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Patternbank were out at the London Illustration Fair launch last night. London’s contemporary illustration event has returned this weekend with a programme packed full of the most exciting illustration, printmaking, and design! Back in residence on London’s Southbank at the raw industrial space of the Bargehouse, this year The London Illustration Fair puts the emphasis on play with interactive artworks and hands-on workshops. With over 65 exhibitors, from the hottest emerging talent to established names, The London Illustration Fair is the destination to discover the best in illustration today. The fair runs from 1st – 3rd December, more info here. Check out our favorite artists/studios seen at the fair.

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Check out these awesome drawings by David Ernst, we just love the way he can transform any picture with his painstakingly intricate cross hatching to create a new and completely different illustration. We’re also loving his diverse subject matter of seemingly totally random images which keeps his work very fresh. For more amazing work from this talented guy check out his Tumblr.

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Today we are featuring the work of textile print designer Velvetgoldmine in our ongoing series highlighting the fantastic designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Sylvie Nowack is a french graphic designer who designs under the name Velvetgoldmine. Sylvie’s patterns start with sketches made by hand and her own photos which are then manipulated in illustrator or photoshop. There is a love of nature and animals in her work with colour and geometry being a strong underlying feature.

Patternbank think her work has a distinct feel and understanding sympathetic to pattern which is crucial in surface design and fashion print. Take a look at more of her amazing designs here on her profile page. The featured design above is Blue Garden Pattern and is available exclusively on the Patternbank Studio as are all the designs shown here.

Velvetgoldmine also has many designs in Patternbank Premium our exclusive area for key buyers in the fashion and surface design industry. Patternbank Premium offers one-off bespoke designs (once a design is sold it is instantly removed from the site), this section of the site is a members-only area where you need to apply for access.

Black and White Pattern available exclusively on our Online Textile Design Studio


Flowered Landscape Pattern available exclusively on our Online Textile Design Studio

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Patternbank brings you a quick overview of some key print & graphic trends happening this Christmas. As each year passes different styles are emerging creating new visual dimensions to the festive period.

Trend 1 – Vintage Regenerated


Found Wrapping Paper – Hand Painted Illustrations – Naive Pattern – Retro Baubles – Muted Colour Tones – Scripted Fonts – Stylised Character Drawings

Trend 2 – Scandinavian Style


Flat Graphics – Nordic References – Bold Pattern and Graphic Elements – Folklore Fairytale – Rich Detail – Cross-stitch Embroidery – Folkloric Nostalgia

Trend 3 – Modern Statements


Edgy Illustration  – Photo Collage – Craft Chalk Typography – Rich Depth of Detail – Updated look to Christmas Graphics – Intense Graphic Pattern – Pencil and Line Drawn Creations


Patternbank are loving Finnish born illustrator Kustaa Saksi. We’ve been tracking his creative explorations over the last couple of years and has already collaborated with the likes of Nike, Levi’s, Issey Miyake, Playstation and recently Montecore’s S/S 13 collection. Saksi’s fantastical worlds of playful, paradoxical and psychedelic atmospheres have a unique visual look through pattern,texture and graphic form. See more of his amazing work at



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Fairy Tales and Russian Folk stories come to life in the skillful hands of Illustrator and artist Raquel Aparicio. Romanian born Raquel left her native land and travelled the globe to study her art. Edinburgh and Spain became her home during her time studying with a year spent at the Illustration Academy in Florida to top it off. Patternbank loves her delicate fluid style and the painstaking attention to detail in her floral decoration.Her list clients include Nylon, Nokia and Orange with other commissions made for a variety of publications such as Elle magazine, Rolling Stone and the New York Times. See her website for more inspiring work.



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Patternbank are loving Elisa Mazzone’s delicate and beautiful fashion illustrations. Australian born and educated, Elisa works as a stylist, graphic designer, illustrator and avid fan of all things beautiful. Elisa is the creator of some stunningly detailed characters, which communicate through their colour, shape, flowing line and embellishment. Now based in Paris, Elisa’s work has enchanted audiences throughout the world, through various exhibitions and magazines such as Madison, Easy Living, Yen and Desktop, through clients such as Mambo and STYLE.COM.




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Finnish-born illustrator Riikka Sormunen employs her characteristic detailed painting style to create these beautiful, pattern-rich illustrations. Her artwork features a strong textile element which involves heavily layered collage-style images that draw the eye into this intriguing world. Find more of Sormunen’s illustrations on her website.



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Emma Kunz  was born into a family of Swiss weavers in 1892. Kunz who was loosely considered a visionary or spiritualist artist, created these complex patterns that employed strict symmetry and geometric transformations of lines and crystalline shapes. Kunz created these mandala-like grids with colored pencil on graph paper which she used as visual instruments for healing.

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These amazingly powerful, experimental drawings and paintings are the creations of Tosha Albor. Tosha is a visual artist born in Manila and currently based in San Francisco. She completed a BTEC in Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury, UK. In her work she embrasses the act of construction and deconstruction, with the addition of mark-making and free flowing narratives being another important factor driving her paintings. See more of her work on her site


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Long ago when mobile phones were the size of houses and the closest thing to the internet was the loading screens on a zx spectrum. There was a kid who could almost always be found scribbling away. Conjuring up imagery of anything and everything from hyper advanced cars to magnificent beasts. That kid was Scott Balmer. After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone college of Art & Design in Scotland, Balmer started life as a freelance illustrator and has never looked back since. Patternbank is digging Scott’s trippy graphic explorations in colour and pattern. With clients like Umbro, The Guardian, Howies and The New York Times magazine already tapping into his creative mindset, he’s definitely one to watch. See more of his illustration portfolio here.

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Patternbank are loving the handcrafted neon bright ‘Pop Art ‘statements by Morgan Blair. Morgan is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is interested in using pattern, symbols, and pop culture references to explore hypothetical scenarios from a cryptic future-past. Her work has been exhibited around the U.S. and internationally. See more of her work at

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With the London 2012 Olympics in full swing, the Patternbank team thought we’d enter into the sporting action with a graphically sporty highlight. We’ve been tracking Greek based visual artist Charis Tsevis for some time now. His work focuses on fractured graphic pattern, and the 2012 Olympics is no better place to find a great variaty of shapes and visual movement. These amazing artworks have been recently created by Tsevis for Yahoo’s Olympic 2012 coverage.

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His bold, colorful, type-infused illustrations convey the ups and downs of life. David Shillinglaw a multi disciplined visual artist who’s work mixes image, object and installation. London based Shillinglaw illustrates the chaotic exchange between individuals and their tactile environment.

Shillinglaw describes, “Life is a struggle. For everyone. From the smallest insect to the greatest beast, we are determined by the success we seek, and how, in turn we measure that success. Each of us experiencing ups and downs. Peaks and troughs. Like a game of snakes and ladders.”

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We love the embroideries of Takashi Iwasaki with their fun and colourful approach to decoration. Like little cosmic worlds they transport you to a visual Kaleidoscope of swirling patterns, symbols and exquisite gems of colour. As he describes them as, ‘imaginary landscapes inside his head’, we can only imagine what wonders he dreams up. Takashi grew up in Japan and currently lives in Winnipeg, Canada. His work brings together visual memories from Japan and his own experiences of Canadian culture and art making. With a broad range of materials and working with different mediums, Painting, Drawing, Collage and Embroidery, Takashi truly is a talented and creative wonder.

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