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Patternbank recently discovered the eye-catching and vibrant embellishments of Leeds based textile artist Jessica Grady. We wanted to find out more so we asked her about herself and what influences her designs and techniques.

I am a contemporary embroidery artist who works from my home studio just outside of Leeds, West Yorkshire. My colourful and highly tactile work has been exhibited in various galleries and publications across the UK and Europe and I am also a member of the Crafts Council’s Makers directory. Recently I have been awarded the 2018 Embroiderers Guild Scholar award.

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Welcome to Patternbank’s fourth print and pattern trend report for Autumn/Winter 2019/20

We aim to innovate and inspire you and your team so you are ahead of the curve for new developments. We’re delivering a collection of inspiring and directional trend reports throughout the season. Each Vision trend alert contains 3 key seasonal print trends. Each trend theme includes an over-arching directional mood page, 2 print direction pages, and 2 colour usage pages.

Vision 4: AW19–20 Print Trend Themes
From Nature / Woodland Gothic / White Out Blooms


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Patternbank recently discovered the work of Amsterdam based artist Preta Wolzak. We asked her to share some information about herself and her latest projects. Wolzak studied Monumental Design at the Gerrit Rietveldacademie from 1986-1991. Since then she has worked on commission in applied arts: she has made illustrations for book covers, designed and made furniture, designed exhibitions, designed interiors for private people and companies. Since 2008 she has been making jewellery under the name Fortblink, and in 2013 she opened her creative store Old Fort On Dun on Oudeschans in Amsterdam. These images are from a selection of her recent collections Ma Petit Inuite, Everybody Needs A Hero and Arctic Charade, all of which share a common theme of the sometimes negative impact humans inflict on our planet causing pollution and the devastating effects of climate change. To see more and to read about her embroidery processes and the inspiration behind her work, visit Preta’s website here.

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Patternbank love the work of Australian sculptor Shona Wilson so we contacted her to find out more about her craft. A contemporary Australian sculptor, Shona engages with natural found material to create both abstract and representational, 2-D assemblages and 3-D sculptures. For over 25yrs, Shona has exhibited commercially. More recently she has also been involved with exhibiting science/art collaborations and Ephemeral Art making and facilitating workshops (from preschools to adults). Shona is the creator of the One A Day Ephemeral Art Project, which has inspired people worldwide.

“How can we care for what we do not know? My ongoing engagement with Nature’s fragments and invisible realms brings me closer to understanding the world we share. The materials themselves are storehouses of knowledge and information. They act as ‘keys’, unlocking doors to memory, science, history, imagination and Spirit.The intersects between nature, science, spirit, and art are potent environments to research and play within creatively. Art making can become Ceremony.  My work is an invitation to marvel and wonder at the details within nature which I have presented predominantly through sculptural assemblages. The mirroring of the micro/macro world and its phenomenology captivates me.

See more of Shona’s ephemeral projects here.

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Patternbank wanted to share our love for these stunning paintings by Markus Åkesson, with their dramatic scale and attention to detail in surface, pattern and texture; all things we love here at Patternbank, the almost photographic qualities seem to shift between reality and something imagined in a dream.

Markus Åkesson is a neofigurative painter on the international stage. His work has been shown in galleries and institutions in Paris, Berlin, Brussels, London, Vilnius and Stockholm. Living and working in Pukeberg in Nybro, Sweden, his home and studio are nestled in the woods where he is free to explore motives which relate man to nature and nature to the world unseen.

He is currently represented by Galerie Da-End in Paris and VIDA Museum outside of Borgholm on Öland, where his exhibition Insominia was on show.

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Welcome to Patternbank’s third print and pattern trend report for Autumn/Winter 2019/20

We aim to innovate and inspire you and your team so you are ahead of the curve for new developments. We’re delivering a collection of inspiring and directional trend reports throughout the season. Each Vision trend alert contains 3 key seasonal print trends. Each trend theme includes an over-arching directional mood page, 2 print direction pages, and 2 colour usage pages.

Vision 3: AW19–20 Print Trend Themes
Chaos Overload / B&W Dimensions / Royal Regency


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Patternbank brings you a snapshot of the strongest print designers seen at the recent  New Designers Graduate show.

