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Patternbank recently discovered the beautiful work of artist Tiffany Bozic and were interested to find out more about her work. Tiffany is a painter from Marin, California and has spent the majority of her life living with and observing the intricacies of nature. Her work on first glance is of detailed nature scenes but on closer inspection surreal metaphorical elements can be found, presenting a vision of life’s struggles and triumphs that are largely autobiographical. The subjects she paints are inspired both from extensive travels to wild places, and the research specimens at the California Academy of Sciences in San Franscisco. Over the years, Bozic has developed a complex process of masking and staining so the natural grain can collaborate with each composition using multiple layers of watered down acrylic paint on maple panels of wood. Check out her instagram here for updates on new work.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you work?

I travel to remote corners of the world, often with teams of scientists, then return to my studio to create detailed acrylic paintings on maple panels. I also host the Unlocked Art Lab at the CA Academy of Sciences. I have been showing in NYC for the past 10 years, but for this next chapter I’m switching gears to show on the west coast for a number of group shows this summer. I currently have a series of new paintings exploring the five elements of nature celebrating native PNW plants and animals, at Talon Gallery in Portland, OR. We are also publishing another monograph of my paintings this year with Gingko Press.

What creatively inspires you?

I try to spend as much time as I can outdoors, travel, my relationships to myself and those I cherish.  In other words, I’m inspired by love & curiosity.

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The Patternbank team were at the preview day of the Victoria & Albert’s new exhibition Fashioned from Nature last week. A great new exhibition that looks at how nature has influenced fashion design, textiles, manufacturing and pattern, throughout the last 400 years. Set over 2 floors, the first floor looks back in history and explores the evolution of how nature has impacted fashion. The upper floor is more of a present-day look at how new designers have used nature in the design process. It also showcases the environmental aspects of how designers now are looking at sustainability within fashion. We also picked up the book that accompanies the exhibition which is also worth a purchase here.

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El Gato Chimney paints nature with extraordinary detail, the natural world is given a magical twist, birdlife and other fantastical creatures, dressed in adornments of patterned fabrics, carry their homes, sometimes on fire, wherever they go. El Gato lives and works in Milan, Italy and began his career as a self taught artist, with an interest in graffiti, street art, steampunk culture and surrealism. His research for his work includes subjects such as alchemy, ancient and modern art, magic, mirabilia, occultism, popular folklore, spiritualism and tribal art. Check out his Instagram for more of his magical birdlife and the James Freeman Gallery where his paintings are currently on show.

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Patternbank love the intricacy in Australian artist Louise Saxton’s crafted reconstructions using found vintage embroidery. Working in Melbourne, Victoria, Louise uses past collections of discarded needlework, lace and other beautiful items, creating something new and wonderful, preserving the past and in her words “a silent collaboration with the anonymous original makers.” Follow her journal here, for an insight into the process of how she works and her recent exhibitions.

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Today Patternbank are featuring the work of print designer Ania Dergachev in our ongoing series highlighting our fantastic designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Ania joined Patternbank as a designer last year, her designs range from beautifully drawn illustrative animal compositions to hand drawn florals and foliage. Her designs have been featured on clothing from brands such as The Kooples, H&M and Robert Graham.

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The Patternbank Team have been analysing the latest Pre-Fall 2017 collections and have put together the strongest print trends alongside designs from the Patternbank Online Textile Design Studio that perfectly complement each story. The Pre-Fall 2017 collections give us a sneak preview of what we can expect from the Autumn/Winter 2017 Catwalk shows. Slightly more commercially focused, but nevertheless important in their instant availability and timely showings.

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Adam Lippes / Floral Love by Angela23 / Altuzarra / Lovely Flowers Vector by Marilia / Tropical 11 by Bauhaus / Gucci / Mystical Garden by Flavia Lozano / Gucci

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com

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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.

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The Patternbank Team bring you the key Print Trends from the Spring and Summer 2017, Menswear Catwalk shows alongside some great designs from The Patternbank Online Textile Studio. Check out more of our Spring/Summer 2017 prints at The Patternbank Studio.

