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.
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
Patternbank met Carina Sohl at the highly creative experimental zone of Maison D’Exceptions back in February 2017 at Premiere Vision and were in love with the delicate beauty of her craft, mixing nature and eco-friendly technology, Carina transforms her wild gatherings into unique botanical patterns. Carina developed her craft from combining a love of nature with the material leather, discovered on a course back in 2006. The result is beautifully detailed and intricate patterns, each unique in their fragile leaves that are captured only once, to create one-off designs. Carina has collaborated with brands like the luxury fashion house Loewe and Berluti where her designs have been used on dresses and wallets. Follow her journey here on her Instagram account and on her website here.
Michael Brennan-Wood is internationally regarded as one of the most innovative artists working in textiles today. Exploring and understanding textile techniques through the past, his work persists to surprise and delight in it’s layers of embroidery, pattern, lace and intriguing floral imagery.
Patternbank are loving Zak Ové’s celebration of African and Trinidadian culture, where he pays tribute to both spiritual and artistic African identity. Born in London he now lives and works in both London and Trinidad. Zak works in sculpture, film, painting and photography, often collaging antique and found materials, where he is interested in reinterpreting lost culture and mythology. We particular love these wonderful collaged works, a carnival of decoration and pattern! Check out his Instagram page here for more inspiring work.
David McLeod’s work experiments with colour, form and texture in a truly modern way, pushing the boundaries to produce surreal, organic animations and compositions of curious, abstract shapes. His series “Colourflow” can be viewed on Vimeo as hypnotic displays of moving particles, not unlike a Starling Murmuration: where they form a fantastic acrobatic mass before roosting. Another playful side to his work are his typography explorations into different hair characteristics through a bad pun. Originally from Australia, he now lives and works in New York City, go check out more of his recent work on Instagram where you can find visual inspiration interspersed by wonderful natural images.
The Patternbank team bring you Part 2 of our key Print & Pattern Trends from the Autumn/Winter 2017/18 Menswear Catwalk shows, alongside our curated trend driven print designs from The Patternbank Online Textile Studio. Check out more of our Fall 2017 prints at The Patternbank Studio.
ARTIST » Lou Dalton / Abstract Painting Mirrored Colourful marker by Oana Soare / Prada / Brush by Michele Tozzi / Just Move by Jessica Halford / Commes Des Garcon
FLORAL COVERS » Moschino / Facetasm / Summer Floral Lavender by Meryl Pardoen (Premium Studio) / Facetasm / Blue Flowers by Tim Lee (Premium Studio) / White and Black 01 by Beccy Bland / Dolce & Gabbana
Patternbank are loving these poetic and pastel musings by visual artist and illustrator Milica Golubović. Inspired by nature and the sea Golubović loves to apply a poetic and often metaphorical language to her work, mixing textures in calming and dreamy compositions where fiction and reality meet. Discover more of her poetic language on her website and Instagram feed.
Patternbank were excited to hear about a new exhibition exploring the work of designer and artist Josef Frank, due to take place at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum from 27th January – 7th May 2017. This will be the first ever UK exhibition showcasing the designers work, which will include furniture, glassware, lighting and interior design. Born in Austria Josef Frank moved to Sweden in 1933, where he developed his colourful brand of modernism, working with Estrid Ericson on a number of interior design ideas, together redefining what is regarded as Swedish Modern. The exhibition in association with Millesgarden, Stockholm highlights Frank’s vibrant designs for Svenskt Tenn alongside a number of his previously unknown watercolours. The museum is also holding a one day event before the exhibition opens to the public, where you will be able to meet the exhibition curator and team, a fantastic opportunity to learn more about what promises to be a wonderful insight into the work of Josef Frank.
Azuma Makoto takes flowers and transforms them into frozen wonders, locked in ice, their stillness observed until the ice begins to melt. You may recognise his work from the Dries Van Noten SS17 show where Azuma transformed nearly 100 types of rare flowers into 23 different arrangements. Check out more of Azuma’s creations at azumamakoto.com
Bunnie Reis is a “natural storyteller, time traveler and lover of all that is us, living in a world filled with magic and imagination.” From her Cosmic Animal Gloves, a Patternbank favourite, where she plays with the idea of old and new, transforming old leather gloves with visual symmetry and cosmic references to spirit animals. To her paintings, which are filled with magic and imagination, her work is constantly individual. Check out more of her work on her website and Instagram.
Patternbank love the colour and movement created in these photographs by New York artist Kim Kleever. Reminiscent of historical landscape artists like Turner and the Hudson River School, Kleever assembles miniature scenes in a 200 gallon tank and then submerges them in water. Paint is dispersed through the water creating these random abstract images which he then photographs with stunning results. Check out his Instagram for some beautiful colour inspiration.
Rachel Newling works with linocut to produce stunning artworks depicting some of Australia’s unique bird species and tropical flora and fauna. The Linocuts are hand printed on to handmade Japanese Washi paper and then hand coloured once the print has dried. Newling uses lightfast acrylic gouache paint and an artist’s proof print as her guide for the colours and tones applied to the print in the same edition, “there are always slight variations as my colouring is “painterly’ therefore each print in an edition is an individual.” Patternbank love her depiction of some wonderful looking Cockatoo’s alongside the native species of Australia. Newling grew up nr Padstow, Cornwall and attended an art school in London, before she made the big move to Australia.
Nigerian born painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby uses a variety of techniques to create her multi layered artworks. Her paintings depict collaged still life scenes and situations based on memories from her adopted home in the US and her birth home in Nigeria. Patternbank are loving her mix of collage and African print. Her use of layers with painted details, create flat plains with a three dimensional depth. See more of her painted collages on her website.
Patternbank is looking to build a team of global inspiration curators. If you have a creative eye, have a passion for trends and can write, you could be just what we are looking for.
We are looking for guest contributing editors to supply inspiring articles that will creatively fuel designers, brands and the design community. All that’s needed is a selection of sized images and a couple of lines of text explaining about the subject. All chosen and published articles will have guest editor info at the bottom of the page. If you become a regular contributor we will add you to our Contributing Editor page.
Patternbank recently stumbled on this collection of charming illustrations by artist Ayumi Miyahara. Ayumi’s simple, illustration style gives her subjects a glowing innocence and her beautiful brushwork adds a retro pattern quality to her floral compilations. See more of her illustration on her Tumblr here.
Subscribe to our newsletter