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. Week 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. New Designers Week 2 is showing until this Sunday if you are in London.

Louise Towers – @louisetowers_design_

Leeds Art University


Emily james – @emilyrjamesdesigns

UWTSD: Swansea College of Art


Hannah McCloskey – @hannahclairedesign

Leeds Art University

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Patternbank are excited to share with you the work of embroidery artist Rana Balca Ülker. Living in Istanbul, Turkey, Rana graduated from the Fine Arts faculty of Fashion and Textiles at Yeditepe University.
Rana’s interest in fashion and embroidered textiles has continued throughout her work, combining her paintings into embroidered portraits that look deep into the expressions and feelings we portray to others. Rana likes to combine floral and foliage within powerful portraits, sometimes protecting the subject from view.

Other pieces are dissected features of eyes and some elements within the subjects are left blank, leaving the viewer wondering the feelings and emotions of the model. Follow her on Instagram for updates of her work and coming exhibitions of her work here.

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Welcome to Patternbank’s second print and pattern trend report for Autumn/Winter 2019/20

We aim to innovate and inspire you and your team so you are ahead of the curve for new developments. We’re delivering a collection of inspiring and directional trend reports throughout the season. Each Vision trend alert contains 3 key seasonal print trends. Each trend theme includes an over-arching directional mood page, 2 print direction pages, and 2 colour usage pages.

Vision 2: AW19–20 Print Trend Themes
Trompe L’Oeil / New Botanic / Distorted


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Patternbank fell in love with the colourful abstract paintings of Natalia Black, who lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Liverpool, England. Natalia gained a Degree in Fine Arts from the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia and later moved to Northern Ireland where she developed and established her career as an artist.

Many of her paintings are on canvas and wood but in recent years she has started experimenting with new technologies and has made a series of digital abstract paintings on metal. These beautiful intricate pieces are created by transforming the qualities of natural landscapes into their synthetic non-figurative versions.

Talking about her art, she comments: “Painting helps me to look beyond the obvious, it also urges me to:…. don’t stop playing, don’t stop learning, don’t stop looking, find that inner child … it let’s me have fun on my own. I also find it’s a nice way to make friends.”

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Patternbank recently discovered the beautiful work of artist Tiffany Bozic and were interested to find out more about her work. Tiffany is a painter from Marin, California and has spent the majority of her life living with and observing the intricacies of nature. Her work on first glance is of detailed nature scenes but on closer inspection surreal metaphorical elements can be found, presenting a vision of life’s struggles and triumphs that are largely autobiographical. The subjects she paints are inspired both from extensive travels to wild places, and the research specimens at the California Academy of Sciences in San Franscisco. Over the years, Bozic has developed a complex process of masking and staining so the natural grain can collaborate with each composition using multiple layers of watered down acrylic paint on maple panels of wood. Check out her instagram here for updates on new work.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you work?

I travel to remote corners of the world, often with teams of scientists, then return to my studio to create detailed acrylic paintings on maple panels. I also host the Unlocked Art Lab at the CA Academy of Sciences. I have been showing in NYC for the past 10 years, but for this next chapter I’m switching gears to show on the west coast for a number of group shows this summer. I currently have a series of new paintings exploring the five elements of nature celebrating native PNW plants and animals, at Talon Gallery in Portland, OR. We are also publishing another monograph of my paintings this year with Gingko Press.

What creatively inspires you?

I try to spend as much time as I can outdoors, travel, my relationships to myself and those I cherish.  In other words, I’m inspired by love & curiosity.

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The Patternbank team were at the preview day of the Victoria & Albert’s new exhibition Fashioned from Nature last week. A great new exhibition that looks at how nature has influenced fashion design, textiles, manufacturing and pattern, throughout the last 400 years. Set over 2 floors, the first floor looks back in history and explores the evolution of how nature has impacted fashion. The upper floor is more of a present-day look at how new designers have used nature in the design process. It also showcases the environmental aspects of how designers now are looking at sustainability within fashion. We also picked up the book that accompanies the exhibition which is also worth a purchase here.

William Kilburn(1745-1818)

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Patternbank love the intricate work of artist and collector Kate Kato, we got in touch to discover more about her work process and what inspires her to create these beautiful paper and fabric sculptures. Kate lives in the Welsh boarders just outside the small town of Ross on Wye, where her natural environment inspires her daily.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you work?