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FLORAL OUTLINE » Antonio Marras / Boglioli / Emporio Armani / Marni / Paul & Joe / Emporio Armani / Papavre Field by Vivienne Kristof / Silhouette Floral by Camilla Coelho

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com

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With Chelsea flower show in full swing this week, we thought a little floral inspiration with a twist was needed in the shape of Tokyo based artist Taiichiro Yoshida. The artist is renowned for his intricate floral wildlife sculptures rendered in hundreds of hammered metal blooms. Decorative metalworking in Japan has a long history that began sometime in the fourth to fifth centuries. These skills have been passed down through the generations and Taiichiro continues the tradition in these flower encrusted animals and birds. See more from Taiichiro on his website and for an in depth insight into the processes involved visit  Highfructose here.

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If you’re after something more exclusive head over to our Premium Studio, where we have an extensive collection of exclusive one-off license, trend focused pattern designs to browse and buy. Check out our newest category collections of Florals, Tropicals, Active and Ethnic patterns below or visit the site to see the full range.

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Patternbank are a big fan of the beautiful draughtsmanship found in Kit Miles‘s work. Miles has recently been awarded the 2016 prize for best new designer at this years Homes and Gardens designer awards. Not surprisingly Miles is an advocate of the skills for drawing, enabling wonderful and often surrealist imagery to be incorporated into their designs. Miles formed his studio after completing his MA at the Royal College of Art and has since worked on projects for Duplex’s Colour Futures exhibition at Somerset House for the London Design Festival and a new line of fabrics for Liberty of London.

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Inspired by nature and with a love for vintage books, postcards and found bits of paper, collage artist and illustrator Rachael Grant assembles these beautiful montages. There sometimes freakish and awkward groupings are what makes them so interesting and depicts the sometimes fragile environments, where nature collides and becomes vulnerable. Patternbank love the vintage quality to Rachael’s work, made contemporary by adding strong colours and unusual layouts.

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The Patternbank Team have analysed all the key print trends at London Fashion Week and today we bring you Part 2 of the highlights from the London shows. The current trend for mixing different eras continued with the 1930’s and 40’s appearing heavily on the catwalk as well as the 70’s glam rock styles with a touch of Ziggy Stardust. Eccentric women in all their glory with beautiful florals and lace with a few wacky added touches like rain hats at Christopher Kane. Watch out for Milan Fashion Week live on the site later this week.

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Fused Lace and Felt – Dusty Rose Prints – Delicate Lace Drawings – Big Bouquets – Crafted Crochet – Felted Mixtures – Exccentric Add Ons – Over Scaled Embroidery Badges – Ribbons and Trailing Embroidery Stems

Christopher Kane photos via Vogue.com

Peter Pilotto A/W 16/17

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Placement Embroidery Stories – Icy Texture – Nordic Leave Pattern – Abstract Frozen Landscapes – Frosted Snow Pattern – Lacey knits – Nordic Diamond Prints  – Alpine Knit Designs

Peter Pilotto photos via Vogue.com

Burberry A/W 16/17

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70’s Swirly Pattern – Oversized 70’s Floral – Python Skin Prints – Glam Rock Style – Soft Plaid Tartans – Luxe and Lustre – Abstract Geometric Tiles – Stylised 70’s Lustred Florals

Burberry photos via Vogue.com

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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.

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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

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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

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Turkisk Carpet Patterns – North Asian Traditional Costume References  – Eclectic Folkloric Plays  – Explored Patchwork & Ikat

Vivienne Tam Photos via Vogue.com

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Patternbank thought we’d share again the work of talented illustrator and print designer Sarah Arnett who produced some exciting work shown here, collaborating with Kim Hunt a creative director in the fashion industry. The British design studio Modern Love, define themselves as “digital settlers”, as applied to a person born and instructed in a non digital world, but who integrates the use of technologies in their work.

