Bloodlines, an exhibition currently running at The Andy Warhol Museum until May 21st 2017, presents a new body of work by New York-based artist Firelei Báez. The exhibition showcases paintings and drawings depicting textiles, hair designs and body ornaments, linking symbols of power with human gestures. Báez’s work is instantly beautiful with her gifted ease at using different mediums from abstract washes of paint to intricate drawings of botanical flora and fauna and mixing patterns along the way. Inspired by lineages of black resistance and making connections that further our understanding of dispersed groups, Báez is interested in the craft and art forms traditionally thought of as “women’s work” where textiles, jewellery and ceramics is constant in her work and this in turn can be seen in her own intensive artistic labour, understanding their struggles and illustrating this within her own work.
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.
The Patternbank team bring you Part 2 of our key Print & Pattern Trends from the Autumn/Winter 2017/18 Menswear Catwalk shows, alongside our curated trend driven print designs from The Patternbank Online Textile Studio. Check out more of our Fall 2017 prints at The Patternbank Studio.
ARTIST » Lou Dalton / Abstract Painting Mirrored Colourful marker by Oana Soare / Prada / Brush by Michele Tozzi / Just Move by Jessica Halford / Commes Des Garcon
FLORAL COVERS » Moschino / Facetasm / Summer Floral Lavender by Meryl Pardoen (Premium Studio) / Facetasm / Blue Flowers by Tim Lee (Premium Studio) / White and Black 01 by Beccy Bland / Dolce & Gabbana
Today Patternbank are featuring the work of print designer Soufiane Lafkih in our ongoing series highlighting our great designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Soufiane has an extensive collection of designs including hand painted florals and digitally created geometrics. We asked Soufiane about his education and what inspires him, “I had a styliste and graphiste diploma from ESMOD school Paris, which I chose because of my passion and love for the fashion and clothing styles. My sources of inspiration are nature first, I love how the colours harmonise with each other. As for fashion, I follow street styles and the seasonal catwalk shows and the fashion designer who inspires me the most is Dirk Bikkembergs. Check out more of Soufiane’s work here on her Patternbank Studio profile page.
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
Patternbank love Gail Kellet’s linocut studies of the Australian flora and fauna where she lives on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Southern Australia. Kelley enhances the main image in her work with bold elements in both the foreground and background including large areas of black and white, giving the plants centre stage. Check out more of her work here.
Bunnie Reis is a “natural storyteller, time traveler and lover of all that is us, living in a world filled with magic and imagination.” From her Cosmic Animal Gloves, a Patternbank favourite, where she plays with the idea of old and new, transforming old leather gloves with visual symmetry and cosmic references to spirit animals. To her paintings, which are filled with magic and imagination, her work is constantly individual. Check out more of her work on her website and Instagram.
The Patternbank team recently discovered these beautiful sketches by Jessie LeBaron. Jessie heads up a boutique garden design studio based in Brooklyn, New York. Their primary focus is plants, in all their glory, but Jessie was originally trained as a painter and has been the reciepant of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Painting as well as a Starr scholar at the Royal Academy of Art in London. She has been an avid nature lover since childhood and has worked as a professional hands-on gardener and designer for over a decade. She continues to paint, draw and make pottery in her free time. See more from Jessie LeBaron Gardens here.
Patternbank are a big fan of Katie Scott’s work and with the release of her new book Botanicum next month we thought we’d share some of the illustrations with you, along with others from her book Animalium. Scott was also asked to create this animated “living wallpaper” for Publicis for their London office, taking her work to another level. “Together we created two seamlessly looping animations for display on an ultra-wide projector system and an LCD video wall. The animations evolve slowly over time, creating a subtle sense of movement with their fantastical botanical activity. This brings an intriguing feeling of change to the space in which they are displayed.” Truly beautiful and captivating work.
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.
Born in Sweden in 1972, Daniel Egnéus has spent 20 years living in cities across Europe Prague, London, Berlin, Bologna, Rome, Milano and has now made Athens, Greece his base. His work is a reflection of his colourful life in Milan, Rome and Athens, with days filled with friends and time spent daydreaming all helping to shape Daniel’s work, and inspiring us with it’s beauty and depth. With no formal education Daniel’s work is purely from the heart providing a view into the subconscious creative mind. See more here. More →
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 →
Patternbank are entranced by the beautiful and incredibly detailed work of dutch artist Marlies Niemeijer. Niemeijer graduated from the Amsterdam Artemis Academy and began her illustrative career at Piet Boon where she worked on various international projects. Noted for her finely detailed drawings Niemeijer works on commissions under the name Angels-Trumpet.
These exquisite drawings and illustrations are the work of German artist Kaethe Butcher. Not surprisingly Kaethe has sought inspiration from artists such as Carson Ellis, Takato Yamamoto, Riikka Sormunen and Egon Schiele, whose influences are evident in her own work. Her subject matter hinges on femininity and the purity of female relationships, with many of her pieces involving erotically intertwined limbs, and evocative poses. As the artist says “who doesn’t like naughty stuff?”. To see more of her portfolio visit her website here.
Patternbank love Eleanor Taylor’s somewhat somber illustrations, where she plays with symbols and folklore to create a textural narrative. Eleanor grew up in Brighton, England and after studying a BA in illustration she went on to complete an MA at The Royal College of Art. Experimenting with a mix of mediums from pencil, paint, ink and collage Eleanor brings all these elements together using digital techniques which adds another dimension to her work. Both decorative and conceptual ideas are equally important in Eleanor’s illustration’s to tell the story. Check out more of her visions on her tumblr eleanorvisionstumblr.com
Today Patternbank are featuring the work of textile print designer Sofia Perina-Miller in our ongoing series highlighting the fantastic designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Sofia was born in St.Petersburg and studied fine art at the University of Technology and Design in Saint Petersburg where she gained her degree in Fine Art and Textiles.
Currently based in Scotland Sofia has developed a unique style of painting winning her numerous awards from institutions such as The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art and The Federation of British Artists. Not only is Sofia an expert with watercolour but her collection also includes digitally created patterns.
Sofia also designs for Patternbank Premium our collection of one-off designs (once a design is sold it is instantly removed from the site), this section of the site is a members-only area aimed at key buyers in the fashion and surface design industry where access is granted on application.
Last Roses available exclusively on our Online Textile Design Studio
Illustrator Simón Prades has an eye for detail and a fantastic imagination allowing him to explore ideas of nature, memory and dreams. His favourite mediums are ink, pencil and watercolour, where in detail he draws using limited colour bringing his often surreal depictions to life. Prades lives and works in Germany, some of his clients include The Guardian, The New York Times, Nike and Ubisoft. See more of his beautiful drawings on Behance.
Patternbank brings you the second snapshot of strongest graduates from the New Designers Part 2 & D&AD’s New Blood Graduate shows. The Patternbank team once again had the privilege of experiencing this years emerging talent at the shows. Part 2 of the New Designers show focuses on Illustration, Graphic Design and product design courses. D&AD’s New Blood which is situated in Shoreditch is a powerhouse of visual communication courses showcasing the next generation of graduates keen to impress. These events are the ultimate opportunity to spot the next wave of creative talent to hit the industry.
India – Taylor Smith (Middlesex University), Andrew Tickner (University of Westminster) / Lauren White (Arts University Bournemouth), Sampada Gurung (Falmouth Illustration), Georgina Ridler (Plymouth College of Art)
Kyle Jackson (University of Wolverhampton), Chelsea Smith (Nottingham Trent University) / Lana Cross (University of Derby), Sam Brown (Plymouth College of Art), Tom Exon (Buckinghamshire New University)
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