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Patternbank brings you a concise overview of the most important print & pattern collections, from Fall 2018 RTW Paris Fashion Week. Look out for our A/W18/19 Catwalk Print and Pattern Trend Report coming soon,  an overview of all the recent shows containing the strongest print and pattern trends.

Dries Van Noten

Images via Vogue

Stylised Florals – Detailed Biro Drawings – Art Brut Inspired – Psychedelic Swirly Pattern – Limited Colour – Frenzied Drawing Style – Pen Texture

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Patternbank have written about Elyse Graham’s colourful work before, with her wonderful synthetic versions of natural crystals or geodes. Graham’s new work, The Black Magic Collection, sees her experimenting with colour and form again, in these unique vessels. Resin is poured into a mold, layer by layer, building the piece from the outside in. Once a piece has reached a desired thickness, it is carved, sanded and hand-polished to reveal hidden layers of colour and unexpected graphic patterns.

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Working with predominantly raw clay, Phoebe Cummings creates temporary sculptures and installations, made on site and only lasting the duration of the exhibition. Responding to the natural world around her, her work interprets art and design sources, including porcelain sculpture, botanical illustration, prints and architectural ornament. Patternbank love the natural poetic and delicate fragility of her work, that is only with us for it’s allotted time. Phoebe Cummings has also just been awarded BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, in partnership with the V&A and the Crafts Council, this prize aims to find and celebrate the most innovative and exciting craft practitioner or designer-maker resident in the UK today. To see more of her beautiful work check out her Instagram.

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Mixing pop culture icons with stylised artworks, designer BFGF caught our eye recently. These fresh homewares are the work of Lilian Martinez who calls her creative endeavor BFGF an “Art Brand”. Patternbank were drawn to the compelling randomness of the content. Simpson’s characters, sports brand logos, historic female sculptures, and basketballs all feature within her work. Mixing history, pop culture elements, and tropical plant life to create amazing art pieces. Based in California BFGF sells through her website and Society6.

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Justyna Wołodkiewicz creates wonderful abstract and beautifully unique embroideries, adding polymer clay to produce 3-Dimensional surfaces, that appear to grow from their traditional wooden hoops. Each piece is unique in colour, texture and shape, evolving in a spontaneous and organic way. The finished pieces look a little bit like living organisms or curious plant life from the deep, you can see more on her Instagram and purchase her works from her Etsy shop.

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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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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.

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Diane Itter was an American fibre artist working in the early 1970’s creating small-scale works from fine, vividly coloured threads. Inspired by historical textiles from Peru, Japan and Africa, her work took on a very different approach to other fibre artists of the time, who were producing large scale hangings and woven sculptures using natural, undyed fibres and unevenly tied knots. Studying at the University of Pittsburg, she was encouraged by the artist William Itter (her future husband) to experiment with hand-tied knots rather than loom-woven fabrics. A game changer of her time, Itter led to the next wave of experimental fibre artists such as Lia Cook and Helena Hernmarck. Sadly she died in 1989 at just age 43 but her beautiful work can still be seen in museum collections around the world.

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Patternbank have been feeling the festive Christmas vibe and have been checking out the latest styles on the high street and online for Christmas this year. We have put together some key looks we’ve spotted. Happy Christmas dressing!

Nature’s Surface


Tree Decorations – Anthropologie, Wrapping – John Lewis, Gems by Katya Rozz available on the Patternbank Studio, Bauble – Anthropologie, Wrapping – Selfridges, Vivid Helsinki Marble & Woodgrain Gift Wrap – John Lewis

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The Patternbank team are loving the new SS17 Ready to Wear collection from Alexander McQueen in our final print highlight for Paris Fashion Week. The Shetland Isles in Scotland was the source of inspiration for dresses adorned in wild flowers and traditional lace from the crofters and Fair Isle patterns which made up cosy jumpers and delicate dresses.


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Watch out for our Spring/Summer 2017 Catwalk Print Trend Report to inspire you in all your new seasonal developments. This will include print trends seen through-out New York, London, Milan & Paris Fashion weeks.


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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Patternbank are smitten with Helen Ahpornsiri’s beautifully delicate illustrations crafted from tiny dried and pressed ferns. Ahpornsiri has been making her pictures in the East Sussex countryside where she lives since being inspired one day to try and create a Fern Weevil she had been drawing in ink out of real pressed Fern’s. Since that day her beautiful patterns have evolved using the tiniest pieces of foliage to make butterflies, seahorses, beetles, dragonflies, moths, hares and owls. Follow her on Instagram to see her breathtakingly beautiful work unfold and to purchase your very own piece go to her shop on Etsy.



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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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Patternbank have been feeling the Christmas vibe and have been checking out the latest styles on the high street for christmas this year. We have put together some key looks spotted in the shops and of course online from simple modern geo patterns, bright neon pops of colour, fun imagery, we love the space theme very current with our own astronaut up in space right now and beautiful crafted looks, the choice is yours. Happy Christmas dressing!

Geometric Perspective


Different Tree Wrap – John Lewis, Eldan Christmas Tree Decs – Habitat, Geo Reindeer – Cox and Cox, Borba Christmas Tree Decs – Habitat, Boutique Iron Gem Geo Drop – John Lewis, Fir Tree Card – Luna & Curious, DIY Washy Tape Gift Wrap –, Hanging Paper Fan – Selfridges, Noel Placemats – Habitat


Crafted Delights


Dinara Mirtalipova, Christmas Napkin Set – Coral & Tusk, Kraft Lace Tree Charity Christmas Cards – Habitat, Wooden Reindeer Tags – Meri Meri, Rico Christmas Cross Stitch Stamp – John Lewis, Paper Christmas Tree, Heaven Sends – Selfridges, Reindeer Gift Bag – Meri Meri




Beaded UFO – Conran Shop, Man on the Moon Gift Wrap – John Lewis, Glittery Blue and Silver Bauble – Conran Shop, Robot Snowman – Conran Shop, Starbust LED Window Light – John Lewis, Paper Planet Decoration – Conran Shop

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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.


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Morgana Wallace mixes watercolour with paper collage to create these colourful three-dimentional illustrations using layers of cut paper to build on her mythical stories. Wallace is a mixed media artist based in Victoria, Canada where she puts together mythological scenes telling stories in texture, colour and beautiful detail. You can follow her work on her blog here and on instagram.



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The Patternbank team returned to Bovey Tracey in Devon for The Contemporary Craft Festival 5-7 June 2015. This year the festival picked up 2 Gold Best Event awards in Devon and Silver for South West Tourism Event of the Year. The Contemporary Craft Festival is one of the UK’s largest craft events with over 200 diverse and talented makers of ceramics, textiles, mixed media, jewellery, glass and furniture. Here are some of our favourites from the day.

Katrin Moye


Working with ceramics and paper Katrin Moye focuses on surface decoration, with patterns referencing personal memories, literature, family history and folk art. In particular her childhood memories of Germany in 1970’s with references to her German family roots and Scandinavian style influences from her Danish godmother.

Bryony Rose


Bryony Rose creates whimsical animals sculpted from beautiful vintage fabrics adding details in lace and decorative buttons. We particularly love her playful mice balanced on old cotton reels, so pretty.

Ella Robinson


Unique, vibrant and decorative would best describe Ella Robinson’s one of pieces of driftwood and washed-up artefacts collected from the south coast of England. Driftwood is made interesting with stitched patterns, cacti imagery and wrapped in brilliant striped threads.

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