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The first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988). Discover the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. This unprecedented exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections. Engage in the explosive creativity of Basquiat who worked with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Blondie, among others. Featuring rare film, photography and archive material, the show captures the spirit of this self-taught artist, poet, DJ and musician whose influence, since his death at 27 in 1988, has been enormous. This must see exhibition runs from 21 Sep 2017—28 Jan 2018 at the Barbican Art Gallery.

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Patternbank recently teamed up with ‘Make It In Design‘ and supplied our Spring/Summer 18 print trend forecast intelligence to inspire and guide their Summer School pattern course. We’ve selected our key pattern highlights from the recently published galleries.

SS18 – PALE GARDEN

Check out the full gallery for the Pale Garden Summer trend brief here. View and purchase the Patternbank studio’s designs for the Pale Garden Summer trend collection.

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Patternbank love Frida Wannerberger. The illustrator has an innate fascination for beautiful things, the world and the un-everydaily. There is a subtle narrative to her work, expressing an intense love for clothes. An analytical relationship with what we wear along with an attraction to details, ultimately led her onto the path of illustration for fashion. Trained at Central Saint Martins, Frida graduated 2013 with a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration. Frida currently lives in London, where she is an Associate Lecturer on the BA Fashion Illustration Course at London College of Fashion. See more here.

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Mixing pop culture icons with stylised artworks, designer BFGF caught our eye recently. These fresh homewares are the work of Lilian Martinez who calls her creative endeavor BFGF an “Art Brand”. Patternbank were drawn to the compelling randomness of the content. Simpson’s characters, sports brand logos, historic female sculptures, and basketballs all feature within her work. Mixing history, pop culture elements, and tropical plant life to create amazing art pieces. Based in California BFGF sells through her website and Society6.

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Justyna Wołodkiewicz creates wonderful abstract and beautifully unique embroideries, adding polymer clay to produce 3-Dimensional surfaces, that appear to grow from their traditional wooden hoops. Each piece is unique in colour, texture and shape, evolving in a spontaneous and organic way. The finished pieces look a little bit like living organisms or curious plant life from the deep, you can see more on her Instagram and purchase her works from her Etsy shop.

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Patternbank are loving this visually enhanced photographic series entitled ‘Constructed’, by artist, illustrator and designer Pawel Nolbert. Pawel blends graphic and photography elements and poses questions like: where does the “photo” end and “graphy” begin?  The use of what tools make it a photography, and distinct it from a graphic? Does it make sense to create that distinction anymore?
Pawel has a high calibre of companies that he has worked for, these include Nike, Google, Apple, Sony and Disney to name a few. See more of his jaw dropping work at nolbert.com

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Patternbank thought we’d share the brilliant collage work of Brazilian artist Rodrigo Torres, well known for his expertise in carefully cutting and assembling colourful bank notes. “Money is seductive. The minute drawings on them are beautifully made, all decorated, most of them are full of colors, full of pride and depict landscapes, animals, flowers, important characters, important buildings, people working, studying, dancing, playing, celebrating, there’s no sadness, no starving people, no inequality, only the bright side.”

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Patternbank brings you a snapshot of our favourite print designers seen at the recent  New Designers Graduate show in London.

The Patternbank team once again had the privilege of experiencing this years emerging talent at the New Designers Graduate show.  New Designers is the UK’s most important graduate design exhibition, full of innovation and fresh thinking. Part 1 of the graduate show focused on Textiles and surface pattern design courses and was the ultimate event to spot the next wave of creative talent to hit the industry.

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El Gato Chimney paints nature with extraordinary detail, the natural world is given a magical twist, birdlife and other fantastical creatures, dressed in adornments of patterned fabrics, carry their homes, sometimes on fire, wherever they go. El Gato lives and works in Milan, Italy and began his career as a self taught artist, with an interest in graffiti, street art, steampunk culture and surrealism. His research for his work includes subjects such as alchemy, ancient and modern art, magic, mirabilia, occultism, popular folklore, spiritualism and tribal art. Check out his Instagram for more of his magical birdlife and the James Freeman Gallery where his paintings are currently on show.

