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Patternbank brings you a snapshot of our favourite print designers seen at the recent  New Designers Graduate show in London.

The Patternbank team once again had the privilege of experiencing this years emerging talent at the New Designers Graduate show.  New Designers is the UK’s most important graduate design exhibition, full of innovation and fresh thinking. Part 1 of the graduate show focused on Textiles and surface pattern design courses and was the ultimate event to spot the next wave of creative talent to hit the industry.

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Last chance to see a brilliant tribute to photography and painting, Sotheby’s presents a curated selection of works by Erik Madigan Heck in a stunning selling exhibition.  Approaching photography with the same eye as high art, Heck’s works capture the essence of painting through the lens of his camera.  His work is elegant and unashamedly beautiful, exploring the intersections of fashion, painting, and classical portraiture.  Working with natural light and combining in-camera effects with digital postproduction, he produces evocative and seductive images that are simultaneously timeless and futuristic. The exhibition is on until 19th May 2017 but if you miss out, try to catch the photographer in conversation, ‘Picturing Balenciaga’ at the Victoria and Albert museum or check out his new anthology, Old Future. See more here.

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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

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Patternbank are excited to introduce our latest print trend tool that focuses on the kids & stationery market for SS18. Our Childrenswear trends team and our giftware experts have been researching and analysing the world of design, art and pattern to create this essential print & graphic trend report. With over 30 pages of inspirational mood, colour, print and graphic trend intelligence, this Spring/Summer trend forecast report aims to assist and inspire with all your new season developments and stationery products.

  • 5 Print trend stories: Electric Jungle / Orbital / Geo Dazzle /Ethnic Spirit / Oriental Creatures

  • Each trend theme is broken down into mood, print direction, graphic direction & colour

  • Over 30 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 50 directional hand-picked images

  • Colour palette breakdowns with Pantone TCX references

This report covers a broad spectrum of the season’s hottest pattern & graphic trends, and with 5 main trends, complete with Pantone® TCX references we are confident this wealth of choice and inspiration will provide a foundation in your creative developments for SS18.

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The personal Art Collection of the late David Bowie has caused quite a stir this week, which is not surprising when you see it contains some 400 items of which over 200 are from some of the most important British artists of the 20th century, including Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Frank Auerbach and Damien Hirst. Bowie was an avid and passionate collector of 20th-century British Art, with a deep understanding of the artworks he owned.

“Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way I feel in the mornings. The same work can change me in different ways, depending on what I’m going through.” – DAVID BOWIE quoted in The New York Times, 1998.

The Bowie/Collector collection is currently on display at Sotheby’s New Bond Street Galleries, London and online so if you can spare some time go check it out before it goes under the hammer. The artworks will be auctioned by Sothebys.com on the 10 – 11th November Here are some of Patternbank’s favourites including the wonderful ‘Fanaglo Store’ by Norman Catherine and the magnificent ‘Air Power’ by Jean-Michel Basquiat, which is expected to fetch up to £3.5 million.

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Today Patternbank are featuring the work of print designer Dunya Atay in our ongoing series highlighting our fantastic designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Dunya has been a designer here at Patternbank from the start, her designs range from hand drawn florals and foliage to textures and photo based patterns and she has designed for companies such as ASOS, River Island and Jack & Jones.  Check out more of Dunya’s work here on her Patternbank Studio profile page.

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Boring old office furniture is given a new lease of life by Rotterdam based design duo Ward Van Gembert and Adriaan Van Der Ploeg. Their website Night Shop was launched in 2010 offering a huge collection of items ranging from hand decorated furniture to their P.O.V. bespoke rainbow light walls. Ward and Adriaan are mainly interested in mixing elements of high culture and popular culture into their designs, and investigating the boundaries between good and bad taste. See more here.

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The Patternbank team are excited to launch the latest AW17/18 Print Trend Report focused towards Kidswear & Stationery . Once again our childrenswear trends team & giftwear experts have been scrutinising and researching the world of design, art and pattern to create this essential print trend tool. This 57 page report is filled with inspirational mood, colour and pattern trend intelligence, and aims to assist and inspire with all your new season’s developments.

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  • 4 macro trends, 12 print stories and 24 print & graphic direction pages

  • Over 55 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 180 directional hand-picked images

  • Colour palette breakdowns with Pantone TCX references

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Patternbank brings you a snapshot of the key prints seen at the recent  New Designers Graduate show, which is celebrating it’s 31st year.

