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.
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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.
Patternbank are entranced by the beautiful and incredibly detailed work of dutch artist Marlies Niemeijer. Niemeijer graduated from the Amsterdam Artemis Academy and began her illustrative career at Piet Boon where she worked on various international projects. Noted for her finely detailed drawings Niemeijer works on commissions under the name Angels-Trumpet.
The Patternbank team have been busy extracting all the key print looks for you in the final instalment of New York Fashion Week. Once again we saw designers take a trip to the 60’s and 70’s, with Glam rock and bohemian styling being the key print trends coming through from New York this Fall season. Look out for our forthcoming reports on London Fashion Week.
Modern 60s Graphics & Prints -Pattern Riots – Funky Political Statements – Beautiful Embellishments – Decorative Typography – OTT Styling & Patchworks
Libertine Photos via Vogue.com
Anna Sui F/W16
Sixties Enhanced Pattern – Modern Pop Art Plays – New Biba References – Psychedelic Prints – Bohemian 60s Retro Prints
Anna Sui Photos via Vogue.com
Vivienne Tam F/W16
Turkisk Carpet Patterns – North Asian Traditional Costume References – Eclectic Folkloric Plays – Explored Patchwork & Ikat
Vivienne Tam Photos via Vogue.com
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.
These exquisite drawings and illustrations are the work of German artist Kaethe Butcher. Not surprisingly Kaethe has sought inspiration from artists such as Carson Ellis, Takato Yamamoto, Riikka Sormunen and Egon Schiele, whose influences are evident in her own work. Her subject matter hinges on femininity and the purity of female relationships, with many of her pieces involving erotically intertwined limbs, and evocative poses. As the artist says “who doesn’t like naughty stuff?”. To see more of her portfolio visit her website here.
Patternbank thought we’d share artist Danielle Clough’s fabulous embroidered vintage tennis and badminton rackets which have been doing the rounds on all the very best blogs this month. Vibrant and quirky with thick brightly textured yarns weaving their way across tough strings, Danielle’s flowers look completely at home. Not surprisingly all Danielle’s rackets have sold out after being featured on Colossal, Creative Boom, plus many other great sites so guess what she’s serving up some more and starting an online store.
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.
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
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
Jess Johnson’s drawing and installation practice is inspired by the speculative intersections between language, science fiction, culture and technology. In her drawings she depicts complex worlds that combine densely layered patterns, objects and figures within architectural settings. Johnson’s drawings are often displayed within constructed environments that act as physical portals into her speculative worlds. Her recent experiments of translating her drawings into animated video have enabled her audiences the simulated experience of entering the hypnotic spaces depicted in her drawings. See more from Jess here.
Pattern and print is everywhere at the moment and in particular the trainer market who are joining forces with some of the most talented designers and artists around. From Liberty teaming up with brands like Nike and Vans to adorn trainers with classic Liberty patterns to more new contemporary prints. Also designers Eley Kishimoto and artists Zio Ziegler and Takashi Murakami have added their distinctive style to the Vans classic slip-on, clothing and bags.
A fairly new company Inkkas has adopted a novel way of choosing which trainers to put into production by crowdfunding their product first. This way they can see which styles are more popular before they commit to production. Not only that they take an ethical approach to production too, crafted with respect for the environment and the people who make them and for every product purchased they plant a tree. Print and pattern is not going away anytime soon and with new advances in technology it looks like it’s here to stay. Patternbank would like to think this is the begins of a pattern take over!
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