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Check out this creative project by a group of Taiwanese art students from the National Taiwan University of the Arts. Hung I-chen, Geo Yi-hui and Cheng You-ti, produced a collection of tempting looking frozen lollypops in graphic, eye catching packaging, but with a sinister twist. Together they collected 100 samples of polluted water from locations throughout Taiwan, these were then frozen onto sticks and preserved in polyester resin and on close inspection the suspended pollutants and fragments of rubbish are clear to see. This project was designed to raise awareness about water pollution and its devastating impact the world over. Find out more about the project and how it was created on the group’s Facebook.

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Akira Ikezoe is a New York based artist, born in Kochi Japan, working with painting, drawing, performance and animation, his work explores the wandering relationships between humans and nature and shows a sense of humour as well as philosophical side. Patternbank love the zen-like quality to his work and simple primitive style, of curious potted plants, objects and intriguing imagery.

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Patternbank are loving the work of Tom Abbiss Smith. The recently graduated illustration artist from Norwich University Of The Arts, currently lives in Norwich, UK. Through both contemporary and traditional techniques such as digital collage, print making and painting, Tom explores shape and form to produce abstract works and illustrative outcomes. His work can be seen in various publications, including Creative Review, Wallpaper Magazine, Crack Magazine and Walnut Magazine. Tom’s most recent clients include Atelier Pichita, Whip Appeal Of Sweden, Unlimited Store and El Moderno Concept store. See more of Tom’s work and his recent collaborations here.

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Last chance to see a brilliant tribute to photography and painting, Sotheby’s presents a curated selection of works by Erik Madigan Heck in a stunning selling exhibition.  Approaching photography with the same eye as high art, Heck’s works capture the essence of painting through the lens of his camera.  His work is elegant and unashamedly beautiful, exploring the intersections of fashion, painting, and classical portraiture.  Working with natural light and combining in-camera effects with digital postproduction, he produces evocative and seductive images that are simultaneously timeless and futuristic. The exhibition is on until 19th May 2017 but if you miss out, try to catch the photographer in conversation, ‘Picturing Balenciaga’ at the Victoria and Albert museum or check out his new anthology, Old Future. See more here.

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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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At first glance the work of photographer Andreas Zimmermann appears to depict urban landscapes created out of children’s toy building blocks. The photographs are in fact high-resolution photos of individual Lego which are then digitally assembled on a computer to produce these clever landscape patterns. Patternbank love the playful colour and composition where order sometimes clashes, tricking the eye into seeing something that is not quite what it first appears.

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Patternbank are loving these modernist interior illustrations by Romanian artist Ana Popescu. With the holiday season not too far away these beautifully stylish illustrations focus on texture, interior layouts and muted colour plays. With the David Hockney exhibition happening at the Tate Britain until the 29th May, these artworks are a refreshing new look on holiday home illustrations. See more of her stunning work here popescuana.com

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Patternbank are excited to introduce our latest print trend tool that focuses on the kids & stationery market for SS18. Our Childrenswear trends team and our giftware experts have been researching and analysing the world of design, art and pattern to create this essential print & graphic trend report. With over 30 pages of inspirational mood, colour, print and graphic trend intelligence, this Spring/Summer trend forecast report aims to assist and inspire with all your new season developments and stationery products.

  • 5 Print trend stories: Electric Jungle / Orbital / Geo Dazzle /Ethnic Spirit / Oriental Creatures

  • Each trend theme is broken down into mood, print direction, graphic direction & colour

  • Over 30 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 50 directional hand-picked images

  • Colour palette breakdowns with Pantone TCX references

This report covers a broad spectrum of the season’s hottest pattern & graphic trends, and with 5 main trends, complete with Pantone® TCX references we are confident this wealth of choice and inspiration will provide a foundation in your creative developments for SS18.

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