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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 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 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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Master of precision and patience Rogan Brown is the artist responsible for this collection of intricate and fascinating art works. These impossibly delicate structures are inspired by microwords, from human pathogens and bacteria to microscopic vegetation. Some pieces are constructed by hand with layers of paper which have been painstakingly carved with a scalpel, taking months to complete. The artist bases his work on the micro organisms but says “Each motif is however completely fictive and imagined; it is this interplay between the imagination and the “real” world that fascinates me, reality is transformed and estranged through the creative process which paradoxically makes the finished work more real and unique.” See more of Rogan’s work by visiting his website here.

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Susan O’Byrne was born in Cork, Ireland. She began her artistic studies at Grennan Mill Craft School where she received a certificate with merit in 1991. In 1994 she moved to Scotland to take up a place at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 1999 with a First-Class Honours Degree in Design and Applied Art. In 2002 she was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in ceramics, also from Edinburgh College of Art. These beautiful sculptures of animal and birdlife are created using a wire frame onto which Susan applies fine layers of patterned paperclay in a mosaic layout over the surface of each creature. Instead of creating exact replicas of particular species the artist has focused on producing human emotion in each of her sculptures. See her website here.

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James Denmark was born in Winter Haven, Florida in 1936 where he found inspiration from his grandmother, a wire sculptor and quilt artist and his grandfather, a bricklayer noted for his unique custom design moulds. From a young age he was exposed to colour and form which later gave him the strengths found in his work. Experimenting with collage using brightly hand coloured papers, fabrics and objects his compositions are free, capturing the spirit found in everyday life. At seventy-plus his work is still sort after by galleries and collectors worldwide most notably the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Stockholm’s Absolute collection. Patternbank are smitten with his style for using patterned papers in an eclectic mix of shapes and textures.

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The decorative work of Robert Kushner has attracted our attention recently. No newcomer to the art scene, Kushner has been exhibiting his work since the 1970’s. His more recent work introduces the use of geometricized pattern which backs his flower paintings, highlighting and contrasting the floral elements. Most the these patterns are inspired by traditional tribal embroideries from Uzbekistan and are sometimes beautifully applied using gold, silver and patinted copper leaf. See more of his portfolio here.

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Monica Rohan’s paintings so beautifully depict her love of nature and highly patterned textiles, she is particularly inspired by artist Edouard Vuillard and his use of pattern. Rohan grew up in South East Queensland where her rural upbringing has inspired and strengthened a love of natural surroundings often remote, that brings with it that same sense of isolation that can be found in her paintings. The subjects (herself) are always hidden, buried in a mass of textiles or overgrown nature wrapped in a playful yet slightly anxious way almost swallowing her up. Powerful and physical at the same time her paintings are certainly thought provoking and with two exhibitions selling out she has certainly captivated a growing audience. You can see more of her work at janmurphygallery.com and sophiegannongallery.com

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Patternbank are loving the work of artist Minwoo Sung where the artist defines her subject by covering it in a natural camouflage of delicate foliage. Each painting shows the fragility of the human figure and at the same time captures a sensitivity whereby what lies beneath our outer layers is a beauty far deeper. Patternbank love the way she has used the veins in the leaves like veins in the human body connecting and travelling around the image. The solid black backgrounds make a stark contrast to this with the use of intense colours of blue, red and pink. Check out more of her sensual work at ablefineartny.com

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The wonderful use of denim in these urban landscapes by Korean artist Choi So Young caught Patternbank’s eye this week. The way that Choi So Young puts to use second hand jeans using their pockets, seams, belt loops and buttons, which then become the windows, streets and buildings of her landscapes is like a painting in itself. Particularly clever is the different shades of blue, bleached denim and reverse of the fabric that feature in her pictures, usually of her hometown Busan. Some of her works have already fetched staggering prices at auction of over 2 million dollars and been sold by international auction house Christie’s. Patternbank love this idea of re-using items no longer needed and giving them a new and unexpected use. Already ideas similar to this are featuring in products for interiors where recycling something old and creating something new is a big trend. Check out more of her incredible artworks at artnet.com

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Patternbank are loving the creative work of Chilean artist Sebastian Vargas. After studying art at the Finis Terrae University of Chile and graduating with a degree in printing and sculpture in 2002 Vargas has flourished as a experimental artist. Vargas explains “ I experiment with a wide range of styles, subjects, materials, and mediums, producing a vast body of work that is consistently experimental and artistically diverse. This is also evident in each of my paintings through the accumulation of an array of different technics within one canvas. My paintings hold a constant dialogue between graphics, painting, and photograph.”  See more of Vargas amazing creative explorations on his site tanvargas.com

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After receiving a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and without an income, stitch artist Sarah K. Benning decided to set up shop on Etsy, in an effort to get by. This move into self employment has paid off with her business going from strength to strength. The Baltimore born artist now resides in sunny Menorca, Spain, where she spends her days meticulously filling embroidery rings with beautifully stitched plant life. See more of Sarah’s art and find out where she’ll be popping up next to peddle her wares, here.

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