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Bloodlines, an exhibition currently running at The Andy Warhol Museum until May 21st 2017, presents a new body of work by New York-based artist Firelei Báez. The exhibition showcases paintings and drawings depicting textiles, hair designs and body ornaments, linking symbols of power with human gestures. Báez’s work is instantly beautiful with her gifted ease at using different mediums from abstract washes of paint to intricate drawings of botanical flora and fauna and mixing patterns along the way. Inspired by lineages of black resistance and making connections that further our understanding of dispersed groups, Báez is interested in the craft and art forms traditionally thought of as “women’s work” where textiles, jewellery and ceramics is constant in her work and this in turn can be seen in her own intensive artistic labour, understanding their struggles and illustrating this within her own work.

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African Fabric House is based in Uganda, East Africa and is passionate in its love both of fabric and Africa which is reflected in their carefully curated fabric selections. African Print Fabric or Kitenge (or Chitenge or Ankara or Real Wax) is a traditional waxed cotton fabric worn across Africa that comes in a vast range of vibrant colours and designs. They source all their fabrics from the textile markets in Kampala and are re-stocking all the time – for much more amazing African fabric check out the African Fabric House website.


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Patternbank brings you our final print highlight report from Milan A/W 2014/15 Fashion Week. In this final instalment  we have selected designers showing key print trends for Autumn/ Winter 2014/15. Watch out for the up and coming Paris Shows which we will also be covering here at Patternbank.

Marni A/W 2014/15

Stylised Blooms – Linear Outlines – Volume and Depth – Monoprint Styles – Painted Brushwork – Artistic Paintings – Exuberant Mark Making – Bold Painted Colour Blocks – Artisanship and Couture Details – Multicoloured Fur – Felted Stripe Colour Bands

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Heohwan Simulation A/W 2014/15

Poppy Prints – Layered Details – Monochromatic Backgrounds – Hand Painted Florals – Linear Details – Collaged Newspaper Prints – Intarsia Knitwear – Optical Effects – Checkerboard and Check Mixing

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Antonio Marras A/W 2014/15

Botanical Florals – Bouquet Arrangements – Hidden Surreal Imagery – Collaged Illustrations – Photographic Wolf Placements – Dark Studies – Pen and Ink Drawing – Full Bloom Photographic Florals – Animal Skin Texture – Graphic Knitwear Pictorials

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MSGM A/W 2014/15

Blown Up Photographic Portraits – Gerhard Richter Inspired Paint Texture – Blurred and Distorted Florals – Dark Backgrounds Revealing Print – Broken and Fragmented Roses – Monochromatic Arrangements – Soft Focus – Dripped and Dragged Effects

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Dolce & Gabbana A/W 2014/15

Enchanted Forest Prints – Forest Blossom – Magical Woodland Imagery – Owls and Woodland Creatures – Escutcheon and Key Collections – Naive Appliqué Florals – Tree of Life Pattern – Medieval References – Border and Large Scale Placements

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Stella Jean A/W 2014/15

Mixed Cultural References – Bold African Wax Prints – Whimsical Animals – Peacock Feathers – Exuberant Cockerels – Rugby Stripes – Multilayered Pattern Mixes – Vibrant Colour Combinations – Smart Geometric Shapes

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Marco De Vincenzo A/W 2014/15

Metallic Rainbows – Checks and Grids – Lurex Accents –  Ribbed Contours – Graduated Colour Changes – Textured Plaids – Circle and Spot Combinations – Diagonal Stripe Plays – Mottled Textured Backgrounds – Graded Metallic Stripes

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Roberto Cavalli A/W 2014/15

Decorative Art Deco Pattern – Beaded Art Deco Columns – Feather Prints – Blazing Flame Prints – Snake and Crocodile Skin – Blurred Texture – Colour Dipped Areas

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Patternbank bring you more highlights from the Pre Autumn/Winter 2014/15 collections. These collections give an insight into the up and coming Autumn/Winter 2014/15 collections and a taster of whats to come.

