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Boring old office furniture is given a new lease of life by Rotterdam based design duo Ward Van Gembert and Adriaan Van Der Ploeg. Their website Night Shop was launched in 2010 offering a huge collection of items ranging from hand decorated furniture to their P.O.V. bespoke rainbow light walls. Ward and Adriaan are mainly interested in mixing elements of high culture and popular culture into their designs, and investigating the boundaries between good and bad taste. See more here.

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Brighton based sculptor Frances Doherty had originally expressed her creativity in a more culinary manner as the owner of a restaurant, but after experimenting with ceramics at an evening class, Frances was inspired to study in Ceramics, Plastics and Photography. The artist graduated in 2001 and set up her workshop in Hove, renting out space to other artists and designers. With an interest in nature the artist says, “My inspiration comes from flowers and plants that we see all around us, in gardens, fields even cracks in the pavement. I particularly love the secret worlds inside these flowers, in the patterns and textures hidden away that give a continuing sense of promise and renewal. I like to play with scale and will often imagine the size that a plant must appear to an insect…what is it about the flower that attracts or repels?  Often I will scale my sculpture up so that we can have an ‘insects eye view’ of it.” See more of Frances’s ceramic sculptures on her website.

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Born in Sweden in 1972, Daniel Egnéus has spent 20 years living in cities across Europe Prague, London, Berlin, Bologna, Rome, Milano and has now made Athens, Greece his base. His work is a reflection of his colourful  life in Milan, Rome and Athens, with days filled with friends and time spent daydreaming all helping to shape Daniel’s work, and inspiring us with it’s beauty and depth. With no formal education Daniel’s work is purely from the heart providing a view into the subconscious creative mind. See more here. More →

The Patternbank team are excited to launch the latest AW17/18 Print Trend Report focused towards Kidswear & Stationery . Once again our childrenswear trends team & giftwear experts have been scrutinising and researching the world of design, art and pattern to create this essential print trend tool. This 57 page report is filled with inspirational mood, colour and pattern trend intelligence, and aims to assist and inspire with all your new season’s developments.

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  • 4 macro trends, 12 print stories and 24 print & graphic direction pages

  • Over 55 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 180 directional hand-picked images

  • Colour palette breakdowns with Pantone TCX references

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Patternbank brings you a snapshot of the key prints seen at the recent  New Designers Graduate show, which is celebrating it’s 31st year.

The Patternbank team once again had the privilege of experiencing this years emerging talent at the New Designers Graduate show. Taking place over two weeks at London’s Business Design Centre, with eight distinct design zones and two prestigious Awards Evenings, 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. More →

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We recently discovered the work of Berlin based artist Romy Blümel, her intricately detailed and beautifully stylised illustrations are captivating and intriguing. In the process of creating her artworks, Romy employs an unusual technique – a combination of emulating the look of a woodcut or linocut but in her preferred medium of painting. Working in paint allows Romy to communicate with a broad spectrum of colour and to utilise the texture of brush strokes, be they bold or subtle. She often draws directly on to an area of paint with a knife. Paintings are sometimes merged with ink drawings, layers being created in several stages. The combination creates a unique and luminescent image, with striking textures and vivid colours.

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Internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains is a large-scale site-specific public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, approximately ten miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada. Comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than thirty feet high, Seven Magic Mountains is situated within the Ivanpah Valley adjacent to Sheep Mountain and the McCullough, Bird Spring, and Goodsprings ranges of mountains. A creative expression of human presence in the desert, Seven Magic Mountains punctuates the Mojave with a poetic burst of form and color. The exhibition opens May 11, 2016 and will be on view for two years. Visit the official site here.

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With Chelsea flower show in full swing this week, we thought a little floral inspiration with a twist was needed in the shape of Tokyo based artist Taiichiro Yoshida. The artist is renowned for his intricate floral wildlife sculptures rendered in hundreds of hammered metal blooms. Decorative metalworking in Japan has a long history that began sometime in the fourth to fifth centuries. These skills have been passed down through the generations and Taiichiro continues the tradition in these flower encrusted animals and birds. See more from Taiichiro on his website and for an in depth insight into the processes involved visit  Highfructose here.

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Patternbank are loving the work of Spanish artist Ana Beltrá, who has been inspired by her time spent in the jungles of Borneo. Beltrán has created these wonderful abstractions in collage using a variety of materials. She also displays a great eye for pattern with the vibrant designs on her website here.

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Check out round two of the #GucciGram Project, celebrating Gucci’s Tian print. In this series, Asian artists have interpreted the Tian pattern, which literally translates as “sky” or “Heaven” which Gucci illustrated with a flower and bird. “#GucciGram is a starting point to tell different stories, which are all united by a great freedom. Today creativity is often born and finds its voice in digital media, vital source of visual culture.” Alessandro Michele. This campaign is running on all Gucci’s social channels and on Gucci’s website, see more here.

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Patternbank are loving the pattern rich and philosophical work of Japanese artist Naomi Okubo, in her Bio she says, “I’ve always cared about appearances. The ideas for my work come from an inferiority complex and my experiences in adolescence. As an adolescent, everyone starts to care about how other people think of their appearances. In my personal experiences, when I changed my own image, people changed their attitude toward me. they started to concern me, and our relationship became better. I also realized the power of fashion and the fear of other’s watchful eyes. I have been interested in appearances ever since”. See more of her work here.

