To round off the year the Patternbank team revisited our inspiring posts and have selected some of our favourites from 2016. We wish all our readers, designers and customers a very happy & inspiring 2017. We have loads of new innovative features and developments lined up for 2017 so stay tuned over the upcoming months.

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Patternbank are excited to release Vision 4: our fourth bitesize print and pattern trend report for Spring / Summer 2018.

We understand the fast moving design industry and aim to innovate and inspire you and your team so you are ahead of the curve for next season. Patternbank will be delivering a collection of inspiring and directional trend reports renamed Vision. Our Vision trend alert publications will contain 3 key seasonal print trends. Each trend theme will include an overarching directional mood page, 2 print direction pages and 2 colour usage pages.

Vision 4: SS18 Print Trend Themes
Sport Lines / Mystical Tribes / Exotic Island


PURCHASE THE REPORT NOW - £20 / $28 / €26

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Patternbank were excited to hear about a new exhibition exploring the work of designer and artist Josef Frank, due to take place at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum from 27th January – 7th May 2017. This will be the first ever UK exhibition showcasing the designers work, which will include furniture, glassware, lighting and interior design. Born in Austria Josef Frank moved to Sweden in 1933, where he developed his colourful brand of modernism, working with Estrid Ericson on a number of interior design ideas, together redefining what is regarded as Swedish Modern. The exhibition in association with Millesgarden, Stockholm highlights Frank’s vibrant designs for Svenskt Tenn alongside a number of his previously unknown watercolours. The museum is also holding a one day event before the exhibition opens to the public, where you will be able to meet the exhibition curator and team, a fantastic opportunity to learn more about what promises to be a wonderful insight into the work of Josef Frank.

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Patternbank have been feeling the festive Christmas vibe and have been checking out the latest styles on the high street and online for Christmas this year. We have put together some key looks we’ve spotted. Happy Christmas dressing!

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Tree Decorations – Anthropologie, Wrapping – John Lewis, Gems by Katya Rozz available on the Patternbank Studio, Bauble – Anthropologie, Wrapping – Selfridges, Vivid Helsinki Marble & Woodgrain Gift Wrap – John Lewis

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Floral Seamless Pattern by Tatyana Anisimova

Categories: Womenswear, Floral, Abstract, Tropical, Giftware/Stationery, Nature

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Patternbank is the world’s leading online textile design studio for print, pattern and trend forecasting and each month or so we highlight our favourite designs from the many designs that get uploaded by our talented designers. You can now shop over 30k+ designs online, all painstakingly curated into Categories, Trend Stories and Tags which makes finding the designs you’re looking for super simple and quick. Here are 21 highlights from our Editors’ Picks.

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Patternbank love Gail Kellet’s linocut studies of the Australian flora and fauna where she lives on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Southern Australia. Kelley enhances the main image in her work with bold elements in both the foreground and background including large areas of black and white, giving the plants centre stage. Check out more of her work here.

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Pantone recently revealed their 2017 colour of the year. Already seen on the Spring/Summer 2017 catwalks, Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring. The colour is all about rejuvenation and freshness. This vibrant colour can be used across many product categories from apparel to interiors.

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If there is one book to buy before 2016 is over, it must be Peter Koepke’s ‘Patterns – Inside the Design Library‘. This pattern lover’s dream book offers a snoop inside the Hudson Valley Design Library, the world’s largest archive of patterns and textiles. Browse through centuries of textiles, iconic prints and lost patterns from the past. A must have visual resource for anyone who designs, buys or loves prints & patterns. Patternbank interviewed Peter to get a further insight into the Design Library.

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Patternbank are excited to announce the release of Vision 3: our third bitesize print trend instalment for Spring / Summer 2018.

We understand the fast moving design industry and aim to innovate and inspire you and your team so you are ahead of the curve for next season.  Patternbank will be delivering a collection of inspiring and directional trend reports – renamed Vision.

Our Vision trend alert publications will contain 3 key seasonal print trends. Each trend theme will include an overarching directional mood page, 2 print direction pages and 2 colour usages pages.

Vision 3: SS18 Print Trend Themes
African Summer / Drawn Botanicals / Pale Garden


PURCHASE THE REPORT NOW - £20 / $28 / €26

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Alison Moritsugu was born and raised in Hawaii and left the islands after high school. She received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She lives and works in Beacon, NY. The artist says , “My work reveals how idealized images of the land shape our concept of the natural world – in essence, how our experiences are mediated by the mechanisms of art and culture” Moritsugu paints these traditional idealistic landscapes directly onto log cross sections with the bark in tact. ‘These landscapes appear as an homage to the idyllic art of the Hudson River School yet, by viewing the painting’s surface, the cross section of a tree, any sense of nostalgia or celebration of nature is countered by the evidence of its destruction.” See more here.

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We fell in love with the magical fairytale illustrations by Chris Hagan. He is a freelance illustrator based in Brighton UK. He creates contemporary illustrations inspired by English folk tales, early American folk art and British art from the 1940s onwards, and contemporary Illustration. Check out more of his great work on his website or his Etsy shop.

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Patternbank’s massive Black Friday event is live with a 20% saving on everything on our site which includes all Designs and Trend Reports. This includes all Standard License 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. Hurry, this is a 3 day offer running from Friday 25 November until Sunday 27 November 2016.

HEAD OVER TO PATTERNBANK – AT CHECKOUT USE DISCOUNT CODE: FRIDAY2016

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Not for the faint hearted, these mind warping art statements are the work of Argentinian artist Felipe Pantone. His work is a mix of graffiti, graphic pattern, kinetic art and visual abstraction. Now based in Valencia, Spain Felipe creates street art with a unique graphic look. Clashing colours, optical pattern plays and 80s edged gradients are explored to stunning effect. See more of his work at felipepantone.com

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Patternbank are happy to announce that we’ve once again teamed up with Make It In Design. Our Winter 2017/2018 print trends are once again being used to fuel the Make It In Design’s creative briefs within their Winter pattern course. The Winter 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 Winter season.

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The Patternbank team are loving street artist Pastel Fd, a painter and architect, working in Buenos Aires. Pastel uses the urban landscape and unloved derelict builds as creative canvas. Pastel Fd explains: “Far away of conventional architecture, I understand work on the street as a urban acupuncture. Modern cities are full of “Non-places” because of irregular and not inclusive masterplanning. So paintings can be a kickstart for those places, working on the local identity and not being another tool of social gentrification. I try to base my work on experiences. Considering the space where I get to create my work, it may be a city, a rural space, an open space or a closed space. At first trying to understand the conditions that the environment offers and not to impose an already established concept for the space. Working with symbolism like arrowheads and flora, the pieces begin a dialogue about the nature of man and his surroundings. The existential, real, pure and tragic, almost forgotten in modern society.” See more of his amazing urban transformations on his portfolio site.

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