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.
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.
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.
Azuma Makoto takes flowers and transforms them into frozen wonders, locked in ice, their stillness observed until the ice begins to melt. You may recognise his work from the Dries Van Noten SS17 show where Azuma transformed nearly 100 types of rare flowers into 23 different arrangements. Check out more of Azuma’s creations at azumamakoto.com
Fashion photographer Nick Knight has a real passion for the English Tea Rose and takes time out of his day to pick the blooms straight from his own garden, recording with a smartphone and uploading straight to Instagram. Patternbank love his whole feed which is full of fashion and art inspiration and would love to have a view into this garden full of beautiful roses. Nick Knight is a pioneer in the digital age with his fashion website Showstudio.
Rachel Newling works with linocut to produce stunning artworks depicting some of Australia’s unique bird species and tropical flora and fauna. The Linocuts are hand printed on to handmade Japanese Washi paper and then hand coloured once the print has dried. Newling uses lightfast acrylic gouache paint and an artist’s proof print as her guide for the colours and tones applied to the print in the same edition, “there are always slight variations as my colouring is “painterly’ therefore each print in an edition is an individual.” Patternbank love her depiction of some wonderful looking Cockatoo’s alongside the native species of Australia. Newling grew up nr Padstow, Cornwall and attended an art school in London, before she made the big move to Australia.
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.
Patternbank are a big fan of the beautiful draughtsmanship found in Kit Miles‘s work. Miles has recently been awarded the 2016 prize for best new designer at this years Homes and Gardens designer awards. Not surprisingly Miles is an advocate of the skills for drawing, enabling wonderful and often surrealist imagery to be incorporated into their designs. Miles formed his studio after completing his MA at the Royal College of Art and has since worked on projects for Duplex’s Colour Futures exhibition at Somerset House for the London Design Festival and a new line of fabrics for Liberty of London.
Today Patternbank are featuring the work of textile print designer Burcu Korkmazürek in our ongoing series highlighting the fantastic designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Burcu Korkmazürek decided as a child that her passion lay in textile design. Her work is influenced by her love of open space and particularly her visits to botanical gardens which is a evident in her use of botanical studies throughout her collection. Check out more of her diverse work here on her Patternbank Studio profile page.
Burcu’s designs are available to purchase as stock and also for exclusive use she has a collection of Premium designs. To have access to her exclusive Premium collection please sign up to be a Premium member.
Burcu 68 available exclusively on our Online Textile Design Studio
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
We’re loving Melbourne based label Rouda which is the brainchild of textile designer Megan McNeill. Her work has recently caught the attention of the Patternbank team and here we ask Megan a few questions about how she got started and about her success to date, with an insight into what inspires her beautiful work.
How did you get into designing textiles, did one thing start your career?
Activewear and performance apparel has become a driving force for many print and pattern trends happening at the moment. Patternbank are loving these latest offerings from the man of the moment Pharrell Williams and iconic sports brand Adidas. The collaboration named the ’Jacquard Pack’ uses embroidered floral patterns in two lavish colour combinations. Classic Stan Smith trainers and a unisex jacket are brought to life with the sophisticated pattern fusion of street and luxury. The Pharrell Williams x Adidas Originals collection will be available on May 30 in Adidas Originals Flagship Stores and selected Adidas boutiques.
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.
Elise Morris explores nature through her watercolours capturing fleeting moments in the unexpected beauty she sees. Beginning with a simple line drawing Elise adds layers of translucent watercolour leaving space and adding dappled light and shadows. The resulting paintings and drawings explore concepts of nature, at the edge of abstraction. Elise lives and works in Northern California and is also the founder of The Studio Work, a blog in which she documents studio visits and interviews with Bay Area Artists.
With painted prints trending on the catwalk and emerging as a key look for Spring/Summer 2016, the Patternbank team spotted these beautifully studied artworks by Anna Valdez. California based artist Valdez background includes anthropology, animation and video which has helped her develop an eye for visual compositions. Her recent series of still-life paintings use various household items such as clothes, quilts, houseplants, books, rugs and records as vibrant subject matter. Mundane pot plants and rugs come to life with her amazing use of colour and brush strokes. See more of her stunning work on her portfolio site annavaldez.com
Botanical simplicity is at the heart of this collection of paintings by Tasmanian artist Jennifer Tyers. Exploring the landscape and drawing from life help her to capture the essence of her surroundings, “Making landscapes is very interesting, as every time it is a challenge. It somehow seems more ‘pure’ than making works in a studio, or any other kind of work that I have done. Maybe it’s the process, or just being away from everything a studio has in it – books, internet, radio, music, people, objects, stuff I like. You have only yourself, and colours and what you see”. Tyers more recently based in Japan has spent time painting in Singapore’s Botanical Gardens and in Borneo as an artist in residence. See more from the artist here.
Patternbank are loving the bold photographic work by Los Angeles based photo studio JUCO. Juco is the collaborative work of Julia Galdo & Cody Cloud who both met at The San Francisco Art Institute in 2002. JUCO’s have already worked with the likes of Apple, Marie Clarie, Nike, Tokion, Target and Sony. Check out more of their pattern enhanced work on JUCO’s portfolio site jucophoto.com
Patternbank love the intricate drawing style of Japanese artist and painter Maki Ohkojima. Ohkojima creates these stunning murals which feature beautiful creatures and plant life with small areas painted in colour detail, whilst beyond, the drawing is kept black and white. This Ohkojima says is her way of illustrating how we record a beautiful landscape with a camera but without capturing the scene in it’s entirety. Ohkojima extends the picture by going beyond the captured image and drawing with her sprawling murals. Ohkojima has also painted murals for the Wall Art Festival in Ganjad Village, Mandir, India. See more of her uplifting work on her website ohkojima.com
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