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The Patternbank team returned to Bovey Tracey in Devon for The Contemporary Craft Festival 5-7 June 2015. This year the festival picked up 2 Gold Best Event awards in Devon and Silver for South West Tourism Event of the Year. The Contemporary Craft Festival is one of the UK’s largest craft events with over 200 diverse and talented makers of ceramics, textiles, mixed media, jewellery, glass and furniture. Here are some of our favourites from the day.

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Working with ceramics and paper Katrin Moye focuses on surface decoration, with patterns referencing personal memories, literature, family history and folk art. In particular her childhood memories of Germany in 1970’s with references to her German family roots and Scandinavian style influences from her Danish godmother.

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Bryony Rose creates whimsical animals sculpted from beautiful vintage fabrics adding details in lace and decorative buttons. We particularly love her playful mice balanced on old cotton reels, so pretty.

Ella Robinson

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Unique, vibrant and decorative would best describe Ella Robinson’s one of pieces of driftwood and washed-up artefacts collected from the south coast of England. Driftwood is made interesting with stitched patterns, cacti imagery and wrapped in brilliant striped threads.

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Maxim started drawing after school in Moscow while waiting for his grandmother to finish work in the hairdressers, he created small intricate artworks on the magazine covers. This developed into a daily ritual and a serious passion. The No Man’s Art Gallery in Amsterdam picked up on Maxim’s work and organised for him to come over to Amsterdam and work in their gallery for a month. You can find more of Santalov’s amazing work over on the No Man’s Art Gallery site.

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Franklin Evans was born in Reno, Nevada in 1967. He studied art and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in 1989 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1993. Much of his work is a build up of paint and collage, a layering of colour and imagery reminiscent of a studio wall where the paintings are created. His current exhibition Headandhandinhand is currently showing at FL Gallery Milan until 4th September ’15, to see more of Franklin’s work visit his website here.

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A combination of Japanese Manga and the sophisticated fluidity of Art Nouveau are the inspiration behind the work of artist Audrey Kawasaki. The technical precision in Audrey’s technique creates sharp graphic imagery and combined with the use of wooden panels as a base, gives her work texture and depth. Patternbank loves her ability to capture emotion, with her adolescent subjects exuding innocence and eroticism, all set in a frame of typically Japanese imagery. See more on Audrey’s website.

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Activewear and performance apparel has become a driving force for many print and pattern trends happening at the moment. Patternbank are loving these latest offerings from the man of the moment Pharrell Williams and iconic sports brand Adidas. The collaboration named the ’Jacquard Pack’ uses embroidered floral patterns in two lavish colour combinations. Classic Stan Smith trainers and a unisex jacket are brought to life with the sophisticated pattern fusion of street and luxury.  The Pharrell Williams x  Adidas Originals collection will be available on May 30 in Adidas Originals Flagship Stores and selected Adidas boutiques.

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Patternbank have just returned form the recent Pulse London event where designers and brands show their latest products to the industry. Held at it’s new home of Olympia the show is an irresistible source for stand-out homeware and design. In particular the Launchpad area showcases new and emerging talent offering their latest design collections. Here are our show highlights of the strongest and most directional designers beginning with some key trends that we spotted at the show.

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Disaster Designs/ Paige Cartledge / Jacqueline Colley / Jen Rowland


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Patternbank recently approached the art and design duo Ingrid van der Zalm and Annie Ching to find out a little bit about what inspires them and Inhabitant their recent collaborative project.

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Inhabitant is an art & design studio set up by us (Annie Ching and Ingrid van der Zalm). We met each other during our study Fashion design at ArtEZ School of Arts in Arnhem, The Netherlands. We both work independently as designer (Annie) and artist (me) but in Inhabitant we find each other in our shared love for materials and prints.

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How did you get into designing textiles, did one thing in particular start your career?

Annie: I’m Annie Ching and I’m a knitwear designer. I used to work for own knitwear label together with my friend back in Hong Kong (It’s called Furansu www.thefuransu.com). Now I just start to work as an in-house designer. I am always impressed with textiles and I like to experiment with different materials and apply them into textiles & fabrics.