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Patternbank love the vibrancy in Chloe Sells photography where her surroundings can be seen in her unique images. Chloe lives and works between London and Maun, Botswana. Photographing with large format cameras she then manipulates the image during the printing process. These experimental methods range from screens, overlays, open-weave fabrics and movements of the paper to create bold dramatic images. Patternbank love the tropical feel to her work highlighted in the African landscapes of her home. Her latest work titled Under The Sun will be exhibited at Julie Saul Gallery, New York 21 April – 21 June 2016.

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Patternbank are loving Francesco Clement’s Models as Muse series for Harpers Bazaar. Celebrating super models past and present, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Anne Ewers, Liya Kebede and Iman. Captured on canvas adorned in gowns from Versace, Valentino, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana and Salvatore Ferragamo and snapped with their portraits by photographer Jason Schmidt. To see the full article visit Harpers Bazaar here.

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Patternbank had the pleasure of discovering and talking to collector and artist Michaela McMillan, at the recent Top Drawer show at London’s Olympia. The artist comments on her work, “I create individual handmade sculptures depicting stories about characters in glass domes. My figures add a contemporary twist to vintage Matryoshkas, with each sculpture having its own personality and history”. Patternbank love her use of items and images collected and squirrelled away, which find their new home in these eclectic and unique pieces of art. Visit her website to see more. 

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Writer and artist Christopher Russell works in mixed-media to create these mysterious and sometimes dark artworks. Working from his studio, a converted garage just outside Los Angeles Russell begins by capturing photographs of ruined and abandoned spaces or wild landscapes and then manipulates them digitally before scratching patterns and images into their surfaces with a razor. Check out more of his work at russellarchive.com

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Patternbank are loving these amazing paper cut artworks from Brooklyn based artist Xin Song. Her recent work borrows images from old and discarded magazines. She explains ‘Every day I see, hear, feel and think about the world through magazines which people glance through and then throw away.  For me, I have found importance and value in these materials as in many ways they are mirrored the world around us. Through paper cutting, I try to take what is ordinarily a folk, vernacular form, not very highly regarded in terms of artistic hierarchy, and turn it into a serious high art form.’ Enjoy more of her powerful and delicate work on her website www.xinsong.com.

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Its not hard spot the artistic origins which have influenced the work of Miami born artist Alex Yanes . During his teenage years in the 80’s and 90’s, Yeans was immersed in the hip-hop, skateboard and tattoo cultures. This artistic and experimental environment fuelled Yeans’ creativity and helped him produce this collection of vibrant graphic art. Where his work was once confined to canvas, recently his pieces have evolved to include wood, acrylic, resin and enamel in colourful, 3 dimensional installations. See more by visiting his website here.

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The Patternbank team returned to Kensington Olympia once again for Top Drawer & Home‘s Spring 2016 show. The team have selected a handful of top picks from the show with added spark of creativity from innovative designers and artists exhibiting in the Spotted at Top Drawer area. 

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Hannah Rampley

Hannah Rampley graduated from Leeds College of Art in 2013 with a First Class Honours degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern design. Since graduation she has worked both in-house and freelance for design companies internationally, creating a body of work that is both varied and highly unique. Hannah designs and prints fabrics, paints wall murals for companies, and can provide custom illustration for a variety of needs including advertising and editorial. Hannah’s clients include Mollie Makes, Anthropologie, Zizzi Ristorante, Petit Bateau, The British Museum, Tigerprint, Rachel’s Yoghurts (under Dutch Uncle) and many more.

 

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Velvet Olive

Velvet Olive is an inspiring design company that was 10 years in the making and today sells beautifully creative cards to homes and major retailers all around the world. The originator and director Kathryn Fletcher is a designer who creates a product both lovely to have and to hold, with the quality of the recycled board both rich in texture and weight harmonising with her warm and elegant approach to print. Her company statement “Endeavouring never to offend your eyes”, means the designs are considered with people’s reactions to them in mind and the homes they will live in. Velvet Olive is a company that cares about the products, how they are made and the team that produces them and is a firm supporter of Made in Britain!!!

 

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Hole in my Pocket

Hole in my Pocket have been involved in a number of diverse projects within the realm of art and the architecture since early 2002.The broad interests of HIMP are reflected in the diversity of their work which includes exhibition design, painting, video, writing, performance art and conceptual work as well as traveling around the coastline of Scotland with an old air hostess trolley full of wine.The following pages will provide a catalogue of some of their work as well as a brief insight into those behind the projects.

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Spanish artist Maria Torroba is inspired by the great portraits of the 15th,16th and 17th century and produces these magnificent regal artworks in oil and collage, incorporating Spanish and Belgian linens, antique lace embroidered by her grandmother, ribbons, hessian and even shells collected on her travels. Torroba currently lives and works between Madrid and her farm in Extremadura, where she works as a painter and breeds Spanish horses. Her work has been shown in several exhibitions and is now held in private collections in Mexico, Argentina, London and Shanghai. The Stephanie Hoppen Gallery holds a permanent collection of her work.

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