Alberta Ferretti – Pre A/W 2014/15

Marine Themed Prints – Textured Brushwork – Painterly Jacquard Waves – Watery Marks – Lithograph Map Drawings – Borders

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Talbot Runhof  – Pre A/W 2104/15

Geometric 3D Effects – Flat Graphic Colour – Abstract Shapes – Overprinted Pattern – Bias Stripe Layouts – Diagonal Stripes

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Antonio Marras – Pre A/W 2104/15

Stylised Botanic Florals – Engineered Print Layouts – Detailed Illustration – Layered Collage Prints – Sprigs of Floral Bouquets

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Givenchy  – Pre A/W 2104/15

Sequin Photographic Prints – African Inspired – Mosaic Pattern – Geometric Colour Blocks – Bold Colour Flashes – Graphic Stripes

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Nina Ricci  – Pre A/W 2104/15

Single Stems – Blurred Florals – Inky Depths – Overexposed Flower heads – Shadowy Areas – Off-set Imagery – Spaced Repeats

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Philosophy – Pre A/W 2104/15

Japanese Chrysanthemums – Abstract Florals – Blurring Textures – Splattered Paint – Grainy Marks – Distressed Areas

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Christopher Kane – Pre A/W 2104/15

Molecule Shapes – Circular Forms – Reflective Surfaces – New Shapes –  Pattern Overlaps – Scientific Experiments – Flat Graphic Colour

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Thom Browne – Pre A/W 2104/15

Blazer and Tie Stripes – Jacquard Leaf Pattern – New Camo Foliage – Tailored Stripes and Checks – Contrasting Fabrics – Tartan Mix

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Giles – Pre A/W 2014/15

Baroque Jacquard Prints – Over-scaled Imagery – Pen and Ink Fashion Drawings – Fluorescent Touches – Tonal Gradings – Chain Link Prints

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Patternbank brings you the highlights from New York S/S 2014 Fashion Week. This is the first instalment where we have selected designers showing key print trends for Spring / Summer 2014. Watch out for Part 2 which will follow shortly and also the up and coming London, Milan and Paris Shows which we will also be covering here at Patternbank.

BCBG Max Azria S/S 2014


Hand Painted Florals – Pattern build ups – Flowing Florals – Distorted Beauty – Monochrome Expression – Ink Marked Pattern – Sectioned structure

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Josie Natori S/S 2014


Abstract Forms – Blurred Pattern – Monochrome Patterns – Rainbow-Bright Checks – Creative Print Mixes – Abstract Geometrics – Ombre Blurred Checks

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Diane Von Furstenburg S/S 2014


Tribal References – Linear Pattern – Gradient In-fill Pattern – African Animals – Light Distortion – Graphic Pattern

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Prabal Gurung S/S 2014


Floral Collage – Pattern Patchwork – Bright Colour Use – Black & White Floral Painted – Cut-Up Pattern use – Abstracted Structure

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Nicole Miller S/S 2014


Floral and Print mix – Blurred and double exposed Prints – Shared & Fractured Looks – Intense Micro Kaleidoscope Effects  – Painted Floral -Abstract Texture Combinations

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Whit S/S 2014


Delicate Summer Floral – Contrast Prints – Simplified Painted Blooms – Intense Colour Contrast – Fern and Flower References

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Tanya Taylor S/S 2014


Striped Form – Colour Plays through Striped Pattern – Stipple Brush Techniques – Flowing Pattern – Contrasting Colour use through Stripes – Hand Painted

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Jeremy Laing S/S 2014


Squeegee’d Pattern – Large Scale Photographic Florals – New York Artist Julia Dault’s Art – Fluid Studies – Movement Through Print – Ethereal Foliage

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Red Valentino S/S 2014


Painted Floral Studies – Full-on Blooms – 60’s Gardening Illustrations – Intense Looks – Summer Blooms – Hand Rendered Studies

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El Anatsui’s amazing installations and wall sculptures need to be seen to be believed. Using thousands of aluminium bottle tops and other found materials such as wood and clay he moulds and shapes these magnificent pieces. Like vast folded, sculpted and pieced together fabrics that shimmer and sparkle, they tell cultural and economic stories of their past use. Gravity and Grace : Monumental Works by El Anatsui is his first solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, showing Until August 4th, 2013. Definitely a must see!


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Patternbank love the surrealist work of Swedish painter, illustrator and designer Max Walter Svanberg. His inspirations are mostly unknown but his work mainly features a woman’s body merged with elements of animals and fauna. They show a wonderful use of pattern, line, shape and texture with some touches of african and tribal art. He co-founded the artist group Imaginisterna in 1948 in Malmo, Sweden and it is here that a retrospective with 160 works will be shown to celebrate the 100 year jubilee of his birth. For details



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