Ingrid: I’m Ingrid van der Zalm and I’m an artist and textile designer based in Arnhem. During my studies I already specialized in textiles and prints, because I love playing with materials and textures. Next to working as a designer I have been developing myself as an artist, and lately I have been focusing my research on materials in a broader sense. Our first project together for Inhabitant is a digitally printed scarves collection, consisting of 7 different prints printed on 100% silk.

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Where do you get inspiration for your work? What is inspiring you right now?

Our scarves collection is inspired by sea animals like octopus and jelly fish and the art of Hans Bellmer. For the presentation of our collection we were inspired by the material polyether foam. We loved the dirty candy colours and the soft, artificial out of this world texture which matched the scarves very well. We got the opportunity to present our scarves in the windows of beautiful concept store Friday next and so we made a collage of our scarves mixed with pieces of polyether foam.

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Patternbank returned again this year to sample the latest injection of Uk based Printmakers and Graphic artists, and a growing selection of global talent, exhibiting at last weeks Pick Me Up . This years festival was held at Somerset House, London and ran for 11 days between 24th April and 4th May. Pick Me Up has become the UK’s best contemporary graphic art fair and now in it’s sixth year the show has become a great place to spot new and upcoming talent. Seminars with guest speakers and printmaking workshops make this an unmissable event with original artworks and prints available to purchase. If you missed out this year we’ve put together a selection of exhibitors for you to peruse at your convenience.

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French graphic designer Laura Jouan is now based in London since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2014. For Pick Me Up, Laura was exhibiting her project Layering Layers, Layering Content, which investigates poster formats. See more work from the artist here.

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Moth are a London based animation collective comprising of David Prosser, Daniel Chester and Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2010, the designers began to collaborate on projects and explored a shared love for all things drawn. Moth have produced work for clients such as WWF and  Global Canopy Programme. See more of their captivating animation here.

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Patternbank love the freshness of hand crafted techniques that mix with graphic subject matter. Here Australian studio Maricor/Maricar create awe inspiring visual statements through the use of embroidered thread. Colourful pattern work, quirky typographical statements and beautiful mark marking visuals are studied then recreated through embroidered techniques. These guys have been around for a while now but are pushing the boundaries between illustrated materials and true stand alone art pieces – amazing stuff! They have recently worked with the likes of Vogue Japan, Wired magazine and Saatchi & Saatchi. Check out more of their incredible work on their site maricormaricar.com.

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Growing up in Little Rock, AR, Lisa Krannichfeld experienced an eclectic mix of both South American and Chinese cultures. This has influenced her style where she combines traditional Chinese ink and watercolours but applies them in a contemporary, less controlled way. Her subjects being primarily women, Lisa’s soft and watery use of ink gives her portraits movement and expression. With the added dimension of bold oriental patterns in each of her paintings, this contrast of styles highlights their etherial femininity. See more here.

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Llew Mejia usually spends his time as a fashion and textile designer producing designs for brands such as Adidas, Reebok and Anthropologie but these designs include a series of wallpapers created for Astek Inc. with the idea of bringing the outdoors in. Llew’s travels backward and forward between Mexico and Southwestern United States as a child have clearly influenced his work and with a taste for the occult, Mexican culture has also influenced his life. See more of Llew’s illustrative designs here.

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Patternbank were honoured to be invited to pin to Tate Modern’s Pinterest board – Pattern Power, a celebration of pattern in art coinciding with a major exhibition of Sonia Delaunay’s work. You can check out Patternbank on Pinterest here. This first UK retrospective of Sonia Delaunay at Tate Modern brings to light a life and work often overshadowed by her husband but none the less just as important. The exhibition features a wide range of her work from vibrant abstract paintings to decorative textiles and clothes she made across a sixty-year career.

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Born Sarah Stern in Ukraine she later changed her name to Sonia Terk when she was sent to live with her uncle and aunt in St Petersburg. Delaunay studied art in Germany before moving to Paris in 1906 where she fell in love and married Robert Delaunay. One of the pieces in the exhibition, a small blanket she stitched for her son is a patchwork of abstract shapes demonstrating how she mixed Russian folk-craft with a more dynamic modern style that became her signature. Experimenting with colour and shape Delaunay covered the walls of their apartment with hues of contrasting colours and together she and Robert created the concept of simultanéisme. This didn’t end there and Delaunay continued with cushions, lampshades, furniture and then finally clothes where with her friends they dressed up in fantastically patterned clothes. Sonia Delaunay is at The Tate Modern, London from 15th April to 9th August. See The Tate Modern’s Pinterest page for pins inspired by Delaunay where Patternbank will be pinning alongside The Tate and other guest pinners.

