Today Patternbank are featuring the work of print designer Soufiane Lafkih in our ongoing series highlighting our great designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Soufiane has an extensive collection of designs including hand painted florals and digitally created geometrics. We asked Soufiane about his education and what inspires him, “I had a styliste and graphiste diploma from ESMOD school Paris, which I chose because of my passion and love for the fashion and clothing styles. My sources of inspiration are nature first, I love how the colours harmonise with each other. As for fashion, I follow street styles and the seasonal catwalk shows and the fashion designer who inspires me the most is Dirk Bikkembergs. Check out more of Soufiane’s work here on her Patternbank Studio profile page.
The Patternbank Team have been analysing the latest Pre-Fall 2017 collections and have put together the strongest print trends alongside designs from the Patternbank Online Textile Design Studio that perfectly complement each story. The Pre-Fall 2017 collections give us a sneak preview of what we can expect from the Autumn/Winter 2017 Catwalk shows. Slightly more commercially focused, but nevertheless important in their instant availability and timely showings.
Adam Lippes / Floral Love by Angela23 / Altuzarra / Lovely Flowers Vector by Marilia / Tropical 11 by Bauhaus / Gucci / Mystical Garden by Flavia Lozano / Gucci
These strangely captivating images are the photomontage project of Paris based photographer Seb Janiak. Named Minessis, which is a Greek word for imitation. To create each artwork Janiak scours antique stores and taxidermist shops to find examples of wings which he then photographs at extremely high resolution. The pieces are digitally edited and pieced together into flower-like forms (a sort of meta mimic of a mimic) which are then output as chromogenic prints measuring nearly 6 feet square. The Patternbank team are loving the beautiful irregular textures and colour patterns created in these amazing art pieces. See more of Seb Janiak’s inspirational work here.
Aaron is a talented artist born in Arizona who now works in California, he’s represented by Acme Gallery in Los Angeles. These beautiful paintings remind us of the Japanese woodblock printing of Hokusai mixed with an overall feeling that something has gone horribly wrong on planet Earth. You can see more of his thought provoking paintings over on the Acme Gallery site here.
Patternbank are loving these poetic and pastel musings by visual artist and illustrator Milica Golubović. Inspired by nature and the sea Golubović loves to apply a poetic and often metaphorical language to her work, mixing textures in calming and dreamy compositions where fiction and reality meet. Discover more of her poetic language on her website and Instagram feed.
A very 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. ‘Stargazer’ is a strong story seen recently on the Catwalks.
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.
- Elegant Deco Beauty – Slava Fokk
- Angels-Trumpet – Marlies Niemeijer
- Chris M. Forsyth – Going Underground
- Katie Scott – Sublime Botanicum
- The Land of Bunnie Reis & Other Cosmic Worlds
- Karan Singh – Op Art Minimalism
- Gouache Beauty – Ayumi Takahashi
- Kit Miles – Baroque for the 21st Century
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Azuma Makoto takes flowers and transforms them into frozen wonders, locked in ice, their stillness observed until the ice begins to melt. You may recognise his work from the Dries Van Noten SS17 show where Azuma transformed nearly 100 types of rare flowers into 23 different arrangements. Check out more of Azuma’s creations at azumamakoto.com
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