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The Patternbank team were at the preview day of the Victoria & Albert’s new exhibition Fashioned from Nature last week. A great new exhibition that looks at how nature has influenced fashion design, textiles, manufacturing and pattern, throughout the last 400 years. Set over 2 floors, the first floor looks back in history and explores the evolution of how nature has impacted fashion. The upper floor is more of a present-day look at how new designers have used nature in the design process. It also showcases the environmental aspects of how designers now are looking at sustainability within fashion. We also picked up the book that accompanies the exhibition which is also worth a purchase here.

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Patternbank love the intricate work of artist and collector Kate Kato, we got in touch to discover more about her work process and what inspires her to create these beautiful paper and fabric sculptures. Kate lives in the Welsh boarders just outside the small town of Ross on Wye, where her natural environment inspires her daily.

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Using recycled paper, fabric and wire I try to capture the delicate detail and beauty of nature. Influenced by plants, insects and found objects, I create intricate, life-sized sculptures and arrange them into collections and dioramas. I have always been fascinated by the natural world and for me my work is very nostalgic, taking me back to my childhood and the curiosity that fuelled my creativity. My work aims to encourage curiosity and promote an awareness of the environment. I want to bring the small, hidden and overlooked details into the public eye and encourage people to consider their importance.

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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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Today Patternbank are featuring the work of  Luiza Cazal Print Studio in our ongoing series highlighting our fantastic designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. The studio is based in Sydney, Australia and joined Patternbank last year. We asked about what inspires their designs and a little but about how the patterns are produced, “we are inspired by how digital and traditional techniques and methods together create beautiful designs. We are proficient in both the digital space ( photoshop and illustrator ) As well as traditional painting and drawing, which is something are proud to offer. We like to let the trends Inspire our design but we never design to a trend, which we think keeps our work fresh. To stay on top of trends we like to go window shopping weekly just to see what is current”.

Check out more of Luiza Cazal Print Studio’s work here on her Patternbank Studio profile page.

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Patternbank are loving James Merry’s embroidered floral editions to vintage clothing on instantly recognisable sports logos. James Merry, a hand embroidery artist originally from Gloucestershire in the UK, now lives in Iceland where he has been living and working with Bjork since 2009. Some of his other projects include a capsule collection for Opening Ceremony and extravagant masks and costumes for Bjork’s stage and music videos. Check out more on his Instagram feed.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Inspired by nature and with a love for vintage books, postcards and found bits of paper, collage artist and illustrator Rachael Grant assembles these beautiful montages. There sometimes freakish and awkward groupings are what makes them so interesting and depicts the sometimes fragile environments, where nature collides and becomes vulnerable. Patternbank love the vintage quality to Rachael’s work, made contemporary by adding strong colours and unusual layouts.

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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.

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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.

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Burcu 68 available exclusively on our Online Textile Design Studio

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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

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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.

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How did you get into designing textiles, did one thing start your career?

I was always a keen sewer and drawer. After high school I began studying fashion design and there was something about it that I wasn’t quite enjoying about it. One of my classrooms was shared with the textile design faculty at the university and I was fascinated by the beautiful patterns hung on the walls, and transferred over to study textile design that next year. Funnily enough, I returned to fashion design when I launched my own clothing label, Rouda, last year.

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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.

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