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Patternbank love the sheer scale and intensity of John McAllister’s paintings from the collection “Tides must Exalt” which showed at the James Fuentes Gallery in New York in April 2014. The paintings depict both interior spaces and outdoor scenes where the colour hues have been turned right up to dazzle us with their luminosity in unreal pink and purple skies. McAllister takes everyday objects of flowers, fruits, dishes, chairs, tables and windows giving them an almost serene and dream like quality.  Browse more of John McAllister’s paintings at artsy.net

 

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Tribal meets the streets in these pattern rich artworks by Texan artist Terry Hays. These pieces ranging from scavenged tree roots to intricately cut wall mounted boards are a riot of pattern and texture. With stylised flames licking at graffiti tags and Aboriginal marks combining with tattoo imagery, its hard to tear your eyes away from this feast of colour and texture. To see more and learn about the processes involved in creating the finished piece visit Terry’s blog here.

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Patternbank featured the creative genius of We Make Carpets back in 2012, but after five years of carpet building and with fifty different designs under their belts, MU opened its doors on 24th Oct 2014 to welcome visitors to We Make Carpet’s 5th anniversary exhibition. The space was filled with designs by the creative trio behind We Make Carpets, Marcia Nolte, Stijn van der Vleuten and Bob Waardenburg. Constructed from everyday items such as cocktail umbrellas and drinks bottles the artists lay their designs from the middle spreading their carpet patterns outwards with painstaking precision. Their patience and skill are taken to the extreme with an impressive collection of micro carpets made from seeds, sugar strands and pins. See more of their creations here.

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Patternbank came across the French painter George Valmier’s vibrant album of Collections Décors et Couleurs, Album No. 1 published in 1929 by Albert Levy. The album contains beautiful prints hand painted in gouache using a stenciling technique known as Pochoir. Décors et Couleurs became a recognised source of inspiration for many abstract painters. Valmier was one of the first painters to pursue the Cubist aesthetic where his colourful work forms a rich, significant and truly original part of the story of Cubism. Be inspired and view the full collection here.

 

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Ceramics can be more than just a decorated plate or vase and Molly Hatch’s installations are fine examples of contemporary decoration. Taking inspiration from historical trends in ceramic and fabric design Hatch mixes things up, playing with scale and creating detail that becomes part of a bigger picture. Hatch’s work has a strong drawing style with a whimsical feel which translates well to fabric and other areas of surface design, she has produced some fabulous tableware for Anthropologie and stunning limited edition pieces for the V&A. Check out more of her great style at mollyhatch.com and her blog here.

 

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Patternbank are loving these symmetrically laid out insect artworks by Christopher Marley.  These beautifully arranged mandalas incorporate everything from insects, fossils, feathers and crystals which Marley has been collecting for the last 15 years. Vivid colour and form collide in these creepy but unique pattern plays. See more of his amazing work on his site Pheromonedesign.com

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Cheshire lass Colleen Parker has been a creative for as long as she can remember. Taking inspiration from the beautiful Crew countryside where she lives, Colleen uses her skill with watercolours and inks to sensitively illustrate her surroundings. Graduating with a Triple Grade Distinction from South Cheshire College the artist also won ‘Student of the Year – 2006’ before going on to study a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art. Check out more of her extensive collection of wildlife paintings here.

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The Pakistan born artist Anila Quayyum Agha created this simple wooden cube as a solitary installation but with the addition of intricate laser cut Islamic pattern, and with the use of a single light bulb the surrounding space is bathed in shadow pattern. Each artwork has a different attitude,” she says. “Work on the wall will impact less people. It is not as large, it’s a more personal experience, solitary. You can control the viewing of the piece by how close or how far you stand to it. Installations and their hugeness have a different impact. It’s social and public. And we all see the work through our own experiences.  So when art is out there, it is no longer controlled by the artist, the viewer helps make the story complete. Think of it like the difference between how you experience a book and a movie.” Read more about the artist and see more from Anila here.

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