The Patternbank team once again had the privilege of experiencing this years emerging talent at the New Designers Graduate show. Taking place over two weeks at London’s Business Design Centre, with eight distinct design zones and two prestigious Awards Evenings, New Designers is the UK’s most important graduate design exhibition, full of innovation and fresh thinking. Part 1 of the graduate show focused on Textiles and surface pattern design courses and was the ultimate event to spot the next wave of creative talent to hit the industry. More →

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As part of their programme of inspirational evening events the Victoria & Albert Museum showcased fashion designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos in conversation with Kinvara Balfour. The Patternbank team were there to gain a little insight into the creative minds behind the successful fashion label Peter Pilotto.
After graduating together from the famous Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, considered one of the strongest and most creative fashions schools in the world, they decided to re-locate to London in order to launch their careers. Peter had already attracted attention with his final collection and with the help and support from the British Fashion Council and the fashion press, their business was already given the boost it needed for commercial success. As a collaborative business the designers experimented with various combinations of both the names, but with nothing working they decided it had to be Peter Pilotto, “It just sounded good”.

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The Patternbank Team have analysed all the key print trends at Paris Fashion Week and today we bring you Part 1 of the highlights from the shows. There were patterns in abundance on the Paris catwalk with bright billowy Indian floral prints and paisley pattern from Leonard to a more sombre dark mood of the 1920’s in dark devoré velvets and cheetah and leopard patterns at Dries Van Noten. Watch out for the final instalment of Paris Fashion Week tomorrow.

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Silk Scarf Printed Layouts – 60’s Paisley Prints – Indian Paisley References – Delicate Pen Florals – Large Scale Flower Heads – Saturated Colour on Black – Bohemian Essence – Delicate Neutrals

Leonard photos via Vogue.com

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Pretty Broken Ditsy Pattern – Ethnic Stitched Kaftans – Blurred Mark Making – Moroccan References – Stitched Looking Prints – Ethnic Intarsia Knits – Textured Colour Mixing – Fringing Details

Chloé photos via Vogue.com

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Wild Pattern Mixing – Abstract Geometric – Wild West and African Mix – Intricate Pattern Layers – Folksy borders – Photographic Fantasy Landscapes – Tribal References – African Wax Patterns

Manish Arora photos via Vogue.com

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The Patternbank Team have analysed all the key print trends at Milan Fashion Week and today we bring you Part 2 of the highlights from the Milan shows. Here we saw more of the eclectic combinations of pattern and texture from Prada and Dsquared2 with bold geo collage dominating on the Marni runway and Gucci’s customary riot of tantalising styles. With the current trend towards seasonally confused collections, the message seems to be anything goes! Don’t forget to check out Paris coming soon.

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Skin Landscapes – Arty Florals – Bold Optical Prints – Fur Trims – Allover Sequin Embellishments – Traditional Rose Patterns – 70’s Florals – Oriental & Fornasetti  Combinations

Gucci photos via Vogue.com

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Tiger Stripe Velvet – Baroque Curlicued Embroidery – Gold Tissue Lace – Patterned Fur – Lave Patterned Velvet – Folk Embroidery – Gold Print – Fringes and Embellishments – Louche 70’s

Roberto Cavalli photos via Vogue.com

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Still Life Prints – Abstract Scenes – Luxe Weaves – Metallic Jacquard – Giant Hibiscus Prints – Egyptian Imagery – Fur Trims – Crafty Embroidered Velvet – Pastel Embroidered Florals – Animal Prints

Prada photos via Vogue.com

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Its not hard spot the artistic origins which have influenced the work of Miami born artist Alex Yanes . During his teenage years in the 80’s and 90’s, Yeans was immersed in the hip-hop, skateboard and tattoo cultures. This artistic and experimental environment fuelled Yeans’ creativity and helped him produce this collection of vibrant graphic art. Where his work was once confined to canvas, recently his pieces have evolved to include wood, acrylic, resin and enamel in colourful, 3 dimensional installations. See more by visiting his website here.

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The Patternbank team returned to Kensington Olympia once again for Top Drawer & Home‘s Spring 2016 show. The team have selected a handful of top picks from the show with added spark of creativity from innovative designers and artists exhibiting in the Spotted at Top Drawer area. 