The duo ran a year long exhibition throughout 2015, Adventures Numeriques aimed to experiment the possible relations between traditional craft work and digital technologies in the fields of textiles and fashion. If you didn’t get a chance to visit you can still view their work on the website and photos from the exhibition here. Patternbank love their concept of embracing the digital technology available to us but still remembering the importance of craft and how it can enhance what we produce. We look forward to seeing future collaborations from this talented duo.

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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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These highly decorative and unmistakably unique ceramic tiles and patterned pots are the work of Brazilian artist and architect Calu Fontes. These pattern rich pieces are influenced by her family’s roots in the heart in the Bahia region of Brazil. With references to gods from the Afro-Brazilian region of Candomble, combined with flowers, fruits and stylised nature, Calu crams an elaborate collage of pattern and colour into each of her creations. See more of her work here.

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Patternbank bring you the final instalment of Milan Fashion Week where Milan continued to show a strong trend towards print and pattern from textiles around the world, tropicals with a hint of South America and Peru from Stella Jean were strong on the catwalk. As were Missoni’s vibrant array of stripes going in every direction with a free loose ethnic feel to them. Catch Paris Fashion Week here on Patternbank later this week.

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Embroidered Floral Prints – South American Textiles – Exotic Birds – Colourful Textile Patchworks – Tropical Fruits – Striped Tablecloths – Raffia and Pom Poms – Traditional Costumes – African Patterns

Stella Jean Photos via Vogue.co.uk

Missoni S/S16

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Ombre Chevrons – Varied Stripes – Hand Painted Look – African Tribal Prints – Freehand Zig-Zag – Sporty Stripes – Brilliant Colour-ways – Mixed Layouts – Stripe Blocks – Bold Black Accents – Textured Line

Missoni Photos via Vogue.co.uk

Antonio Marras S/S16

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Romantic Rose Prints – English Garden – Elaborate Applique – Renaissance Decoration – Antique Lace Finishes – Distinguished Ribbons and Braids – Tonal Leaf Prints – Autumnal Colour

Antonio Marras Photos via Vogue.co.uk

Marni S/S16

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Abstract Tropical – Simple Silhouettes – Sophisticated Leaf Pattern – Colour Block Geos – Large Scale Abstract Leaf – Primary Colour – Graphic Shapings – Sporty Contrasts – Minimalist Line

Marni Photos via Vogue.co.uk

Dolce & Gabbana S/S16

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Summer Botanicals – Embroidered Lace – Opulent Framed Prints – Meadow Florals – Rose Garden Prints – Expressive Brush Marks – Romantic Florals – Painterly Styles – 50’s Riviera – Italian Traditions

Dolce & Gabbana Photos via Vogue.co.uk

MSGM S/S16

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Geometric Patterns – Abstract Layouts – Checks and Plaids – Geometric Fabric Applique – Colour Block Placements – Painted Marks – Woven Details – Ethnic Mark Making – Fringing Asscesories

MSGM Photos via Vogue.co.uk

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Expressive Line – Bold Tropical Florals – Simple Leave Shapes – Statement Florals – Vibrant Colour – Placed Layouts – 70’s Loungewear – Vintage Geometrics – Contrasting Scales

Restless Sleepers Photos via Vogue.com

Versace S/S16

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Animal Skin Mix Ups – Bold Brush Marks – Vibrant Colour Clashes – Abstract Pattern – Skin on Skin – New Camouflage Combinations – Patched Animal Print – Overlaid Print Marking

Versace Photos via Vogue.co.uk

DSquared2 S/S16

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Tattoo Cover Ups – Tie Dye Denim – Colourful Embroideries – Tropical Surf Style – Neon Brights – Wetsuit Details – Parrots and Tropical Palms – Bejewelled Finishes – Placement Prints

DSquared2 Photos via Vogue.co.uk

Fay S/S16

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Ethnic Border Prints – Paisley Patterns – Borders and Striped Layouts – Decorative Edges – Embellished Detailing – Eastern Style – Romantic Boho – Braids and Trim Details

Fay Photos via Vogue.co.uk