Patternbank are charmed by this series of vintage glass vessels by Peta Kruger, the one-off pieces have been masterfully hand painted with multicoloured enamel paint which cleverly exaggerates the dishes, giving a beautiful translucent feel. Peta works from Adelaide’s JamFactory and shows at Pieces of Eight Gallery in Melbourne, Australia.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
Alexander McQueen photos via Vogue.com
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 – almostmakesperfect.com, Hanging Paper Fan – Selfridges, Noel Placemats – Habitat
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Patternbank team travelled to Paris this February to absorb and experience Première Vision’s spectacular Spring/Summer 2016 show. Along with thousands of fashion professionals, designers and students flocking to Parc d’ Expositions, the team joined the throng to gather and record Première Vision’s print and pattern trend forecasts for Spring/Summer 2016.
With the information collected from the various trend forums, we have analysed and condensed our findings to select eight print and pattern trends for S/S 16. These eight trends have been split into two different print looks with directional images and catwalk references for your convenience. Together with Première Vision’s colour forecast this concise trend report will be an essential design tool to inspire and direct your print and pattern developments for S/S 16.
8 Première Vision print trends for Spring/Summer 2016
34 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence
Over 120 on trend hand-picked images
Première Vision Colour trends for S/S 2016 with Pantone TCX references
Along with the 8 inspirational Première Vision print trends we’ve picked out a selection of stock print which perfectly compliment each story, these can be purchased separately from the Patternbank Studio.
Born in Moscow in 1957, Irina Zaytceva began her career as a book illustrator after completing an advanced degree at the prestigious Moscow Art Institute. After years in book illustration Irina became interested in sculpture and in particular she developed a desire to work with porcelain. Unbelievably these pieces are usually created without sketches and evolve during the creative process. Irina’s interest in history is evident in the characters she paints onto her ceramic bases, and after the final firing an application of gold lustre adds a magical Byzantine quality to these alluring masterpieces. See more here
In the final instalment of Fall/Winter 15/16 New York Fashion Week we’ve featured some of the key designers on the runway. Here the Patternbank team have edited through all the New York shows to bring you a quick overview of the strongest print focused collections. Watch out for our print highlight posts for the London, Milan and Paris shows, coming soon on Patternbank.
Vivienne Tam A/W 15/16
East meets West Styling – Ornate Baroque Prints – Late 17th Chinese Art References – Decorative Birds and Bonsai Tree Scenic Patterns – Inspiration of Victorian and traditional Asian prints
Vivienne Tam photos via Style.co.uk
Thakoon A/W 15/16
Bouclé stripes – Folksy Bohemia – Terracotta Florals on Dark Grounds – Colour Blocking – Rich Floral Embroideries – Rustic Tones – Unicorn and Floral Sequin Looks
Thakoon photos via Style.co.uk
Tanya Taylor A/W 15/16
Plaid Prints – Optical Stripe Effects – Holographic Fish Spines Motifs – Abstract Reef Reference Prints – Ocean Inspired Prints – Outlined Pattern
Tanya Taylor photos via Style.co.uk
Opening Ceremony A/W 15/16
Colourful Film Brand Logo Use – Collage Prints – Photo Contact Sheet Prints – Cut and Paste Allover Photo Pattern
Opening Ceremony photos via Style.co.uk
Libertine A/W 15/16
Cosmic Background Pattern – Random Motif Patches – Bold Brush Stokes – Andy Warhol References – Photographic Collages
Libertine photos via Style.co.uk
Gary Graham A/W 15/16
Reworked Tapestry Looks – Stylised Tribal Detail – Intricate Border Prints – East Meets West Styling – Crafted Ethnic Marks & Pattern Motifs
Gary Graham photos via Style.co.uk
Honor A/W 15/16
Woodland & Fauna Pattern – Simplified Folkloric Print Plays – Symmetrical Effects – Graphic Pattern Structure – Winter Folk References
Honor photos via Style.co.uk
Diane von Furstenberg A/W 15/16
Bold Brush Marks – Dark Ground Florals Prints – Polka Dot & Pinstripe Mixes – Mottled Pattern – Large Scale Polka Dots
Diane von Furstenberg photos via Style.co.uk
Costello Tagliapietra A/W 15/16
Digital Woodland Prints – Large Scale Photoprints – Natural Striping Effects – Bark and Tree Pattern
Costello Tagliapietra photos via Style.co.uk
Carolina Herrera A/W 15/16
Digital Cloud Prints – Embroidered Swan Graphic – Linear Waves – Water Drop Print – Water Ripple Print – Houndstooth & Chevron Pattern
Carolina Herrera photos via Style.co.uk
The Patternbank team spotted these interesting three dimensional illustrations by Polish designer Bozka Rydlewska. We were drawn in by the amazing ornamental detail and sheer beauty of these sculptured paper statements. Bozka’s 3D pop up paper works are a incredible mix of structured depth and botanical illustrations that grab your attention. Her works have appeared in books “Atlas of Illustration” (Maomao, Barcelona), “Semi-permanent 2011″ and Taschen’s “Illustration Now! 5″. See more on her portfolio site bozka.com
Collections of bones, bottle caps, perhaps an antique piece or a found object, these are the ingredients which form the sculptural work of artist Lucien Shapiro. ‘My pieces are built from the beauty of objects that are no longer being used for their original purpose’, says Lucien,’I am obsessed with the process of turning objects that some view as ugly or useless into hidden treasures filled with beauty’. This is inspirational recycling as an art form see more of Lucien’s stunning creations here.
Patternbank recently discovered the work of ceramic artist Chris Taylor at a local exhibition. Taylor’s beautifully decorated ceramics incorporate complex glazes with beautiful pattern and texture work, combining materials and techniques which are not commonly seen side by side. Taylor grew up in South East London, after completing a degree in a ceramics at the University of the West of England he moved to Devon to embark upon an apprenticeship at Dartington Pottery. After experience working in several ceramic studios across the country Taylor returned to study at the Royal College of Art. See more of his stunning ceramics at christaylorceramics.co.uk
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