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Today Patternbank are featuring the work of textile print designer Sofia Perina-Miller in our ongoing series highlighting the fantastic designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Sofia was born in St.Petersburg and studied fine art at the University of Technology and Design in Saint Petersburg where she gained her degree in Fine Art and Textiles.

Currently based in Scotland Sofia has developed a unique style of painting winning her numerous awards from institutions such as The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art and The Federation of British Artists. Not only is Sofia an expert with watercolour but her collection also includes digitally created patterns.

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Sofia also designs for Patternbank Premium our collection of one-off designs (once a design is sold it is instantly removed from the site), this section of the site is a members-only area aimed at key buyers in the fashion and surface design industry where access is granted on application.

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Last Roses available exclusively on our Online Textile Design Studio

 

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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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POSE (Jordan Nickel) began work as a graffiti artist and his studio work is strongly influenced by this. “My artwork is pretty cut and dry,” POSE says. “I’m taking from the world around me – whether it be signs, or my wife’s old childhood books.” Using vivid colours POSE captures slices of comic art alongside advertising graphics, collage, sign painting and graffiti and literally lets his imagination run wild. Take a look through his gallery of work at hellopose.com and you will be taken back to some favourite Comic Book Memories.

 

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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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Painter and road tripper Mae Chevrette is a self taught artist who loves to explore the world around her using her photography and found objects to inspire her work. Patternbank particularly love her use of the written word and layering of collage to create these wonderful prints that would look fantastic as printed T-shirts. Mae lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts, you can purchase prints of her work on Etsy and follow her travels on her blog.

 

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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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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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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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These effortlessly beautiful watercolour florals are the work of Polish artist Marta Spendowska. Her loose and expressive hand barely hints at detail but she achieves a skilful simplicity with her application of paint. Her website verymarta.com is a feast for the eyes with her collection of original art, illustration and print design and take a peek in her online shop for some great gifts and prints.

 

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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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We love the energy and vibrant colour plays of Jason Woodside’s visual art statements. Woodside is a New York based painter and attended the school of visual arts in NYC. Mixing bands of kaleidoscope pattern within geometric structures give Woodside’s work its unique edge. We recently saw his work at Paris store Colette, where you are able to buy his art. Woodside has an impressive list of brands he has already collaborated with, these include Michel Roux, Obey, Von Zipper, Adidas and Saturdays Surf to name a few. See more of Jason work on his portfolio site jasonwoodside.com

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With the huge trend of hand crafted pattern work and illustrations currently being preferred over digital looks, these artworks caught our eye recently.  These striking permanent marker illustrations are the creative work of South Carolina based artist Hollis Brown Thornton. We love her take on modern retro, using colourful composition mixes to create these amazing depictions of old cassette tapes, Video tapes and forgotten video game case graphics.(with some cool wallpaper backgrounds to finish things off!) See more of her visual blasts from the past on her portfolio site hollisbrownthornton.com

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Rich layers of colour painted onto wood are carved and drawn to create these bold floral statements by artist Barbara Gilhooly. The work evolves with areas reworked or revealed giving depth to the finished piece. Patternbank particularly love Gilhooly’s bold use of colour and line which make these florals stand out from the crowd. Check out more of Gilhooly’s style on her flickr page here.

 

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Patternbank brings you Part 1 of the stand out key print trends from the recent Menswear Catwalk collections for Fall 2015. Here the team have analysed over a hundred of the strongest catwalk shows from London, Paris & Milan.

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Worn Carpets – Paisleys and Eastern Patterns – Tapestries Inspired Designs – Striped Upholstery Styles – Large Scale Pattern – Rich Autumnal Colour Hues

Etro / Pringle of Scotland / Etro / Antonio Marras / Antonio Marras / Etro –  photos via Style.com

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Doodles & Handwriting – Photo Collage – Graffiti – Cut & Sew Designs – Ad hoc Patch Use – Scrawled Typography – Photocopy Monochrome Prints – Thrown Together Graphics

Vivienne Westwood / Sandro / Sankuanz /Christopher Shannon / Raf Simons / KTZ – photos via Style.com and Vogue

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Mapping – Constellations Inspired Prints – Geometry – Digital Camouflage – Linear Pattern – Typographical Mapping

Maharishi / Valentino / MSGM – photos via Style.com and Vogue

Dark Florals A/W 15/16

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Midnight Blooms – Dark Ground Florals – Tone on Tone Prints – Sombre Floral Photographic Prints – Spacial Pattern Layouts

Alexander McQueen / Salvatore Ferragamo / Alexander McQueen 2nd Row Ami / Dior Homme / Alexander McQueen – photos via Style.com

Numbers & Type A/W 15/16

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Historical Script – Bold Numbers – Graphical – Intense Build ups – Type and Number Patchwork – Placement Numbers

Acne Studios / Comme des Garçons / Dior Homme – photos via Style.com

Geo Puzzles A/W 15/16

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Bold Geometrics – Grids – Tiled Layout – Optical Effects – Multiple Pattern Plays – Minimal Colour Use – Modern 60s Twist – Colour Blocking

Valentino / Valentino / Christopher Kane / KTZ / Chalayan / Gucci – photos via Style.com

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Vintage photography – Religious Paintings – Gallery Walls – Gilt Frames – Family Crests – Rich Photocell Prints

Dolce & Gabbana / Undercover / Dolce & Gabbana – photos via Style.com

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Soundweaving is the innovative use of traditional Eastern European embroidery patterns and laser cutting techniques in the creation of musical melodies. The Hungarian artist Zsanett Szirmay used laser cutters to create folk inspired designs along lengths of fabric. During a stint in a weaving workshop Zsanett was inspired by the punch cards used in weaving machines and recalled the barrel organs with their punched tapes from her childhood, and combined these two concepts in her soundweaving project. Each strip of punched fabric is fed through a music box translating every stitch of the embroidery pattern into a note, giving her work multiple dimensions. Not only do these digitally produced, delicate lacy patterns inspire the eye but the total experience stimulates all the senses. Hear the hypnotic melodies and tunes created by Zsanett & musician and composer Bálint Tárkány-Kovács here.

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These amazing ink textured images are popping up on numerous art blogs so we thought we’d share. The beautifully hypnotic forms are the creations of Texas based artist Mark Lovejoy. Here Lovejoy manipulates resins, oils, waxes and printing inks in both deliberate and random formations to create these psychedelic statements. Once Lovejoy is happy with the pattern forms created in the inks he photographs them close up to get full impact and capture these random textures forever. Check out his Tumblr site and printed scarf collections on Esty.

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Patternbank discovered this funky collaboration between Sight Unseen and the online platform for creative print projects, Print All Over Me. The pair developed a range of apparel and accessories exclusively for the Standard, Miami. The range features prints by Paul Wackers, Ellen Van Dusen, Peter Judson, Rachel Domm, Caitlen Foster, Marta Veludo, Eunice Luk, Branden Collins and Rafael de Cardenas. If you fancy a piece for your wardrobe, the range is available at The Standard for the rest of December. If Miami doesn’t happen to be your back yard, fear not, the range will be available to buy online at Print All Over Me from January 2015.

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The Patternbank Team are a big fan of Frédérique Morrel’s wonderful original tapestry pieces where vintage is given a contemporary twist. Internationally renowned embroidered taxidermy sculptor Frédérique Morrel creates one off pieces from discarded embroidery and needlework. When visiting markets and garage sales Morrel was saddened by the neglected scraps of such beautiful craftsmanship and so seeked to give them a new lease of life. The result is a collection of much sort after work exhibited all over the world and held in many international collections. Check out more of her wondrous world at frederiquemorrel.com

 

 

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