuring the work of print designer Dunya Atay in our ongoing series highlighting our fantastic designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Dunya has been a designer here at Patternbank from the start, her designs range from hand drawn florals and foliage to textures and photo based patterns and she has designed for companies such as ASOS, River Island and Jack & Jones.  Check out more of Dunya’s work here on her Patternbank Studio profile page.

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Hiroyuki Izutsu paints wonderful floral studies in vibrant contrasting colours. Patternbank love the way he composes them on the page almost like a placement print, using a matt painterly technique that really suits the flowers of his choice, tulips, roses and tropical foliage. Izutsu grew up in Tokyo and also likes to paint landscapes, check out the rest of his artwork on Behance and Instagram.

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Fly Chen was born in China in 1989, he now works and lives in London and is a recent graduate of Central Saint Martins School of Art. We love the bright and bold colours he uses that are influenced by pop art – we’re sure that Fly has an equally bright future ahead of him – check out his website for more exceptional work.

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A hugely popular part of our site is the seasonal trend themes section – all our designers receive a monthly directional trend newsletter, they design into themes and then we collate them into seasonal trend stories. This saves our buyers valuable time when looking for those new prints. ‘Rose Garden’ is a strong late Summer/early Autumn floral print story trending for both Mens & Womenswear.

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Boring old office furniture is given a new lease of life by Rotterdam based design duo Ward Van Gembert and Adriaan Van Der Ploeg. Their website Night Shop was launched in 2010 offering a huge collection of items ranging from hand decorated furniture to their P.O.V. bespoke rainbow light walls. Ward and Adriaan are mainly interested in mixing elements of high culture and popular culture into their designs, and investigating the boundaries between good and bad taste. See more here.

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Brighton based sculptor Frances Doherty had originally expressed her creativity in a more culinary manner as the owner of a restaurant, but after experimenting with ceramics at an evening class, Frances was inspired to study in Ceramics, Plastics and Photography. The artist graduated in 2001 and set up her workshop in Hove, renting out space to other artists and designers. With an interest in nature the artist says, “My inspiration comes from flowers and plants that we see all around us, in gardens, fields even cracks in the pavement. I particularly love the secret worlds inside these flowers, in the patterns and textures hidden away that give a continuing sense of promise and renewal. I like to play with scale and will often imagine the size that a plant must appear to an insect…what is it about the flower that attracts or repels?  Often I will scale my sculpture up so that we can have an ‘insects eye view’ of it.” See more of Frances’s ceramic sculptures on her website.

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Patternbank are excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Make It In Design. Our Spring/Summer 2017 trends are being used to fuel the Make It In Design’s creative briefs within the Summer pattern course. The Summer School is a great online course to build and elevate your print & pattern skills if you are new to the industry or just need a creative lift over the Summer season.

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