Using recycled paper, fabric and wire I try to capture the delicate detail and beauty of nature. Influenced by plants, insects and found objects, I create intricate, life-sized sculptures and arrange them into collections and dioramas. I have always been fascinated by the natural world and for me my work is very nostalgic, taking me back to my childhood and the curiosity that fuelled my creativity. My work aims to encourage curiosity and promote an awareness of the environment. I want to bring the small, hidden and overlooked details into the public eye and encourage people to consider their importance.

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Patternbank discovered the beautifully delicate and intricately stitched and cut work of Hillary Waters Fayle. We put a few questions to the artist to find out more about her and what inspires her work.
Can you give us a brief introduction about yourself?
I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY USA and I now live in Richmond VA, where I spend time making my own work, in addition to working as an artist assistant, and teaching part-time at Virginia Commonwealth University. I’m a fairly quiet person, and I dislike being the center of attention. It’s really important to me to be the best person I can be for the people and the world around me. I feel the best when I’m being really productive and I’m getting lots done and I’m able to be mentally present and engaged. I love to make lists, run, cook, spend time with people I love, and I love to read -although I don’t read as much as I’d like to. I also love to be outside, especially in the summer- the heat in Virginia is one of my favorite things about living here.

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For anyone inspired by the vibrant work of Frida Kahlo, prepare  yourself for a rare treat. The V&A have announced a special exhibition to showcase the eclectic wardrobe of one of the most influential female painters of the 20th century. This is the first exhibition outside of Mexico to display Kahlo’s clothing and personal possessions, including prosthetics, medicines, accessories, jewellery, photographs and letters. The exhibition runs from 16th June 2018-4th November 2018. Booking in advance is recommended and we’ll be first in the queue to explore her collection of fascinating belongings! Tickets are now on sale at the Victoria and Albert Museum here.

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Patternbank brings you our in-depth catwalk report highlighting the key Autumn/Winter 2018/19 Print and Pattern trends from the latest New York, London, Paris and Milan Catwalk and Runway shows. The team has gathered information from the designer’s collections and compiled a selection of the most prominent print looks trending for AW1819 together with an insight into the key colours for the season. This is the  essential Print Catwalk analysis trend report for every brand, designer and studio.

  • 10 print trend stories for Autumn/Winter 2018/19
  • Over 68 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence
  • Over 400 on trend hand-picked images
  • Covers New York, London, Paris & Milan AW1819 shows
  • The top 24 print focused shows highlighted
  • 6 colour trends for AW1819
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Patternbank brings you a concise overview of the most important print & pattern collections, from Fall 2018 RTW Paris Fashion Week. Look out for our A/W18/19 Catwalk Print and Pattern Trend Report coming soon,  an overview of all the recent shows containing the strongest print and pattern trends.


Dries Van Noten

Images via Vogue

Stylised Florals – Detailed Biro Drawings – Art Brut Inspired – Psychedelic Swirly Pattern – Limited Colour – Frenzied Drawing Style – Pen Texture

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Welcome to Patternbank’s fifth Vision instalment for Spring/Summer 2019

We aim to innovate and inspire you and your team so you are ahead of the curve for new developments. We’re delivering a collection of inspiring and directional trend reports throughout the season. Each Vision trend alert contains 3 key seasonal print trends. Each trend theme includes an over-arching directional mood page, 2 print direction pages, and 2 colour usage pages.

Vision 5: SS19 Print Trend Themes
Future 70’s / Scenic Statements / Tropical Infusion


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Patternbank are loving the work of Husmann/Tschaeni (Michael Husmann Tschaeni & Mira Tschaeni)- an artist couple that are based in Switzerland and both studied at the College of Art in Lucerne. They have exhibited between New Delhi, Los Angeles and Melbourne. They work backward, painting in layers on the reverse of acrylic glass, using different materials, such as enamel, oil colour, watercolour, crayon, glitter, and spray. It is like if two completely different, somewhat incompatible picture languages collided when they started working together. But somehow they manage to create pictures, stories, and installations together, without having to change their own individual styles. Enjoy more of their work here & on their Instagram.

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