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Hannah Rampley

Hannah Rampley graduated from Leeds College of Art in 2013 with a First Class Honours degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern design. Since graduation she has worked both in-house and freelance for design companies internationally, creating a body of work that is both varied and highly unique. Hannah designs and prints fabrics, paints wall murals for companies, and can provide custom illustration for a variety of needs including advertising and editorial. Hannah’s clients include Mollie Makes, Anthropologie, Zizzi Ristorante, Petit Bateau, The British Museum, Tigerprint, Rachel’s Yoghurts (under Dutch Uncle) and many more.

 

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Velvet Olive

Velvet Olive is an inspiring design company that was 10 years in the making and today sells beautifully creative cards to homes and major retailers all around the world. The originator and director Kathryn Fletcher is a designer who creates a product both lovely to have and to hold, with the quality of the recycled board both rich in texture and weight harmonising with her warm and elegant approach to print. Her company statement “Endeavouring never to offend your eyes”, means the designs are considered with people’s reactions to them in mind and the homes they will live in. Velvet Olive is a company that cares about the products, how they are made and the team that produces them and is a firm supporter of Made in Britain!!!

 

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Hole in my Pocket

Hole in my Pocket have been involved in a number of diverse projects within the realm of art and the architecture since early 2002.The broad interests of HIMP are reflected in the diversity of their work which includes exhibition design, painting, video, writing, performance art and conceptual work as well as traveling around the coastline of Scotland with an old air hostess trolley full of wine.The following pages will provide a catalogue of some of their work as well as a brief insight into those behind the projects.

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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.

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Artist, innovator, designer, musician and visionary, just a few of the titles attributed to the late David Bowie. The rock chameleon and pioneer of metrosexuality was a trail blazer in his field and has inspired generations of music lovers and artists alike with his avant garde creativity. The Patternbank team pay tribute to this truly influential man with a collection of Bowie inspired art and photography which capture the essence of this great style icon. His presence will be sadly missed but his work, and creative influence will live on.

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Patternbank are excited to introduce our latest print trend tool that focuses on the kids & stationery market for SS17. Our Childrenswear trends team and our giftware experts have been researching and analysing the world of design, art and pattern to create this essential print & graphic trend report. With over 70 pages of inspirational mood, colour, print and graphic trend intelligence, this Spring/Summer trend forecast report aims to assist and inspire with all your new season developments and stationery products.

  • 4 macro trends, 16 print stories and 32 print & graphic direction pages

  • Over 70 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 200 directional hand-picked images

  • Colour palette breakdowns with Pantone TCX references

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Our inspiration is split into four overarching macro trends: Escape / Honest / Modern / Treasured. These four mood setting themes are then split into four smaller and more directional trends, all containing a mood board, print & graphic direction pages with credited images for your convenience. The print directions break down each of the moods to focus on inspirational print and graphic direction. This report covers a broad spectrum of the season’s hottest pattern & graphic trends, and with sixteen trends, complete with Pantone® TCX references we are confident this wealth of choice and inspiration will provide a foundation in your creative developments for SS17.

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Edelplast is the brain child of recently graduated object and jewellery designer Billie Van Niewenhuyzen. With the increasing global issue of E-waste, discarded cables and disused plastics the designer made a decision to reinvent these waste materials. Billie harvests these redundant products from their original home and combines, moulds and sculpts them to produce these stunning pieces decoration for the body. To see more of her work and read about her philosophy behind Eldeplast visit her website here or her Arts Thread profile here.

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Patternbank are loving the creative work of Chilean artist Sebastian Vargas. After studying art at the Finis Terrae University of Chile and graduating with a degree in printing and sculpture in 2002 Vargas has flourished as a experimental artist. Vargas explains “ I experiment with a wide range of styles, subjects, materials, and mediums, producing a vast body of work that is consistently experimental and artistically diverse. This is also evident in each of my paintings through the accumulation of an array of different technics within one canvas. My paintings hold a constant dialogue between graphics, painting, and photograph.”  See more of Vargas amazing creative explorations on his site tanvargas.com

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After receiving a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and without an income, stitch artist Sarah K. Benning decided to set up shop on Etsy, in an effort to get by. This move into self employment has paid off with her business going from strength to strength. The Baltimore born artist now resides in sunny Menorca, Spain, where she spends her days meticulously filling embroidery rings with beautifully stitched plant life. See more of Sarah’s art and find out where she’ll be popping up next to peddle her wares, here.

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